The clock is literally ticking here. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably got some very good reasons why you’re not quite done with your holiday shopping. Or, you just really enjoy the challenge of a deadline. Either way, here we are. If you’ve got a runner on your gift list, here are a half dozen gift ideas for runners that are fun, useful – and available – at the last minute. Get after it!
Gift Cards to Local Specialty Running Shops
Don’t be swayed by the Hallmark notion that a gift card is cold or impersonal. Truth is, a gift card to their favorite specialty running shop is something they’ll actually use. If they don’t have a favorite shop (yet), a gift card is a great way to make an introduction to some of the great Charlotte area shops!
Did they – or you – miss a running event last year? How about a race they’ve always wanted to try? Of, is there an event you ALWAYS run?? Either way, a race entry is a fun way to celebrate now, all through the training cycle, and then again on race day. Registration is open for many spring and Q1 events. Start your search at one of the many event registration portals like RunSignup.
Help them document their journey while they’re running, training, or racing though the new year. A running journal is inexpensive motivation, encouragement, and accountability all wrapped-up into one neat little binder. Find one at your local specialty run shop, local booksellers, or online.
Here’s another gift that’ll keep on giving year round. A subscription to a running, fitness, or adventure magazine is something most every runner will appreciate. No matter what kind of running or activities they enjoy, there’s likely a magazine, newsletter, or forum that covers it. You can keep it “green” with an online subscription, too.
For a more “hands-on” gift, consider a gift card or appointment for a massage, pedicure, or other self-care service. Know you’re runner, though. Not everyone is comfortable with other folks up in their personal space. If they’re new to the concept, make it a buddy trip and take them along with you. That’s kind of a win-win gift there.
Custom Coupon Book
You don’t have to be an elementary school kid to produce a thoughtful, useful custom coupon book for your runner. Even the mildly crafty can gin up a printable coupon book using Canva, Pinterest, or other free online templates. Need a few entry ideas? How about coupons promising to join them for an early morning run, an event entry of their choice, or a post-run coffee?? Have fun with it!
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