I’ve never done a blog post on gift giving. I’ve never had people ask me about gifts- unless it’s what a 6 year old girl would want (duh, dollhouse or shopkins!). But this year is different. I’ve been asked on-line, by friends IRL and even just out on the street during a jaunt. “Are you warm? What are you wearing?” It’s my own mini red-carpet moment. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to test out a ton of gear, and this year I got my hands on a little bit of everything; apparel, tech and plenty of stuff to keep you warm.
Like my boy Drake, this post started from the bottom; and arguably the most important part- gear. If you’re planning on doing any trail runs, or run through the ice and snow then make sure you stay visible. Light evaporates so quickly in winter months so if you’re scoping out a gift for your wifey, keep her safe in shoes that keep her seen. The Nike LunarGlide 7 Flash running shoes light the night up, and not just one or two dots but the entire shoe! They’re water repellent too, making them a solid contender for the sleet/slush cycle that is upon us.
Under those sneaks your sock game is almost as important. I’m a raving lunatic for Darn Tough socks, but it’s a personal call. The Injinji toe socks are also super comfy but some people hate the toes being separate. Not this gal. Spread out down there! Most tech socks will run you about $20 so they’re a great mini gift for your marathon momma or a safe stocking stuffer for your sweetie.
Layering pieces make impressive gifts, and let’s face it, size wise it’s a little easier to gauge then a pair of shoes. Nike’s new Aeroloft Flash vest scores some major brownie points in both the look and function department. It’s seemingly lighter than air, with a fluffy 800 down count feather count to keep your lucky gift getter warm. A hidden pocket in the back keeps a phone and keys within reach which cleverly tucks into itself for superb portability. Or stocking-stuffing-ability.
If your special someone is firmly on the good list then a splurge is always welcome and in order. The TomTom Spark is a nifty GPS watch that acts like a maître d’- music, heart rate monitor, pedometer, sleep tracker, and a slew of pre- programmed activities like swimming, gym or straight up running (hooked to your Nike+ natch) are on command. If your partner is into tracking their every movement (and getting a kickass snapshot of that data) then size up their wrist and snap up a Spark.
Don’t scrimp on leaving out earbuds. This beast of a watch comes with 3GB for tunes so it’s a little like a toy without the batteries if you don’t go whole hog. I’m digging the wire-free method by Bluetooth enabled BackBeat FIT by Plantronics. Easy to use out of the box, they paired quickly with the Spark (which uses iTunes or Windows Media for music) so maybe toss in a iTunes card for good sporting measure and you’re swaggy like Santa.