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How to Fill A Runner’s Stocking

December 17, 2019 / Abigail Cook / No Comments

Runners are always on the move, especially during the holidays. The runner on your shopping list is probably getting excited for their festive holiday runs, training for the upcoming Holiday Classic, or racing other shoppers through through the racks at Playmakers (and yes, our fitting stools do make for great hurdling practice). You’ve been shopping all month to find the perfect gift for your loved one that goes the extra mile…literally!  However, you’ve have come to realize that you can’t fit a pair of running shoes or track spikes into a stocking. Here is a list of stocking stunners that will knock a runner’s Smartwool socks off!

GOODR Glasses

Why find an okay stocking stuffer when you can find a “GOODR” one? 

Goodr sunglasses are a great, affordable option for your outdoor adventurer. Functional and stylish, these glasses will stay on throughout the run and are meant to impress with fun colors and patterns! Find our full section in-store today.

Smartwool Socks

Fill the “sock”…with socks! Smartwool is the perfect sock for the year-round runner. The fine fibers of merino wool adjusts to body temperature, breathes, and best of all…anti-microbial (anti-stink). Socks don’t nearly get the credit they deserve, but runners never take for granted a great sock. Plus, have you seen our in-store sock wall? It’s epic!

Nuun Hydration

From cookie baking marathons to Christmas light hanging, it is important to keep your runner hydrated this holiday season! Nuun is a water enhancement tablet with a mission to keep athletes as hydrated as humanly possible. Fizzy, tasty, and loaded with electrolytes that will keep your runner healthy! Check out Nuun for endurance athletes, vitamin intake, and rest!

Travel-Sized Rollers

Bon-voyage! Rolling is one of the best *and sometimes a little painful* (hurts so good) habits for a runner. Foam rollers are one of the best methods, but are sometimes unrealistic for travel or for stocking stuffing. Never fear! Travel-sized rollers are perfect for the runner on the move. Plus, what’s better than a portable masseuse while waiting in an airport security line?


Turn up “All I Want For Christmas is You!”

Running with music can elevate a run or workout. But, it’s critical for an outdoor runner to be aware of surroundings…like reindeer and narwhals. Give the gift of comfort, safety, and awareness with bone conduction headphones!


Keep water cold and coffee hot: two primary essentials in a runner’s mind! Corksicle is perfect for a pre-run swig of H2O or for a post run caffeine boost. Check out the many styles, sizes, and patterns perfect for any stocking! Shop Corkcicle in-store online.

Orange Insoles

Be there to (arch) support the runner in your life this holiday season. Runner’s rely on their feet and there is no denying that a little extra support can go a long ways! Orange insoles is a company out of Okemos, Michigan (local love) and provides additional comfort and foot pain relief in a shoe. These insoles are made with a deep heel cup, medial arch support, and metatarsal pad for complete foot support!

The big day is almost here, but you’re not too late. Shop our selection of stocking stunners in-store, online, or pick up curbside and find all the remaining gifts on your list. Receive free shipping on orders $50+.

When you shop local this season at Playmakers, you are giving back!

Abigail Cook

Abigail is an avid runner and member of the marketing “think tank” at Playmakers. Her favorite Holiday tradition is running early Christmas morning to see all of the festive lights. You can catch Abigail by the dessert table at any family gathering, probably eating all the puppy chow.

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