GIFT GUIDE 2021: Sweat Edition
Five functional & fun gift ideas for the athlete in your life!
Despite running every week and having completed a few races this past year, there always seems to be something we want or need when on the run. Whether you are looking for a holiday gift, a birthday gift, or a just because gift (our personal favorite), we want to spark some ideas for the runner in your life. There will be a gift guide for Get Outside, Sweat, Damn Good Food, and Mom Up. Now there may be some crossover because let's be real, the pillars all work together. BUT this one is focused on SWEAT.
We had a few goals with this gift guide:
- Support small, local, female, or Black business.
- Consider a reasonable budget of $50 or less.
- Find gifts that the runner in your life will actually want and need.
Ever heard of the old adage that if you want to be an athlete, eat like an athlete? Or did we make that up? Unsure, but we will definitely eat what Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky are serving up. Rise and Run, is their newest cookbook and a New York Time’s Best Seller! The theme is recipes, rituals, and runs to fuel your day and we hear there are a lot of new yummy superhero muffin recipes inside. You can even consider a cookbook bundle with their previous books (Run Fast, Eat Slow and Run Fast, Cook Fast. Eat Slow). Yes please!
You may be wondering why we are promoting this product, since we tend to be pretty minimalist when it comes to supplements… BUT we recognize not everyone enjoys drinking coffee/tea but may still want a caffeine fix to kick start their day or workout. Seattle Gummy Company is founded by Dr. Connie Wan, a mama who was looking for a better way to get her kids to take medicine. The initial idea has expanded to include performance gummies for sports, energy, and wellness. Maybe buy a bundle of the energy or recovery gummies so you can try some and share some with friends on the run.
Ciele’s caps are both fashionable and functional and come in so many versatile styles. This business is not small, local, female, or Black-owned but they do focus on sustainability. They use recycled fiber, repreve, and according to their site, “for 2021 over 85% of the lineup is certified repreve, with at least 30% recycled content.” The night right collection has extra reflective properties and the linked cap is on Ives’ wishlist for those dark Seattle wintery runs.
Continuing with the theme of safe running and reflective gear, the Firecracker gloves from Oiselle are the perfect stocking stuffer. They come in fun color options or a classic black for the monochromatic athlete in your life. We love Oiselle, since it's local to Seattle and it's "by and for women athletes." Hello, yes please. We will support that!
Gift Card for Recovery $25+
We shared this one last year and it’s so good, it’s a repeat on the list. If you live in or near Seattle there are two amazing Black-owned businesses that Ives has used for recovery when training. City Sweats is the first infrared wellness spa in WA and lucky for you they have a couple locations. Stretch22 has a team of stretchologists, who use the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation technique to produce deep stretches that increase flexibility. Stretch22 has multiple locations in and outside of the city. If you don't live in Seattle but love this idea, research a local business near you.
Dee and her team at City Sweats have a menu of amazing offerings, but our favorite is a "hot" date in their infrared sauna cabin. You can even sync your phone and listen to your favorite podcast while sweating out those toxins.
Ja'Warren, former Olympic sprinter and UW Hall of Famer, co-founded Stretch22 with chiropractor Dr. Sasaki. They focus on stretching to improve mobility and flexibility. Book yourself an appointment to help soothe sore muscles from everyday activities or aches and pains from rigorous training
We hope this gift guide leaves you with some fun and affordable options. Maybe it even inspires you to shop small, shop women-led, or shop Black-owned.