Runners love to receive running oriented gifts and we are easy to please. It could become a bit pricey to buy, so here are my top no cost or low cost presents for runners.
You can give a runner a gift that will not send you to the mall or decimate your credit card. Here are a few no money or low money gifts for the runners in your life:
Bib– Frame a bib for your runner. Yes, go plunder their stuff. Runners keep bibs. I just found the bib from my first 50K! Put it in a frame you have laying around, and voila! I guarantee your runner will be pleased.
Quilt-this would also involve plundering their stuff, and you might need their permission ahead of time. One thing runners do have are race T-shirts. This would involve a bit of time, but you could come up with a great present with just your time (and maybe a bit of fabric) involved!
Picture: this would involve you going to a race and getting out along the course and snapping some pictures. Take a bunch of pictures, find the best one, enlarge and print it, and give it to your runner. Maybe frame it with the bib?
Pace-offer to pace a runner. Think creatively. I am not talking about just pacing in a race. Is your runner training for a marathon or an ultra? Sometimes they have long runs to get in. Offer to join them for a long run. Not a long distance runner? That’s fine. Offer to join them for their last five miles of their 20 mile run. Or three miles in the middle. Often this is very helpful for the runner and makes their miles go by faster. Is your runner friend working up to a new distance? Offer to run their race with them, whether it’s a 5K or a 1/2 marathon.
Crew-not a runner? That’s okay too. You could give the gift of transporting a runner to a race. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to drive yourself home after a marathon? Just relax and let someone else do the driving?
There is also crewing in the ultra context. CREW can mean: “Cranky runner endless waiting”. Crewing could also involve crewing in the ultra respect, aka meeting your runner around the course and providing aid to them, in the form of special food and their gear. Does your runner have a 50K/50 mile/100 mile run in the future? Are you available to crew for the runner? Maybe you could make that your non-money gift to the runner in your life for Christmas.
Even if you don’t have a bunch of cash, these are a few ways to make your runner smile on Christmas morning!
Are you thinking about Christmas presents yet?