Picking out gifts for our favorite runners ought to be easy — just go to the local running store and let the knowledgeable staff help to find the perfect gift. There’s a new gifting option, too, as subscription boxes and running have discovered each other.
Subscription boxes are a regular shipment of assorted items that arrive at a set monthly fee. They got a foothold several years ago with beauty products, and the original, Birchbox, launched scores of similar concepts. There’s Barkbox, a monthly box of dog toys and treats, and Bitsbox for kids.
There are a dozen or so running-related subscription boxes available at various price points, and all of them can be sent as holiday gifts, either recurring or as a one-time delivery. Some of the more basic ones focus on a variety of snacks and energy bars or gels, while the upper echelon includes seasonally appropriate gear as well as food. Almost all of them tuck in motivational items and monthly challenges.
The Runner Crate (runnercrate.com) delivers new snacks and nutrition products along with selected gear each month, and offers a mini-version that focuses on snacks for $18 per month. The Fun Run Box (funrunbox.com) produces a monthly themed box with a range of products for $37 per month, or a snack box for $17.
My Run Bag (myrunbag.com) tries to replicate the goody bags handed out at races, with a T-shirt, snacks, sample items and a virtual race for $25 per month. More than the other subscriptions, My Run Bag involves the recipients in a virtual community, and is a good choice for newer runners.
The Runner Box (therunnerbox.com) only comes bimonthly, but it has versions for runners, cyclists and triathletes at $20. With a mix of new items to try, the boxes contain food and items for personal care and recovery. The box from Runner’s World (runnersworldbox.com) brings a mix of new products, primarily from advertisers, for $30 or a food-only option for $15.
All of the boxes can keep the fun of opening a present going all year round.