Someone you know is running their first race in a few weeks, or maybe later this summer. They’ve been working really hard at training, and they are a little nervous about how things are going to go. Maybe they are running for charity. Maybe they are running for themselves but, whatever the reason, you’ve been supportive of them and amazed at how dedicated they are, and you want to show them how proud and inspired you are by them and their accomplishment, and maybe surprise them with a gift at the finish line. But what?
Here are 21 ideas for gifts for runners, certainly one for your runner-friend, certainly one in your price range.
1. Chocolate Milk & Cookies
The perfect recovery drink with a tasty treat to dunk in it.
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.
Useful around the house, useful on runs, useful on hikes or picnics or whatever. Comes in all shapes and sizes and can be personalized!
4. Foam Roller
So great for loosening up and helping prevent injuries. Every runner should have one.
5. Foot Cream Or Lotion
Because runner’s feet can get pretty beat up. It’s nice to treat them with respect every now and then.
Or maybe it’s you that’s the runner. If so, go ahead and pass this on to your partner as a subtle hint for the next time you have a special day.
6. Runner’s World Subscription
Hands down the best running magazine. Caters to all kinds of runners, has great tips, is interesting and motivating.
7. A Book About Running
Always a good idea. A good pair of running socks is worth their weight in gold.
9. Gift Certificate To Favorite Running Store
Because it’s always fun to go pick out some snazzy new shorts to wear.
10. Pint Of Ice Cream & A Movie
To relax and unwind with after a job well done.
11. 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.
12. Visor Or Sunglasses
Help them look super cool and serious and protect their eyes from harm.
So they can comfortably and effortlessly rock out on the run. Check them out here.
14. Injury Kit
Ice pack, band aids, moleskin, athletic tape, anti-friction cream, needle to pierce blisters, you know, that kind of thing.
15. Framed Picture Of Them At Their Race
It could be one of those notoriously awful race photos or it could be a nice one of them standing triumphant at the finish. You choose.
16. Running Log
To keep track of all of their training so they can kill it at their next race.
Good to loosen up before, or deal with tightness after. And so. very. relaxing.
Runners beat up their feet so much. Let the feet have a break and get pretty for once.
19. Personal Item Belt
Holds cash, ID, phone whatever to keep their hands free on the run. (I love this one from FlipBelt.)
20. Arm or Hand Band 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.
21. Running Club Membership
If they’re into socializing or want more structure and motivation in their workouts, running clubs are a great resource.