Blogger Gift Exchange

Are you part of the Run With Jill Blogger Gift Exchange?  I was a part of this last year and had a blast with it.  I was fortunate enough to draw Aimee of I Tri To Be Me, who was one of the first blogs I followed and continue to follow to this day because she has great recipes (maybe today we will get a Humpastry Day recipe.) This year I was very fortunate to draw, oh you didn't think I would let the cat out of the bag did you?  I have been diving into this person's blog head first to figure out what would work for them and trying to match up gifts for them.  It hasn't been easy and I've been going to all sorts of triathlon and running sites to find some inspiration.  There have been a few things that I wanted to get but I also want to make sure that they are personal. I started thinking that I'm not the only one in this predicament, even if you are not part of the blogger gift exchange you may have friends that are triathletes and runners that you need to get gifts for and can't come up with anything.  Here are a few items to consider: [caption id="attachment_4867" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Garmin Forerunn 610"]garmin_forerunner_610_gps_watch[/caption] GPS Watch: Some amazing new technology has come in recent years for GPS watches. Garmin, one of the more well-known auto GPS companies, has a touch screen offering in the Garmin 610. Nike has a GPS watch that is great for people who want to keep things simple and powered by TomTom. Things to look for in buying a GPS watch: fast GPS signal, full array of stats and an accurate heart rate zones. Cold Weather Gear: Winter and cold weather leggings are perfect for both men and women this holiday season. The leggings will keep their legs both warm and the compression is great for keeping their muscles tight. Since it seems everyone these days has a touch screen phone there is plenty of gloves that are ‘touch screen capable’ meaning you can still use your iPhone and keep your gloves on just what runners need! The gloves and leggings won’t set you back too much, just around $40. Sunglasses: Nothing is worse than hitting a long stretch of road and having the glaring sun into your eyes. Most sunglasses don’t cut the mustard, so to speak, but check out these Oakley Fast Jacket shades. They cost around $200, but come with several different color lenses for all types lights during your runs. The sweet thing about the Fast Jackets is that they have a ‘quick release’ for a quick change of the different lenses for all sorts of running conditions. iPod Nano: Runners don’t like to be bogged down with excess weight and the Nano weighs in at not even ¾ of an ounce. An all touch screen interface, 24 hours of audio playback and it has the Nike+ built-in making this the perfect running companion. The iPod comes in a handful of colors, and can hold thousands of songs that will stay with you even on your longest runs. The Nano has a built-in clip to it can latch right on to your shorts, shirt or pretty much anything else you can think of. It even has watch faces, and there are plenty of Nano watchbands so you can use your handy iPod/Nike+ device as your daily watch. The iPod Nano starts at $129, comes in 7 colors and you can even get custom engraving for your favorite runner. If this list didn't help solve your runner holiday shopping wows, check out the top fitness gifts of 2010. There are gifts from this 2010 list that are still great this holiday season and will still be a hit with your family. I also found this article that gives the lowdown on As Seen on TV busts, since you can't seem to get away from informericals this time of year.

Do you have any gifts that made your runner friend or family member jump with joy or run with rejoice? If so please share below in the comments!

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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