Running has become a bit of an obsession, and I want to stay motivated during the cold, dark winter to keep moving and growing whether I am able to go outside or not. Chances are, you or the runners in your life are facing the same challenge and could use some cheerful treats this winter. There are still plenty of unique, affordable gifts you can scoop up for your loved ones in time for your holiday celebration. Check with stores for availability and websites for shipping deadlines, and get shopping!
The right accessory can totally make my day and give me the boost I need to get going. I adore the homespun feel of this super soft Spyder Women’s Twisty Headband. Men can keep their ears warm and their style cool with the Nike Reversible Cold Weather Headband. The black/volt option evokes sunshine with a pop of bright yellow. Also, it’s kind of hard not to motivate when your headgear literally says RUN.
Oiselle wants you to get your rear in gear, and they’re not afraid to show it by, say, emblazoning that saying and other cheeky inspirations across the backsides of their super bright, sweat-wicking 3 pack of Rundies. For festive feet, you can’t beat these whimsical mismatched socks by Solmate. Still dragging? Give them Shwings! Yes, shoe wings exist, and they are awesome. Choose from a variety of colors and finishes. They lace into pretty much any sneaker and will make your running pal feel like a modern-day Hermes.
Go beyond basic lotion and pamper a runner with these eco-friendly choices. Pop a few into a basket or bag and call it a day. Show love to fatigued feet and hardworking legs with The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Rescue Treatment and Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel.
Lush Cosmetics has some brilliant options for less-than-sweet feet. T for Toes foot powder is a miracle worker for stopping stink, and Stepping Stone solid foot scrub is adorable and effective at smoothing rough patches. For those times where the stink threatens to reappear, Volcano foot mask will stop it in its tracks with exfoliating pumice and unique ingredients like tomatoes, potatoes and papaya.
Burt’s Bees makes great wallet-friendly natural products that are widely available. Dry, cracked feet will rejoice when slathered with the ultra rich coconut foot creme, while achy muscles will come alive again after a shower with Fabulously Fresh Peppermint Rosemary body wash. Throw in one of their beloved lip balms to soothe chapped lips. Instant gift!
Being stuck inside when you want to run is such a bummer, so give runners the gift of laughter with the latest collection of comics by Matthew Inman, mastermind behind hilarious website The Oatmeal. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a book that explores the trials and tribulations of a runner’s journey with humor that is so relatable. Seriously, check out this preview and tell me you’ve never had a run-in with the Blerch. (Also, if you have time, check Indiebound to see if your local bookshop has this in stock and spread holiday cheer to book nerds everywhere.)
iTunes gift cards are practically guaranteed to be a hit for anyone, but runners who need mood music to get them through that tough mile will be especially grateful. Here’s an awesome soundtrack to get you started, songs that have all been created with the help of rock legend Dave Grohl.
His music has been a part of my life since I was a kid listening to Nirvana, and it’s awesome to witness his evolution to front man, documentary director and musical genius. Grohl has mastered the art of storytelling across genres, from producing country music, to directing the journey of his band, Foo Fighters, across America to create an album. He collaborates with emerging artists and fellow icons alike to make music that is pure magic. If you haven’t seen the documentaries “Back and Forth,” “Sound City” or “Sonic Highways”, please do so ASAP and get engrossed in Grohl’s history and creative process. (Pro tip: Check the television listings for Palladia and VH1 Classic because they play Sound City all the time.)
In the meantime, I hope this playlist gets you moving. I’m not promising holiday miracles, but let’s just say I found myself howling and high-fiving myself throughout my run with this mix. Happy Holidaves!