The holiday season is in full-swing, so you’re probably either: a) panicked because you haven’t even thought about shopping and missed Cyber Monday sales, b) awash in spreadsheets trying to track who you’ve bought for and who you haven’t (…cough…yes, some of us really do use spreadsheets for this stuff…cough…), or c) smirking at the rest of the world because you finished your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving (or you don’t plan to holiday shop at all). Well, if you chose c), it may be time to treat yourself for being so awesome, and if you chose a) or b), I may just have an answer for that active, healthy person whose name is still empty on your list. (picture source)
You’ve likely heard of subscription boxes, which have exploded in popularity over the past year or two. I’ve previously tried ConsciousBox and StitchFix (the StitchFix one is a referral link), and I really enjoyed them both. There’s something about receiving a surprise box in the mail each month and tearing into it, anxious to see what new products you’ll get to try this time, that just brings out the kid in all of us.
“RunnerBox is a subscription based box for runners, triathletes and other active people. It’s a mini shoebox filled with running products, mailed to your front door. It has everything from energy products, gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, skincare, to safety products and other fun accessories! Some products will be brand new (but personally tested) on the market, and some will be tried and true favorites.”
I reached out to the company, and they were gracious enough to send me a trial box, plus a discount code for all of you! I tried out a subscription box, which usually comes bi-monthly to subscribers. RunnerBox also offers a gift box, which you can have shipped to your favorite runner. The gift boxes come in regular, gluten-free, or holiday varieties, and cost $20 each (plus $7 shipping and handling). It’s a great way to try (or gift others with the chance to try) the latest and greatest running products, without having to commit to buying a bulk package of something you’re not even sure you’ll like!
- Due North Foot Rubz Massage Ball: I’m shocking myself for listing a non-food item first, but this ball is amazing. Rolling it around under your foot feels amazing, and I’ve brought it in my suitcase to roll out soreness in my calves, too!
- Quest Bar: OK, you know about my love for Quest bars. Enough said!
- The Good Bean chickpea snacks: I’ve been wanting to try these, so I was thrilled when they came in my box. They were delicious! The bag has two servings, and while the salty crunch made them pretty addicting, half the bag tided me over at snacktime in the office. They’re nut-free, gluten-free, and high in protein! I will definitely look for these again.
- Just Great Stuff Fruit and Veggie bar: This is next on my list to try … a bar with organic freeze-dried spinach, sprouted broccoli, kale, carrots, bananas, raisins, dates, and cashews sounds like my kind of packaged food. If this tastes good, it’ll be great to add to my travel “emergency stash” for when it’s hard to find fruits or veggies on the road!
- Betty Lou Almond Ball: a vegan, gluten-free snack that tastes like almond butter. Sounds yummy!
- Active Hair Band Bracelets: I always have an elastic band on my wrist, and these are a slightly cuter way to pull that off. I use them all the time!
- 2Toms Blister Shield: haven’t tried it, but I hate blisters, so I’m looking forward to it.
- Garuka Bar: these look like dense bars and are a little high in carbs and sugar, but they’re made of high-quality ingredients, so it’s still something I’m looking forward to trying.
- Muschie’s Bar: Another denser bar, but I love that this is a small company that hand-rolls their bars and uses only organic and clean ingredients.
- Jelly Bean Sport Beans: I’ve tried these before, and they’re a fun way to carry fuel on longer runs. Yes, they’re just jelly beans with electrolytes added, but a little candy certainly won’t kill you on a long run!
- Clif bar: while I usually save these for longer bike rides or really high activity days since they’re so high in carbs and sugars, they’re pretty delicious and made with relatively clean ingredients!
- Salt Stick: I have tried salt tabs during long, hot runs, and I’m personally undecided on whether or not I think they help, but many people swear by them!
Are you interested in buying a subscription box for yourself, or a gift box for someone else? If so, head on over to RunnerBox’s website to buy one, and use the discount code “LYONS13” for a 10% discount through December 31st, 2013! Let me know if you try it!
So tell me in the comments … Have you ever tried a subscription box? Which product from my RunnerBox looks best to you?