Running Gift Ideas: 6 Gifts For The Runner On Your List

Whether you’re shopping for the runner in your life or looking for ideas for your personal holiday wish list, check out these 6 presents for your favourite pavement pounder. These items will help you perform better, recover faster, and celebrate every run.

As a runner, what do you covet most? What have I left off the list? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy holidays.


1. Jabra Sport Pulse wireless ear buds. It’s a wireless headset that’s also an all-in-one fitness trainer. The Pulse wireless headphones by Jabra feature a clinical grade in-ear heart rate monitor and audio coaching with the included Jabra Sport LIFE smartphone app. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, these headphones have a built-in mic, are lightweight, and have ear clips for a secure fit. Available in store at Best Buy and online. $249.99

2. NB Heat Hoodie. When your favourite runner is diving deep into the cold, this scuba-inspired women’s hoodie is their best friend. The shaped hood fits closely and covering the mouth for coziness they won’t have to constantly adjust. And thumbhole cuffs add even more warmth. Available in store at New Balance and online. $89.99

3. Restore by Gaiam Muscle Therapy Foam Roller. Loosens tight, knotted muscles, and improve your favourite runners flexibility with Gaiam’s durable high density foam deep massage 36″ high-density Foam Roller.  Available online. $49.99

4. Tiux Graduated Compression Socks. Train harder and keep your favourite runners legs energized with Tiux Performance Compression Socks. Engineered to help runners improve performance, reduce muscle fatigue and recover faster. Available online. $35.00

5. Massage. What runner doesn’t love a post long run massage. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Available for purchase online, check out my friends at The Health Loft. $59 for 30 min – $144 for 90 minutes.

6. Race Registration. Race fees can add up, why not support your runner in their habit for healthy, active living by picking up the tab on one or two races. Canada Running Series even offer a multi event pack where you will save by registering for more than one race and gift cards! Available online. $50-$115 per race.

Wild About It: Restore by Gaiam Hot & Cold Foot Roller

photo(4)Last year I had 3 really bad ankle sprains. The first occurred while running on a track at night and rolling my ankle on a broken piece of the track to the point that I lost my balance and nearly fell over. This was at the start of the season and it never really healed (because I didn’t stop training) and I rolled it twice more over the next few months.

I began taping it for most long runs and definitely every race. I got acupuncture to speed the healing, and while at home stretching in the evenings I began doing lots of rolling as well. I rolled with everything from tennis balls (they often broke) to baseballs (way to hard and hurt so good), so when I came across the Gaiam Hot & Cold Foot Roller, with it’s unique shape and bumps, I had to give it a try.

What is it?

The Gaiam Hot & Cold Foot Roller is a small plastic tube, 6.5″ long x 3.25″ wide at the base, ideal for relieving plantar fasciitis, pain from heel spurs or just tired, achy feet. It is placed under the foot, and the user rolls or “chugs” their foot along the roller, massaging the bottom of the foot.

What I’m Wild About.

photo 3(7)What first drew me to the Gaiam Hot & Cold Foot Roller is it’s unique shape that allows the roller to effectively fit into the arch of the foot. It also has raised surface dots which give it extra massaging power providing a kneading effect for additional relief. After only one use, it immediately relaxes the muscles and eases any tension you might have in your feet.

Another great feature is it’s hot/cold technology. Simply place the roller in the freezer or in a bowl of hot water and the roller will hold that given temperature for up to 30 minutes providing extra hot or cold therapy.

The Gaiam Roller is perfect post run to give your tired feet some much needed relief. Heat it up, or use it as is, and your feet will thank you. It’s available online from Gaiam Canada, you can pick one up for $19.99 plus tax and shipping here.