Thinking of giving cookies, fudge or a box of chocolates as a holiday gift? That’s so 2005! This year, think about giving something healthy to your loved ones, co-workers, neighbors and friends. Here are some gift ideas for the health-conscious on your list.
• Pedometer. Know someone who is trying to start a simple exercise program? A pedometer, which counts each step a person takes and the distance they’ve walked, makes a perfect present for someone who’s trying to be more active.
• iPod or iTunes gift card. Combining entertainment and exercise often motivates people to jump on the treadmill who would otherwise be bored by going for a run or walk. You don’t just have to download music either; you can download books or movies to watch or listen to while exercising.
• Active video games for kids and adults. Your children want to play video games. You want them to go outside and get some exercise. Now there’s a solution you both can love and enjoy. Active video games, such as Dance Dance Revolution and the Nintendo Wii force players to get off the couch and burn calories.
• A massage gift certificate. Purchase a relaxing massage at a spa. Or create a home spa basket with essential oils, bath salts, massage oil, body lotions and a pumice stone. Relaxation and stress relief are important for overall good health.
• A bicycle. Bikes are a great way for kids and adults to get exercise. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, check out Goodwill stores or second hand shops. They often have good bikes that might need just a little work. Don’t forget to get a helmet to wear when riding as well!
• Healthy cookbooks. How about a new cookbook that includes healthy recipes — maybe one with healthy soups, salads, vegetable sides dishes, whole grains or whole grain breads.
• Subscription to a magazine. Consider giving a year subscription to a magazine. There are several magazines that offer healthy recipes and tips, as well as magazines that focus on physical activity (biking, hiking, running, etc.) and relaxation.
• Workout gear. Come January we all like to start the new year off right by being healthy so why not look good at the same time. Giftcards for workout clothes or shoes are a great way to support healthy hav
• Oil and vinegar. Why not give high-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a gift? If someone is trying to lose weight by eating a lot of salads, some aged balsamic vinegar and a dash or two of good olive oil can make the difference between a boring salad and a nice treat.
• A healthy goody basket. A fruit basket of exotic or specialty fruits or other gift basket of healthy specialty foods is always welcome. Try putting together your own basket. You could include some of your favorite healthy recipes and some homemade healthy treats.