Gifts for Runners, Swimmers, Cyclists and Adventurers

Are you still hunting for that perfect gift for the runner, swimmer, cyclist or all round adventurer in your life? Here are some of my top picks for perfect gifting:

Postcards of Joy
Not gifting, but posting cards? Postcards of Joy offer motivational running themed postcards to brighten anyone’s day. Check out their Christmas cards to deliver a runderful Christmas by post: https://postcardsofjoy.co.uk/

Don’t dread getting socks for Christmas- Monkey Sox
I absolutely love Monkey Sox, their bright designs are comfortable both on the bike and in your running shoes and not only do they feel good but they do good! 50% of the net profits are donated equally to three partner MS charities to fund research and lifestyle support: https://monkeysox.org/

Active Skincare- Pretty Athletic
For those who LOVE working up a sweat but don’t love the adverse effects sweating, regular face washing and showering can have on their skin then Pretty Athletic offers the solution. They offer a range of beautiful products made for active people including their Workout Glow Hyaluronic Vitamin Tonic, Hydration Kick Gel Body Moisturiser and Instant Refresh Invigorating Shower Scrub. They also offer specific Christmas Gift Sets and if you’re super late order a gift voucher and let them choose! https://prettyathletic.com/collections/christmas-gifting

Some Yummy Snacks- Flapjackery
These delicious flapjacks are a firm favourite with runners at the National Running Show and  various other expos. Handmade in Devon these are the perfect accompaniment for a day on the trails, long Sunday cycles or just as a yummy treat. All are gluten free and vegan options are available. A firm favourite of mine is the outdoor box at £20 which features an assortment of flapjacks and optional gift wrap so you can post it direct to the lucky recipient (additional cost). You can also freeze these to lengthen the enjoyment time! https://www.flapjackery.co.uk/

A Virtual Race- RunThrough UK
Give the gift of racing through a virtual race with RunThrough UK. They offer virtual events from 5k to marathon or monthly distance challenges. Whilst 2020 may have had a shortage of races 2021 doesn’t need to! https://www.runthrough.co.uk/events-timeline/

A Virtual Running Tour- Secret London Runs
Epic London Running Tour company Secret London Runs have taken their runs online and made them virtual! There are a number of virtual/self guided tours (and small group tours for those within London) and virtual events including the Virtual Valentines Gin Run. If you’re not sure which they would like or you’re a last minute present buyer get them a gift voucher online: https://www.secretlondonruns.com/

A Personal Safety Wearable- Run Angel
The gift that keeps on giving all year round helping to keep your loved ones safe and give you peace of mind. Run Angel is a personal safety wearable that emits a 120dB alarm when triggered. You can choose their wearable or if you’re not sure which colour to go for (or you’re super late with your present hunting) opt for a gift voucher for them to choose https://runangel.com/

Photo credit: Anna Rach Photography

Some data to geek out over- NURVV Run
For the data lover in your life NURVV Run offer the chance to obtain unique running insights through pressure insoles and motion sensors, this provides insights on your technique, offers real time coaching and can help manage injury risk. Shop online here: https://www.nurvv.com/en-gb/ and obtain 30% off with code GIFT30

And even more data to geek out over- A Strava Subscription
You can give the gift of oodles of running, cycling, swimming (and more!) data and training insights to help motivate and inspire- find out more about gifting a subscription here: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001685450-Gifting-a-Subscription

Some Motivation on Their Phone- East Nine
2020 has seen a huge boost in working out from home and the East Nine app offers hundreds of HIIT, strength, stretch and running workouts to help your loved one keep active: https://www.eastnine.fit/

Recovery Tech: Myomaster
Help them recover, rehab and gain results from their training with Myomaster recovery tech. Developed by accomplished Hockey Player Lottie Whyte and professional rugby player Joe Gray, Myomaster offer a range of accessible products to help aid recovery and boost performance from the comfort of your own home. The Myopro is a firm favourite of mine (previous collaboration, but I HIGHLY recommend these products!) Check out the range online: https://myomaster.com/our-story/

Credit: Anna Rach Photography

For those dreaming of summer- Goodr Sunglasses
A firm favourite of mine, Goodr make comfortable sunglasses which don’t bounce when running. They offer some really funky designs too! https://goodr.co.uk/

Warm this winter- Big Bobble Hats
Big Bobble Hats make funky hats with HUGE bobbles, perfect for after a chilly winter swim or run: https://www.bigbobblehats.co.uk/pages/about-us

The perfect gift for an Adventurer who is staying at home- Monty and Ridge
Monty and Ridge’s beautiful yet practical pamper boxes are perfectly postbox sized with everything the runner, triathlete, wild swimmer, adventurer or cyclist in your life needs. There are even tea break and hot chocolate boxes! If you’re after something small but beautiful check out their lovely wish bracelets: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MontyAndRidge

The gift of happy feet- Oofos
Oofos have also played a crucial part in my recovery and keep my tired feet happy after long runs or cycles. The revolutionary OOfoam absorbs 37% more impact than regular footwear helping to cushion your feet and reduce stress on your feet and joints. For the most comfortable fit I’d recommend sizing up: https://www.oofos.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA2uH-BRCCARIsAEeef3nIXcTRvorAjrAHqQ8rA4NWCEw-qAqJkiw2hC6EwRzKOy_Cjx277fcaAoFiEALw_wcB

Credit: Anna Rach Photography

Treat their feet- Love Letterbox Pedi Box
Another practical post box sized gift, the Love Letterbox Pedi Box loving prepared by qualified nail technician Sam will deliver a Christmas treat to tired runners feet: https://www.loveletterbox.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2v_YixiL6oHVeM_SwO3IaXqznXYvV14c_wOS3smMFvNF2lLqtkYuLzzt0

Some motivational jewellery- Nudge Jewellery
For when a little motivation is needed Nudge offer beautiful bracelets and trainer tags. Choose from one of their pre chosen motivational statements or customise your own: https://gymgems.bigcartel.com/products

Give a new lease of life to those old race T-shirts- Too Many T-shirts
For the avid racer who has too many race t-shirts a blanket from too many t-shirts can help turn these into something new. Choose your blanket size and fleece colour and then allow loved on to select the t-shirts they want to be included and post them off, check it out here: https://toomanytshirts.co.uk/

For the cyclist- bike hire with Just Pedal
Just Pedal offer hire of Canyon road, mountain, gravel and e-bikes from Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. Gift them a bike for the afternoon to explore the Surrey Hills either on or off road. The best thing is you can experience all the thrills of off road riding without having to own a gravel or mountain bike, and no cleaning the mud off afterwards! https://just-pedal.com/bikehire/

Credit: James Poole

Find present shopping stressful? Try Worry Less Design
Produce a wide range of gifts for runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, goflers, rugby nuts and many more. They also feature some beautiful sentimental London marathon gifts and a range of quirky cards perfect for the sports addict in your life. Their shop stocks mugs, prints, socks, medal holders amongst other bits and bobs. If you sign up to their newsletter you’ll also receive 10% off your first order https://www.worrylessdesign.com/

For the enthusiast- A Magazine Subscription
A 6 month or 12 month magazine subscription to their favourite running, cycling, swimming or triathlon magazine will provide them with endless hours of indulging in their favourite sports. Check out magazines like Women’s Running, Runner’s World or Outdoor Swimmer– many magazines also offer additional gifts with subscriptions. And you can also get virtual subscriptions which can be read on a tablet or computer (and saves paper!).

For the Bookworm-Epic Runs, Rides and Hikes of the World
Lonely Planet produce a series of wonderful books covering Epic Runs, Rides and Hikes of the world. These are pure escapism and perfect for the restless active traveller. These retail at £24.99 for a hardback direct from Lonely planet (although were on buy one get on free when I purchased so do check the website). You can also purchase from Waterstones and other book retailers and ebooks can be found online too https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/epic-bike-rides-of-the-world-1


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