Garmin Forerunner 10
I've always been a Nike+ girl, but I've gotta say, I am LOVING my Garmin so far. It was significantly less expensive than the Nike GPS watch and I really like how it is pink. It's easy to use and having a backlight option is nice. I'm assuming since it has the GPS it's pretty accurate and it beeps at every mile which is cool. I need to read up more so I can get the most out of it, but the basics are amazing. I haven't looked too much into the online part, but I will say that I like my Nike+ dashboard more. While I'm still using my Nike+ until at least April, too, I will miss how it's so easy to see how your year has been. Garmin gives you a ton of information, but Nike gives you all kinds of charts tell you your weekly, monthly, or yearly mileage, the kind of terrain you ran on, and time of day you ran. Granted, I've been used to this for years, but it was fun to see. Maybe I'll be that girl who wears two different watches at all times. Who knows.
I'll be the first to admit that I kind of laughed at these the first time I saw them, BUT now that I've used them I am hooked. I used them on a couple night runs in my parents' neighborhood and they are amazing. I think the thing I liked best is that I knew cars could see me coming. I also liked how they stayed put so easily (you don't have to grip them, they just stay and don't slide) and you can easily adjust the light (high, low, flashing) with a push of a button without having to take them off. I got the purple ones (which say pink on the website??? What??) so they are fun. My mom said she had to go back to the running store three times before they had them in stock. If you see them and you run at night at all I recommend them!
Saucony Guide 6
These are the upgrade from my Guide 5s which I have an obsession with. My parents figured I could use an alternate running shoe to prolong the life of them and as the guy at the running store and I agreed, if you find a shoe you like, why change it? The thing that really sold me on these shoes is the coloring. I LOVE this design. They are really comfortable, and unfortunately the couple runs I have had in them haven't been so hot (definitely not the shoes' fault I'm sure). I'm looking forward to having some redemption runs soon.
I'm curious to see what other fun running gifts people got this year! Happy running!