Holiday Gift Guide for Runners, Fitness Fans, Parents/Babies, and Foodies

Need gift ideas for your favorite runner, fitness fan, mama/parent/baby, or foodie? Or, looking for items to put on your own wish list? I’m combining all my recommendations into one massive gift guide – here are some of my favorites from around the web! (Please note that affiliate links are included in this post.)

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For the Expectant Parents, New Babies, or 1 Year Olds:

For the Runner

  • A race registration! Local or exotic. :)
  • A gift card for a local training group. Lots of running stores host these at the track a couple times a week, or host race-specific training groups!
  • A race bib/medal holder. I have one in my office at home and love it! I love this inspirational medal holder, and here is a cool combination bib + medal holder!
  • Reflective gear. Keep your favorite runner safe while they run in the dark! Here’s a great headlamp for running and you might also consider getting them a reflective vest. Brooks also has a ton of great “nightlife” gear on their website, if you’re looking for tights, jackets, shorts, shoes, and hats that are reflective (but still functional).
  • Winter running accessories. If your favorite runner lives in a climate that involves lots of running on ice or snow, runner-friendly YaxTrax (little grips that fit onto your running shoes) are a must. Also, a neck warmer, warm gloves, and a running headband (I prefer these to hats!)
  • Performance socks. Having socks that wick away sweat and don’t slip down is so key for a runner. I love both bombas socks (for every pair purchased, one is donated – love that) and Brooks running socks (that’s the women’s version – here’s the men’s).
  • Compression wear. I like CEP compression and Champion CSX. I wear compression socks around the house after runs, and sleeves during long runs when the weather isn’t too hot. They’ve really helped me with shin splint/calf tightness issues.
  • Ice packs. So necessary for long distance runners! I love Pardice Packs (the cuffs) – they don’t sweat on you and the cuff design means they easily stay around your knees/ankles/legs.
  • A running belt or hydration pack. I love the Nathan hipster running belt to hold my phone, keys, and credit card/ID while running or hiking. It stays put and doesn’t bounce! For a bigger option that holds water, the Nathan hydration vest is amazing for long distance runners (or hikers, or bikers) – I wore it for all my marathon training runs (and for long races).
  • A foam roller/stick. I recommend this foam roller – a foam roller is a must for any runner. Using this daily has made a huge difference in recovery/soreness for me! For travel, try The Stick – there are a variety of sizes and it’s more portable. It’s also easier to use while on the couch watching TV. ;)

For the Fitness Fan

  • A wireless speaker. Perfect for those that work out at home! We have a Sonos wireless speaker and it’s amazing – you play music via an app on your phone (we mostly play Pandora on it). For a cheaper option, this speaker is well reviewed!
  • No-slip headbands. I recommend Sweaty Bands Elastic Sports Headbands – among the very few headbands I’ve found that actually stay on my head.
  • A yoga mat. This Jade Yoga Mat is my absolute favorite. A bit pricey but so worth it because it’s not slippery at all and lasts forever! And while you’re at it, a yoga mat sling or yoga mat bag are also useful! If you want a good gift for someone who does a lot of hot/heated yoga, consider a yoga towel – I have and love this yoga towel.
  • A gym bag. I have this Lululemon backpack that I LOVE – use it almost every day to haul workout clothes and my computer around town. This gym bag is also super cute and affordable!

For The Cook/Foodie

Other random ideas:

What’s on your holiday wish list?


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    I love the list for runners…so helpful! I also didn’t even know they had reusable kcups…so much cheaper and less waste! I will definitely be getting that! :)

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