Are you looking for a gift for the favourite athlete in your life? For the past couple of years I have put together a bit of a gift guide for the runner or triathlete in your life so here are my picks (or what is on my wishlist…cough, cough) for 2014.
Charbonnel et Walker Drinking Chocolate ($14 CDN at Holt Renfrew)
My favourite way to warm up from a long run in the cold (and to kick off recovery) is with a mug of decadent hot chocolate. I found a tin of Charbonnel et Walker drinking chocolate at Holt Renfrew in Calgary and this is my favourite drinking chocolate so far. Rich, delicious shavings of chocolate that you whisk in to warm milk. Perfection.
Anthropologie Crowned Leaf Mug ($12 US)
You need an appropriate mug for that wonderful drinking chocolate and I love these mugs from Anthropologie. A mug that says “make it happen” or “do your best” on it? It is like your dinnerware is cheering you on!
Sauce Headwear Toque ($29 - $37 USD)
It seems as though most of the winter running hats available are made to fit a purpose and there isn’t much thought as to how they look. That all changed when I found Sauce Headwear. I love the slouchy beanie as it is fully lined with fleece, making it toasty warm. They have several retailers in Canada and in the US. Here in Calgary you can find them at Tri It!
A gift certificate to the spa of your choice ($ value up to you)
We put our feet through a lot…and chances are our toes may not be the prettiest anymore. I know my big toes are looking a little worse for wear post Ironman Boulder. A little pampering for those hard working feet may be just what they need! Or perhaps the gift certificate could go towards a relaxing massage or spa treatment?
Oiselle Wazzie Wool Baselayer ($92 US)
Oiselle just came out with two wool tops, a base layer and a sweatshirt. I’m loving the geometric pattern! These tops can definitely do double duty - keeping you warm on cold winter runs or wearing around town. The merino wool is responsibly sourced from New Zealand. I think the sweatshirt may just have to be a present that I get for myself...
I’ve been listening to tunes on the run a lot more lately and if there is one thing that gets annoying it is the cord! It flaps around and every once in awhile I’ll catch it with my hand and yank my earbud out. I’ve been really happy with the sound quality of my Yurbuds and apart from the annoying cord they work really well. I’d love to get a pair of the brand new wireless headphones so I can cut that cord!
In case you still need a few more gift ideas for your favourite runner or triathlete then you are in luck! I’m linking up with for Tuesdays on the Run with MCM Mama, My No-Guilt Life and Run the Great Ride Somewhere. Be sure to pop by the link up for even more gift ideas!
What is the number one item on your wish list this year?