Holiday Shopping Ideas (for your runner or triathlete)!

Yep, full disclosure there are several sponsor shout-outs in this post. But I promise that everything is something I have or repeatedly lust after. As in, if I don’t have it, I probably keep a permanent browser tab open to that item on a shopping page, adding it to and then deleting it from my shopping cart throughout the day as I struggle with my detox from online shopping! If you’re not as big an online shopper as I am, you can find out more information here about the world of ecommerce!

With the holidays looming near I wanted to give you a head start on the shopping rush. It can be extremely difficult to know what to buy for active people, especially since, usually, they already have what they need, unless you look for custom clothing for sportswear that could be custom made, they may not have a running shirt with their own name on it! It’s always nice to show them that you’ve considered their passion for sports as well as incorporating something personal for them. Clothing is a good idea, all sports people need activewear to travel to events or even for the sport itself. To look at a selection of activewear clothing, you could consider shopping at for example. Those sorts of presents would be ideal for any sporty people. That’s just one idea though. There are many more. Please feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any other questions on these or are looking for sizing help!

Pearl Izumi: The favorite triathlete or cyclist in your life will no doubt love some Pearl Izumi gear. I have had cycling shorts from them that have lasted since my very first days on a bike! But, I’d suggest doing some snooping and seeing what kind of cold weather gear they have for riding; most cyclists or triathletes skimp out on outdoor riding in the winter and usually it’s only due to a lack of proper gear! I have the Elite Barrier Shoe Covers and the Elite Softshell Gloves and these help keep me riding all winter long in Baltimore. Keeping their toes and fingers warm is the key to keeping them riding happy in the winter!

NormaTec: Okay, so I know NormaTec recovery boots may not be in everyone’s budget. But, if you can find a way, they are well worth it! And if you’re a couple – well, these are kind of buying a present for yourself too 🙂 My NormaTec’s are a staple of every big training build I do — I don’t know what I would do without them.

Oiselle: It seems like every day Oiselle is adding more cute clothes to their selection! My personal favorite this season is the Flyte Long Sleeve. Seriously can’t step out the door without getting compliments on this one! And for the holiday season Oiselle has added their Podium Pajamas — pretty much the excuse I need to get as much rest as possible during the offseason!!

SMASH: The second I saw Lava Berry I knew that was the SMASH kit for me! This kit makes a statement and with a design that honors the lava fields of Kona where dreams are born, how can you resist? Now there are even bibs for girls like myself who prefer that style. And for your winter tropical escape (well, hopefully you are taking one because I don’t have one on the calendar!) the meredith dress is absolutely perfect for nights at the beach AND pictures on the podium 🙂

Make A Difference Gifts

TOMS: When I got my first pair of TOMS shoes I had severely under rated how they would change my style and wardrobe! I remember I found a pair of brand new TOMS for a really cheap price on a website like shoppok. It saved me so much money and it has changed the way I do online shopping! Comfort meets fashion meets durability meets easy to pack in my gym bags and suitcases! Since I try to keep my style as simple and plain as possible to make it quick and easy in the mornings after workouts rushing to get ready for work, Toms have become my go-to way to add some color and personality to my outfits. I’m pretty sure I could get every version of this shoe and live happily ever after.

Activyst: I have loved the mission of Activyst from the second I heard about them. The Active Bag traveled with me to Kona (big enough for my laptop and the NormaTec power supply pack!) and I loved it. Between their bag, the tote, or the cosmetic bag there is something for every price point and they are all SUPER cute. So go ahead, shop and help girls play!

Stocking Stuffers

Powerbar: Athletes never turn away some nutrition to keep stocked up, and the Powerbar variety pack of Energy Blends are a perfect stocking stuffer! These easy to eat, fruit-based energy source have become my quick snack before those early mornings workouts. And I always have one in my gym bag in case I need something to carry me through my commute before I can grab some breakfast.

TRISWIM/TRISLIDE: Every triathlete you know is probably putting in some quality pool time over the winter. That can mean green hair and a constant aroma of chlorine. But, not if you get them some TRISWIM! After 2 years with these products I have all but forgotten about what it’s like to have itchy skin and crunchy chlorine hair all the time.

May Designs Notebooks: While I use electronic logs for most of my training now, old habits die hard and I still keep lots of handwritten lists, as well as a handwritten calendar book each year. I already have mine set for 2014 – this May Designs personalized book. I can’t wait for January so I can use it!

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Sunglasses: Now that college basketball season is starting up I’m ready to show my UVA pride all the time! These sunglasses from Society43 are super cute and anyone who cheers for a team will love them. Or, you can customize your own to match your race kit….and we know how triathletes like to match. And you can’t beat $20!

Happy Shopping!!

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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