Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Runners

Sorry to break it to you, but the last thing the runner in your life needs is another pair of socks. (Well, unless the socks are super fancy, like these.) So if you’re looking for something a bit more out-of-the-box, you’ve come to the right place. Philly-based running coach and Be Well Philly contributor Cory Smith shares his top gift picks that runners will love. Start shopping below.

1. JHill Design Commemorative Race Prints, $20 to $50.

“You trained for months, maybe even years, for race day. Now that you’ve achieved your goal, commemorate it with artful elegance worthy of prime real estate on your living room wall. Customize each print with your runner’s name, finish time, bib number, race name and course.”

2. Hydro Flask Water Bottle, $22 to $35.

“I know hot and humid summer days feel like a distant past right now, but think about all those times you drove somewhere to do a long run, left your water bottle in the car, and came back to a bottle of boiling-hot, baked-in-the-sun H20. It’s the worst. Never again with the Hydro Flask: I’ve tested so many water bottles and these are by far the best I’ve had. Ice will not melt for up to 12 hours, even sitting in a scorching hot car. I recommend the 32-ounce bottle.”

3. Racedots, $19 to $30.

“Pinning a race bibs to your favorite race singlet or shirt means you’re putting holes in your favorite race singlet or shirt. These magnetic dots securely hold your bib in place without the damage.”

4. Bellabandz, $12.

“Make sure you look good for those race photos by sporting these no-slip hairbands. Made by a local competitive runner, Liz Sweeney from North Wales, these hairbands have Philly inspired themes like the Eagles or Phillies.”

5. Custom Race Medal Hanger, $20 to $40.

“For those who have been running for a while, odds are you’ve got a pretty hefty race-finisher medal collection somewhere. You worked hard to earn them, so show them off in style with these easily mountable race medal holders. There are a ton of styles to choose from, but the best part is you can customize them however you like. For example, my wife got me one with the Philly skyline and it looks amazing.”

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