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.
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.