Christmas is around the corner and that always means one thing – gifts! Along with lots of holiday food and a dollop of cheer, of course. But for runners it’s the season to watch out for that brand new gizmo or a pair of the latest trainers. But you can do one better for the runner in your life with these quirky gifts that not only show off your creativity but also show that you really care about their running.

Sweatproof shorts
If you are living with a runner, these are a godsend and makes To be honest, there is no greater gift than shorts that are made of quick drying fabric with mesh panels (that allow airflow). This is a sure shot winner. Nike usually has a wide selection of colours and materials.

Running jacket
This gift spells quirky, fun and functional all in one go. Plus you might end up out-doing everyone else if you pick one that’s best suited for the runner in your life. Examples: For the retro runner, for the tech-savvy triathlete or for the runner who’s always cold.

Running glasses
Lightweight, non-fogging, and designed to stay on your face while you run. You can definitely have more than one of these, so whoever you are gifting these to will be more than happy to receive them. Tifosi is a brand that offers a wide range of sunglasses at various budgets, so take a gander and make a pick.

Lightweight sweatshirt
Great for autumn and winter, when you want to run fast but not wear bulky clothing. More and more athletic brands are making these lightweight jackets, and they seem to be getting lighter and more compact every year. A gift that will surely earn you brownie points! This NB seamless hoodie is great and bright enough for the darkest winter nights.

Running journal
Perfect for beginners and those thinking of entering competitive races, the running journals by Gone for a Run, come in different designs and styles. They include pages for daily training logs, motivational quotes, along with goals, weekly and monthly mileage summaries, race log, bucket list and race registration logs. Check out their entire range here.

These handy lightweight covers help keep the mud, pebbles and rocks out of your shoes while on a trail. Perfect for those who love to explore new running tracks on the weekends.

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