Friday, December 16, 2016

READ THIS ONE: The Perfect Gift For Anyone!

 Hey guys! I'm not quite sure why my Friday Five post with the link up are not showing up. I had this same problem last week. It appears to be something with the code at the end. I'll try to figure it out this weekend but until then, you'll have to link up on the previous post and read this one. Thanks.

Tis the season, and whether or not I want to admit it, I am running short on time. Because of that reason I decided to run a re-run (no pun intended)

I don't know about you, but I LOVE home made gifts that show thought AND are useful. I'm sharing one such gift that I made for my sister a few years back. Some of you might remember this.   Here is a little back story of why I made this.   Because of the profession my sister is in, she has to do a lot of her eating "on the run" ( I'm getting good at these puns), so she is always carrying snack bags with her.

A few Christmases ago 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

                  

23 comments:

  1. Useful, but fun - the best kind of gift! Nut butter packets would be a good addition, too.

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  2. Such an excellent idea, Meranda! I wish I'd read it a few days earlier, I have some friends I could've done this for with the right stuff on hand . . . but I'll file this away for next year!

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  3. Such a great and fun gift! Anything that thought is put into feels special!

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  4. Such a fun idea! I know if I made a snack box for me, I'd put in stuff I know I would enjoy. I've been hesitant to try these services since I don't know what will be in it. What if I don't like it?

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  5. I love this! I make something like this for my brothers and my son. I call it a movie snack bag. they love it!

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  6. Great minds think alike - I just posted about runner gift boxes :) I love your ideas!!

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  7. This is definitely a very practical gift. I'm with you - as we get older I like to focus on practical, useful gifts. Though it has been fun to shop for my little man and get toys for him this year. :)

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  8. I do like practical gifts and my hubby fills my stocking with that kind of stuff! Love it!

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  9. That is a GREAT idea! I am going to keep this in mind for next year as my shopping is done. Thanks!

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  10. This really is a great idea!! I love practical stuff I can use soooooooo much :) It would make my day for sure!

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  11. I love this! My favorite gifts are often things that I will use/eat but that I wouldn't necessary spend money on for myself.

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  12. That is an AWESOME idea! I love it. Perfect for runner and traveler friends/family!

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  13. This really is great - I want one! ;) Have a great weekend!

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  14. This is a great idea! It's so nice to get stuff you'd actually use.

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  15. This is a great idea! I love that it's customizable for each person you give it to :)

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  16. Such a fantastic idea!
    I love practical useful gifts. Especially ones that has thought behind it like this. So smart!

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  17. I remember when you did this a few years back! Awesome gift idea!! Love it!

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  18. Love this idea! Practical gifts for runners are the best:)

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  19. That's super cute. I should make this for my running friends since I don't have a sister!

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  20. Wow this is a great idea! And unlike most super creative ideas, this is one I might actually be able to do! I would love it if someone made this for me. I think I'll have to keep that in mind and make one some day. Thanks for sharing this great homemade gift!

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  21. What a great idea! I also love personalized gifts (like you mentioned) that reflect a lot of thought the giver put into it.

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  22. I love this! This would be so meaningful.

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  23. What a great idea! I love that you packaged all the snacks in separate bags and included a fun trinket in each. Very creative and easy to customize for every person on your list!

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