2016 runners holiday gift guide

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Gifts that the runners in your life really want and can put to good use. Options from $ to $$$$

Sorry for What I Said at Mile 20 Shirt $$

sorry for what I said at mile 20 shirt

Anyone who has run a marathon – or who has supported a loved one who has run 26.2  – will understand the sentiment behind this cheeky shirt. When I first saw this on HungryRunnerGirl, I knew I had to have it. Men's versions, T-shirts and hoodies are also available in a variety of colors.

Reflective "Wings" $

Reflective Wings for Runners

Not only are these velcro-snap-ons a hoot, but they also serve a useful purpose: their reflective quality helps runners remain visible when running in the dark. If your favorite runner is also playful, they'll want to wear these on their arms or legs when racing for an added boost of confidence.

Runners World Magazine Subscription $

runners world subscription

What do serious runners do when they are not running? They read about running, of course.  I've been a subscriber for years, and I'm always happy to get the latest issue. Available in both Kindle and print versions.

Garmin 735XT $$$$

garmin 735

Latest and greatest running watch from Garmin. Features a wrist heart rate monitor (instead of the uncomfy chest strap). Also estimates your VO2 max, predicts your race times, advises you on recovery, and balances your checking account (Just kidding on that last one. Wanted to see if you were paying attention.)

Buff $

buff

A must for cold weather running. With a few quick twists, the Buff can be a neck warmer, hat, balaclava, and even a tube top if you're little. Comes in a zillion different colors and patterns for guys and girls.

Icespikes $$

Icespikes

Who wants to run on the dreadmill all winter? Not me. These little spikes easily screw into the rubber roles of any running sneaker, or shoe for that matter. So thanks to Icespikes, you can run in the snow without falling on your assets. (I also have a pair of YakTraks, but frankly, they are tricky to slip on and off your shoes.)

Camelback $$

camelback

A must for any marathoner or half marathoner, or for anyone who runs high mileage or lives in a hot climate. Instead of carrying water bottles with you while you run, you simply load up the Camelback and wear your hydration on your back – like a camel. Sip as you go using the valve straw.

Running or Nutritional Coaching $$ to $$$

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Vegan Protein Powder $$

Vegan Protein Powder

This plant-based protein powder is the perfect refuel after a hard workout or long run. I like the chocolate flavor best blended with a banana and peanut butter. 

Foot Massage Ball $

runners' foot massage ball

I love mine. Great for stretching out and reviving the tootsies after a long run. Especially fab for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Fun stocking stuffer. I can also tell you from experience that it doubles as a cat toy.

What's on your holiday wish list?