The R&R Ultimate Gift Guide

Needing a little inspiration for the holidays? Have a peek at a few of our staff holiday picks. They are tried and true products perfect for that special someone in your life.  

Our renaissance man, Kevin Christensen, has graced the floor of Rackets & Runners since 1997. Some might even go so far as to say he's 'kind of a big deal'. Suffice to say, he knows a thing or two about all things rackets and runners. So we asked the man, the myth, the legend himself for his top holiday picks.



1. Super Tour Pro Staff Series

Marrying a design that pays tribute to the iconic Pro Staff franchise with top-tier functional performance. “The perfect gift combo for the tennis enthusiast in your life—Pro Staff Racket & the matching bag.”

2. Saxx Underwear

Ultimate softness paired with maximum breathability makes this collection a fan favorite. This is underwear to obsess over. “If I could get away with wearing Saxx and nothing else, life would be really great.”

3. Aftershokz Trekz Headphones

Give the gift of open-ear comfort. No wires, no bulk means no limits. Bone conduction technology leaves ears bud-free and open to ambient sound. “Ever wonder how to blast ‘let's go crazy’ by Prince & the Revolution and be aware of surroundings while on the run? — answer: Trekz Headphones”

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Known around the store as Juice, our Canadian 20,000 Record Holder, and National Half Marathon team member Justin Kent shares a few of his running must-haves available at R&R.

1. Oofos Recovery Slide

The OOFO Slide changed the game in recovery sandal footwear featuring their revolutionary OOfoam technology, which absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foams. “Every runner should have a pair of these. Kickstart recovery after a long run or hard workout by slipping off your runners and sliding into a pair of Oofos. It's pure bliss for my feet.”

2. Ciele GoCap

Lightweight, reflective, machine washable, packable, and topped off with ultra breathable COOLwick mesh. It is also backed by Ciele's million miles guarantee. “Keep the noggin warm and look good doing it. I run almost everyday in a hat and my go-to has been the Ciele go cap. It's Canadian owned and operated out of Montreal." 

3. Body Glide

“The runner in your life will thank you during their post-run shower. Body Glide is a simple gift that goes a long way. it protects the skin against rubbing that causes chafing, irritation and raw skin."

Shop all Juice's picks


Owner of R&R and frequent flyer of Pacific Spirit Park, Vanda shares a few of her favourite products to conquer all the elements Vancouver has to offer. 


1.New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail V2

One of the most cushioned trail running shoes on the market. More trail equals more trails. "My new footwear favourite for the UBC trails. It is just the right amount of firmness with lots of cushioning. I still can’t keep up with Zuzu on the trails, but my runs feel so much easier with these trail shoes.”

2. ON Cloud

The lightest fully cushioned running shoe. A true icon perfect for everyday wear. “These shoes are my getting around the city and working at R&R shoes. I have multiple pairs in multiple colours! They are a comfortable slip-on shoe combined with European styling!  They are also my favourite travel shoes. Easy to take off on the plane and comfortable for all day sightseeing. Post-pandemic, I can’t wait to start using them again for travel!"

3. RAD Rounds

Tackle those tight feet! Three different sizes, three different densities all designed for those hard to get spots on your feet. “This package of three different sized massage balls allows for some really good precision to target trouble spots. For me, it keeps my plantar fasciitis in check!  How can something so simple be so good?” 

Shop all Vanda’s YVR Essentials

Tennis aficionado Hernan shares his holiday court favourites for 2020 with us.

1. Pure Drive Collection

 Earlier in the fall Hernan wrote about his love for the Pure Drive. Read all about it. “Easy to play with."

2. Nike Air Zoom Vapor Tour X

Balancing comfort, style, stability and lightweight responsiveness— the Vapor Tour series consistently puts Nike at the forefront of court footwear. “My go-to for hitting the court.” 

3. Yonex Clean Grip

Anti-bacterial & deodorization. “Beyond legit, especially these days when you won’t have to disinfect your hands after playing. 

Shop all Hernan's Court Favourites

1. Omni Lightweight Paddle

“It's all about the omni lightweight pickleball paddle—it's maneuverability at its finest.” 

2. Yonex Super Grap Overgrip

“Perfect for adding a little color and style to your paddle.”

3. New Balance Fuel Cell 996v4

“‘The 996v4 ‘max-imizes’ my agility on court.”


 Sunny days at the beach and in the trails are her preference, but with her trusty human and dog companions, she’s in for anything!  Throw in some treats and she's in doggy heaven!  


Need some help finding the perfect gift?

Drop by the store or call us at 604-733-9211 and we can help. We’ll even give you our top tricks on wrapping a tennis racket. Happy Holidays!