8 Unique Gifts To Help Running Addicts Hit the Road

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Struggling to come up with running gift ideas for the run-addict in your life? From stocking fillers to the latest in swanky tech, we've got you covered this Christmas.

1. Suunto Ambit3 Sports Black Watch



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The world of running watches can be a confusing old place, particularly if you’re buying for someone else, but the Suunto Ambut3 Sports Watch is always a safe bet. It’s one of the most versatile – not to mention best built – running watches on the market. It’s also comprehensive, compact and easy to use, and has all the features you actually need and none of the superfluous bells and whistles that you don’t.

This watch will record heart rate, distance, speed, laps, time and overall performance for running, and also skiing, swimming and hiking. Plus it can sync to a runner’s phone via Bluetooth, meaning they can boast about their endeavours on Strava in real time, too. Why go running if no one knows about it, eh?

2. Salomon Energy Waterproof Running Waist Belt Bag

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A running belt may seem a little nerdy but it’ll soon become a treasured piece of kit for any keen runner. This one from Salomon is a particular winner as it is super durable, breathable, can be adapted to the waistline and is waterproof. It can hold two 200ml bottles and has a secure zip pocket for essentials such as keys and phones. Just don't call it a bum bag, right?

3. Born for Running Forced to Work Mug



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This novelty running mug is the perfect stocking filler for those running enthusiasts in your life who work to live as opposed to live to work. They’re the people who at 5pm every day are lacing up their shoes and bounding through the office doors, ready to do what they love best – run! This mug is guaranteed to become a firm favourite for the office tea break, and also makes a perfect secret Santa gift.

4. 1000 Mile Micro Running Socks



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For anyone else, socks may seem like a rubbish gift, but a runner will seriously thank you for them. A decent pair of socks are amongst the most important elements in a runner’s arsenal, and they can never have too many.  

These durable 1000 Mile socks are particularly good when it comes to preventing blisters and ensuring that feet are kept as pain-free and comfortable as possible. They keep feet cool and dry, wicking away sweat efficiently, and a padded area on the heel also provides the wearer with some additional support, helping to protect the Achilles.

5. Framed Race Number



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If you’re looking for a really thoughtful present then it doesn’t get much better than this. You can frame a race number from a particularly special race – maybe a first marathon, or a recent personal best – along with the race time, date and location. It's the perfect way to honour a big achievement.  

6. Apple iPod Shuffle



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The iPod Shuffle is perfect for runners who like to listen to music as they run. Weighing in at just over 12g, very reasonable priced and equipped with a handy clip, they won't even notice it's there as they jog along to their favourite tunes. The 2GB model will store up to 100 songs and boasts 15 hours of battery life, which should be more than enough, even for long-distance runners.

7. Hyperice Vyper Vibrating Foam Roller



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It may look like some strange instrument of torture, but this product is the ultimate tool for relieving stress, aches and pains. Yes, it can be quite uncomfortable to use, but you’re giving it to someone who runs 26.2  miles for fun here – they enjoy pain, right?

A vibrating foam roller, the Hyperice Vyper massages muscles and tendons, releasing tension as it goes. With three speed settings it runs on rechargeable batteries and is perfect for preventing the injuries and niggles common to runners – including ITB, lower back pain, strained glutes and stiff legs. They'll thank you for it, honestly.

8. Oakley Radar Pace Sunglasses



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These sunglasses are a tech-loving runner’s dream. While they may look like pretty regular sunglasses, they're anything but. Equipped with a real-time voice activated coaching system, they're as close as you can get to having a real trainer by your side. The Radar Pace will track and analyse performance, coach as you're running and even respond to questions. 

The Oakley Radar Pace Sunglasses can be synced to your smartphone or iPhone and come complete with a heart rate monitor, foot pod, power meter, cadence and speed sensor. The glasses also come with two lenses for changing weather conditions. Nice.

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