In recent years running has experienced a huge surge in popularity. We’re willing to bet there’s at least one or two runners on your Christmas list.
A huge part of the appeal of running is the simplicity. All you really need to start is a decent pair of shoes and you’re off! But there are lots of little accessories that can make running a little easier or more enjoyable.
We’ve come up with a list of our favorites. Those little luxuries that we think runners will love. The good news is they are all under £20 so they’re perfect stocking fillers.
Music can have a massive motivational effect. Even the NHS agree. Their research has revealed that listening to music while exercising can reduce perceptions of effort and fatigue by up to 12 per cent.
Give your favorite runner a boost with the Urbanista Rio Headphones, available in five high-energy colours.
The over-ear design and three pairs of interchangeable ear-buds ensure a secure and comfortable fit so they’re not going to cause a distraction.
You’ll also be able to get in touch with your runner whilst they’re out and about. The Rio Headphones come with an in-line remote which not only controls the music but can also be used to take calls on-the-go.
Yes. Socks. That predictable old Christmas classic. Boring right?
These aren’t just any old socks though. For a runner, these are the crème de la crème of the sock world. Trust us on this.
Stance combine head-turning design with technical innovation to create socks that are stylish and hard-wearing, elevating the humble sock from boring necessity to coveted must-have.
The Neo Floral socks are the perfect stocking filler – they’ll add a dash of colour to your runner’s look and keep them fresh and comfortable no matter how hard they train.
Warm their heart and their legs with a gift that will keep them running right through the worst winter weather.
Heading out in the cold can be a shock to the system at the best of times but exercising with cold muscles can lead to injury.
Arm your favorite runner against chilly conditions with this Luxury Warm Up Cream. Applied to active muscles five minutes before exercise, the ‘self thinking’ heating system will control the warming temperature delivered as if by magic.
Eliminate the danger of undone shoe-laces for the runner in your life.
The Elastic Lock Laces are an ingeniously fool-proof method of fastening shoes. Compatible with any lace-up shoes, they are available in a choice of five colours.
The spring-loaded locking mechanism keeps the laces securely fastened for optimal stability. It’s so quick and easy to operate which can also make a big difference in transition if your runner also competes in Triathlon or Duathlon.
Another classic Christmas gift - a hat and glove set. No marks for originality, right?
Except Ronhill have taken the traditional hat and glove and used their experience and expertise to optimise it for runners. They've used special 'Regulite' fabric which is lightweight and breathable so it stays dry and comfortable.
It's a great stocking filler because, in classic black and yellow, it will go with anything in your runner's wardrobe. The hi-viz yellow and reflective trims will also help them to stand out on darker days.
Check out our other Christmas gift guides for more great ideas