11 Last-Minute Gifts for Walkers

If you'd rather be out strolling past the Christmas lights than elbowing your way through crowds at the stores and mall, you may prefer online shopping. Here are last minute online ideas for gifts for walkers. Gift certificates can be fun if you also print out  ideas of what they could spend them on.

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Balega Socks

Balega Hidden Contour Socks
Balega Hidden Contour Socks. Courtesy of Amazon

Socks are the best stocking stuffers! But don't buy cotton socks that can cause blisters. Zip over to a running shoe store and buy technical socks. Balega socks have excellent fit and sweat-wicking ability, as well as a variety of styles and colors. Your gift recipient will wear them through many long walks.

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Camelbak Performance Water Bottle

Camelbak Performance Bottle
Camelbak Performance Bottle. Courtesy of Amazon.com

While you're at the running shoe store, look for a great performance water bottle they can take walking. Walkers may prefer a bottle with a wide mouth so they can add ice and it is easier to clean. It needs to have a drink-through top so they don't have to unscrew the cap every time. Camelbak makes several different designs, including one in glass. Most water bottles are now BPA-free. This Camelbak Performance water bottle lets you drink through the straw without having to tip it up and block your view.

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3
Zappos.com E-Gift Certificate

Shoes Pedometer and Aluminum Water Bottle
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Zappos.com is a favorite source for walking shoes and other fitness gear and workout clothing. For that last minute gift or that hard-to-buy-for person, the E-Gift Certificate is a great choice. They have free shipping both ways for easy returns if you guess the size or color wrong.

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The Walking Company

ABEO 3400
ABEO 3400. Walking Company

If you know your walker well, shop online at The Walking Company or visit one of their stores at your local mall. It's chock full of items for walking, of course. They offer free second-day shipping on any order over $150 or any regular-priced footwear. They also have gift cards.

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Audible.com Subscription

Walk to Work or Take a Walking Break
Take a Walking Break. Paul Bradbury/OJO Images/Getty

Give the gift of great books, from bestsellers to classics, to listen to while walking or driving. You can give a gift membership for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months, and gift it instantly.

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Walking Vacation

Walking Adventures International - Ephesus Greece
Walking Adventures International - Ephesus Greece. Wendy Bumgardner © 2011

Go big, browse for the walking dream vacation and print it out as a presentation to your walker. You can finalize the deal later. Put it in a box or bag along with maps, tour books, and small items related to the destination.

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Racewalking Clinic or Racewalking Camp Certificate

Racewalkers at the Olympic Games
Racewalkers at the Olympic Games. Getty Images Sports / Jeff J. Mitchell

Dave McGovern's clinics are excellent for new or advanced racewalkers. He holds them in various locations throughout North America. Cost is $175 per clinic.

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REI

REI Co-Op Capris
REI Co-Op Capris. REI

REI has long been our family's favorite outdoors store. It's our go-to place for waterproof jackets, trail shoes, fleece, camping gear and outdoor gadgets. Walkers have no problem spending e-cash either at the store or online. Expedited shipping is may still be available for a traditional gift card, or your can send an e-gift card until 3 pm PT on 12/24 to get there by Christmas Day.

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9
Fitbit

Fitbit Zip - One- Flex - Charge - Aria - Charge HR - Surge
Fitbit Zip - One- Flex - Charge - Aria - Charge HR - Surge. Fitbit

Fitbits are everywhere, so if you stroll on over to your local big box store or warehouse store, you can easily snap one up. The Charge 2 and Flex 2 are new this season, with great features including easily interchangeable bands and pendants. If your walker doesn't already have one, that is!

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10
Burt's Bees Tips 'n Toes

Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit
Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit. Courtesy of Amazon

This is a great gift with travel sizes of soothing moisturizers for hands, feet and lips made from natural ingredients. It includes hand salve, almond milk hand cream, lemon butter cuticle cream, coconut foot cream, honey and grapeseed oil hand creme and replenishing lip balm. If you can't find it at your local drug store, shop the aisles for similar products for refreshing a walker's feet and hands.

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RoadID Gift Cards

Show them you care about their safety. You can send an eCard gift card and even schedule its delivery for Christmas. Not only does RoadID have various kinds of ID bands for walkers and runners, they also have great reflective gear, lights, and technical clothing.

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