Unfortunately, none of our loved ones can wrap a 5K PR or a Boston Marathon qualifying time in a big red bow.
So why not focus on the the holiday gifts they can get us?
If you're still trying to decide what to ask for this year, take a moment to consider these eight ideas: There's something here for every budget, and each item comes straight from the wish lists of runners just like you.
Yankz! Sure Lace System, $6-$8 (running stores; www.yankz.com)
"I became loyal to Yankz! not long after the first time I had to step out of a race to tie my laces. Yankz! are always tied, always the right tension, and they make slipping your shoes on and off a breeze -- also convenient at airport security!"
--Pam Lilley, 37, Cornelius
Road ID Wrist ID Sport, $20 (www.roadid.com)
"Two reasons: One, to have my emergency contact info and medical info on it, so if I am injured or have asthma issues, family can be reached immediately; two, to have a quote from my son inscribed on it -- to get me through the hard miles!"
--Julia Bousman Vertreese, 37, Charlotte
"Born to Run," $25 (bookstores)
"On rare occasions, during long training programs, I can get a little burned out. Reading a good book on running is a great way to get motivated, and this one -- about lessons learned from a reclusive tribe of great distance runners -- is my No. 1 choice!"
--Scott Martin, 26, Charlotte
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp, $65 (blackdiamondequipment.com)
"About 10 years ago, headlamps were powered by an external battery pack you had to carry. Headlamps are now much more user-friendly. I need a new one because the days have gotten short -- plus, my wife took my old light, and we can't share!"
--Chad Randolph, 44, Mooresville
Vibram FiveFingers Classic, $75 (vibramfivefingers.com)
"I read in 'Born to Run' about how they make both your feet and lower legs stronger while forcing you to shorten your stride, which can reduce the impact on your feet and help prevent injuries. 'Prevent injuries' are the magic words!"
--Caitlin Chrisman, 23, Charlotte
Newton Running Gravity, $175 (newtonrunning.com)
"They change your running gait to a more natural form, creating less stress on the body. Less stress translates to a quicker recovery, which equals better training. ... . I actually have a pair -- just need another from Santa because they're expensive!"
--Mike Smith, 38, Matthews
Garmin Forerunner 405, $300 (https://buy.garmin.com)
"It's got the same GPS functionality for tracking distance and pace that is on my current training watch, the 305 ... but the 405 is more lightweight, has longer battery life, and wirelessly syncs data. This is why I want -- no need to upgrade!"
--Bill Shires, 44, Charlotte
Precor EFX 5.35 Elliptical, $5,000 (www.precor.com)
"On days that I'm supposed to not run, the elliptical is a great way to get in a workout without the pounding of the pavement. It's also great when you need an early-morning or late-night workout and its too dangerous to be outside by yourself!"
--Megan Hovis, 27, Charlotte
Now ... what's on YOUR holiday wish list?