Gift Subscriptions for Beer and Fitness Lovers
With the holiday season upon us once again, we turn our attention to gift giving. What could be better than a gift that gives all year long? Recurring monthly gifts can be more than magazines. These subscription services ensure the recipient remembers your generosity and support of their unique habits.
The Gift of Beer
BeerBoxer is one of a number of services that provide subscription delivery of craft beer. We like BeerBoxer because of the quality of the selections and the reputation of parent company LetsPour. There are two package tiers, $49.95/mo for the “discover” series and $69.95/mo for the “premier” box. Regardless of which box you pick, expect great beers from prestige craft labels throughout the USA.
The Gift of (Healthy) Snacks
If you’re looking for a creative gift for a health nut (pun intended!) check out GoBites. This subscription snack delivery service sends high quality, good for you, individually packed snacks to your door on a schedule you determine. This is perfect for a runner or hiker that needs portable energy to throw in a fuel belt or backpack. We get tired of eating the same energy bar every run and GoBites packs make for great alternatives. We enjoyed What a Pear (dried pears), Blackberry & Co. (raisins, blackberries and dark chocolate covered cacao nibs) and Fountain of Youth (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and golden flax seeds). All are vegetarian friendly, many are also 100% certified organic. Gift packages are available.
The Gift of Apps
Two of our favorite apps for iOS and Android devices are Runkeeper and Untappd. Both are free apps but have pay upgrade perks. By itself, Runkeeper allows athletes to track runs, cycling events, strength training and more. Runkeeper Elite provides access to advanced statistics and live tracking for training runs and races for $19.95/year. This allows friends and family to follow along in real time via web browser.
Untappd is an easy way to track and review beers consumed and share that information with your friends. Untappd has a Supporter Account level that provides advanced stats, the ability to export your data and (most importantly) an exclusive badge. A one year subscription is $50.
The Gift of Podcast
In every episode of the Brew / Drink / Run podcast, we review craft beer, discuss our running training and our homebrewing exploits. It’s a lot of fun and we have a great time. The Brew / Drink / Run podcast will always be free – but you can become a supporter by making a one-time or recurring monthly donation. It will make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside and we’ll mention donors by name on the show.