Christmas gift guide for him

illy coffee machine 

What? illy Francis Francis Y3 iperEspresso

Why? Studies have proven that caffeine can boost running performance so why not do it properly with this neat coffee machine. Illy's latest model is only 26.5cm high by 10cm wide so you fit it into the smallest of kitchens  It's available in three colour schemes, all equally aesthetically pleasing. Other great features include: touch controls, one litre removable water tank and two automatic coffee settings. Drink up. 

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Vitamix blender 

What? Vitamix professional series 750 

Why? This is far more than just a blender. It offers five settings and is programmed for smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, puree and has a cleaning cycle. Everything runs so smoothly with this machine, it'll be your best friend in the kitchen. It runs ultra quietly and is very easy to use. The best bit though is that it'll blend your food into oblivion in a matter of moments. It's not cheap though so definitely one for those who REALLY enjoy giving at Christmas. 

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Wireless headphones 

What? Jabra Sport wireless+ headphones 

Why? The running to music dilemma is often the toughest,  finding headphones that comfortably stay can be a nightmare but these bluetooth wireless pair could be your new best friend. They lock-in to fit snugly to your ear and provide decent enough sound quality. An extra bonus is that if you don’t want to carry your bluetooth enabled device around, you can tune into the built-in FM radio.

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Garmin 

What? Forerunner 620 or 220 

Why? Whatever your budget, putting a Gamin on your wish list will guarantee a merry Christmas. The 620 offers a high res colour touchscreen face, then alongside all the features you'd expect of any training watch it also tracks cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. The 220 is a cheaper but still excellent option.  

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SIS gels

What? SIS Endurance pack

Why? The practical and endlessly useful item to add to your Christmas list. This is a must-have for anyone training for a spring marathon. The pack includes a variety of energy gels, recovery shake and bars to keep you going when things get tough. 

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Shoe fresheners 

What? Happi feet

Why? These make perfect stocking fillers for any regular runner, or household of a runner. The handy inserts last for up to six weeks and smell really fresh. You simply stick them in your shoes when not in use and allow the deodorising fragrance to spread. 

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