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Best Gifts For Runners 2013: Karla’s Favorite Things

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A winter scene by Currier & Ives.

It was snowing just yesterday, my Christmas tree is lighting up my living room and Christmas is just two weeks away. Wondering what to get for the runner on your list? These are just a few of my favorite things: the best gifts for runners this year.

I get lots of samples from sports companies and buy plenty of gear myself. The products on this list represent my favorite clothes, gadgets and gear currently available from a range of brands. In clothing, I’ve tried the women’s versions, but many come in men’s options too. I’ve indicated which items are available for men or in unisex sizing—a full 30 of them are. And I’ve included the list prices, though you’ll find many items for less than that.

Also, if it’s been in a past gift guide of mine, I didn’t include it here. But many of the products I highlighted in the days of yore are still available. So here are my guides from 2012, 2011, and 2009.

Without further ado, it’s time to get shopping and wish-listing. Here are my favorite running jackets, layers, tights, shorts, tanks, socks, sleeves, sports bras, gadgets, books and more this year. There are nearly 50 items in all.

Best Gifts For Runners 2013

Running Jackets

Three very different options for different needs: visibility, wind and all weather. Read the rest of this entry →

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2012 ‘Run, Karla, Run!’ Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy the runner in your life? The “Run, Karla, Run!” holiday gift guide is here to help. Here are some gift ideas at every price point from $10 to $150 — all of them wear tested by yours truly with the “Run, Karla, Run!” stamp of approval.

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Hippie Runner 4Head Headband

Under $10

Hippie Runner 4Head Headbands – $5

When Hippie Runner says “No Slide/No Sweat,” they’re not kidding. These headbands promise to stay in place and keep the sweat out of your eyes while running. Guess what? They really do. I wear a Hipper Runner 4Head Headband just about every time I race and nary a drop gets in my way. Made of nylon spandex, the headbands stretch to fit any head and come in a wide array of colors and patterns — way cuter than sweatbands of yore.

Under $25

Books are always a great gift choice, and a new slew of running reads hit the bookshelves this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

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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. Read the rest of this entry →

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