Looking for great gift ideas for the runner in your life? Avid runners always appreciate a gift they can use while out on the road. Whether it is a new pair of running shoes, and iPod or MP3 player, running apparel or something more obscure, runners are always looking for new gadgets and equipment to help them on their cardiovascular adventures. If you are not sure where to begin to find that perfect gift, here are some great gift ideas for runners to help get you started.
Nike + iPod
One of the coolest new innovations in running technology comes from Nike and Apple. The two companies have produced a chip/ sensor that is placed into the shoe and corresponds to an App on your iPod or iPhone. The chip keeps track of your pace, how you are running, provides motivation, and even documents and saves your workouts so you can view them later on your computer. It can serve as your own personal running coach and is a great gift for any avid runner. The chip itself only costs about twenty bucks and the App is included on most iPod touches and iPhones. Check out the Nike or Apple website for more information on this product. The one drawback you may find is that the chip and App only work with a certain kind of Nike shoe line called Nike Plus.
Nike Plus Running Shoes
Nike’s new line of running shoes, Nike Plus, is also a great gift for a runner. These shoes are very popular and are designed to work with the Nike plus iPod chip and App combination for your iPod or iPhone. The shoes vary in price from about $50-60 all the way up to $200 and offer tremendous value. Check out Nikeplus.com for more information or check out your local running store or sporting goods retailer as almost all stores carry Nike products.
Under Armour Gear
Another extremely popular idea for runners’ gifts is running apparel from Under Armour. Their hot and cold gear is a perfect place to start. Depending on the whether your runner typically trains in you can purchase shirts, shorts, hats, jackets, etc. that are engineered to either keep you cool or warm in a particular climate. Most runners would rather die than miss a scheduled run, so why not get them the clothing they need to be comfortable in all climate conditions. Check out all apparel options online today or browse your local sporting goods retailer to see what Under Armour products they carry.
These are just a few great gift ideas for runners to help get you started on your search. As always, runners always need waterbottles and if you still aren't sure, a gift card to a local running store is always a great choice. Be sure to do your research and shop around for the best deals as running gear can often times get pretty expensive. You can always find something clever and simple (like Nike + iPod) for around twenty bucks. Some of the most trusted names to consider in the world of running are Nike, New Balance, and Reebok.