11 Thoughtful Gifts for Runners

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There are a lot of exercise options out there, but one of the most popular—running—remains the simplest. That doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize or improve comfort. Check out 11 gifts for the pavement-pounding enthusiast in your life.

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1. Smartwool Phd Insulatd Training Gloves

A look at a pair of Smartwool PHD insulated gloves that are used for running
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Cut down on the effects of brisk winter with the Smartwool PhD glove, which offers wind resistance, reflective stripes for visibility, and touchscreen-compatible thumb and forefinger pads.

Find It at Amazon for $60 and also at these other retailers:

2. Garmin Forerunner 35

A Garmin Forerunner 35 smart watch displays its heart rate monitoring feature
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There are dozens of fitness and smart watches out there. While we can’t tell you there’s a clear number one, we can tell you no one is going to be disappointed with the Garmin Forerunner, which tracks your running paths, distances, and speed without having to use your cell phone. You can also monitor your heart rate without use of a chest strap. Reading all this data is easy with the vibrant, simple display.

Find It at Amazon for $158.

3. Osprey Duro 6 Running Hydration Vest

The Osprey Duro 6 vest provides hydration for runners
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Know a trail runner? Deck them out in this hydration vest that lets them tote up to 1.5 liters of water as well as food and other supplies without the need for arm straps or other compartments. A sensible strap system makes sure the vest doesn’t bounce during movement.

Find It at REI for $110.

4. Nike Elite Cushioned Socks

The Nike Elite sock offers cushioning for runners
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Nike’s wool-blend sock was designed with runners in mind. The “splash zone” over the toes resist water, while the zoned cushioning makes sure your feet don’t take a beating.

Find It at Nike for $26 and up.

5. Extreme Sport Jelly Beans

A look at the packaging for the Extreme Sport Beans from Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly

Who knew jelly beans could be beneficial to athletic performance? Jelly Belly’s Extreme Sport Beans give long-distance runners a burst of energy thanks to caffeine and electrolytes, all in an easy-to-snack jelly bean for eating on the go.

Find It at Jelly Belly for $8.

6. FlexFixx Footfixx Massage Ball Therapy Set

A look at the FlexFixx FootFixx massage ball set
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If you run, your feet are destined to hurt. Help ward off chronic foot problems with this massage ball therapy set that works out stressed foot muscles. Each ball and roller in the set targets a different area of the foot for all-over relief.

Find It at Amazon for $19 and also at these other retailers:

7. Nordictrack C990 Treadmill

A woman runs on the NordicTrack C990 treadmill
Amazon

For runners faced with subzero temperatures or pressed for time, a quality treadmill can make sure they stick to a routine. Avoid lower-quality treadmills with the C990, a well-built, adjustable-incline unit that brings commercial gym reliability at a reasonable price. The 7-inch, web-enabled touchscreen lets users follow workout programs. Pavement hard on the feet? You can opt for underfoot cushioning that lightens foot impact on the treadmill surface. It’s the complete package.

Find It at Amazon for $999.

8. Higo LED Slap Armband

A woman wears the Higo LED slap armband
Amazon

Sometimes schedules necessitate getting a run in at night, but visibility can be a concern. Light up so drivers can see you with this LED armband that easily “slaps” over your wrists or arm without the need to tie or secure straps. You can even set the bands to blink to make sure you don’t go unnoticed while jogging along roads.

Find It at Amazon at $7 and also at these other retailers:

9. Remodeez Odor Eliminator

Remodeez Odor Eliminators are tucked inside shoes and sneakers
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Stinky soles are a badge of honor for runners, but their spouses, kids, and pets probably don’t appreciate the stench. Kill unwanted odors with these reusable odor eliminators, which use activated charcoal to absorb rather than just cover unwanted smells.

Find It at Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

10. The Complete Runner's Day-by-day Log 2019 Calendar

A look at the front cover of the Runner's Log 2019 calendar
Amazon

Give runners a sense of accomplishment with this daily log that allows them to record run stats and read motivational quotes to keep them moving.

Find It at Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

11. Goodr OG Sunglasses

A pair of Goodr OG sunglasses sit on top of a beer cooler
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Avoid harsh sunlight with these delightfully retro glasses that disguise a high level of performance. Goodr’s line resists bouncing against your nose and won’t slip off during sprints.

Find It at Goodr for $25.

This Automated Tea Machine Brews Tea Bags and Loose Leaves With the Convenience of a Keurig

BRÜ
BRÜ

The convenience of Keurigs has changed the way people get their morning coffee, but for tea drinkers, the options have been far more limited. Though companies have released their teas in K-cup pods, you’re usually beholden to a more limited selection in terms of flavor variety and leaf type. The BRÜ is looking to change that by giving tea drinkers an automated brewing machine that allows for full customization, like temperature control, cup size, and the option to actually choose from your favorite loose-leaf teas and bags. With more than $180,000 in pledges raised already, the BRÜ has shattered its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter. But you can still get your own machine for just $95 by heading here before the campaign ends on November 1.

The BRÜ looks just like a Keurig in many ways—there’s the water tank, the familiar spout, and the drip tray. But with this machine, you're in control of far more. If you want a small cup of strong, bagged green tea, it's just a few button presses away. If your friend then wants a weaker glass of loose-leaf white tea that's not too hot, it can be ready in minutes, all without the hassle of dealing with a traditional kettle. With its stretch goals already reached, the company is even working on a setting for cold tea, which will brew a small but concentrated cup of hot tea, then dispense chilled water on top of it.

If you act fast (like fast, fast) you can still score the $95 BRÜ package, along with a glass mug. The next tier starts at $115 and includes a similar haul, but this time it’s for the BRÜ+ machine, which the company says dispenses the water in a way that actually cleans the tea chamber after each cup.

The BRÜ won’t be available for the holidays, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift this Christmas, you’ll receive a gift card voucher. Orders are expected to start going out for delivery in April 2020. For more information, head to the BRÜ Kickstarter page, where you can become a backer until November 1.

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11 Amazing Gifts for the Beer Geek in Your Life

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Whether you're picking out a gift for the beer lover in your life or just want to grab something for yourself, you're going to want to do better than the same old “Will Work for Beer” T-shirt that you've seen a million times before. That's exactly why we compiled a list of the best beer-related artwork, books, and accessories to complement your love of suds.

1. The Very Many Varieties of Beer; $40

PopChart Labs's Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer Poster.
Pop Chart Lab/Amazon

It can be hard to find tasteful home décor that reflects a love of beer. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab has you covered. The design outfit has created a number of beer-themed posters over the years (sadly, the scratch-off beer poster is no longer available), and The Very Many Varieties of Beer is their most awe-inspiring. The 24-inch-by-36-inch poster maps every type of beer style available, along with its suggested glassware, so you'll never again confuse a porter with a stout.

Buy It: Amazon

2. uKeg 64 oz Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer; $149


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Growlers offer a great way to bring home a beer that doesn’t make its way into cans or bottles, but they’re not perfect. Unless you plan to drink all 64 ounces in a single sitting, you’re likely to end up with flat beer. Presenting, a solution: The uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler uses a CO2 cartridge to ensure that the last pour from this growler is as lively as the first, and its custom tap makes it easy to pour one out.

Buy It: Amazon

3. The Oxford Companion to Beer; $43


Oxford University Press/Amazon

Beer lovers can be a little obsessive about their passion, and if you’re shopping for someone who’s thirsty for knowledge, there’s no better place to start than this comprehensive reference. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the Oxford Companion crams an incredible amount of information about beer culture, history, styles, brewing methodologies, and more into 900 pages. Even the most well-versed know-it-all will learn something from this text. And if you’re shopping for a beer-loving foodie, Oliver’s classic book The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food makes an excellent gift, too.

Buy It: Amazon

4. USA Beer Cap Map; $35

USA Beer Cap Map on Amazon.
Beer Cap Country/Amazon

Brewers keep making more intricate and beautiful bottle caps, and it’s a shame to just chuck that art into the trash each time you pop a bottle. If your giftee is trying to drink their way through all 50 states, this fun wooden map helps them keep track of progress while preserving standout caps.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Glass Set; $30


Libbey/Amazon

Pouring a beer into a glass enhances the whole sensory experience each sip offers. By allowing the user to better see and smell what they're drinking, the glass is a valuable aid in fully enjoying each brew. And since different shapes of glasses suit different styles of beer, a beer geek’s glassware collection can never be too large. While there’s a dizzying variety of cool brewery-branded glassware on the market, this six-piece set from Libbey covers all the bases and enables your favorite beer geek to sip everything from dense Russian imperial stouts to refreshing German hefeweizens. Plus, at just $30, it's a steal.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit; $48

Beer Making Kit.
Brooklyn Brew Shop

With a little know-how and the right recipe, home brewers can make beers that rival the offerings of their commercial counterparts. If someone on your list wants to dip their toe into the home brewing waters, Brooklyn Brew Shop offers kits that come with almost everything they'll need to make a gallon of beer. With styles ranging from Everyday IPA to Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeño Saison, there’s something for everyone.

Buy It: Brooklyn Brew Shop

7. BEER SOAP VARIETY PACK; $35


Swag Brewery.

For a number of reasons, it can be hard to enjoy a delicious, hoppy IPA whenever you want one. Enter the next best thing: catching a pleasant whiff of brew. Swag Brewery crafts soaps made with real beer. Available in nine varieties—including oatmeal stout, IPA, and Belgian witbier—these soaps will finally give you even more reason to wash your hands.

Buy It: Amazon

8. The Comic Book Story of Beer; $15

The Comic Book Story of Beer.
Ten Speed Press/Amazon

There are centuries of history in every pint you drink. And in this punchy comic book by writers Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, with art by Aaron McConnell, you can learn about the story behind beer, from its most primitive days as a curious drink fermented in clay pots to its impact on European culture and its rebirth as a booming industry after Prohibition.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Coasters with Built-In Bottle Openers; $18

Beer coasters with built-in bottle openers.
FuhlSpeed/Amazon

These stainless steel beer coasters don't just feature cool art that any hophead can enjoy, they also double as bottle openers to make your brew a bit more convenient. This is one of those ingenious products that makes you just sit back and wonder why you never thought of it.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Westmark German Hermetus Resealer Bottle Opener; $10


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Downing an entire 22-ounce bomber of a boozy imperial stout or double IPA in a single sitting can be a delicious but questionable decision. With Westmark’s clever bottle opener, saving part of the bottle for the next day is a little easier. The Hermetus opener pops caps like normal, but once your giftee is ready to call it quits, it slides across the top of the bottle to form a tight, bubble-preserving seal.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Beer of the Month Club; $40 and up


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Don’t overthink this. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, you can’t go wrong by simply getting them what you know they love—beer. Craft Beer Club takes the guesswork out of choosing the right brew by sending out 12 or 24 bottles of craft beer (in four different styles) with each shipment. You can choose from monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly packages.

Buy It: Craft Beer Club

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