If you have a fit girl in your life, and I mean one who is into endurance sport and not in the manner of ‘you’re fit but my gosh don’t you know it’ (shut up, you love The Streets too, that song is well catchy), you might be racking your brains for what to buy her for Christmas. Fear not: step away from the baby pink running kit and endless socks, and take a look at some marginally cooler ideas instead.
1. Big Balls Beanies Beanie Hats, £15-20
For winter sportsing, whether that’s cross country racing, chilly bike rides or swim sessions, nothing feels toastier when enjoying coffee and cake afterwards than a good beanie hat. Big Balls Beanies are a recently launched Manchester brand, making super-cute beanies in some really nice colours, like this one, particularly perfect if you know a member of Serpentine RC in London… I’ve hardly taken mine off since I was sent one to try out. Toasty AND cool.
2. Lululemon Run Swiftly Long Sleeve, £62
Pricey, yes, but now I own a Lululemon top, I can totally see why. My short sleeved top feels like it was knitted out of a mix of magic and the world’s softest fabric, so any fit girl in your life would appreciate one of these to cosy up in on those long winter runs, as a cycling baselayer or you know, just on a chilly pub trip.
3. Crumble Club subscription, from £12
Okay, so we ain’t all fortunate enough to live near Cat, but if your fit girl does and is training lots over winter, a Crumble Club subscription would be the perfect gift for her. Hand baked in Richmond by the lovely Cat (an absolute running boss), Crumble Club crumble is delicious, and the perfect way to refuel after a long, cold winter training session.
4. YOU GOT THIS Nicola Rowlands badge, £2.90
If you need a little stocking filler for your fit girl, how about a little pocket confidence boost for before her next race? Nicola makes some seriously awesome gifts, and her pocket mirrors are cute, a little bit different and guaranteed to raise a smile, or even better, motivation, before a race.
5. Bike Maintenance Classes at Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative, from £25
One of, I think, the most intimidating things about taking up cycling is learning your way around the bike, what the hell all the parts do and how to repair it. Beyond a simple puncture, I’m screwed and end up invariably needing a man to fix my bike, so I (and I bet loads of other women moving into cycling) would love a voucher for a bike maintenance course. It would be a super thoughtful gift that would keep on giving!
6. Believe Training Journal, £12
Most female runners I know are big Lauren Fleshman fangirls, and I for one have wanted one of her Believe training journals for AGES, so imagine my excitement when a pal pointed out they’re on Amazon, with free delivery in the UK, and are out in time for Christmas? So, why not buy your fit girl somewhere to track her training in style? Strava might have trophies but this book looks gorgeous. I *might* have already bought myself one for Christmas. Oops.
7. Morvelo Hemisphere Gilet, £72
Let’s be honest, we all know hi-viz is important when running or cycling in winter, but it’s rarely stylish- which is why this Morvelo gilet makes a nice change. It’s made in Britain (kinda nice these days), weather-resistant and has loads of pockets, including a zipped one, which I think makes it a great piece of winter training kit that I for one would love to be waiting under the tree!
8. Gore Running Wear Air Thermo Tights, £80
Last Christmas I got some Gore thermal tights, and I lived, died and ran my first ultra in them. They were super comfy, fit like a dream and kept me toasty warm. Then I ripped the knee to ribbons in a bike crash and life in the winter hasn’t been quite the same since. These are an ace addition to any woman’s winter training wardrobe!
9. Selle Italia Womens Gel Flow Saddle, £55
A bike saddle might not feel like one of the most special Christmas presents you could buy the fit woman in your life, but trust me on this one, she will thank you several times over if she can return from a long bike ride without feeling like she’s had an intimate massage with a rake. It’s early days for me and this saddle that I gave in and bought, but so far so good. However, it equally might be best to buy her a gift voucher and then she can go and be fitted for a saddle herself, as every woman’s anatomy is different and saddle comfort varies hugely.
10. Liv Avail 3 Bike, £649
Bit frivolous to stick a bike on a Christmas gift guide, but this is my party. Liv, a new bike brand that is the female-only sister of Giant, is launching a range of bikes designed specifically for women. No ‘shrinking and pinking’ here- the bikes aren’t shrunk down men’s bikes with a bit of pink on them, they’re actually made for women’s bodies and riding styles, and I for one would bloody love to try one!
So you’ve seen what I think a fit girl would like for Christmas… But what would YOU like? Drop me a comment and let me know!
Apart from receiving two free beanie hats to wear and tweet about, I wasn’t paid by any of the people or companies in this post- they’re just things I would genuinely like or have already ordered.