Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Show your love with health-conscious holiday gifts for your friends and family

Credit: Flickr /Food Thinkers

Flickr /Food Thinkers

Give the gift of good health this year, like a juicer

Promote a healthy lifestyle with holiday gifts that are good for you

If you’re wondering what to give someone who already has everything, why not give gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle? Here are some simple suggestions.

Healthy Foods

  • Dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

  • Assortment of green or herbal teas

  • Unsalted nuts or an assortment of dried fruits

  • Fresh fruit basket

  • Homemade soup mix in a jar (and instructions)

  • Gift card to a health-food store

  • High-quality balsamic vinegar

Cooking Gadgets

  • Blender or juicer

  • Reusable bento box with several small compartments to take lunch to work

  • Crockpot (possibly with a favourite recipe or cookbook)

  • Rice cooker

  • Vegetable steamer

  • Air popcorn popper

  • Garlic crusher, vegetable peeler

Exercise Ideas

  • Pedometer

  • Resistance bands, exercise ball, yoga mat, DVD or lessons

  • Soft furry gloves or hat for outside exercise in winter

  • Dance classes

  • Pass to an indoor rock-climbing facility

  • Session with a personal trainer

  • Pass to a local gym or recreation centre

 Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas

  • Session with a nutritionist

  • Bath soaps or bubble bath for relaxing

  • Planter box and seeds to grow organic herbs

  • Healthy cooking lessons

  • Cookbooks or healthy cooking magazine subscriptions

  • Gift card for a massage or spa treatment

  • MP3 player or iPod so they can listen to music while they exercise

Tip: Create your own gift basket featuring the fixings for a special meal (e.g., assemble the foundation of an Italian dinner by combining organic whole-wheat pasta with a jar of Italian pasta sauce, Italian spice blend, a small block of parmesan cheese and a bottle of red Italian wine). Magnifico!

Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.