Runners are usually easy to buy gifts
for because we love practical items. Just browse on running gear website or shop in any running store and you'll can find a new article of clothing or running gear item that we'll gush over. But Valentine's Day gifts are another story because -- even among runners -- there's that underlying expectation that the gift be romantic or, at least, very thoughtful. Here are some ideas that go beyond the usual technical running shirt or winter running hat
1. Trip to a Runner-Friendly Destination
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If your running sweetie likes surprises, how about planning a relaxing getaway to a place where you know she'd love to run? It could be as simple as an overnight stay at spa, inn, or B&B near some great running trails.
Also see: Tips for Running While Traveling
2. Massage Gift Card
Runners work hard, but they also love to relax and be pampered. A massage is a great way to help runners recharge their batteries and also prevent injuries. If you're on a tight budget and can't afford a foot massage
from you. Inexpensive massages are also frequently featured on deal sites like Groupon or Living Social, so check those sites for bargains in your area.
3. Pedicure Gift Certificate
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With issues like black toenails
, runners' feet tend to get somewhat, er, unattractive looking. So a pedicure
is another excellent (and budget-friendly) pampering idea for your favorite runner. And, yes, even men can enjoy a little pampering by getting their toenails trimmed and feet rubbed by a professional.
4. Safety Gear
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Letting your significant other know that you want him or her to be safe while running is a great way to show that you care. She'll consider that reflective vest
a romantic gesture!
Also see: Running Safety Items
5. Runners' Jewelry
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Check out sites such as finishlinecharms.com
for necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry that can be personalized with names, races, distances, or times. And don't assume this gift idea only works for women. If your man isn't into wearing jewelry, you can also find other personalized items such as cuff links and key rings.
6. Finisher's Keepsake
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If your significant other recently ran a big race, such as a marathon, he may not have wanted to splurge on the pricey finish line photos. Or he may be too modest to admit that he'd secretly love
to have a framed photo of his marathon finish. So he'd appreciate it if someone else decided to do it for him. Go to the race website, order a photo, and put it in a nice frame. If you're feeling really creative, you could even get a shadowbox
and put the photo, medal, finishers' bib, and any other race mementos in it.
Also see: Personalized Running Gifts What to Do With Finishers' Medals