RaceThread.com: A Holiday Gift Guide for Marathoners

A Holiday Gift Guide for Marathoners

December 21st, 2016

Christmas is right around the corner and you may still be struggling with what to get for that special marathoner in your life. Let's be real, you cannot keep gifting them running shoes, or worse, running socks, just because these are the first things that come to mind. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of other gift ideas for marathoners that can redeem you this year if you are the reason their sock drawer is overflowing.

Compression Garments

Compression shorts, sleeves, pants, shirts and socks are a hoot in the running community these days owing to their comfortable materials, colors and styles that sync perfectly with the runner’s attire. These garments squeeze the body ever so gently to improve blood circulation, reduce bloating and assist in optimal recovery and at the same time wick sweat from the body.

Although a little pricey, compression clothes are one of the best gifts you can give to a marathoner since they offer a number of health benefits, add style to the persona and also provide a layer of added protection from the cold in wintry weather. Compression garments will set you back by up to $200. 



Nomad Pod for Apple Watch

This $30 ultra compact recharging base for Apple Watch is a fantastic gift for a runner who is an Apple Watch fan. It comes with a rechargeable battery with a high density of 1800 mAh which in protected in an anodized aluminum casing.




Hydration Pack/Belt

Hydration is critical for any runner performing at their peak whether for a 2 or 26.2-mile marathon. A 12-ounce, handheld water bottle with a holding pouch is a useful gift idea for marathoners regardless of their level. These bottles come with a flexible strap that tightens to your wrist so you can run without having to hold it. However, if your runner runs super long distances, a 12-ouce bottle will not be sufficient for their hydration needs.

Long-distance marathoners typically use hydration packs/belts, which facilitate their water needs throughout. Generally, these belts can hold between 19 to 100 ounces of liquid and include pockets for carrying phone, cash, food, or any other essentials. These packs can cost around $10 to $270, depending on the capacity, quality and other factors. 




Muscle Rub/Massage/Spa

After spells of running and exertion, a runner may develop achy feet and legs, and a body that can really use a good massage to help loosen up those exhausted muscles. You can either go for products, such as Moon Valley Organic Muscle rub, or hand your marathoner a gift certificate to the spa/massage.

This form of body pampering will not only feel great, but will also restore flexibility, reduce soreness in muscles, and even promote healing from minor injuries. Prices can range from $100 to $500 for a complete spa/massage while in-home massage tools and products will be comparatively cheaper, costing you less than $50.



A Roomy Tote

A spacious carryon bag or tote with plenty of room for sweaty clothes, water bottle, sneakers and other marathon accessories will make for a thoughtful and extremely practical gift. 



Snapback Cap

Nothing says cool more than a snapback cap. Invest in one that is not only nerdy and athletic, but is also breathable, comfortable and able to absorb moisture. You can easily get snapback caps for $25 or even less.




Music Player

Most runners cannot go without listening to some catchy beats or audiobooks during their workouts. Therefore, what better way to surprise your marathoner friend than with a music player especially designed for runners? Make sure the music player you choose is sweat-resistant and remains in place without easily coming off.

They are inexpensive and a durable alternative, which allows runners to play their favorite music to stay motivated. There are many great choices with some of the best MP3 players being reasonably priced and most offering quality sound. Prices can range from $30 to $490.



Marathon Gift Basket for Runners

A gift basket for runners is designed to provide many essential nourishing products that runners need in order to replenish their bodies with nutrients before setting off for an intensive workout session or after a grueling run or interval training. In addition, these baskets contain runners’ favorite brands of energy gels, recovery protein bars, water, energy drinks, and other goodies conveniently packed in one package. If you're not too sure what gift to give during the holidays, a gift basket is a safe option that will also show your support. Prices range from $30 to $160.

With these gift ideas, you will hopefully be able to put a big smile on your runner’s face. 



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