11 Thoughtful Gifts for Runners

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There are a lot of exercise options out there, but one of the most popular—running—remains the simplest. That doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize or improve comfort. Check out 11 gifts for the pavement-pounding enthusiast in your life.

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1. Smartwool Phd Insulatd Training Gloves

A look at a pair of Smartwool PHD insulated gloves that are used for running
Amazon

Cut down on the effects of brisk winter with the Smartwool PhD glove, which offers wind resistance, reflective stripes for visibility, and touchscreen-compatible thumb and forefinger pads.

Find It at Amazon for $60 and also at these other retailers:

2. Garmin Forerunner 35

A Garmin Forerunner 35 smart watch displays its heart rate monitoring feature
Amazon

There are dozens of fitness and smart watches out there. While we can’t tell you there’s a clear number one, we can tell you no one is going to be disappointed with the Garmin Forerunner, which tracks your running paths, distances, and speed without having to use your cell phone. You can also monitor your heart rate without use of a chest strap. Reading all this data is easy with the vibrant, simple display.

Find It at Amazon for $158.

3. Osprey Duro 6 Running Hydration Vest

The Osprey Duro 6 vest provides hydration for runners
Amazon

Know a trail runner? Deck them out in this hydration vest that lets them tote up to 1.5 liters of water as well as food and other supplies without the need for arm straps or other compartments. A sensible strap system makes sure the vest doesn’t bounce during movement.

Find It at REI for $110.

4. Nike Elite Cushioned Socks

The Nike Elite sock offers cushioning for runners
Nike

Nike’s wool-blend sock was designed with runners in mind. The “splash zone” over the toes resist water, while the zoned cushioning makes sure your feet don’t take a beating.

Find It at Nike for $26 and up.

5. Extreme Sport Jelly Beans

A look at the packaging for the Extreme Sport Beans from Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly

Who knew jelly beans could be beneficial to athletic performance? Jelly Belly’s Extreme Sport Beans give long-distance runners a burst of energy thanks to caffeine and electrolytes, all in an easy-to-snack jelly bean for eating on the go.

Find It at Jelly Belly for $8.

6. FlexFixx Footfixx Massage Ball Therapy Set

A look at the FlexFixx FootFixx massage ball set
Amazon

If you run, your feet are destined to hurt. Help ward off chronic foot problems with this massage ball therapy set that works out stressed foot muscles. Each ball and roller in the set targets a different area of the foot for all-over relief.

Find It at Amazon for $19 and also at these other retailers:

7. Nordictrack C990 Treadmill

A woman runs on the NordicTrack C990 treadmill
Amazon

For runners faced with subzero temperatures or pressed for time, a quality treadmill can make sure they stick to a routine. Avoid lower-quality treadmills with the C990, a well-built, adjustable-incline unit that brings commercial gym reliability at a reasonable price. The 7-inch, web-enabled touchscreen lets users follow workout programs. Pavement hard on the feet? You can opt for underfoot cushioning that lightens foot impact on the treadmill surface. It’s the complete package.

Find It at Amazon for $999.

8. Higo LED Slap Armband

A woman wears the Higo LED slap armband
Amazon

Sometimes schedules necessitate getting a run in at night, but visibility can be a concern. Light up so drivers can see you with this LED armband that easily “slaps” over your wrists or arm without the need to tie or secure straps. You can even set the bands to blink to make sure you don’t go unnoticed while jogging along roads.

Find It at Amazon at $7 and also at these other retailers:

9. Remodeez Odor Eliminator

Remodeez Odor Eliminators are tucked inside shoes and sneakers
Amazon

Stinky soles are a badge of honor for runners, but their spouses, kids, and pets probably don’t appreciate the stench. Kill unwanted odors with these reusable odor eliminators, which use activated charcoal to absorb rather than just cover unwanted smells.

Find It at Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

10. The Complete Runner's Day-by-day Log 2019 Calendar

A look at the front cover of the Runner's Log 2019 calendar
Amazon

Give runners a sense of accomplishment with this daily log that allows them to record run stats and read motivational quotes to keep them moving.

Find It at Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

11. Goodr OG Sunglasses

A pair of Goodr OG sunglasses sit on top of a beer cooler
GOODR

Avoid harsh sunlight with these delightfully retro glasses that disguise a high level of performance. Goodr’s line resists bouncing against your nose and won’t slip off during sprints.

Find It at Goodr for $25.

Captain Marvel's Goose the Cat Funko Pop! Toy Delivers Cuteness (and Spoilers)

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Why pay Robert Downey Jr. $50 million to appear in an Avengers movie when you can just hire a cat and get the same buzz? Marvel Studios accountants must be debating this very issue now that Captain Marvel's supporting feline Goose has become the hit film's breakout star. Naturally, she has now been bestowed with an honor in line with her status: She's been immortalized as a Funko Pop! figure. Lots of them, actually.

The Funko Goose vinyl collectible, now available for $8.45, features her distinctive markings along with a “Goose” name tag. The now-famous cat joins a line of several other Captain Marvel Funko Pop! releases, including Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and a 1990s-era Nick Fury.

But in this case, going down the Funko rabbit hole carries some risks for Captain Marvel fans. /Film reports that two of Funko's pending Goose releases may spoil some key revelations in the film. So you’re better off sticking with a classic Goose until you’ve seen the movie.

If you’re curious about the kind of cat wrangling that went on behind the scenes in the movie, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually three ways Goose performs onscreen. The production used an orange tabby named Reggie to portray Goose, with stand-ins Archie, Gonzo, and Rizzo filling in occasionally to perform specific tricks or to relieve a fatigued Reggie. There was also a CGI Goose and a cat puppet that the filmmakers used in scenes where actress Brie Larson needed to interact with her furry friend—because while Carol Danvers may love cats, Larson herself is allergic to them.

Explore Funko's whole Captain Marvel line on Amazon.

[h/t /Film]

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Ready for Spring Cleaning? Neato's Latest Robotic Vacuum Is $230 Off Today

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Neato

If you've been hankering for a robotic cleaning assistant, today is your day. Best Buy is offering a great deal on Neato’s Botvac D4 Connected, the company’s well-reviewed, mid-range robot vacuum.

The vacuum, which normally retails for $529, is selling for $299 today as part of Best Buy’s limited-time daily deals. In other words, you can save $230—an almost 43 percent reduction.

That’s a pretty good deal for a gadget that Wired called “one of the best robot vacuums in terms of value” in a 2018 review. It’s got 75 minutes of battery life, a unique D-shape design made to help it wedge into any corner of your living room, and the ability to tackle carpet, hardwood, and tile floors.

The Neato Botvac D4 Connected vacuum
Neato

The Botvac D4 Connected also has some of the high-end features more often available in pricier vacuums, like laser floor-mapping technology and the ability to draw “no-go” boundaries around your home within the accompanying app. It also works with Alexa, Google Home, and other smart home assistants—you can even start and stop it using your Apple Watch.

Like many robot vacuums, the Botvac D4 Connected usually runs for a little cheaper on Amazon—it’s currently listed at $496—but this is one of those rare instances when another retailer has dropped its prices even lower. The deal ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 16, so get it while you can.

Buy it at Best Buy, then check out our list of some of the other smart tech you can use around the house during spring cleaning this year.

And if you missed the deal window for Best Buy, you can still get a good price elsewhere. The model is currently available for $429 from Walmart.

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