Nov 12, 2014

A Running Mormon Christmas List

With Christmas soon approaching, I finally put together Christmas lists for my family members.  I thought I'd post my own list in the hopes that maybe it could help alleviate shopping uncertainty.  Here are my top 20 gift ideas for that runner, Mormon, or Running Mormon on your holiday shopping list this holiday season.


Yaktrax Ice Grippers ($40)
I live in an area with unpredictable weather.  We get everything from dust storms to tornadoes to searing heat to blizzards.  With the winter chill already upon us, it's just a matter of time before the ground becomes slick with ice.  As I'm not a fan of the "dreadmill," I'm determined to run outside as much as possible.  In order to accomplish my training in winter weather, Yaktrax Ice Grippers would be perfect for icy streets.

Electra 927 Snowshoes by Atlas ($170)
And for those random snow days where anywhere from two inches to two feet drops in a night,  the Electra 927 Snowshoes by Atlas would still allow me to pile on the winter training mileage.

Running Girl Medals Display ($72)
I currently have a cute medal hanger, and it really has been awesome.  However, this year alone has added so many medals that this 9-hook display can't handle the load anymore.  It's time to upgrade to a larger display.  When I found the Running Girl Medals Display, I absolutely had to have it.  After all, it can hold up to 40 medals, which would give me an entirely new race goal to work toward.  (Etsy also has a huge variety of all sorts of medal displays starting at $12.)

Counter Top Fruit Dispenser ($20)
The ingenious design of this counter top fruit dispenser maximizes air contact so each orange, apple or other seasonal fruit ripens evenly, while a cleverly placed hook holds a bunch of bananas--runner diet essentials.  Not only is it functional, but it looks awesome.  I think every runner-kitchen would benefit from one of these.

GEFU Spirelli Slicer ($30)
Another runner-kitchen must-have gadget:  the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer.  It turns any veggie into spaghetti.  I love zucchini noodles, but with my limited supplied kitchen, I've been forced to hand-slice the zucchini which really doesn't turn out too great.  This slicer would satiate my love of veggie noodles, and I would need to have it in pink or purple.

Schwings ($9)
These are just fun little shoe adornments to make running look more fun.  Available in wings, lightning bolts, flames, and butterfly wings, Shwings would make a great runner stocking stuffer.

Active Bands ($10-$12)
I could never have enough Active Bands.  These sports-specific, but super cute headbands keep my hair out of my face for even my longest runs.  They fit comfortably, don't slip, and have so many styles there is definitely one for every type of female athlete.  Another fabulous stocking stuffer.

Bow Hair Ties ($12.50 for set of 4)
Super cute hair ties are just what every runner girl needs!  When I'm dressed up in a color coordinated and cute running outfit--especially when my hair is holding in a perfect pony tail or braid, then I'm even more motivated to get out that door and run.  These bow hair ties are just the stocking stuffer to add that perfect touch to a workout outfit.

Gu, Gu, and More Gu ($2)
Distance runners can also never have enough Gu.  It seems like I'm always running out, and I'm constantly on the lookout for newer exciting flavors.  Any type of energy fuels are a runner stocking must.

Massage Gift Certificate ($60-$120)
Nothing feels better on a sore runner's muscles than a post-run (or race) massage.  Sports massages and deep tissue are ideal for really relaxing tight muscles.  Many spas offer gift certificates for any type of massage. Your runner will thank you.

Runner Recovery Products ($5-$60 each, about $100-$150 for all together)
If your runner is on the mend, why not get them a gift to help them get back on their feet, into their running shoes, and off on a run in record time.  Every runner should have an arsenol of recovery tools at their disposal.  Ideally, this should include:  a foam roller ($20-$60) for massaging tight muscles, hot/cold foot massager ($12) for plantar faciaatis treatment and prevention, BodyGlide ($6-$8) to prevent chafing, KT Tape ($15-$20) to support trouble areas, compression sleeves ($20-$60) to increase circulation, Perform pain relieving roll-on ($13) for those extra-sore spots, water bottle fruit infuser ($11) to encourage hydration by adding your favorite flavor to your water bottle, and epson bath salts ($5) to aid in a post-run soak.  Any of these items would be a good stocking stuffer, or pick a few of them for a thoughtful and useful runner-friendly gift basket.  You could even place them in a gym bag or drawstring bag for added flair.

Race Registration ($25-$200)
When in doubt, what runner can say no to a race entry?  Just search on Active for local or even destination races.  But if you decide to go the destination route, better first make sure they can afford the trip...unless you're covering all those expenses too.  Seriously, you can't go wrong with a fun race entry that has great bling.


Worlds Without End Framed Painting ($180)
This is one of my favorite paintings of the Savior.  I don't really have much art up in my house, but this Worlds Without End framed painting by Greg Olsen would really bring the spirit in my home.

Endowment Bracelet ($8)
Perfect stocking stuffer for those who love serving at the temple, this beautiful endowment bracelet is a convenient way to keep your temple proxy name card easily accessible during your session without having to shove it in your pockets.

LDS Hope Bracelets ($14 each)
How cute are these LDS Hope Bracelets!  Bangle bracelets with inspirational quotes from the October 2013 General Conference are another great stocking stuffer option for that Latter-Day Saint on your list.  I would love to have all of them, and they would be such a good missionary tool.  I'm still searching for these with quotes from the most current conference as well.

 Camille Fronk Olson's Women of the Old/New Testaments ($40 each)
As a woman, I love reading accounts of righteous women in the scriptures.  Camille Fronk Olson's books Women in the Old Testament and Women in the New Testament focus on many of these remarkable women and explores the influence of Jesus Christ, His prophets, and His gospel on them.   Whether these women were identified individually by name or simply mentioned as a devout follower in the crowd, their stories of sacrifice and eager service have rich meaning and application for our lives today.

Wood LDS Temple Ornaments ($9 each)
As I've already said, I love the temple.  It's my favorite place to be.  I also like to collect meaningful things to commemorate special occasions.  Race medals are the obvious proof of this.  For my spiritual side though, I've been wanting some sort of display to show the temples I've served in.  These wood LDS temple ornaments would be just the stocking stuffer to do the trick.  I'd like to have one for each temple I've frequented thus far: Portland Oregon, Manti Utah, Lubbock Texas, Dallas Texas, Fresno California, Albuquerque New Mexico, and soon Las Vegas Nevada.  These would also brighten up my Christmas tree with that glorious temple light and peace.

Temple Recommend Holder ($4-$6)
Small, sweet, and inexpensive, a temple recommend holder is a great stocking stuffer option.  There are so many design and picture options available that you'll easily find the perfect match for your temple-going friend.  This gift is also a wonderful way to encourage someone to either receive their temple recommend, or even use theirs more often.

Customized Family: A Proclamation ($13+ cost of frame)
This is the perfect way to display "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" in your home! There is no better way than by using a picture of you, your children, or family to showcase this beautiful message.  As for myself, I would like to have a picture of my parents on the day they were sealed as the backdrop to this uplifting customized proclamation.

Baby-Sitting for Temple Attendance (your time)
I live about 100 miles from the closest temple.  Ideally, I'd like to attend at least once, maybe twice a month.  The difficult part for me is finding a baby-sitter for the entire 7-hour trip centered around a session time, or even finding a sitter who would go with me and just watch her for the 2.5 hour session.  Baby-sitting so I can attend the temple would be such a thoughtful and touching gift, whether it's for the day or for the session.

Let me know if these suggestions helped with your holiday shopping.  I'd also love to hear your gift ideas for a Running Mormon.


  1. That's a great list, Rachel. John uses yaktrax at work, for the long walk through the parking lot on icy days and they work great. And I love the endowment bracelet. I didn't even know those existed!
    Hope you get everything on your list!

    1. Me too ;) I'm definitely like the idea of Yaktrax more and more with all this snow on the ground. I managed to slip twice walking back to my car from church. What's on an author's Christmas list?

    2. An author hopes for wonderful sales during the Christmas season!!! Best Christmas present ever!


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