We asked eight owners and managers of specialty running stores around the country their holiday gift ideas for a fellow runner.
Megan Digregorio, Manager, Falls Road Running, Baltimore
“The New Balance Tri-Viz hat is a great gift for those who run in the dark. With the light setting built into the hat, it’s easy to see everything in front of you and for people to see you.”
Kim AuBuchon, COO, Big River Running Company, St. Louis
“The best gifts are things you normally wouldn’t splurge on for yourself and also have that wow-factor. As a runner, I would be thrilled to receive a new GPS watch like the Garmin Forerunner 25 or a great outer layer like the Saucony Nomad Jacket.”
Fritz Fitzer, Manager, Foot Traffic, Portland, Ore.
“My go-to holiday gift for runners is a Smartwool beanie. The merino wool is non-scratchy and is perfect for temperature regulation during the ever-shifting weather of fall, winter and spring.”
Cheryl Brand, Manager, On the Run, Houston
“The best gift to give a runner for the holidays is a pair of running shoes or a GPS watch. Proper running shoes are necessary, and getting fit at a specialty running store is essential. GPS watches are multifunctional and will help keep your training in check.”
Bill Davison, Owner, The Running Center, Tampa, Fla.
“The best gift we can offer our customers is our time and experience. We do not charge for our gait analysis and want to ensure that each guest is wearing a great-fitting shoe.”
Laurie O'Hanlon, Assistant Manager, Super Runners Shop, Huntington, N.Y.
“The best item to give a runner for the holidays is a headlamp. It’s an easy purchase as it does not need sizing, is not footwear nor body size specific. Being able to see is a profound motivator for any runner who wants to continue running outside during the ‘dark months.’”
Mike Shuman, Owner, Shu's Idaho Running Company, Boise, Idaho
“The Garmin Forerunner 25 makes a great gift for any runner. It’s a great watch for tracking your miles, paces, heart rate and calories with a long-lasting battery. Even non-techy runners would appreciate the options on this watch as well as the price.”
Ron French, Manager, Runner's Den, Phoenix
“Fall apparel is a great holiday gift idea. The weather finally cools off here in Phoenix, so it’s the perfect opportunity to check out the new cool-weather apparel arrivals. Also, gift cards. They’re always the correct size and color.”