Gift Ideas for Runners

I’ve had a couple of thoughtful people ask me for gift ideas to contratulate friends on finishing their first race, or a new distance, or a race that is important or significant for any reason. This is obviously a brilliant idea and I love it. It’s taken me much too long to do this, but I’ve come up with a list of gifts that I think would be appropriate, useful, and enjoyable. I’ve tried to capture a range of possible price points as well as a range of interest levels in running. I have also tried to avoid gifts that are blatantly “gifty,” in favor of more everyday fare. Right now this is a pretty general list, but I thought I would get it up here and then refine it, add specifics, and post it on Babble in the next few weeks. If you have any additional ideas or suggestions, let me know and I’ll add them in.

Chocolate milk and cookies: the perfect recovery drink with a tasty treat to dunk in it.
Headband: good to hold back hair, good to hold back sweat. It could be a fashion accessory, it could be a functional accessory. It could be both.
Water bottle: useful around the house, useful on runs, useful on hikes or picnics or whatever. Comes in all shapes and sizes and can be personalized!
Foam roller/self massager: So great for loosening up and helping prevent injuries. Every runner should have one.
Foot cream/lotion: Because runner’s feet can get pretty beat up. It’s nice to treat them with respect every now and then.
Runner’s World subscription: Hands down the best running magazine. Caters to all kinds of runners, has great tips, is interesting and motivating.
Running book: Born to Run, of course. But there’s also The Complete Book of Running, Once a Runner, Running for My Life, Pre, Running and Being, among many others.
Socks: always a good idea. A good pair of running socks is worth their weight in gold.
Gift certificate to Lululemon or another athletic store: because it’s always fun to go pick out some snazzy new shorts to wear.
Pint of ice cream and a movie: To relax and unwind with after a job well done.
Entry into their next race: Keep them motivated, give them something to follow up with. Extra credit: sign yourself up while you’re at it.
Visor/sunglasses: Help them look super cool and serious and protect their eyes from harm.
Yurbuds/runners headphones: so they can comfortably, effortlessly rock out on the run.
Injury kit: ice pack, band aids, moleskin, athletic tape, anti-friction cream, needle to pierce blisters, you know, that kind of thing.
Picture of them at the race, framed: it could be one of those notoriously awful race photos where just about everyone looks awful, or it could be a nice one of them standing triumphant at the finish.
Running log: to keep track of all of their training so they can kill it at their next race.

Massage: good to loosen up before, or deal with tightness after.
Pedicure: as previously noted, runners treat their feet poorly. Let the feet have a break and get pretty for once.
SPI belt: to carry around cash, id, phone, just little things if they don’t have pockets.
Armband/handband for phone: because a phone is not just a phone – it’s got your music, your gps, your run tracking app . . . you need it, but you don’t want to hold it.
Pay dues to a running club: if they’re into socializing or want more structure and motivation in their workouts.
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  1. Awesome list! My birthday is coming up. Now to find a way to sneak this on to my husband’s computer screen 😉


  2. awesome! thank you so much!!


  3. I just bought my husband a golf ball muscle roller, got pretty good deal on it, hes been wanting one for awhile and i finally found one! 🙂


  4. Congratulations all of you – amazing result and hope you’re as happy to be on dry land as all your supporters are to have you safely back……raising a glass to you all in Lenzerheide….see you on return….fantastic effort….enjoy your well earned rest!! Sleep well
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