Joggers and runners are a particular breed; they voluntarily wake up early, endure foot, joint and muscle pain and do so with enjoyment. It is easy to gift a gag for sport's favourite masochists as long as the recipient is willing to laugh and poke fun at him or herself.
Nothing is less romantic than a big, fancy basket full of deodorant to remind you that you smell bad. Deodorant as a gag gift for runners is both amusing and useful. Fill the basket with a variety of brands and scents as well as shoe powder and petroleum jelly.
Bandages and Clippers
The most unattractive feature of joggers and runners are their feet. Running feet are battered and torn with blisters, bruises and cracked and dead nails. What makes foot pain endurable for runners is the fact that it is self-induced pain. A gag gift highlighting a jogger's chosen deformity will get you a self-acknowledging laugh from the recipient. Wrap a box of stick-on bandages in colourful paper and a bow and tie a nail clipper or file on as decor
The joggers and track runners of the past left society with the humorous image of teeny tiny track-stripe booty shorts. Look for the shortest old-school style track shorts in flamboyant colours. This gift works best as a gag when given to a male recipient.
Knee Socks and Sweatbands
Continuing the retro theme, knee socks and sweatbands were essentials of old school joggers. Gift wrist bands, head bands and knee-striped tube socks together to make a complete set.
Runners are known for eating unappetizing and unnatural looking energy items including gels, bars and drinks. These items are meant to pack in as much energy as possible into a small volume of product, as such they tend to have the appearance of space food. As a gag, fill a sports bag, running sock, or basket with freeze-dried food or special-ordered space food from novelty shops or science centres and museums and throw a few gels and energy bars into the mix.
Box of Macaroni
Joggers and runners are known for "carbing-up" before a long run or jog with never ending pasta dishes. Pasta is a cliché pre-run food item as it is the usual carbohydrate of choice over rice, potatoes and other starchy foods. To make fun of the pasta-lovers with a gag gift, wrap a box of macaroni or other pasta noodles in fancy wrapping paper and ribbons.
Classic gag gifts for any genre are personalised novelty items sporting phrases specific to the task. Mugs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags or baseball caps can all be personalised with runner-friendly messages including "Run Your Buns Off," "I Jog So I Can Eat," "Rocky," "Catch Me If You Can," or "Feel the Burn."