The Most Unique Holiday Gifts for Runners

It seems like every health and fitness site is publishing a Holiday Gift Guide to help their readers find useful gear and gifts.

And it’s the same stuff: running shoes! running books! heart rate monitor!Holiday Gift Guide

I get bored reading them because nothing is new, unique, or compelling.

So today I’m doing something different.

Instead of just highlighting products that you could find at any store, I’m going to include gifts that are either:

  1. Fully customized for the recipient – no more “cookie-cutter” gifts
  2. Discounted to help you save cash

A normal holiday gift guide can be boring. How many times can you give the runner in your life running shoes or a foam roller?

So the goal is to help you find the most unique presents possible – while also considering your budget. And if you’re like me, you haven’t even started your Christmas shopping…

I hope you enjoy this holiday gift guide as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Discounted Running Gear

Let’s get the easy stuff done first: runners love their gear. Whether it’s windproof briefs or blister-proof socks, it seems like a runner’s wardrobe is never complete.

But why pay full price? Instead of getting charged for shipping and the regular retail price tag, use code CX12Z058 to save 20% and get free shipping when you join Road Runner Sports VIP program.

The program is only $1.99 for the first year and you then get 10% off everything. Plus, you get a 90 day wear’em and return’em guarantee. That means you can wear your running shoes and still return them.

I’ve been a member since 2004 – that’s WINNING in my book.

Custom Energy Bars

Convenient and great for long run or post-race fueling, energy bars have changed the way we train. But all too often, they taste like artificially flavored sand.

Instead, design your own energy bar at YouBar. You can personalize everything:

  • The base (like cashew butter, dates, or peanut butter)
  • Protein? Add in a few varieties!
  • Nuts, fruit, seasonings, sweeteners – they have it all

The best part is that most YouBar ingredients are certified organic and you get a detailed nutrition profile of the bar that you create. So you know exactly what you’re eating.

You can also choose the size of the bar or order gift certificates, box sets, and bars designed by celebrities like Tim Ferriss.

Go ahead, get wild. Build your unique bar here. And use code StrengthRunning at checkout to get 5% off!

Safety First!

I’ve been bitten by a dog, nearly hit by a car, fallen in the middle of a busy road, and gotten seriously lost while running. Luckily, none were serious and I always made it home safely.

But after a bike crash left me hobbling for weeks – I was riding downhill at nearly 40 miles per hour and fell – I started wearing a Road ID just in case.

Having easy to find identification with contact information became more important to me after all these close calls. Plus, my boss (aka, my wife) wanted to worry less while I was running.

So give the gift of peace of mind this holiday season: use code pcSantaBob1000 to save 10% on your Road ID purchase. And if you order more than $40 by 12/15/2012, shipping is free. Nothing wrong with that.

It might just make a difference for someone you love.

Personalized Training Plan

The ultimate, custom-made gift: a training plan built specifically to a runner’s unique fitness level, hectic schedule, racing calendar, and injury profile.PR Race Plan

I’ve written hundreds of PR Race Plans for all kinds of runners:

  • Beginners who use a run-walk method to get in shape
  • Sub-3 marathoners
  • Ultramarathoners running their first 50-mile race
  • Army fitness test cadets, first-time 5k runners, and more

Whatever your goal or situation, a training plan can be customized to your specific needs to help you run faster, stay more consistent, or get in better shape.

Questions? Just email me and let’s chat.

See what other runners like you have to say about the PR Race Plan here.

Still Want More?

As you can see, I love quirky gifts that show you thought hard about the runner in your life. So try a box of nutrition bars or a personal training plan and stop getting gift certificates to Foot Locker (not cool).

But if you want a more mainstream idea, I highly recommend a top-notch running book. Where else can you get hours of running instruction from seasoned coaches and world class runners for the price of a cocktail?

Of course, I highly recommend 101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner since I wrote it (shameless plug), but there are a lot of other great books.

Here is my personal, curated list of running books.

No matter what you choose to get your favorite runner (or yourself) this year, have fun and remember that no food, shoe, or book will make you faster. Only hard work does that.

Happy Holidays!!

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  1. Great list, Jason. You might want add a note that Road Runner Sports’ VIP program is $1.99 for the first year, then $24.99 per year after that.

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