Holiday Flavored Gels ($3-11)
Fruit of the Loom Professional Sweat Suit ($50)
Some sweats are cool, and other are the talk of the race! Fruit of the Loom has four selections in their "Professional" line that must be seen to be believed. Choose from Wall St banker, casual preppy, or the above Corporate Cowboy that says "this ain't your first rodeo".
Dirtbag Runners Apparel ($20-70)
News flash - all trail runners are kinda dirtbag. Why not flaunt it with some swag from Dirtbag Runners? These folks know their stuff, as noted by the quality products like this Oiselle Running Short.
National Parks Annual Pass ($80)
An $80 pass that gets you into 2,000+ national parks? That's a damn good excuse for a road trip.
Hover Camera Passport Auto-Follow Drone ($599)
Selfie sticks are so, like, 2015! Why not get a one pound drone that can fit in your backpack, and will auto follow you up your favorite trail and do a 360 around you on a mountain top? I've been having a lot of fun with mine. If you want to go bigger drone, rumor has it that eBay is going to mark down certain DJI products like the Phantom 4 by 40-50% this week (in case you need 1.7 mile range, crash avoidance, and 35 mph top speed).
Flecston Reflective Wings ($11)
66 Audio Over-The-Ear Headphones ($54)
Victory Sportdesign Drop Bags ($40-85)
By far the gold standard for drop bags, the Victory Sportdesign Drop Bag is one of those "how did I ever live without one of these" kind of gifts for ultrarunners. They carry EVERYTHING is an easy-to-access design, and look awesome, particularly when you dress it up with custom panels that have your name and race number. I have the BEAR II, and it's been with me through dozens of races, not to mention is my go-to trunk bag in my car. An awesome gift for runners and volunteers alike.
2017 Tribute To The Trails Calendar ($20-23)
Another "gold standard" trail runner gift, Glenn Tachiyama's visually stunning annual calendar can light up any drab cube or laundry room with glorious visions of west coast trails. This stunning calendar also includes lottery race entries for over two dozen races, and proceeds fundraiser go to the Washington Trail Association, so you know your dollars are going to a good cause. I buy 3-5 each year!
BioLite NanoGrid ($79)
Injinji Toe Socks ($10-23)
T-Shirt Quilt ($250-400)
Tiger Lady Self Defense Claws ($29)
Did your girlfriend read the November issue of Runner's World with the five page story on all the ways women get harassed while running, and promptly freak out? Look no further than the Tiger Lady, a handheld self-defense tool with retractable claws made to maim and "built with special channels in each claw to capture DNA to assist in making a positive ID". Whoa. Then do NOT surprise her. Ever.
Outside Shower ($800-$5,500)
tentree Apparel ($35-75)
The folks at tentree have great looking mountain and forest themes in their t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, and jackets. Bonus - they plant 10 trees with every purchase, and you can log your code to find out when they are planted! Almost 10 million trees to date...
Running Beyond, the Book ($29)
Master photographer Ian Corless released his long-anticipated book this year, and it was well worth it. HUGE photos of epic ultras, sky running races, complete with profile charts and notes from participants that will ensure this one gets handed around at the holidays. There are plenty of other good running books too - take a look at Dean Karnazes' Road to Sparta, Shalene Flanagan's Run Fast, Eat Slow, or Krissy Moehl's Running Your First Ultra, or help long-time ultrarunner John Morelock with his medical bills by purchasing his book of ultrarunning tales, Run Gently Out There.
On the Track Prefontaine Necklace ($35)
Icebreaker Apparel ($40-240)
Subscription to UltraRunning Magazine ($29.95)
This is the magazine we all pour over, likely before we even make it from the mailbox to the house, and wonder why there can't be an issue every week. Now with outstanding color, their own national competitions, and the usual awesome reviews, writing, and training/nutrition advice, an annual subscription to UR (now 25% off!) is a safe bet for any trail runner.
Suunto Spartan Ultra ($599-899)
Gift In Your Name to iRunFar, UltraRunnerPodcast, etc. ($TBD)
If your trail runner obsesses about race coverage (like we all do), consider making a donation in their name to iRunFar.com, UltraRunnerPodcast.com, or one of the other many passion-driven media outlets we thrive on. Every dollar makes a difference for these guys, and the gesture will be well received. A perfect gift for the runner who has everything!
The RinseKit Portable Shower ($90)
RinseKit portable shower, which provides up to three gallons of pressurized water that can fit in your trunk. You can even fill it with hot water for a mini-shower!
A Coupon Book for a Catered Run (Free!)
Got a friend who is short on time, but long on a need for adventure? We all do! One of the simplest gifts is to give them a coupon book with all the things they need to make it happen - get someone to watch their kids, make an aid station and a map, create a finish line and snacks. and round up their friends to have a once in a lifetime experience. Extra points for a homemade trophy! Easy and super fun.
I've never met a trail runner who couldn't drop $100 in Zombie before their coffee gets cold. Definitely will prompt a smile. Also an easy gift to buy and send instantly, and their online store means it can be spent just as fast!
Happy Holidays! - SD
* Note - I am sponsored by inov-8, Injinji and others. so no surprise I am a big fan of their gear!