Holiday gift shopping should be personal and thoughtful. What better way to say you care than to pick out something that will encourage your loved ones to stay happy and healthy? Keep loved ones’ physical and mental wellbeing in mind when holiday shopping this year. Some healthy gift ideas include a fitness monitor, Edible Arrangements, bath bombs, a healthy cookbook, an adult coloring book, a fruit-infuser water bottle and an indoor herb garden. Here are some great ideas. (These NOT affiliate links.)
A fitness tracker is the perfect gift idea for that friend who keeps saying they want to get back in shape. Studies have shown the initial novelty of being able to track steps and other measurable stats can help motivate people to start moving. They also offer a sense of reward when all those tracked steps add up. The more engaged and goal-driven the user is, the higher the chances that they’ll stick with their new routine.
Consider the Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracker for around $70. If you’re on a tight budget, try LETSCOM’s Fitness Tracker HR for just shy of $30. Have a little extra to spend and want to go all out? At around $160, Fitbit's Versa Lite has tons of functions to make your favorite gadget geek’s holiday complete.
You can hardly ever go wrong with food, especially when it’s so delicious and gorgeously arranged. Edible Arrangements has a yummy — yet healthy — assortment of gifts starting at $9.99. Choose from strawberries and other fruits dipped in dark or white chocolate, fruit “bouquets” and eye-catching gift boxes. Some of the arrangements can get a little pricey, so check out the latest Groupon offers to save money on your order.
Give a loved one the gift of self-care this holiday season with scented bath bombs and other relaxation essentials. Consider LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set, a dozen high-quality bath bombs made with shea and cocoa butter, priced at around $27.00. The Virginia Gift Box is another great choice, including bath bombs, shower steamers, handmade soap and a hand-dipped candle for less than $40.
Know someone who’s been asking around for healthy recipes? Get them a new cookbook. The American Heart Association has its own cookbook for under $15, or for a couple of dollars more, you can try Gordon Ramsay’s Lean and Fit, which offers recipes with high-end flavor that are easy on the waistline. Have a friend who needs healthy meal ideas to keep up with their fast-paced lifestyle? The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go is packed with great ideas and less than $7.00.
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Adult coloring books can be a great way to relieve stress and replenish burned-out creative energy. They have also been found to be great for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as dialysis patients. Check out Stress Relieving Patterns for only $6.85. For the animal lover in your life, consider Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford for $9.98. Toss in a 50-pack of coloring pencils for $5.96 to make your fun and unique gift complete.
Most of us could use an excuse to drink more water. Dehydration has been linked to a slew of health issues, but plain water can get boring — and for some people, it’s downright unappealing. Fruit-infused water could be the answer. Try the Savvy Infusion water bottle for $15.95 to give someone you care about the gift of good hydration.
Know someone who loves to cook and might enjoy growing their own herbs? Get them a starter kit they can grow right in their kitchen window. Spade to Fork’s Indoor Herb Garden is a great choice. Priced below $20, this set guarantees its seeds to be viable and 100% non-GMO, with a full replacement guarantee.
We still think the best gift for every loved one is time. Consider gifting them with new shoes and promising to help them start a walking habit in the new year. Getting elderly people out of the house can be a healthy life saver and give you both time to catch up with each other. Put inspiring, nutritious and purposeful ideas on your list this year rather than peanut butter cups and movies and really make someone’s holiday season a new reason to change things up. That perfect gift might also help a friend or family member start a healthy new habit.