Giving a gift is a walk in the park. It’s choosing what gift to give that’s the nightmare. Although it’s always the thought that counts, it won’t hurt to put in the effort in choosing the perfect and unique gift for our loved ones who enjoy a run...or two...or a couple!
With the season of giving at just around the corner, it’s only natural to feel a little bit pressured when it comes to choosing the perfect gift for our loved ones. After all, they deserve only the best money can buy after.
Best Present In The World, Here I Run!
For most, it’s as simple as a new gadget, a couple of new outfits, or even some delicious treats. But for the health-conscious, high energy, runners in our life, it’s not exactly a walk (or run) in the park. Most people would tell you to simply get them some running gear, but what if they have the whole set?
It can be a challenge for anyone. A new water bottle? They have tons of it. A new suit maybe? Well, not only do they have tons of it, they also just bought a new one off Amazon. They might even have a closet full of running outfits.
Gifts for runners? Most people would tell you to simply get them some running gear, but what if they have the whole set?
But What Should I Even Get???
I bet you’re wondering what would be the best gifts for runners who have everything. It may sound a little cliché but sometimes the best gift is simply your love and support. In the busy modern world, time and attention are very valuable commodities.
Here are 5 great and fun ideas you can try:
1. Fun Runs And Marathons
What better gift to give a runner other than by signing them up for a fun run? Check out some fun runs or even marathons in your area and sign them up. You can even sign yourself in and show them some extra support. Talk about running the extra mile, right?
Is it your loved one’s first fun run or marathon? Show some support by running with them. Trust us when we say encouragement goes a long way when it comes to marathons. Who knows, you might end up falling in love with the sport.
2. Workout Buddy
Your friend will need to condition his/her body in order to endure the actual run or marathon so make sure he/she is in the best shape by working out with your friend!
Go on daily runs, bring him/her a freshly brewed coffee and some water before going on the run. It’s not only a great way to shape up but also the perfect time to catch up. We often get too absorbed by the hustle and bustle of life. It won’t hurt to leave that for a moment and live a little.
3. Find new routes
Another thing you can do for that special someone is to help find some new routes to run! After a short run around the park, why not spice things up a little by creating your own route. Find something new and keep yourselves challenged!
Think of it as hitting (figuratively) two birds with one little pebble. Not only do you get to make your friend happy, but you also get to some exercise in, getting a head start on that New Years Resolution!
You get the benefits of working out without having to dread every second of it since you’re both having fun.
4. Baby Sitting
Does your friend need an extra set of hands? Why not volunteer? It’s not easy to have a family and I’m sure they are itching to sweat it out with a run so why not take the kids out for a day and let them have their fun? You can plan a movie night with the kids or take them out for ice cream while their parents are away.
With their parental responsibilities, it’s often hard to pursue some of the things they’re passionate about. Think about it, with their full-time jobs, kids, and other agendas, how can they even find the time to insert a run or two?
Help them out this season of giving by granting them the chance to take a break from their responsibilities and run their heart out.
5. Food Trips
Let’s face it, the best way into a runners heart is through their stomach. Food is a source of protein and other nutrients that can help prep your body for another day’s work as well as refuel and help muscle rejuvenation. It’s simply perfect for your friends who are constantly on the go.
Just like any other physical activity, running can make you extremely hungry. Why not treat your buddy to a well-deserved meal before and after a run? After all, who doesn’t want some good food?
Scout out for some healthy restaurants in your area and load up some carbs before a race and get some well-deserved recovery food after a race.
What If They Don't Like It?
Believe me when I say that there’s nothing more heartwarming than someone who literally and figuratively ran the extra mile just to show their support for the things I love doing even if it’s not exactly up in their alley. The time, effort, and genuine feelings that come with this type of gift is something they’ll always remember.
There are a lot of ways you can show your love and support to someone who just loves to run. You can get creative by mixing things up or taking it up a notch but what’s important is the amount of effort you placed into that special present. It doesn’t even have to be a concrete object. The most memorable gifts are the memories we share.
It’s not even about how much you spent on the present. You get to support your loved ones by pushing them to keep pursuing what they love. There’s nothing more powerful than encouragement and motivation.