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The Alternative Runner’s Gift Guide

Last week I covered the more conventional runner-specific gifts for the athlete in your life– you know, sports kit, running shoes and sports nutrition. But let’s be honest, there are other things runners like too! (Santa, if you’re watching, running kit is still top of my list…)

  1. Coffee

I don’t know what it is about runners (or endurance athletes), but we seem to love coffee more than a normal amount. Maybe we rely on it for performance. Or maybe we’re just knackered half the time. But coffee is always a good shout for the runner in your life. I love flavoured ground coffee for guilt-free caffeine love.

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2. Quest bars

I became completely obsessed with Quest bars when I was living in Mexico. You could buy them easily at health food shops, and I had a daily expenses allowance which meant I could afford them more often than not. It’s been months since I had a Quest bar and I miss them. The struggle is real.


3. Haircare

Between running, lifting and most importantly, swimming, my hair is constantly a ratchet mess. Maybe your runner (or triathlete) feels the same way. Treat them to some luxury!


4. A candle and/or reed diffuser


Even though I’m a pretty hygienic person, my room always smells of running kit. I have a weekly purification session (open all the windows, and door, and clean sheets) but when you have to keep all your running kit in an enclosed space, you have to accept it as a fact of life. But a candle? A candle will make all that sooo much better.


5. Spotify Premium

Spotify Premium was a game-changer for me. Not only can I listen to a ton of music even when I’m offline; I get a weekly Discovery playlist, which always helps me keep the music fresh for long runs. Plus I’m one of those god-awful people who constantly has headphones in and music on.

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6. Chocolate

This speaks for itself. I’ll bet you any runner does it 50% for the endorphin high, 50% for the food.

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Aaaand now I’m gonna go buy some chocolate!

What non-running related items are on your Christmas wishlist?

Lots of love,



10 thoughts on “The Alternative Runner’s Gift Guide”

  1. but seriously hair care, that mess gets expensive real quick! my non runner wish list is tieks! some non runner shoes that can easily fit into my suitcase for work travel, yes please!!! candles fo’ sho’ i have 2 dogs so even without the runner smell dogs can stink up a house real quick, gotta have those candles/wall plug-ins at the ready. i cannot be the stinky house!!

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