2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Runners

With less than two weeks until Christmas and seven days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to get cracking on gifts for runners if you haven’t already. Wondering what to get for the runner in your life? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Simple Hydration Water Bottle

For the runner who likes to have a lot of tools in their tool belt, why not get them something innovative and new? Simple Hydration doesn’t just represent a new generation of water bottles. It reinvents the water bottle. Just hook it into your waistband and go. It really couldn’t be any simpler. The wide mouth is a godsend for cleaning or popping in ice cubes. And its slim, flat profile sits more comfortably in hand than any other water bottle I’ve run with. Simple Hydration represents real progress in design. For runners who hate hydration belts and hand-helds, or simply want another option, Simple Hydration is the perfect solution. $19.99.

The ClipE

If your runner is anything like me, they’re constantly battling headphone cords, especially on the treadmill. I can’t tell you how many times my cord has gotten caught on the handlebars and nearly taken me down. Enter the ClipE, a super simple solution from Jessica Bylsma, a professional pilot and runner. Inspired by the clips pilots wear to keep their headgear cords out of the way, Bylsma invented the CipE for runners to do the same. It comes in an array of colors and styles sure to suit any runner. $6.95.

The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

By Matt Long

Many runners love an inspirational story about running, and it doesn’t get much better than New York City firefighter Matt Long’s incredible journey. An avid runner and triathlete, Long nearly died in a cycling crash that doctors said would leave him paralyzed. But 40 surgeries and three years later, Long did the unthinkable and ran the New York City Marathon. $15.99 in paperback.


Hands Free Dog Leash and Running Belt

If your runner jogs with their pup, a hands-free dog leash is a must. This one from InTheCompanyOfDogs.com comes with a handy pouch for toting doggy bags and other essentials Fido might need while on the go. $39.95.




The Stick

Runners come in all shapes and sizes, and so does the Stick, a massage tool to help ease sore and tight muscles. Whether your runner is a marathoner, a sprinter, or always on the go, there’s a Stick for them. You can choose a Stick based on size or flexibility for softer or deeper massages. Prices vary.


Running Ornaments

Trim your runner’s tree with an assortment of ornaments from GoneForARun.com. From glass baubles to figurines and custom made ornaments imprinted with racing bibs, you’ll be sure to find a trinket your runner will love. Prices vary.



Medal Rack

If your runner is racking up the medals, help them put their achievements on display with a Medal Rack from Knob Creek Metal Arts. Choose from racks that read “Running,” “Marathons,” “13.1” “5K” “10K” or feature silhouettes of runners. From $16.99.



(Simple Hydration photo: © 2011 Kevin R. Morris)

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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