Recovery and Massage Gifts for Runners

Gift Guide 2024 | Fleet Feet

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Runners love to humblebrag about their hard-earned aches and pains after a challenging run or workout. But the truth is, soreness and tight muscles can make their next run less enjoyable or set them up for injury or burnout later in their training.

That’s why the best recovery and massage tools for runners can make a great gift for any special occasion to help your runner’s legs feel fresher and stronger.

Drawing from over 45 years of experience outfitting, training and sweating alongside runners of all different abilities, our team of Fleet Feet Editors believes that recovery is a lost art. So we rounded up our favorite running gifts for runners that will help them recover better and train smarter.

Recovery gear like foam rollers, percussion massagers, massage sticks and foot massagers work to reduce muscle soreness, work out knots in muscles, encourage blood flow, accelerate your warmup and aid recovery. Then there are gifts like comfy recovery sandals, compression and cozy sweats that will make their time in between runs that much more enjoyable.

Here are the 13 best recovery and massage gifts for runners:

[This article is part of our 2024 Gift Guide for Runners. See all the best gifts for runners by price, category and more. Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Check out our gift cards for a gift that keeps on giving.]

laydown of gifts for recovery
Give the Gift of Percussion Massage
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Therabody Theragun Prime G4


Running can take a toll on the body. So it’s important to recover between workouts to avoid injury and burnout. Thankfully, the Therabody Theragun Prime G4 provides some serious relief.

This powerful massage gun comes with four different attachments to help relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improve range of motion, promote circulation, and accelerate warmup and recovery. Plus, it’s so quiet that they can use it while they’re watching their favorite TV show.

Give the Gift of Compression
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CEP The Run Compression Tall Socks 4.0


After a hard race, run or workout, a good pair of compression socks will feel like a nice hug for their tired, achy muscles. CEP Compression can help encourage blood flow and promote faster recovery times, which makes the compressive CEP The Run Tall Socks 4.0 a great choice for long-distance runners and travelers.

The latest iteration of these Run Socks provides accurate, graduated compression that helps accelerate the removal of lactic acid during activity. So whether they are wearing them during or after a long run, these CEP Run Socks will leave their legs feeling renewed and fresh.

Give the Gift of Hydration
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Nuun Immunity & Rest Drink Tabs


Hydration and nutrition are two major components of performance and recovery. Nuun Daily Immunity and Rest drink mixes aren’t just for hydration—they’re formulated for everyday life.

To start their morning off right with essential electrolytes and antioxidants they can plop a nuun Immunity in their water bottle. And when it’s time to wind down and recover, they can try some nuun Rest in cold or hot water; the soothing blend of magnesium, potassium and tart-cherry will help put them at ease after a tough workout or a long day.

Give the Gift of Warmth
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Saucony Sherpa Anorak


Fluffy, cozy and warm, the Saucony Sherpa Anorak will be their favorite quarter zip for those recovery days lounging by the fire.

Its classic vibe and great colors stand out and look good with running tights or a pair of jeans. Plus, it’s made with recycled polyester, so it’s a gift that’s easier on the environment and your wallet.

Give the Gift of Cushion
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OOFOS OOriginal Sandal

$37.5 - $60

OOFOS OOriginal Sandals have next-level comfort for post-workout relief or everyday comfort. Whether you’re buying for a beginner or seasoned runner, they will love to put on these sandals after a long run or race.

The recovery sandal’s closed-cell foam is machine washable, and the uniquely designed footbed cradles your arches. Plus, OOFOS carved its OOriginal Sandal from revolutionary OOfoam that’s extra cushy to reduce impact on the feet, knees and joints.

On top of amazingly comfortable cushioning, you can choose from different colorways to match their personal style.

Give the Gift of Warm Feet
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OOFOS OOcoozie Low Shoes

The OOFOS OOcoozie Low is perfect for the athlete who loves OOFOS sandals but always has cold feet. It has the same amazing footbed as the sandals, but these shoes have a warm vegan sherpa upper that feels as cozy as it looks. Perfect to wear around the house or for a quick errand.
Give the Gift of Comfort
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Vuori Performance Jogger


When it’s time for them to take a rest day and focus on recovery, every runner could use a comfy pair of joggers to slip into—and the Vuori Performance Joggers might be the softest, most relaxing pair of joggers ever. They will become your runner’s favorite pair from the moment the lightweight, Dreamknit™ stretch fabric touches their skin.

Perfect for cold-morning recovery runs and rest days on the couch, these stylish joggers look amazing in every color and have a slim but relaxed fit and a slightly cropped leg.

Give the Gift of Deep Tissue Massage
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TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller


The best massage tools are relatively simple to use and versatile. Gifting your runner the TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller will give them all of the best aspects of foam rolling without getting too fancy.

Engineered to mimic a massage therapist's hands, there are three different surface textures molded onto the GRID that each serve a specific purpose, so they can find the perfect pressure and angle to optimize their rolling session.

Give the Gift of High-Tech Running
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Garmin Forerunner 265

original price $350 sale/discounted price $250

Whether they’re running a marathon or new to the running, the Garmin Forerunner 265 comes packed with all the features a runner needs to train smarter and harder.

On top of tracking pace, distance and elevation, the Forerunner 265 can also monitor steps, stress level, heart rate, sleep and more, so they know how their body is moving and recovering throughout the day.

Give the Gift of Music
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Shokz OpenRun Headphones


Sometimes runners need a little extra motivation—whether it is listening to music, audiobooks, podcasts or taking a walking meeting, the Shokz OpenRun Headphones are wireless headphones perfect for running.

These headphones sit outside the ears and transfer sound via bone conduction. The result? Your runner can hear their surroundings as well as their music, giving them the best of both worlds.

Give the Gift of Warm Ears
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Brooks Heritage Pom Beanie


It’s nice to have a cozy beanie to put on after you come in from the cold to do your post-run yoga stretches.

The Brooks Heritage Beanie gives a classic look and keeps their ears warm. Made to handle cold weather runs or hangouts après-ski, these beanies are made from soft, high-quality, moisture-wicking fabric that comes in a variety of fun patterns and unique designs. It also can remind them to “Run Happy,” even in the cold.

Give the Gift of a Cozy Hoodie
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Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie


To complement their comfy pair of Vuori joggers, they’re going to need a cozy hoodie. The Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie is so comfortable they will want to throw it on every day. Its dreamy-soft fabric is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, so even if they wear it during a workout, it will be dry before they get their post-run coffee.

The style and fit are lightweight and relaxed through the body so they can use it for layering, working out or work-from-home days.

Give the Gift of Air Compression
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Normatec Go


Similar to how compression socks work, the Normatec Go uses dynamic air compression to increase circulation, improve mobility, revive muscles and reduce swelling in the legs.

Designed specifically for the calf muscles, the Normatec Go will have their legs feeling fresh and ready to go for the next day of training. Plus, the size makes it easy for your runner to use these recovery sleeves on the couch, under a desk or on the car ride home from their race.

Give the Gift of Soft Comfort
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rabbit EZ Tee Long Sleeve


The rabbit EZ Tee Long Sleeve might be the softest long sleeve performance shirt known to modern science. Not only will they love running in this performance top, but the comfort and softness will help them find their calm during post-run yoga sessions.

Sweat-wicking, fast-drying and available in plenty of different colors, the EZ Tee LS makes it easy to pick out the perfect running gift. Plus, we loved it so much that it made it onto our list of the best running clothes!

More Gifts for Runners

We narrowed down our favorite products by category so whether your runner likes to crush marathons or enjoys the daily stress-relief, these gifts will make your shopping easy.

How We Picked the Best Running Gifts for Recovery & Massage

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running (and gifting). What makes the perfect gift for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that runner. We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gifts. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations. Plus, as people who live and breathe running, we know what we would like to unwrap ourselves.

Why You Should Trust Us

At Fleet Feet one of our core values is that it is a privilege to serve. We take the thought of giving you advice and guiding you to pick out the perfect gift for the runner in your life very seriously and are honored that you chose to read this. Fleet Feet is the No. 1 run specialty store in the country. We serve more than 3 million customers across 250+ locations annually and have completed more than 5 million 3D foot scans (and counting) of different runners and walkers’ feet. Our goal is to help every customer find the perfect shoes, apparel and gear for their goals.

We don’t just sell shoes and gear, we run, walk and hike with you in those shoes. We have had hundreds of thousands of runners and walkers participate in our training programs, community runs and events every year. We have locations all over the country running in the snow, desert and everything in between.

We take our sales data and talk with the different shoe companies, designers and our network of runners, walkers and hikers to cultivate this list of the best recovery and massage gift ideas runners. We also review shoes and gear ourselves to provide you with the best information possible when making these guides. We update this guide regularly to make sure you have the latest information possible to make the best decision for you when it comes to giving your loved one a gift.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best recovery gifts for runners based on what we think will work for the most people in most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.

Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.