If you’re trying to think of the best gifts for runners in your life, forget the obvious picks of running shoes or water bottles — they already have the training basics dialed. What they could probably use more of are gadgets to help them be less sore and recovery faster, ridiculously comfortable running shorts they’d never splurge on themselves, or, if all else fails, a subscription box of running fuel they always need more of.
There are plenty of items that people in the running community would love, and we’ve curated a list of gear unique and considerate enough to be worthy of a gift — including running socks so comfortable and well-made that gifting a pair is anything but a cop-out. Whether the runner in your life is your best friend and you know they’re struggling to hit their PR, or if all you know about your third cousin is that they’re into the sport, we’ve rounded up the best gifts any runner will love.
Here are some gift ideas to help the runner in your life stay in peak shape and ready to tackle any distance: