2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Buffs and Flexi-Chutes are highly versatile!

If you’ve got a runner on your list this holiday season, we’ve got you covered at The Running Works. Please feel free to stop by and chat if you want some help selecting that perfect gift.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Under $35

Buffs and Flexi-Chutes are highly versatile!People love the versatility of a tube – our two favourites are the Original Buff, and the Flexi-Chute from Ice Breaker. According to Buff, there are officially 14 different ways to use them, and after that, it’s up to your imagination! The Original Buff comes in a variety of colours and patterns, and is a soft, seamless material that can be used year-round. The Ice Breaker Flexi-Chute is 100% Merino wool that keeps you warm, even when it’s wet.

The famous Flip Belt

Give the gift of a hands-free run with a Flip Belt. You never have to worry about whether your clothes have pockets with this belt that will comfortably carry all of the essentials, including a phone, keys, ID, etc. Check it out:

 

Under $50

Help the runners and walkers in your life stay upright throughout the winter with one of these great traction aids. These fit over one’s footwear to add grip in treacherous conditions.

YakTrax Pro, YakTrax Run, and Nordic GripsMy current favourite is the Nordic Grip, which uses carbon-fibre spikes in both the forefoot and the heel to bite into ice and snow. There is enough give in the rubber that they are still comfortable when crossing well-shoveled areas, but they definitely grip into ice with no problem.

We also carry Yak Trax, which use a steel coil design to bite into ice and snow. With the Yak Trax Pro version, the coils run the full length of the foot, and with the Run edition, there are coils at the heel, with carbon-fibre spikes in the forefoot for a better toe-off.

Gloves and MittsLet’s have a hand for a wide selection of gloves and mitts for all hands and all conditions. Whether they like them thin and lightweight, warm and windproof, convertible, or touchscreen-friendly, we’ve got the gloves for your runner.

Underwear and Socks

If you love to give underwear and socks to people on the naughty-list, you’ve come to the wrong place – people LOVE our underwear from SAXX for men and Knixwear for women.

SAXX and Knixwear underwear

We’ve also got a huge selection of socks to choose from. Whether the feet on your list love Merino wool from Darn Tough or Ice Breaker, prefer light, anatomic-fit Feetures!, or love the great colours and designs from Stance, we’ve got the socks for them.

Stocking Stuffers

We have a wide variety of gifts that are appropriate for your runner or walker’s stocking. Consider:

  • A stick of BodyGlide – the non-staining, scent-free, anti-chafing balm for all occasions, not just running!
  • Gels, snack bars, chews, or drink mix from GU, Nuun, Honey Stinger, Skratch, PowerBar, Picky Bar, and Endurance Tap to keep them fuelled up
  • Blinking lights or reflective accessories from Nathan Sport to help them stay safe
  • Accessories like Run Laces or race number belts to make race day a breeze
  • Canadian Running Magazine and iRun Magazine are a fun read

For those who like to be cozy

I love the hoodies and half-zips from Saucony, New Balance, Sugoi, and Brooks this year! With soft materials and a comfortable fit, these pieces are great for running, or for apres-run coffee. There are styles available for men and women starting at $65.00.

For music enthusiasts

IMG_2034We are now carrying Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones. This cool gadget uses bone conduction to transmit sound, leaving your ears open to your surroundings. This is a great way to groove to your tunes while staying safe. Come and try our demo set and see for yourself.

 

The gift for any size and any budget

If you’re still not quite sure what to pick up for your favourite runner or walker, don’t forget we have gift cards available for any amount. They’re also the gift that you get twice: once when you open it, and once when you get to choose your favourite item!

 

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