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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Runner’s Edition

by Meghann on November 28, 2011

It’s raining outside! Woo hoo!

Not the best for the dog who hates thunder and all things rain (sorry, Maddie!), but great news for that cold weather I’ve been secretly wishing for. I can already feel the breeze. πŸ™‚

Lunch does not reflect the colder weather, but still left a warm spot in my heart. πŸ˜‰


We have a ton of fresh herbs leftover from last night’s salmon creation. There is nothing better than cooking with fresh herbs. Nothing. I chopped up some of the fresh parsley and dill and made a very delicious egg salad.


One hard boiled egg, plain yogurt, dijon mustard, carrot, pickle, olives, fresh parsley, fresh, dill, and a little salt and pepper all mixed together and neatly place in a little tortilla.


The fresh herbs really made the egg salad. It was like a light and flavorful party in my mouth. πŸ™‚

My plate also included the last of the fresh beans


And a juicy tangerine.


It’s officially citrus season in Florida! My parents had some oranges on their tree this weekend that were ripe for the picking. I didn’t remember to take any home, but the 10 for $1.00 deal on tangerines at Publix really sold me at the store yesterday. πŸ™‚

For the runners on your christmas list…

What do you get for the runner who has everything? I have a few ideas. πŸ™‚

Medal Display

There’s nothing a runner enjoys more than proudly displaying his/her accomplishments for the world to see. They’ve earned their medals, why not celebrate them daily? The Allied Medal Display is the perfect gift for any runner who hides their medals in a drawer because they have no idea what else do with them. It’s light, easy to install, and you can create custom slogans on the top, such as ‘Meghann’s Race Bling’ or ‘I Did It All For The Medal.’


A cheaper alternative to the fancy schmancy custom medal holder would be the $5.99 FISKEVIK picture holder from Ikea. That’s what my brother uses to hang his medals and he loves the overall modern look of it. Plus, you really can’t beat the price.


Custom Shirts

Last Christmas my sister gave me a custom shirt from Zazzle that listed all of my marathon accomplishments on the back. I loved it. It was such a uniquely personal gift that I knew she had put some thought into.

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If you have a runner that’s training for a big race or just loves to race in general, custom race tees make great gifts. Design one with their name/blog on the front and a funny message on the back. is my go-to for custom tech tees and are even running a promotion today (Cyber Monday) for 30% off the first 10 orders using the code MYCOOLSHIRT and 20% the rest of the day using the code CYBERSHIRT20 at checkout. It’s where I ordered my Meals and Miles shirt from and I love the fit and how comfortable it is to run in.   

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Race Book

This next gift idea requires a little extra work, but, trust me, your runner will love it. It answers the question – “what the heck do I do with all my race bibs once the race is over?”


The answer is: create a race book.


I created my race book via the iPhoto program on my Macbook Pro, but Snapfish, Walmart, Walgreens, or any other program that allows you to create memory books online will work just fine.


On one page list the race, date, finish time, and any photos from race day.


And leave the opposite page blank. When the book arrives, tape the corresponding bib in place.


Tracking down the photos and bibs may be a challenge, but watching their face light up on Christmas morning will be worth it. πŸ™‚



Obviously one of those totally ridiculous gifts that no one really ‘needs,’ but doesn’t stop us from wanting them. Santa? Please? A little birdie even told me there’s free shipping today on all Rundies orders. πŸ˜‰


What’s on your running wish list?!

1 Laura November 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I really love the running book idea! My current plan for my bibs is handing them in poster frames. And the marathon accomplishment shirt is super cute!
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2 Heather November 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

i actually thought about this earlier today when I looked at my poor neglected runner’s feet and sent a tweet out about this very thought – runner girls love pedicure gift certs!!
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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I really like the race book idea. Once I have a few more to fill it up, I’m definitely doing that because right now all my bibs are just sitting in a box. Lame.
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4 Chef Katelyn November 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Ahahha “rundies” — love it. Although I hate the grey, I am with you on the chillier weather — I love a little bit of bite! I can’t wait for it to be christmas-y weather so I don’t feel like a sellout by putting up my christmas lights. mrow!
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5 Corey @ Learning Patience November 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Um…never heard of rundies…heading over there now…thanks for the idea..

xoxo from Trinidad

p.s. – i would also add roadID….
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6 Lindsey November 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I have a few tanks I want from Lululemon. I love the custom shirt idea with your times on the back! Such a unique idea.
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7 Sana November 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm
8 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

on my running wish list is a good (an semi inexpensive) pullover to wear while running, especially one with a zip pocket somewhere!!!
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9 christine @ BookishlyB November 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I would love, love, love to send my race t-s in to one of those companies that create a quilt out of them, but it’s way pricey!
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10 Meghann November 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I can’t believe I forgot to add that one to the list! My brother’s mother-in-law made me one a couple of years ago and I love it. She claims they’re really easy to make and the materials came to around $25 for one queen size blanket.

11 Danielle November 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Meghann, I have noticed you use the term “in-law” several times in regards to people who are not actually in-laws. This is only for the parents of your spouse. It’s okay to say “boyfriends/girlfriends parents” πŸ™‚

12 Meghann November 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

haha I know! Sometimes it’s just easier. It’s easier to say my brother’s mother-in-law instead of future mother-in-law or my brother’s fiance’s mom. I’ve also tweeted about referring to Derek’s parents’ as in-laws before as a joke, but it’s just easier to call them that. The funny thing is Tyler (Derek’s brother) referred to me as his sister-in-law last night. Whatever. I’m not sure I care that much. It would only be a big deal if that freaked anyone out, but no one cares either.

13 Mary @ food and fun on the run November 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I love the idea for the race book! What a neat way to display them! I am definitely going to have to get one of those – maybe for next Christmas πŸ™‚ I feel like I need a few more races to make it a little more braggable πŸ˜‰
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14 Meghann November 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I’m starting the tradition of making one a year. I should start calling it ‘The Many Reasons Why I’m Broke Book’ because of all the races I put in it for just a 12 month time span. lol

15 Mary @ food and fun on the run November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

ha ha so true! But the races just are not worth giving up! I guess just one more thing to add to the list of “Why Runners are Crazy!”
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16 Marty November 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The medal hanging thingy is awesome. I just added it to my Christmas list. What I like best about you ideas are they are very personal. Not just a new sports bra (although that comes in handy too). Really thoughtful ideas. Will forward this to my fiance ASAP!
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17 Meghann November 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Thanks πŸ™‚ I was trying to be a little out of the box from the standard christmas list ideas. Not everyone can afford a Garmin this time of year and I always appreciate personalized gifts over ones that come from a boxed store. πŸ™‚

18 Heather @ Better With Veggies November 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the race book idea, that is genius! πŸ™‚
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19 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

love these gift ideas!
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20 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

What a great idea on the Book! And lunch looks So Yummy!
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21 Alaina November 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I love these ideas! I’m thinking of getting the medal holder for my parents. And maybe one for me. πŸ˜›
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22 joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love that race book idea! Perfect for runners who have done a lot of races. I personally want some compression socks.. sexy, I know.
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23 Lynda@ Hit The Road Jane November 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Love the rundies!!! I may have to add these to my wishlist : )
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24 Sara November 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Ugh, I dislike posts like this from bloggers. It sounds like fishing for free stuff from companies.

25 Meghann November 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Sometimes they can be a bit salesy, but I think they’re also fun to read for ideas. I tried to keep this post a little more inventive with personalized ideas that some runners wouldn’t have thought of for themselves. None of these items were attached to an affilate link or were sent to me free to try. These are all my honest opinions of items that I already enjoy and love (minus the rundies)

26 Katy November 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I am forwarding this post to my mother, best friend, husband and little brother. MUST have the underwear. Love it!
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27 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I really love the running shirt idea, the race medal display, and the running book. That is so awesome!!

Fresh herbs are the bomb–agreed πŸ™‚
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28 Lisa at Dishes of Mrs. Fish November 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I adore the idea of the race book. The underroos made me chuckle. πŸ™‚
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29 Kate November 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I could really use one of those medal holders. All of my medals are unceremoniously stuffed into a box at the moment πŸ™‚
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30 Army Amy* November 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Rundies? Lol! I love the custom shirt idea!*
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31 Hemarie @ I Sweat Pretty November 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I love your bro’s use of the IKEA picture holder for bibs. I think I might I might try. Right now we have ours hanging off a nail in the wall. Not exactly friendly on the eyes. πŸ™‚
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32 Drew November 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Good idea on the Race Book – I’ve used Snapfish for photos from Travels but haven’t considered using it for Race Day photos.

I’ve got my Camelbak backpack coming this Christmas with a new pair of Running Shoes :-). I bought the Underarmour brand of running shoes and after just 3 miles…blisters! I do not recommend asking Santa for those!

I’ll stumble your post – happy holidays
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33 Cait's Plate November 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Oh my gosh those running underwear are too adorable! I want them!
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34 Britt @ runwithbritt November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I love these ideas! I’m totally emailing this to my mom and sister for a not so subtle hint of what I want for Christmas this year. Santa is brining me a garmin but I really need a medal display and that website looks perfect!

35 Lyn @ FueledBySalad November 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

Great ideas! A Garmin’s going on my wishlist, along with a pair of VFFs. πŸ˜€
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36 Christina @ Just Running November 29, 2011 at 2:30 am

I use a $3 curtain rod to hang my medals:
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37 Cheryl November 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I wrote a gift guide for runners on ( but I didn’t think of some of your creative ideas. I love the race book idea! I wish someone would give me a medal display because right now I’ve got all my medals stowed away in random drawers and bins!
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38 Katherina December 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Is there a cycling edition anywhere? I would totally benefit from that!

39 Paige December 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I just bought my husband a golf ball muscle roller, got pretty good deal on it, hes been wanting one for awhile and i finally found one! πŸ™‚

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