Saturday, November 28, 2015

5 Inexpensive Holiday Gifts for the Runners on Your List

Do you ever find yourself needing a little 'something' to give as a gift at this time of year?  Especially something that doesn't cost too much?

We might draw names at work, or in our book clubs for gift exchanges... or we need a little stocking stuffer or two at Christmas, or even something to bring along to lunch with girlfriends.  And very often it is a good idea to have a few things on hand for those unexpected situations, too where an impromptu gift becomes necessary.  You may have an extra guest at your festive dinner, or perhaps your son brings a new girlfriend home with him for the holidays...

Big costly gifts would be inappropriate at times like these, so I have put together a list of things that you can pick up for from $1 to $20, that would be welcomed by the runners on your list.

5 Inexpensive Gifts for the Runners on Your List


Colorful Gloves

I have several pairs of these little gloves in all different colors.  I keep them in a bin in my hall closet where I can easily grab a pair on my way out the front door. They peel on and off quite easily and are small enough to fit in a pocket.  And if they get lost, not a big deal!  I pick them up locally in drugstores and supermarkets for under $1 a pair.  And yes, even the men on your list will appreciate them in darker colors.

Colorful gloves



Blinking Lights

I discovered these last year when I found one on the street.  And this year I scoured the outdoor stores until I finally found them at Eddie Bauer for under $9 a pair. They are actually made to fit on bicycle spokes but you can easily put them on coat buttons or shoes... they blink on and off... and make you visible in the dark. Very practical and kinda cute, too. They come in all different colors.



Blinking Lights



Individual Protein Powder Packets

I love the convenience of these pre-measured packets.  They are so handy to tuck in a gym bag or a suitcase and I never travel without them.  They make up quickly for a snack or a meal on the fly.   A box of 4 of these Clean and Lean Protein packets is $14.   If you use my affiliate code eatrunsail at NuZest-USA you can get %15 off  your order.

Clean Lean Protein


Spi-Belts

I won my Spi-Belt in an online contest a couple of years ago and was pleasantly surprised by how handy it is.  I can put all kinds of things in it... keys, credit cards, money, gel packs, tissues... and keep my hands free.  Some will hold your smartphone.  They come in a wide assortment of colors and styles starting at under $20.

Spi-Belt



Lip Balms

I don't favor any one brand over another when it comes to lip balms... for myself, I prefer one with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30... but when purchasing for gifts, I tend more to think about seasonal flavors and cute containers, honestly.  You might try Burt's Bees or Chap Stick or even The Body Shop if you are looking for something a little fancier. You can spend as little as $1 on a tube... check around.  Men like them too.

Lip Balms



What is your favorite go-to inexpensive gift for the runners on your list? Anything you buy in bulk to have on hand?


18 comments:

  1. no matter how many "expensive gloves" I own...I always have a stash of the "throwaway" gloves, as I call them! I love that if/when I decide I'm too warm, I can toss them and not worry! Great list!!!

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  2. Those blinking gloves are a great idea!
    I want.
    For me and for others :-)

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  3. Disposable gloves and chap stick are always great gifts to give and receive!

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  4. My stocking is always filled with cherry chapstick :) And I love those $1 gloves. I always grab several pairs to use as throwaways for races!

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  5. Oooh love the blinking lights! Especially with how dark it is here right now. Love these ideas!

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  6. SPIbelts all the way! Can't go on a long run without it :)

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  7. Those lip balms and blinking lights have my name on it! I want those for stocking stuffers this year.

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  8. Great suggestions...I have those dollar gloves everywhere! You just never know when you need a pair of gloves.

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  9. I love these ideas! Great ideas to send to my husband.

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  10. We have tons of those gloves around our house because they are so cheap. I have some of those lights for the boys' bikes - gonna have to figure out how to use them on my shoes!

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  11. I just picked up some more lip balm at the grocery today! I have a serious addiction!

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  12. i've been looking at those belts for summer running. in the winter my jacket usually has pockets, but in the summer i find i shove my phone down my top and it gets sweaty and that's never good.

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  13. Loving the gift guide! Thanks!

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  14. Great guide and great ideas especially for stocking stuffers! I can never have enough water bottles or socks!

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  15. Great gift ideas Elle! I think this is the first year I don't have anything running related on my wish list.

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  16. Such a great list!! I don't think I can ever have enough extra colorful gloves -- and bring on the lip balm!!!! holy winter lips already!! haha!! :)

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  17. Gloves and Lip Balm come in handy more days than I know!

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