Mary Baum

Runner’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Since Christmas is only a few weeks away, I think it is perfect timing to share with you a few things that I feel every runner needs!! Here is my 2012 Runner’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm (2.5-Ounce)

I don’t think I have ever ran a single race without the use aid of BodyGlide! No matter how many times you have worn a particular running outfit, there is always a time where it could lay on your body just a little bit different, and then really hurt in the chafing department.  Don’t race without it!

 The Stick

It took me far too long to actually buy a Stick. I had seen them at nearly every large race expo that I had been to for years and years, but always would walk buy them. The price point was too high for me to justify it. That was, until my husband and I finally splurged and bought one. I use this little gadget all the time – before races, after long runs, and even if I have been wearing heels a little too long and my calves tighten up. This is a great gift for a runner!

Foam Roller

These are the best for both pre and post run stretching. Foam rollers are the best to help keep IT band syndrome away, and to help your muscles release the lactic acid stored in your muscles after long and grueling runs!



A lululemon gift card is a great gift for an active person in your life! Yes, the items there are pricier than some other brands, but they are worth it! The quality and fit are truly unbeatable. I can’t speak for the men’s line, but the women’s clothes fit every curve to a T. I absolutely love the items that I have purchased from the store! And a gift card is a great way to help someone buy the perfect pair of yoga pants, or that top they have had their eye on for months!

Race Medal Hanger

So many runners just stick their race medals into a drawer after they race, and then never really enjoy them after that. Races are something to brag about, and the medals should be displayed! Allied Medal Displays have some really great ways to show off your accomplishments, and many are customizable.

Nathan Quickdraw Plus (22-Ounce)

I fought with myself for a long time about whether or not I wanted to get a carry along water bottle for my runs. However, after having one of the most brutal summer training cycles last summer for the Chicago Marathon, I had to get something to hydrate myself. I did a lot of research on waterbottles and worked on finding the perfect one for me. I highly recommend the Nathan Quickdraw! See all my thoughts here!

Race Tattoos

These are something that are so much fun to have on race day! Whether you stick one to your arm, on your calf, or share the pack with a group of friends, race tattoos give you that extra little bit of excitement as you pound the pavement!

Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch

This is Garmin’s newest running watch, and it is definitely on my Christmas List! I have a Timex Watch that I have had for years and years (Marcus has one too), but I like to know by distance on long runs and workouts. This Garmin is a stripped down version of their other watches, so it calls out pace, distance, and time, but leaves the other information off. It is perfect for every runner!

Brooks Running Shoes

It is no secret that I love Brooks Running shoes! They have been my go – to neutral shoe for years, and carry every other kind of shoe you would need. Whether you are looking for a minimalist shoe or full stability, Brooks is your shoe!

ProCompression Socks

I have already mentioned how much I love these socks, so not much else needs to be said. Get them, and use the code from my review! It will save you 40%!

What are some gifts you know runners love? What is on your Christmas list this year?

Disclosure: A few of the above link are affiliate links. If you purchase an item, I get a small percentage of the purchase.

9 Responses

  1. Darlene
    Darlene December 5, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    Hi Mary – I love your blog and thank you for the lululemon shout out! xoxoxoxox

  2. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes December 5, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    Yaya for BodyGlide! Since transitioning to triathlons, I have become best friends with BodyGlide. ;)

  3. meghan
    meghan December 5, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    I want a medal holder! I’ve been meaning to either buy it for myself or add it to the list. I need to display these things somewhere instead of a dresser drawer.

  4. Ari @ Ari's Menu
    Ari @ Ari's Menu December 5, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    I love all of these things! Great list!

  5. Elle
    Elle December 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

    Love the tattoos! Will have to watch for those.

    Good list.

  6. Paige
    Paige December 16, 2013 at 11:12 pm |

    I just bought my husband a golf ball muscle roller, got pretty good deal on it, hes been wanting one for awhile and i finally found one! :)


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