11 perfect Christmas gift ideas for the runner in your life

With less than a month until Christmas, here are some of the best gifts for runners in 2019 - whatever you're budget. 

Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular

The latest version of this multifunction sports and lifestyle watch has an always-on display that allows you to always clearly see your running metrics and an all-day 18-hour battery life. You can quickly check your heart rate, and get notifications when it appears to be too high or too low, and the built-in compass gives trail runners additional location data, such as heading, incline, latitude, longitude and current elevation. 

Phoenix One Massage Gun

Not for the faint-hearted, the Phoenix Gun is designed to provide professional grade, deep tissue massage in the comfort of your own home. With three intensity settings and four head attachments, the Phoenix Gun delivers up to 32kgs of force powered by a compact, long lasting rechargeable battery. Using rapid, repetitive strokes, this hard-core looking machine provides a convenient and efficient way of breaking down knots, stimulating blood-flow and releasing built up lactic acid.

Jaybird Vista

Need new wireless running headphones to maximise your workout? The Vista delivers cutting-edge technology for a horizon-expanding active audio experience. They are the lightest, most compact, and most advanced headphones ever made and come with industry-leading customisable premium sound. The biggest selling point is that Vista gives you six hours of audio on a full charge, plus 10 more in the charging case, with a five minute quick charge offering one hour of play time.

Garmin Forerunner® 45S

Forerunner 45S is the smaller-sized GPS running watch with all the running-related features you need in a sleek, lightweight smartwatch. With up to seven days of battery life between charges and free Garmin Coach adaptive training plans, this is a running watch that won't weigh you down. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail

Give the gift of running outdoors with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail. These iconic shoes have traded pavement for the path less travelled and feature perforated mesh upper for increased foot breathability, a wider forefoot, enhanced lacing for a secure fit and foot lockdown, and bigger outsole lugs for better traction on trails.

Proviz Reflect360 running vest

Be seen at night and be safe in the super lightweight running Proviz running vest. The water resistant and windproof reflective material gives you a 360 degree reflective surface so that any light from vehicles will reflect back to the driver and help you stand out. Weighing only 100g the comfortable soft-mesh back and under arms that allow all the heat that you build up to escape.

Floatation tank voucher

Take some time out to rest, recharge and give your hardworking muscles some much-needed TLC with a one hour float. Floatation tanks or pods are relaxation chambers where you can escape reality in a light and sound-free environment. The water in the pods is warm and contains around 600kgs of dissolved Epsom salt to help you float. They can help lower blood pressure, reduce pain and stress, increase immune function and improve focus on clarity.

OOFOS recovery thong

Perfect for summer, OOFOS shoes are engineered to help your feet recover faster from a long day or gruelling run than other footwear. OOFOS' shoes, thongs and slides all feature the OOFOAM, which is scientifically proven to deliver at least 37 per cent more impact absorption than any other footwear brand, while at the same time reducing the amount of ankle energy required to walk by 34 per cent. The footwear can be easily washed in a washing machine, and they will also float. Slip into a pair and you'll immediately feel the OO. 

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Running Medal Display Hanger

Are your finisher medals stuffed in a show box under your bed? Continue to be inspired by your running endeavours with this brushed stainless steel display. It's ready to go straight out of the box and comes with all instructions, screws and fittings needed to fix up on your wall.

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow

Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky are back with a cookbook that's full of recipes that are fast and easy without sacrificing flavour. Whether you are training for a marathon, someone who barely has time to step into the kitchen, or feeding a hungry family, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. has wholesome meals to sustain you.

Zeroda sports wash

Extinct the stink from your running clothes with Zeroda. This high performance sports wash removes the bacteria that causes those nasty odours and smells. Requiring only two teaspoons per wash, each 475ml bottle provides up to 40 washes.

The high of crossing the finish line inspires running fanatic Laura Hill to clock up the kilometres each week. Whether you're a newbie to the running scene or a seasoned athlete, Laura brings the latest running trends and gear to readers across Australia. With a day job in the corporate world and a busy toddler, Laura loves nothing more than lacing up her runners and hitting the pavement to sharpen her mind and challenge her body.

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