There are few things more satisfying than getting a killer swag bag at a race. No, not those wimpy drawstrings filled with a few coupons and a lonely PowerBar—we’re talking the generous sacks stuffed with a T-shirt, snacks, sports gels, stroopwafels, sunscreen, the whole nine yards.
Getting a bag like that makes the pain train you signed up for worth its ticket price. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could get swag like that regularly, without even having to toe a start line? Enter: monthly subscription boxes for runners. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from great boxes of runner-centric gear and goods to food and fitness boxes that anyone will love.
As an detracted bonus, these are great for that runner-buddy who you’re having a hard time finding a perfect gift for. Once they subscribe, it truly will be a gift that keeps on giving.
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Cairn’s outdoor box is chock-full of best-in-class gear for trail junkies and ultrarunners. Each month has surprises, from hydration packs and weather-proof jackets to mini medical kits and portable hammocks. Plus, subscribers can earn points by reviewing their favorite items and cash in for discounts on Cairn’s site.
If runners had gym lockers, we would want ours to be filled like this subscription box, which is loaded with snacks, apparel, skin care products, and gear like iPhone armbands and race belts. The $45 monthly price tag is a little steeper than others on this list, but the quality of goods is worth it.
Ever found yourself in the grocery store hunting for snacks to fuel your runs with no clue what to purchase? This box—which starts at $28 per month—includes samples of healthy snacks that have all been nutritionist-approved. Your running buddy can sample the latest trendy chips, energy bars, and granola (without committing to a family-size bag) and spend less time cruising the junk food aisle.
There’s no shortage of sock subscriptions out there, but most of them offer cotton-based socks—which runners know is a recipe for sweaty feet and blisters. Instead, Stance makes soft, artist-inspired socks in one-of-a-kind prints and lets you indicate what you’ll be wearing them for, so you’ll always have a pair ready for a run or to lounge around in afterward. Members receive two pairs each month for $19 and can specify their preferences for length and cushioning.
This book-and-brew combo sets up well-read runners with a bag of hand-roasted coffee to rev them up prerun, and two new hardcover bestsellers to relax into afterward. Simply choose between whole or ground beans and eight different literary genres, including acclaimed fiction, mystery, sci-fi, and thriller. (If you elect to sample the shelves, there’s also a “Surprise Me!” option.)
Runners who fuel their PRs with PB will love this gift subscription, which sends members three jars of nut butter every three months. You’ll get to try a variety of savory and sweet flavors, from salty and garlicky Everything Bagel to rich and creamy Chocolate Hazelnut. The price per shipment starts at $25 for the assorted nut options, or $20 for peanut butters only.
While other beauty boxes are a little too froufrou for us to get behind, Fab Fit Fun delivers the perfect balance of pampering products (such as nail polish and lip gloss) and workout accessories (like muscle soak salts and gym bags). Each seasonal box is packed with eight to 10 quality products, and lets subscribers select from a few different options before their package is mailed out.
For runners who need a cup of joe to get out the door, this subscription box is a godsend. You choose the number of boxes (anywhere from two to 24 at $20 per box) and your recipient picks the grind, roast, and brew (single origin, espresso, and blends). Or, members can let the MistoBox coffee connoisseurs choose for them.