Holiday Gift Guide 2017 - My Top Ten Gifts For Runners

I was talking to one of my son's teachers a few days ago and she told me that she hadn't started her holiday shopping yet - she had simply been too busy until now. The last week before Christmas is offically here and I know there are many of you who still have some shopping to do!
I'm excited to share some products that I have loved this year and some of them for years. So if you still need something special for the runner or fitness enthusiast in your life - I've got you covered and you'll be jumping for joy over these awesome gift selections.

1. Roka Sunglasses

Living in a year round sunny climate, I must have a great pair of shades that:

A. Will hold up to sweat and running for hours at a time
B. You can put them on with casual or dressy regular clothes
C. They look amazing and make you feel like a bad ass at all times.

Boom. Roka completely took sunglasses and made them impossibly cool. I LOVE. THESE. GLASSES. I wear them all the time and if I could sleep in them, I would. I can and have run 20 plus miles in these glasses and they never move, never slip - they are light as a feather, and you don't even know they are there. 

Need further validation? Gwen Jorgenson and Lauren Fleshman wear them also. Enough said.

There are two pair that I love. The ultra hip and cool aviators - the Rio Ti...

I'm wearing THESE glasses.

I'm also crazy about the Vendee, which makes you look and feel like you're at a posh resort, but you can still hit the road FAST:

I'm wearing THESE

2a. Brooks Ghost 10 Running Shoes

Now I realize that unless the person on your list specially asked for the Ghost 10, you wouldn't know if they can wear this shoe.
I will say that this is my absolute GO TO running/training shoe (I've been wearing the Ghost since the 7 was introduced a few years ago). It cradles and hugs my foot so comfortably, and the cushion is amazing without being too soft. This is a neutral shoe with a 12mm heal to toe drop and if I could have 5 boxes lined up at my disposal at all times, I would. I love this shoe and I love Brooks Running. They really understand the sport of running and their constant mission is to make products that bring out the best in you as a runner.

2b. Brooks Levitate

Light. Cushion. Fast. 
The Brooks Levitate shoes set out to make a shoe that makes you feel like you are floating on air and ready to run the race of your life at the same time.

They succeeded.

It's another neutral shoes with an 8mm heel to toe drop and you really can feel the energy flowing through your body when you run in these shoes.

3. Garmin Forerunner 935

Sleek. Cool. Savvy. Efficient. 
This watch has all of this and so much more. I'm just waiting for it to say: "Time to get up and run, Nat!" 

I mean really. Not only is the 935 awesome for running (and gives me every piece of data that I need to analyze my workout), it's a great watch for triathletes as well. Run, swim, bikre, ski, GPS, heart rate monitor and the list goes on. 
I can wear it for a marathon (as I did for CIM) or wear it with jeans. This watch is on my wrist all the time and if it's not, then I'm charging it so I can wear it asap.

Trust me, if the runner in your life gets this as a present, expect a yelp of joy.

4. JayBird Freedom earbuds.

Music brings us to life. It energizes us, pumps us up and sometimes makes the impossible seem possible. 

The Freedom earbuds rock. The sound is clear and premium and you can hardly tell that you're wearing them on a run or workout. I love having music or listening to a podcast during a workout and these are top of the line. No worries about sweat moving these around and interrupting your flow.  You put them in and they stay in place. period.


5. Bambino Sitters

You guys have heard me talk about this company a lot in the past couple of weeks. A man (from my very own town!) developed the premimum babysitter app of all apps! What makes Bambino stand out? You can choose a sitter from your very own neighborhood, or look up referrals from your neighbors and friends about sitters and then book them yourself. It's easy, simple and takes the stress out of finding the right sitter. You also can pay right from the app which is genius.
You can read about my personal experience HERE.

A great, fast and easy gift idea? Give a gift card and that special someone will receive the ultimate gift - a little bit of time for themselves.

Friends - use the code: NATRUNSFAR to get $10 off your babysitting! (new parents only).

6. Stride Box

The compact fun box filled with useful goodies for runners that is delievered every month right to your doopstep! 

The great thing about Stride Box is that they pack their boxes with products that runners actually WANT to use. They really understand a runner's needs and wants and it's reflected in this great box. 

In addition - I have a coupon code for you too friends! Use the code:


This code will give 10% off of 3 month and 6 month gift subscriptions. The expiration date is 12/24/17.

ALSO - be sure to jump over to my Instagram - I'm GIVING AWAY Two Stride Box to TWO WINNERS this week!!

This is what November's box looked like :)

7. Procompression Socks

Every runners needs really good socks! This is a great stocking stuffer or stand alone gift. I love the long compression socks for recovery (they have a new, great design every month) - I sleep in them too! I also love the lows for running and training. I've been running/recovering in these sock for a couple of years and the quality is always top notch.

8. Lululemon Speed Short

As of now, it's the only short I run in and I've trained in these shorts for years. I love the fit, feel, fabric, vibrant colors and of course the pockets! there is a nice, slim pocket on the back waistband to fit your phone (without the case) and key or a Gu or small nutrition source. For CIM, I fit 5 GU between the back pocket and two inside pockets in the front. I LOVE these shorts and you really can't go wrong with Lululemon.

Just a few - I have a lot! :)

9. Oofos Sandals

This is another product that I have used for about two years. We don't wear shoes in our house and I needed a shoe that was supportive and would really baby my feet after running. I also needed extra support for running after kiddos all day, and being on my feet so much of the day.
Oofos is perfect. Again, this company understands the importance of a runner's feet and their sandals are top notch.

Soft with great cushion and support - you'll want to throw off your running shoes and slide into these sandals after every run. Even if you can't put your feet up right away, these shoes will help begin the recovery process.

I had a bad case of plantar fasciitis last year and one thing you cannot do after having PF is walk around barefoot. Enter Oofos. 

The athlete in your life would love to receive these under the tree!

10. Momentum Jewelry

Need Inspiration? Look no further than these pretty bracelet wraps that tell you everything from "Dream Big" to "Nevertheless She Persisted" to "Own Today" and the list goes on. Athlete or not, everyone needs some daily inspiration and Momentum makes a wonderful line of product that is reasonably priced and comes in a great array of styles and colors. I know you'll love it as much as I do.

Well, there you have it. Ten of my favorite items for runners, fitness enthusiasts, Moms, Dads, siblings or friends.

There's still time to find the perfect gift! Enjoy my friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Do awesome things.


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