1/ Night Runner 270 foot torches
Lighting the way and making you visible, these foot-mounted lights are ideal for those heading out for a run during the winter period. Attaching to the laces, generating 150 lumens, waterproof and rechargeable, these would brighten up anyone’s Christmas Day.
2/ Wahoo Tickr X heart rate monitor
£69.99, Wahoo Fitness
Paired with Wahoo’s RunFit app, the TICKR X heart rate monitor offers all usual features of the TICKR but with added running metrics (vertical oscillation and ground contact time). With storage space too, it means you can head out without your phone and it’ll sync up when you’re done.
3/ Bjorn Borg pants
£15, Bjorn Borg
Whether it’s just for day-to-day use or specifically for running in (especially under tights in the colder weather), a pair of Bjorn Borg performance shorts can make all the difference in comfort; utilising their wicking Hydro Pro material to keep you dry and flat seams to prevent any chafing.
4/ GORE Essentials base layer
GORE know how to do technical fabrics well and for those colder runs where an extra layer is needed, this essential base layer fits like a dream and works well at keeping your core dry and warm.
5/ Beats by Dre Powerbeats 3
Designed for the most arduous exercise, the latest Powerbeats offer 12 hours of battery use, plenty for those who are starting marathon training and looking for headphones for those long runs. Sound quality and fit are, as always, top of the range.
6/ Skullcandy Method Sport
If wireless and Bluetooth aren’t your thing, then these cable ear buds from Skullcandy have been around for a while now and can survive many miles whilst sounding good.
7/ Sealskinz Stretch Fleece Nano gloves
Water-repellent, warm and you can use them with your phone, these gloves from Sealskinz would make a great gift for those needed a new pair of running gloves. Go for the fluoro if being seen is your thing.
8/ Loksak waterproof phone bag
The killer of many phones is being stuck in a sweaty pocket for too long, so get that special someone a Loksak and keep that phone dry. You can use it when it’s the bag so no need to stop and take it out for that mid-run selfie!
9/ Nikwash Basewash
It’s a sad day when your favourite running top falls victim to the inevitable stench of overuse. You can prolong it life however by using a bit of Basewash; specifically designed to keep synthetic technicalwear smelling fresh.
10/ Garmin Forerunner 30
This entry level GPS watch with wrist heart-rate sensor is the perfect gift for those looking to start tracking their progress as the miles increase. The recently updated Garmin app also makes using it easier, rather than confusing.
11/ Inov-8 All Terrain belt
If you’re going to run with a bum bag/belt, you might as well go all in and get one designed to survive the elements. This Inov-8 belt holds a phone and a few essentials whilst not bouncing all over the place.
12/ Strava Premium
For this who love to log all their runs, a premium Strava account might well be the ideal gift for that runner in your life. A premium account gets you special discounts on products, advanced analysis of running data, personalised coaching, Beacon (Strava's live tracking fucntionality) and much more. Give the gift of Premium this Christmas and, as an added bonus, when you purchase a gift subscription you’ll also get a free month to use for yourself (or anyone else).
£39.99 for 12 months, Strava
13/ Runner’s World Subscription
£18, Hearst Magazines
Yeah, we know, you’ve probably already got one BUT if you don’t then why not give the gift of running to someone this Christmas? There’s also a new subscriber gift so it’s like two presents in one!