Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide – Runners

Having trouble coming up with some last minute holiday gifts for the runners in your life? Here are a few tried and true tips from my girlfriends at Sweatpink, about what they would love to find under their Christmas tree come Christmas morning.

1. Race Entry

This is an extremely popular suggestion. The gift of a race entry, for the racers distance (and within their area unless you’re willing to throw in transportation) is a thoughtful gift that they will use and appreciate. They may have a specific race in mind, or any local race of their distance is appropriate as well. The best part? No wait for shipping and handling and you can be as creative with gifting it as you want.

2. Wireless Earphones

Taking a little more time out of your day to go shopping (since you probably can’t ship in time for Christmas now), is a nice pair of wireless earbuds. Running with wires is really inconvenient, and no runner can ever have too many pairs of wireless headphones in the event that you accidentally get them a double.

3. Gift Cards

A lot of people seem to think a gift card is an idea that “requires no thought and therefore means I didn’t really think of them.” I think that’s true if you get a 25$ Mastercard gift card with no set purpose… however, many runners would appreciate a gift card to stores like Lululemon, yoga classes to stretch out the aches, or even running specialty stores like the Running Room. You aren’t going to go wrong with getting a runner a gift card for running specific items/yoga classes.

Hopefully this helps you buy some stress-free gifts for those runners in your life that are proving a little difficult to buy for.

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Mama’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup {Recipe}

As exam week approaches, and cold and flu season continues to rear its ugly head, I turn to warm, nourishing foods that feed both the soul and the body.

One of my favourite memories, absolutely favourite memories, from childhood is eating with my nagymama at her kitchen table. She always had something special made for us. Maybe it was just something she made often, but it felt special.

I’m coming up on my second Christmas without this woman who was so influential to me and in my life, and I always feel so connected to her when I cook food that reminds me of her. Whether it was just a gathering of our little family and hers, if it was just her and me, or the cousins, or a big holiday get together – there was always chicken noodle soup.



As you celebrate this holiday season with you and yours, I hope that you remember the shared moments over a good meal. I loved every bowl of soup I ever ate with my grandmother, and I hope that if you choose to make this soup you share it with someone who is special to you. She would love to know that her food is bringing joy and comfort to others.

Mama's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup {Recipe}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • chicken liver (optional)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 6-8 carrots, chopped
  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • your favourite noodles
  • salt to taste


  1. Add onion, chicken drumsticks, chicken liver (optional) and chicken thighs to a large stockpot and fill with water. Bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting, chop carrots and parsnips into bite size pieces.
  3. After stock has reached a boil, skim off the top and add carrots and parsnips. Remove onion at this point if you desire (I always leave it).
  4. Let soup simmer, covered, for 45 minutes to an hour. You can leave it longer. The longer it is left, the stronger the flavours get. Add salt to taste.
  5. Cook your favourite noodles and serve in one of two ways. The first is to remove the bones from the chicken, add the meat back into the pot with the noodles. The second is the traditional way my Mama served it, by putting noodles, chicken and veggies in separate bowls and allowing everybody to serve themselves.
  6. Enjoy!

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