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Last Minute Running Gifts!

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve!

Today’s post is short and sweet, but I have several fun posts lined up for the rest of the week and next week! Linking up today for another marvelous Monday with Katie!

Since procrastination is my middle name, and I’ll be out with the crowds in Little Rock tonight, today I’m sharing my ideas for last minute gifts for the runner in your life!

These aren’t just for 2013, this list could work for any holiday, birthday, or year!

last minute gift ideas for runners

1. A subscription box or service. Think: RunnerBox, BuluBox, BirchBox, Ellie, Stitch Fix, or BarkBox. I have yet to subscribe to one myself, but it’s constantly at the top of my to-do list!

Spotlight: Ellie.

Ellie women's subscription running apparel

Ellie.com women's running and active clothing

How cute are those outfits??

2. Nail Polish. This may seem random or redundant to some, but runners are always fighting the battle of the toe-nails, so it’s nice to spruce up your feet every now and then!

I have been loving Essie lately, here is their Winter lineup of newest colors:

Essie Nail Polish

Don’t forget the clear top coat though! Target always has a huge selection of colors.

3. A grab bag of race day nutrition. Clif Bars, Shot Bloks, Luna Bars, KIND Bars, GU. Put together a little goodie bag full of  “snacks” for runners. These are always a pain to remember to stock up on, so help a runner out!

Clif Bars


4. Headbands! Runners are constantly trying to keep their hair out of their faces, and if they’re anything like me, they’re constantly misplacing their headbands! Pick out a couple cute ones and tie them up with some cute ribbon. Running shops, boutiques, or even Target you can find cute headbands. I recently wrote about some that I picked up at a local holiday craft fair, and I love them.

There are countless brands that produce great headbands, and countless “knock-offs” you can find on Etsy or online. Here are just a few. 

Bic Bands for runners

Bic Bands.

Love Bic Bands! Each month the company chooses a different charity to give back to.

sweaty bands

Sweaty Bands.

I don’t have any “Sweaty Bands” specifically, but I’ve noticed several of our local running shops carry them!

Bondi Bands

Bondi Bands.

I LOVE my Bondi Band…I have one that says “Suck it up, Cupcake!”

lululemon swiftly headband


These are fantastic, though I do sometimes have to use a bobbi pin in the back to keep it from slipping.

5. Socks. And not just running socks! I am always trying to find a REGULAR pair of socks, or locate a pair of tall boot socks that aren’t compression socks. Target has tons of cute tall socks, Loft has several boot socks right now, and almost any clothing store always has a super cute display of socks around the holidays! It would be a random gift, but useful! Plus, each pair is under $10, tie up a few pairs, throw them in a cute bag, and call it a day!

loft boot socks


target boot socks


Gap socks


6. An “everything-running-box”. I am always struggling to keep all of my running and race day accessories in ONE place, in ONE room in the house, so that when I need to grab something fast, I’m not searching all over the house for it. Try going to Container Store and picking out a cute box, then throwing in a few of the above mentioned items, and presenting it to your favorite runner with a cute little label explaining what it’s for. I would love to have a “running station” somewhere in my house, it’s a great way to keep track of everything! Or, how about a small, thin box that your runner could safely store their race bibs in. Instead of letting those bibs get wrinkled and potentially thrown away, store them away in a safe container, away from children and other hazardous potentials!

I love this large jute bib..perfect for throwing in your perfect outfit and accessories as you start packing for a big race! Keeping everything in ONE place is key to not forgetting anything!

container store box

Container Store

How cute would all of your race day accessories look in this? Shot bloks in one compartment, favorite socks in another, headbands in another.

container store file boxes

Container Store

A simple file box would make a perfect storage unit for race-bibs.

storage for running race bibs

Container Store

What would you add to the list? Do you have big plans this week?

My husband and I are taking it easy and enjoying our second Christmas together in our home on Wednesday 🙂

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    Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup
    December 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    YES I totally use the running box trick. Mine is currently just an old shoe box but it has been extremely helpful to have a place to stash the odds and ends that end up around the house. One idea is to decorate it with your old race bibs, if you’re the kind of person that has extras laying around. I’m still in the Gollum-like stage where they’re all special… all two of them… 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Ashley- Ha! That is such a great idea!! I do have them all laying around, I hadn’t thought about using them that way! All two of them…bahaha. Love it 🙂

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    Anna @ Running On Plenty
    December 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    A running box! What a good gift idea! I might have to gift myself one of those.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Anna- Yea girl! Haha yes do!! Merry Christmas!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    December 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Love the runner box idea! We could use these in our house too! Happy Holidays, Sarah!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Nicole- Thanks girl! Happy holidays to you too!! Enjoy the “break” and make lots of fun memories with your girls!!

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    Becky @ Life Outside The Box
    December 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I use a little box for all my headbands. I’ve collected so many colors it’s hard to choose one each time I go in there!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Becky- So fun!! Oh man! I wish I had THAT many headbands to choose from!! Slowly buy surely my collection is growing 🙂

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    Heather Murphy
    December 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Great ideas! I keep all my workout clothes in a separate container and it works great bc I am able to find exactly what I want quickly!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Heather- Thanks! Same here! If I don’t keep it all in one place, we all know what kind of disaster that makes on race morning! 🙂

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    Linz @ Itz Linz
    December 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Another subscription you’ve got to add is Mizz Fit’s Quarterly Box! Itz fitness AND fashion and makes for the perfect gift or treat for yourself! Merry Christmas!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Linz- Oohh I’ll have to check that one out! Great find! Merry Christmas to you too!

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    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness
    December 25, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I love the variety in your list. Essie has the best nail polish colors. You can’t go wrong with headbands.

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    Sarah @RunFarGirl
    December 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    The running box is essential! I have a basket by our front door with my headlamp, hats, lights, sunglasses, arm warmers…everything little and running related that I want to grab before a run.

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