A-Z of Active Christmas Gifts and a Giveaway

This post hasn't been sponsored, however I have collaborated with Kitshack to offer one winning reader a Buff of their choice. Read on to find out how to win! 
+ marks companies I have previously worked with, but I haven't worked with these companies to create this list. Links are not affiliate. 


Active people can be hard to buy for, especially if you aren't into their sport. I've pulled together a Christmas gift list for runners, climbers, hikers, and general outdoor lovers. I hope you find something that your active person will love! Or that will go on your own Christmas list...


For the arty outdoors lover there are some beautiful prints available. The one above is the Like the Wind print of the UTMB course by Aurore Carric that served as their cover art for issue #6. Etsy also has many glorious mountain and run prints. 


Buffs are brilliant multifunctional pieces that will help any of your peeps keep out the cold. If the receiver has never seen one before they may think, 'huh', but they will quickly learn that buffs are genius. Check out my previous review of a Buff and stay tuned because you can win a piece of Buff headwear from Kitshack+ at the end of this post! The buffs above are in the colourways Afgan Blue, Duha, and Bird Garden.


I have several vegetarian cookery books on my own gift wishlist this year. I love the casual less-than-holy language in Thug Kitchen, and Shaw's Get the Glow is supremely popular among the blogger set. The Hemsley cookbook also comes highly recommended. Check out the Veggie Runners cookbook list for more ideas.


The Lauren Fleshman Believe I Am diary is totally awesome, and I use it quite a bit. I love that they moved away from the initial pinkwashed design and now use this sharp red/blue. A running diary is really nice for anyone who likes a reminder of their training plans past and present.


For any runner that goes long! Nuun seems by far to be the most popular hydration option among my friends. They're pretty tasty and free of nasties too. I like the Nuun Active strawberry lemonade, others talk enthusiastically about the watermelon. An ideal stocking filler.


Foam rollers are totally evil, but necessary. The Trigger Point Grid is by far the most famous torture option and is sold on Amazon. Alternatively, you can pick up cheaper alternatives at places like TK Maxx, where I got my Trigger Point dupe!


Give your active loved one the gift of not falling like a fool. Climbers will always appreciate good chalk- find out whether they prefer loose, ball, or liquid though! Alternatively, if your friend is more into barre than walls, these Nike Studio Wraps should do the trick. 


Some people feel compression is a godsend, some feel it's a placebo. Either way, it's dang comfy and very flattering on the butt. Give an active person the gift of a hug for the legs. Especially good for gifts for partners, given the butt advantage. I love my Nike compression socks and use Skins compression capris for winter hills. 


Get inspired with classic running films. Unbreakable is ideal for ultra runners, or ultra dreamers. I adored the Rudisha documentary when I watched it on BBC- he is a wonderful man. Lastly, Spirit of the Marathon is mandatory viewing for anyone running a marathon.


Whilst there are prettier jewelry options (like bracelets engraved with race distances), safety is really important. Road ID allows you to register your emergency details and contacts so that should the worst happen the emergency services will know the essentials, even if you take no ID or phone with you.


Kettlebells are awesome strength training aids. They are perfect for functional fitness and increasing a range of motion. They also build core strength like nothing on earth. Grab a runner a few of these and they will never need a gym again. These are on my Christmas list!


There are a million brilliant running books. I'm personally a big fan of Murakami: What I Talk About when I Talk About Running, and also Askwith: Running Free. Don't give Running Free to a Garmin obsessive though- it's all about dumping all the material things and loving running for its origins. Check out Christopher McDougall and Lizzie Hawker for more options. 

If you want to go with a magazine subscription I have to mention Like the Wind. I've never come across such a beautiful publication. This magazine wont give you training plans or ways to lose weight, but it will remind people why they run. It's the only running magazine I would recommend.


No runner will turn down a massage. Whether you get them a relaxing spa massage, or a torturous sports massage under the guise of helping them train...? That's up to you... If you're in Glasgow I'd hit up the Achilles Heel clinic


Several active food brands do seasonal flavours. I love Cliff and Nakd bars for hiking, and I can't wait to try Cliff's gingerbread flavour. Last year I happily won a Nakd cracker- a twisted box filled with Nakd bars which has lasted me right up to this Christmas.


Check out Go Outdoors for big reductions on outdoor hiking and climbing items. This Craghoppers Packaway Compresslite jacket is my absolute favourite piece of outdoor clothing- very warm, very comfortable, and fast drying. Gaiters are another great option for hikers.


Lets face it, running shoes smell. Climbing shoes smell. Hiking shoes smell. Your significant other, or teenager, needs boot bananas. Boot bananas absorb smells and make their hideous sweaty shoes smell-neutral. If you are affected by someone else's foot smells, this is almost a present for you, not them.


If you are feeling crafty, you could make your favourite runner a quilt using their old race tee-shirts. This project will require some basic- to mid-level sewing skills, but it looks wonderful and it's a great way to get rid of those race tees that you feel guilty keeping but feel guilty for thinking of dumping. Check out  these guides on how to DIY it here and here.  Alternatively, check out Laura's post on the blanket she had made from old race bibs.


If you know the person well enough, a race entry can be a perfect gift. Go for the race that's too expensive for them, or that they can't quite bring themselves to sign up for but that you know they can do. Ideally make an event of it- maybe you could even do it together?


Everyone needs a sports bra. Plus apparently us lady people are meant to replace them several times a year. Ha! Sports bras are a bit more personal, so I'd go with what your runner likes, but I recommend Shock Absorber and Moving Comfort. I'm a kind of mid-boob size, if that helps?


Trainers are another super personal gift. Unless someone has mentioned an exact model, I would either shop for these with the person, or try to get a new pair in an old model that you know they got along with. For non runners: The 'Shiny Shoe 8 Fly' and the 'Shiny Shoe 9 Fly' may sadly not bare that much resemblance to each other. Check out http://www.runningshoesguru.com/ to see how similar two shoes are if you want to buy them the new model.


Everyone needs pants. But- unlike those times when they had to open grey granny pants from granny in front of their spouse, or red lacy floss like garments from their spouse in front of their granny- these will be appreciated in a Christmas parcel. Tell the active person in your life that you want to protect their gusset by buying them active underwear from Kalenji, Runderwear+, or Sweaty Betty+. Want more information about why they can't just wear some random pair of pants? Check out my review of Runderwear here


I have seen lots of recent reviews of Nathan running lights, and I have to say I think the heel spur is a great idea. My parents live out in the countryside and have no street lights and a neighbour who drives like a maniac. These could really make the difference in being seen. Other active people who hike into dawn, or run trails at night, will love a headlamp like this Petzl one. 


Cosy hats are a win, win gift. I think this Dorn Navy Buff one from Kitshack is gorgeous. I hadn't realised that Buff made hats, but they have a beautiful range. All runners also need gloves- you can sustain shorts and vests well into December if you're wearing gloves! Try these Nike ones, which allow the wearer to still change music and use their phone.


This vest from Black Milk is expensive, but very cool. I love their designs, and love that they now have a gym range. The vest may be more halloween than Christmas, but since I never managed to get the Nike bone tights I still have my eye on this. 


I have heard nothing but great things about JasYoga for athletes. The yoga videos are £4.99/month on subscription, and would make a fantastic gift that doesn't need wrapped. Alternatively, try a beautiful patterned yoga mat, like this one from Sweaty Betty+.


Lastly, release your runner from the panic of printing a barcode at 9.15 am on a Saturday and give them their parkrun barcode on a keyring. They also make bracelet versions, but I suspect most people will at least carry keys. They never have an excuse not to run it again.



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Competition time! 
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Win yourself a Christmas present- a Buff of your choice from Kitshack! All you have to do is follow me @ScallywagSprint, and @Kitshack on Twitter. Then tweet us telling us where your favourite place to run during winter is.

For more entries, you can also leave a comment below, telling me what's on your Christmas wishlist and which Buff you would choose, or you can tweet about the giveaway. I'd love it if you followed me here on Bloglovin, but you don't have to. 

Good Luck!



18 Comments:

  1. My favorite Winter running spot is Clapham Common or Hyde Park
    xo

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    1. Thanks Corey, I've heard Hyde Park is beautiful :-)

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  2. I thought I was fed up with blogger Christmas gift guides but this is a great post with some super ideas. It makes such a difference when the writer is genuinely sharing the love rather than affiliate linking as if their life depends on it.
    I love the boot bananas and am gutted the Black Milk vest (along with pretty much all the fitness gear) is sold out.

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    1. Thank you Rhona! I really did just write a big list of stuff I'd love (and the list was complete, Buffs included, before I decided to ask them if they'd be up for a giveaway).

      Is it?! Damn, it wasn't when I wrote this! I'll definitely be picking up some boot bananas myself.

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  3. Love this gift guide - such a cool idea! And you've introduced me to some products I hadn't come across before - love the Boot Bananas :)

    A race entry would definitely be on my wishlist. Races are getting so expensive now, and I'm trying to rein in my spending, so would be great to get entry to a really cool race somewhere fun...

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    1. Boot bananas are on my must buys- my stuff smells TERRIBLE at the moment. Races are extortionate now, especially in London town.

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  4. Some lovely ideas, a few to add to my Christmas list too! Love the skeleton top!

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous! Sadly its now sold out! Gutting.

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  5. Nice list! Would love to see another entry under the S's ;-)

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    1. It had already been written when I found out about you, but maybe next year!

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  6. Some nice ideas here and honest reviews, thanks. I'd go for the Duha or Bird Garden buff. My pressure list has mainly cycling stuff but top wish is a jerseys print by David Sparshot from magma-shop.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting Mike. Those prints are really cool!

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    1. Thank you Lauren, I tried to fill it with stuff I truly love, so great to know others liked it too.

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  8. I tweeted! Now let's hope for some snow. Currently wishing for some thermal under layers to keep my bottom warm when snowboarding (probably a sign I spend too much time sitting down on the slope :P )

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    1. I am so jealous that you are soon to be a snow bunny! Fingers crossed for some Christmas thermals!

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  9. Fantastic gift guide. Few things on there I might get myself!

    Favourite place to run is around Newmillerdam, near where I live in Wakefield. All I need to do is sort out this niggling heel injury first!

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    1. You should- you know what they suggest: one gift bought for someone else, one gift for you...

      Good luck with your injury!

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