A trainer in your shoe. The Nike+iPod kit has a little chip for your shoe and a tiny piece that you put in your iPod Nano. Press start, and your Nano records your speed and distance (all while playing your favorite tunes or downloadable workouts or telling you youve just completed another mile). Its like having a trainer in your shoe. Plug it in to your computer, and your workout data is recorded on your own training page apple.com, $29.
Road ID. This engraved dog-tag-like piece of metal with emergency contact numbers lets your athlete know you love them roadid.com, about $20).
Garmin Forerunner. A GPS watch that records your speed, distance, course, pace and other details. Some models have additional features (one features a virtual partner who runs alongside you, keeping your goal pace); one even has a heart rate monitor. The watches arent exactly delicate, but they still pack a lot of technology into a small item garmin.com, about $115 to $215.
Warm Up Gym Bag. Big enough to hold your workout gear and your makeup, shampoo and extras for the day. target="_blank">lululemon.com.
Fila Vintage Bowler Bag. If you dont have to exchange gifts until the new year, hold out for this Euro/Vintage baghas that nifty TWA flight bag kind of vibe. Available in January, possibly before fila.com, about $59.
Buff headgear. I mentioned these in my column in November, and Ill mention them again, because I pretty much never leave home without these versatile neck gator-type pieces of stretchy fabric. Make em into a beanie, hankie, neck gator, hairband, business card holder (OK, that last one is a stretch, but you could do it) buffusa.com, $18.50.