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After I recently wrote about my running tips, a friend of mine who also reads this blog, told me  this summer will be the summer she starts running outside. Of course I was happy to be even a bit of inspiration. ( You go girl! 🙂 )  It also got me thinking what I’ll need to keep my outdoor exercise sessions healthy this summer.

We were invited to my friend’s house last week for dinner, and I decided to take her a gift basket ( you know how much I love gift baskets LOL ) with the products that’ll support keep her healthy when she starts running outside. I am so excited for her and want to encourage her in her journey to get fit & healthy. (and I’ll admit I got myself one of each including the gold  bowl LOL- could not resist)


Above is the final gift basket. In case you like the idea and would like to put together a summer fitness essentials basket for family & friends, here is what I put in mine.


First step is finding a pretty container. As we were invited for dinner, I thought this glam bowl would be a great start for a gift basket. I thought after taking the products out, my friend could use it in their living room, or family room.


For the gift basket contents, I headed over to my local Walgreen’s. I think one of the most important essential products you have to have for fitness outside is sunscreen. I got two for my gift basket from Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials products. The Ultra Sheer Body Mist will be perfect for protection during running outside. The Beach Defense one (with water&sun protection) is great when you are heading for the pool or the beach for a swim. I also got a big box of Band-Aids. They are super useful with pool scrapes. Sometimes they are also great for a bit of extra padding during a particularly long run.


I added a cute journal to my gift basket as I know my friend also likes to jot down her thoughts like I do. I think when you are starting any exercise routine, keeping track of your workouts is an amazing incentive to see where you were at, and observe how far you’ve come & what you’ve achieved.

Along the same lines, Walgreen’s launched Balance Rewards for healthy choices. It’s pretty cool as the program rewards you for meeting your goals, helps with weight management, rewards workouts and more. You get rewarded for making everday healthy choices while saving $ at Walgreen’s redeeming your points. Win win for sure! My favorite feature is the ability to connect your other apps ( like My Fitness Pal) to your Balance Rewards. Makes tracking easier.


The next summer workout essential I added to my gift basket is a water bottle. Hydration is so important when you are exercising, and if you are doing it out in the open in warm weather it’s crucial. I also put in a box of my must have Neosporin which I carry in my bag for when the kids get paper cuts, or minor scrapes. ( This goes hand in hand with the Band Aids. In summer we all seem to get a bit more accident prone ) Finally to make my gift basket girly and fun, I added the pink net sponge for all those showers after the running sessions. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed seeing my summer outdoors workout essentials. I would LOVE to hear what essentials you use daily for your fitness sessions outside! Check out Balance Rewards today. You can start getting rewarded for your healthy actions and get motivated like we did.

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  • Sophia

    I use many of the same essentials. The sunscreen is a must. The gold bowl is a very smart idea for a gift basket that I’ll borrow.

    • Theboxqueen

      I love using unique things to make gift baskets out of 🙂 Happy you like the idea dear. And yes without sunscreen I would fry running outside LOL. Such an essential. XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    The gift basket is such a cute idea. I use the same essentials, and music is usually a must for me as well. 🙂

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks Cheryl. And yes music is a must for sure. XOXO, Elif

  • Love the gift basket especially the chic bowl.

    • Theboxqueen

      Welcome to TheBoxQueen Caryn, thanks for stopping by! 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Stacey

    That’s such a sweet and encouraging gift to give someone. Great idea!

    • Theboxqueen

      So happy to hear you like it Stacey! I really believe encouraging each other on our fitness/wellness goals make such a difference and impact. 🙂 Thanks for saying hi. XOXO, Elif

  • thedailysavant

    How cool! It was a great idea to use decor as the container for your gift goodies! Where did you find the bowl?

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks lovely! I found the bowl at Target 🙂 XOXO, Elif