*Disclaimer: I was provided with items from Skirt Sports, Peppers Eyeware, Swiftwick Socks, and Skida as compensation for review for this gift guide. All of the opinions reflected in this Holiday Gift Guide are my own.
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and it’s time to find the perfect gifts for the runner or trail runner in your life. This year’s holiday gift guide features my fresh picks to help every runner stay fast, hydrated, warm and colorful during the colder winter running months.
FRESH HYDRATION Pick:
1. UltrAspire Spry Purpleocity SP13
Retail Price: $80
When I run longer distances I tend to experience fluid loss at a quick rate so I am always looking for more convenient ways to carry fluids during training. It is easy as a runner to neglect hydration and I know that if you are like me sometimes a short run can turn into a long run if you are feeling great or the conditions are perfect. The UltrAspire Spry is a great hydration pack because it is not bulky. It has two pockets up front to carry your energy gels, identification and keys. The pack now also holds a one liter bladder for fluids. The vest is made of a lightweight breathable mesh. The UltrAspire bladder is cool because it is easy to fill with a wide opening at the top that is closed using a Slide Seal™. I also love the high flow valve that UltrAspire uses for easy fluid flow.
Fresh Skirt Pick:
2. Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt
Retail Price: $90
Meet the Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt. As you know, my love for Skirt Sports runs deep and this is my new favorite running skirt to keep me warm and toasty on long, cold midwinter runs. This skirt features super warm running pants that still include Skirt Sports signature pockets on the legs, perfect for holding energy gels, your iPhone or whatever you might need on a cold winter run. The best thing about the Tough Girl Skirt is the two panel skirt over the running pants which makes you feel warm and cozy, pretty and colorful when hitting the icy winter roads and trails. The running pants also have a boot cut at the bottom which makes this skirt perfect for wearing on errands after your run. The Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt comes in a variety of bright colors and prints which will warm up your coldest run.
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Fresh Compression Pick
3. Swiftwick Aspire 12 in Pink–Compression Socks
Retail Price: $35.99
I love compression socks for three reasons. The first is that they help increase circulation in your legs during and after running. I also love them because they add an extra layer to keep my calves warm when the temperature becomes chilly. Lastly, I love compression socks because I have always loved the look of tall socks (I guess it is the true runnerd in me coming out). Swiftwick Aspire 12 compression socks have a 4″ double cuff to help keep them in place on your calves which is helpful especially because I have string bean legs. These socks help to improve performance during running by creating better circulation in your legs and feet and enhance circulation for excellent recovery for tired legs after long runs and races. These socks are made from a unique fiber called olefin which is moisture-wicking and breathable. They also come in white but I love them in pink for a fun burst of color.
Fresh EYEWEAR Pick:
Retail Price: $49.99
I fell in love with Peppers Eyewear because they offer stylish glasses at a reasonable price. Peppers Eyewear come in styles made for sports or for your post marathon celebration around town in their more fashion forward styles. Many of the frames are offered with both Polarized or non-polarized lenses to suit your needs. Peppers Polarized Eyewear was generous enough to share with me the Peppers Polarized Eyewear Circuit Breaker frames which have super thin POLARIZED polycarbonate lenses (also available in non-polarized) and a tuff-core GRILAMID frame. This frame is light and perfect for cycling and running. The frame is made for someone with a wider face. I have a narrow oval shaped face so I passed these on to Organic Runner Dad to test out. He loves the lightweight frames and has worn them on rugged mountain runs in the White Mountains. I think they suit him perfectly. Peppers Polarized Eyewear will make a nice holiday surprise for your running enthusiast’s next running adventure. Here is a promo code for your holiday purchase from peppersusa.com which can be entered at checkout for 20% off your order. promo code: OUTDOORS a Rafflecopter giveaway
Fresh Tough Chick Look
5. Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top
Retail Price: $85
The Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top is quickly becoming another one of my winter favorites. I love how well thought out Skirt Sports technical gear is when it comes to pockets and other necessary features. This half zip pull-over has a large hidden kangaroo pouch that can hold your gloves, hat or whatever you need to take off as your thermostat warms up on a long winter run. There is also a little pocket on the left shoulder for your iPhone, your keys, your identification or your energy gel. The other must-have feature for any piece of winter gear are the thumbholes. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the inventor of thumbholes because they help to prevent a draft from climbing up your sleeves when the wind is whipping. The Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top also has some reflective details for better visibility when running at dusk. This half zip is a must have!
Fresh Post Run Footwear Pick
Retail Price: $120
I have been a huge Bogs fan for years and the Women’s Classic High Bogs have become a staple in my wardrobe. I love these Bogs in the summer when I am working out in the garden. I love them during mud season and on rainy days for keeping my feet warm and dry and I love them in the winter especially after long runs and races because they are comfortable and keep my piggies warm and toasty. Bogs are 100 percent waterproof, and use unique materials to help wick moisture and keep odor out. Bogs are the perfect after run footwear in the winter. Did I mention that they are rated to 40 below zero? I am also a huge fan of the colorful nature inspired patterns.
FRESH HAT Pick
Retail Price: $16-$34
I was first introduced to SKIDA by my good friend Alison and fell in love with the pretty patterns and the simplicity and wearability of SKIDA hats and headbands. SKIDA is a Vermont company that was started by Burke Mountain Ski Academy student Corinne Prevot in 2007. She and her Mom work with local cottage industry seamstresses to create these cool hats and headbands. SKIDA offers hats in both Alpine (lined with fleece) and Nordic (unlined) hats and headbands. The hats and headbands are made of a printed poly-blend outer fabric and when lined have a cozy fleece. The hats come in many different unique fabrics featuring large polka dots, bold designs, and vibrant colors. SKIDA also just began producing a kids line of hats which my kids (ages 5 and 3) were super psyched to test out! The nordic hats are perfect for those semi-cold days where you just need to keep your head covered while still not overheating and the Alpine hats are great for days when the wind chills pick up. I wear my SKIDA on the mountain, on nordic ski trails and on all of my favorite runs and you should too! a Rafflecopter giveaway
FRESH FAST SHOE Pick
8. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
RETAIL PRICE: $110
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is the shoe that has been with me through all of my marathon training and racing and trail running adventures. I love the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 because it offers fantastic stability for an over-pronator like me. It features the signature Brooks “footbridge” to help provide extra support and even comes in a 2AA which I need for my narrow fit. This shoe fits true to size. The Adrenaline stands up to the grueling miles of marathon training. This shoe is light and is very flexible which is a surprising feature of this stability shoe. If you aren’t in need of a stability shoe Brooks has a lot of other great road trail shoe choices to add to your holiday wish list.
FRESH GIFT CARD Pick
9. Outdoor Divas Gift Card
Retail Price: $25-$200
My last holiday gift pick for runners, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts is a gift card to an awesome Boulder, CO business. Outdoor DIVAS is “the first women specific outdoor and snow sports shop in the country.” This business was started by Kim Walker, “a recognized authority on apparel and gear designed for women.” I had the opportunity to meet with Kim and to check out outdoor DIVAS first hand during my last visit to Boulder, CO. Kim’s store, outdoor Divas, sells great brands such as Prana, Nuu Muu, Stonewear Designs, Skirt Sports and many more. Kim Walker and her business celebrate and support strong women athletes. If you haven’t yet heard of outdoor DIVAS this is definitely a go to spot for your outdoor gear!