If you’re anything like me, you’ve left Christmas shopping to the last possible minute. Which is why instead of running round the shops to sort this out, I’m composing a guide for you instead. I’ve come across a few cool products this year, so if you’re looking for some last-minute gifts, here are my recommendations.
First there was Runch, then there was Runger and now there is Runderwear! I was sent a pair to try out a couple of months ago and it’s definitely not “pants”. Available for men and women, Runderwear is performance underwear designed for runners, hence the name. Seamless and comfortable, these sit comfortably against the skin and very importantly, don’t chafe. I wore mine in the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the Dymchurch Marathon and will be investing in more before too long. At £16, they aren’t cheap, but your skin and bits will thank you. In terms of sizing, a size L is the equivalent to a 12-14, but they are generously sized – as a size 14, I found them extremely comfortable. If Runderwear think about increasing the size range further, they could really be on to a winner. Men’s sizes go up to a 40 inch waist and free delivery is available on orders over £30. Women’s bras are also available, but these are best suited to low impact sports such as yoga. Comfortable, great quality, but as a G/H cup, these do not offer the support I need.
2. Chia Charge Flapjack
I first got to know of Chia Charge back in 2012 when Tim, the owner and founder, sent me some energy gels he’d developed to try out. I always thought chia seeds were for parrots, but turns out they’re good for humans too. Fast forward a few years and he’s doing brilliantly. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Om Yoga Show where he was exhibiting and bought one of his delicious looking Chia Charge flapjacks. I enjoyed this with coffee a couple of days later and wasn’t disappointed. Loaded down with chia seeds, and containing salt flakes for a natural form of electrolyte replacement, it tasted amazing. Containing Golden Syrup, it was sweet, moist, chewy and everything a flapjack should be. If the runner in your life is looking for a suitable fuel on the go, at £1.60, this is one for them to try as it could replace 3-4 sports gels. Yum! Running never tasted so good.
If you only buy one thing for a runner, it should probably be a Buff. Buff is a performance product and is multi functional. You can wrap it round your wrist as a sweatband, you can wear it as a headband to keep your ears warm, you can use it to absorb sweat, you can wear it as a skull-cap to keep your head warm, you can wear it round your neck to keep warm, you can wear it over your face, it can do everything, even make you a cup of tea. Ok, maybe it can’t do that, but it’s incredible versatile. I love mine on a cold day as my ears get so cold. If I get too warm, I then use it as a sweatband. They come in loads of different styles and prints, so it’s easy to find just the right one for your runner. The original Buff starts at £15 and they’re also available in various outdoors shops.
4. Graze Box
Maybe your favourite runner already owns everything. Well, one thing we runner types like is FOOD. I used to get Graze boxes delivered a few years back and recently restarted my subscription. You can set it to be delivered weekly, fortnightly, monthly or even just as a one-off and you can stop and start at anytime. Each Graze box contains a selection of nutritious and delicious snacks, and can be tailored to dietary requirements and likes. Examples of snacks include flapjack, nut assortments, seeds and chocolate. I received a Mince Pie Flapjack in my last box and it was the best thing ever. Each box costs £3.99 for a selection of four snacks and if you use my code CQVLDRFMP, you’ll get your first, fifth and tenth box free and I’ll get £1 off my next box.
5. Race Entry
Runners like bling. So why not choose a race entry and put the email confirmation under the tree or in a stocking? There are loads of awesome races around, so entries are always appreciated as gifts! Or you could go down the Virtual Run route, which give runners the flexibility to run at a time and location to suit. And in terms of a shameless plug, I’m also organising a Virtual 5k in January for Rods Racing which has an awesome medal.
What are your suggestions for gifts for runners?
*Product provided by Runderwear, opinion is my own.