Friday, December 5, 2014

The Best Home Made Runner Box

Because of the profession my sister is in, she has to do a lot of her eating "on the run" ( no pun intended), so she is always carrying snack bags with her.

Last Christmas I started to look into different types of snack boxes geared towards runners. I couldn't quite find one that I was 100% happy with and didn't want to get something in which I knew she would only enjoy 2 or 3 of the items in the box.

So with that, my own version of the Runner snack box was born.


Here's what I did:

1. Get a big box and wrap the box part and the lid part separately. I believe I used a copy paper box.

2. I use 6 extra large ziplock bags and several small ones. Putting the snacks in ziplock bags makes it easy to grab on the run.


3. I then filled the bags with a variety of running fuels and snacks that I knew she would enjoy.

4. In addition to the snacks, I put a small trinket in each bag. Some of the trinkets included a a chap stick, a race magnet ( actually there were several race magnets), a sweat band, and some other fun items.  Each week Lacey would take a new bag of snacks to work with  her and she told me it was like Christmas all over again each time she opened a new bag.


5. The last step of course was to put the bags inside the box and put the lid on.  I did happen to do a little more decorating to that box then what is seen in the picture.

You could of course theme your box if you wanted, but mine was just a mix of running fuel and fun snacks ( some healthy, some not).

As we get older, we tend to like more practical gifts. Running fuels and healthy snacks aren't always that cheap so I know she appreciates this.  I've made  my sister a variation of this snack box for the last couple of years and it seems to always be a Holiday Favorite and something I get asked to do again and again. 

I've also made Personal Care item gift boxes too.

Do you like practical gifts like consumables? ~M

                 

38 comments:

  1. Cute idea! Practical gifts are great - usually other stuff I can get on my own. Your box is very thoughtful too.

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    1. Thank you! I also think practical gifts are a good idea.

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  2. This is a great Idea! One year I made my mom a beginners box for running...with basic stuff like socks and headphones. I think that gifts like this are well appreciated!

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  3. What a great idea! I tend to like homemade instead of storebought gifts in general because they're more meaningful. I usually bake cookies and give them as gifts, but I feel guilty because, who really needs all that sugar? This year I might reduce the number I bake and make some nut mixes as a healthier snack. Love the idea of wrapping them up in a box like you did.

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  4. I love practical gifts and this was a great idea. The boxes that you can order by monthly subscription have too many things I don't want or will not eat. Very creative and fun gift Meranda!

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    1. I started looking into subscription boxes but as you mentioned, I knew there would be too many unwanted items in there. If we find some good ones, we may try them some day!

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  5. Love practical gifts!! Your gift box is a very sweet and thoughtful idea :-) I am always so happy when I receive things I would use like that, it makes me happy all over again when i grab for them.

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    1. Yes, I love useful things. She was still grabbing things out of this box up till a few months ago!

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  6. This is the perfect gift idea for a runner! I should probably subtly show this post to my parents or something : )

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    1. Haha, good idea! I'm sure someone would enjoy making this for you!

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  7. practical gifts are the best!! This is perfect too!! what runner wouldn't want one of these???

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  8. What a great idea, Meranda! Practical gifts are are perfect way to show how much we care about our loved ones and pay attention to their needs.

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  9. That's such a good idea. I know so many runners that would love to get something like this for Christmas.

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  10. This is great. I seriously wish I was more creative when it comes to gifts and ideas like this. I swear I use all my creatvity at weddings and when it comes to my life I always get myself too busy to do anything wonderful and fun like this for the people in my life... hmmm maybe I should make a goal for myself to change that. Hmmm :) but seriously love the self made gift box idea:)

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  11. This is a great post! I've been sharing lots of "runner" related posts lately - I'll set this to share on my FB page, too!

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  12. What a great idea! Love how you personalized it to her tastes, and I love the practicality of it!

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  13. I adore practical gifts!!! You know you'll use it then!
    These are great ideas... I need to drop this post in my husband's inbox for a hint for him to make me :) haha

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  14. That's a great idea. I am all about stuff like KIND bars and ENERGYbits in my stocking instead of candy this year.

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  15. What a clever idea! I love useful gifts like this. I may have to copy you on this one. :)

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  16. Meranda, this is genius! I wish someone would make me a runner box for Christmas - ha! I was just thinking last night about what I might do for a running friend this year; I believe you may have solved my problem. Thanks for sharing this idea and I hope you have a great weekend!

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  17. not only is that a practical gift, it's a thoughtful one. When I was younger I used to count how many presents I felt like it wasn't enough I was sad. No joke. Now I just love when I get one gift that someone took real time to think of me and my passions/interests. I guess it comes with age :) This is such a cute idea!

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  18. That is an absolutely fantastic idea ! How clever.

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  19. Most of my list are practical items these days... or running items I want ;) Love this idea!

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  20. Great idea! I LOVE practical, consumable gifts. And the fact that you put it together yourself, with so much thought, makes it even more special!

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  21. What an awesome idea! Love practical gifts!

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  22. This is a great idea for a gift! I agree, I love practical gifts. There was one year where my favorite gift was a vacuum cleaner. That's when I knew I was an adult!

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  23. That is such a great idea, I love it!

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  24. Such a cute idea! So thoughtful and I'm sure any runner would love to get snacks! You're a good sister :-)

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  25. What a great idea and a wonderful gift, Meranda! Thanks for sharing your idea with us!

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  26. Wow Meranda, that is such a cute and thoughtful gift idea! Thanks for sharing it :)

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  27. Such a great idea! Pinning and G+ sharing this :-)

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  28. This is adorable and such a perfect idea for runner's. Especially for Lacey since she travels so much!

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  29. Thanks for the ideas! I really like the idea of creating your own snack bag rather than a subscription! Also I really like the race shirt quilt idea! But yes getting to the actual cutting of the shirts seems like it can be a struggle!

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  30. I agree about the practical gifts! I haven't always been big on the gift part of gifts, more so just spending time with family, enjoying the food, and holiday spirit. But now that I do secret santa with family every year I like to ask for things I want that I could really put some great use to. And when I give gifts I really like to think about what can be of use even if its something like this that will be used and gone! But its so great still! I think its better when someone actually uses a gift rather than it just creating clutter of never to use things!

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