There’s nothing quite like holiday gift shopping. The lines, the piped-in plethora of Bing Crosby croons, the decisions—it’s enough to make you want to sit down on a curb and cry like a baby. It’s hard to find the right gift for everyone, but if you have a girlfriend/training partner/mother/daughter/YOU to shop for, we have you covered.
Chicked Performance T-Shirt: $40 (Chicked.com): This small Minneapolis-based company has been making some big waves in the women’s-specific clothing field over the past few years. Their performance tees, running pants, cycling clothing and original “Mine skirtâ€ (which is basically a cute puffy jacket for your bottom) have been popping up at all sorts of endurance events. With their signature logo and the cute line “You’ve been chicked,â€ this clothing line is perfect for that quick-footed person in your life. The increasingly popular Minne skirt is ideal for those of you stuck in snowy places this time of year, but you should also consider their original “Chickedâ€ T-shirt, which is an Asics brand performance T-shirt (available in a long-sleeve version as well) in white or pink with their logo on the front and back.
The B.I.A. Training Journal: $24.99 (Believeiam.com): The Believe I Am line of products, started by professional runners Roisin McGettigan and Lauren Fleshman (wife of pro triathlete Jesse Thomas), is a great example of powerful, strong female athletes wanting to create products to help other women discover their own strengths on and off of the playing field. Beautifully designed clothing with the female athlete in mind (A sweatshirt dress anyone?), symbolic jewelry, and greeting cards are just a few of the items you can snag for some real girl-power this season. If you’re shopping for someone who has a big event on the horizon, or someone who you know will be making a New Year’s Resolution to sign up for their first 5K, consider the B.I.A. Training Journal. Filled with advice, mental guidance and training strategies from professional female athletes, this journal is a training tool, motivator and ultimate inspirational holiday gift.
SOAS Cycling Jersey ($95) with 3-in-1 Armwarmers ($44) (Soasracing.com): Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the flashy designs on all SOAS racing garments. The gals at SOAS took the “pink it and shrink itâ€ mentality and truly turned in on its head, instead opting for modern designs like Houndstooth and fun, flirty colors like Kelly green and apple red. The quality found in all SOAS racing apparel is second to none, with comfortable thigh grips that keep things in place without cutting off circulation and waistbands that lie flat instead of making you look and feel like a sausage. For cold weather riding enthusiasts, try a SOAS cycling jersey paired with their unique 3-in-1 arm warmers in a corresponding print. These arm warmers can be worn as a traditional shoulder to wrist arm warmer, or you can pull down the fabric at the wrist for either hand and wrist coverage, or all the way down for a full-fingered mitten (perfect for those chilly pit stops on the bike). This gift is a sure bet for any fashion-forward roadie.
Toughchik Burnout Hoodie ($30) (Toughchik.com): Sometimes the best gift for your triathlete friend is something that lets her express her tri-geekness even while not training. One way to do that is to get her some sweet casual clothes with triathlon-inspired designs. Mission Viejo-based Toughchik has created a line of fun, flirty shirts, sweatshirts, hats and performance apparel that tells the world you aren’t living life on the sidelines. Their triathlon casual line includes an adorable, lightweight pullover hoodie with a heart-shaped design on the front is inspired by the images we all doodled on our folders in Junior High.
Athleta Cargo Tote ($79) (Athleta.gap.com): Athleta is like an athletic girl’s dream store. Everything from the perfect sports bra to a wrinkle-free dress you can throw in a duffle bag and take with you up the mountain. If you have a special lady to shop for and she loves to run, cycle, swim and be outdoors year round, you’re sure to find something for her at Athleta. One thing cold temperatures are sure to bring is more indoor training, so why not check out Athleta’s Cargo Tote, the perfect gym bag for women on the move from yoga to coffee to picking up the kids from school. The durable nylon/polyester material looks like a much fancier bag that you wouldn’t want to take out into the elements, although this one can handle whatever life throws at you. There is an internal laptop sleeve, several mesh pockets for organizing your belongings, and external water bottle and cell phone compartments so you won’t be digging through you stuff trying to answer that important call. There’s even a zip-open bottom with hook and loop fasteners for your yoga mat. And for under $80, it’s an ideal gift that she (or you if you believe in a little self Santa Claus now and then) will love for seasons to come.