Ziyaads Festive Gift Guide For runners

Tis the season to be gifting! Here are some of my gift ideas for runners this festive season! From things I own and use every day to things I have on my Wishlist (HINT HINT!!)

Under R100

Limited Edition Everyday Athlete Mug – R80


Pre run, post run or no run a mug always comes in handy and one can never have too many mugs so this makes the perfect low cost present.


Falke running socks 



Most people probably dread the thought of getting socks as a gift but runners are completely different! I love “cracking open” a fresh pair of socks and taking them for a run. Funky colourful socks that match your personalty and great performance socks to keep your feet happy I always grab a pair of Falke Socks. My go to socks are the Falke Silver run or anything from the Falke Stride Collection.


Under R500

The Rise of the Ultra Runners – R257

Adharanand Finn


Apparently runners need to rest in-between runs so I cannot think of a better way then to spend that free time reading and dreaming about ultra running!

Marathons are no longer enough. Pain is to be relished, not avoided. Hallucinations are normal. Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest-growing in the world. Why is this? Is it an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness? Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out – and to see if he could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and on to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 

Aonijie Elasticated waist belt -R450


There’s nothing worse than realising you have nowhere to keep your phone and keys just before going on a run. Or the sound of your car keys jingling along with every stride. This belt is very practical and comfortable and also comes with a 250ml soft flask the perfect size for an easy run or long runs where you will be able to top it up.

Practical ultralight multifunction belt, with 4 compartments and 2 tapes for sticks/sports equipment. It includes soft flask 250ml.


  • Front pocket with double safety band to prevent falling objects such as mobiles
  • 360º storage
  • Includes soft flask 250ml
  • Anchorage for security keys in a side compartment
  • 2 fastening straps to carry canes or light jacket
  • 1 internal pocket in a side compartment
  • Elastic belt
  • Breathable, quick-drying.
  • Weight: 50g


Under R1000

Aonijie Moderate Gale 2.5L – R799



I run in a 2.5L hydration pack (different brand similar design) the size perfect for those long road runs when you need to carry your own hydration and fuel.

Ultralight hydration vest is designed for people who like the most minimal vest, with a capacity of 2.5L and weighing only 110 grams. Best used for short trail runs and long distance road running. 2 x 500ml soft flask pockets in front. (soft flask bottles not included)

Over R1000

If you have over R1000 to spend on a gift you have a lot of options from a full running wardrobe, new running shoes or a bit of everything mentioned above. So I decided to add my go big or go home gift idea that every runner would love. A top of the range GPS watch I think any brand would make a great gift especially a brand they have used already. If you are keen to get them something unique that not a lot of runners have in South Africa checkout the Coros Apex Watch.





  • Unmatched battery life:
    • 42mm: Up to 25hrs in Full GPS Mode and 80hrs in UltraMax GPS Mode
    • 46mm: Up to 35hrs in Full GPS Mode and 100hrs in UltraMax GPS Mode
  • COROS Trainer for advanced training and analysis
  • Intelligent Stride model that learns your running form
  • Wrist-based heart rate monitor
  • Built-in barometer, altimeter, and compass
  • Navigate using pre-load breadcrumb trail maps
  • GPS and GLONASS satellite connections