The holiday season is in full swing, which means our lives are filled with close family, great friends, and delicious food (oh so much food!!). Although this season brings joy, nostalgia and indulgence in your favorite treats, it is far too often followed with weeks of regret and shame for breaking our “healthy habits”. To compensate for these “failures” we begin the all-to-familiar cycle of creating New Year’s Resolutions, to guide our transformation back towards good health, many times to no avail.
This year you can be proactive in addressing this vicious cycle and prepare yourself and loved ones by looking for gifts that make getting healthy easy, repeatable and fun. Instead of the traditional tie for Dad, or the boring monthly fruit basket for the folks, use this holiday season to positively impact the health of your family and friends by giving the Gift of Good Health! Below are some ideas to help get you started in transforming health through food, exercise, sleep and more!
Gifts of Fitness:
Help make fitness a part of everyday life through these gift ideas!:
“Help you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.”
Gaiam Yoga Mat with Slings
Perfect for the beginner and advanced Yogi!
A super inexpensive tool to help work out muscle kinks, and stretch out muscles for pre and post exercise!
Nutrition & Hydration Gift Ideas:
Get your loved ones meet their health goals with these tools to improve their daily eating and hydration habits!
Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters
This is not your traditional nut butter, infused with functional food ingredients and spices like cinnamon or cardamon, this nut butter is one to impress! betsysbest.com
- Last Minute Shoppers: A Betsy’s Best Electronic Gift Card
Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration
Stay hydrated and track your daily water intake with this innovative bottle design
Oster Blender w/ To-go Cup
“Whether you’re off to work, the gym or just relaxing – this personal blender helps get you out of the door with blended drinks in hand. Ideal for protein shakes, smoothies or café frappes. Simply fill and blend with just a twist of the bottle. Change out the blender blade for the drinking lid and off you go!”
Hydration on the go! Camelbak is the gold standard when it comes to portable hydration devices for athletes and every-day fitness enthusiasts!
The Healthy Gift that Keeps on Giving – Subscriptions:
Multiple monthly subscription boxes exist that help you focus on nutrition, cooking and even healthy shopping, here are some of our favorites: (Great for Last Minute Shoppers)
Blue Apron/Purple Carrot
While many meal delivery services exist, Blue Apron has become the clear front-runner in connecting people with not only healthy food, but cooking directions to turn anyone into the “Top Ameteur Chef”
Purple Carrot has a similar design and method but focuses on a plant-based diet prescription, making it a perfect gift for the aspiring vegetarian and vegan chefs in your life!
“Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.
“Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a box curated with a new mix of 4-5 premium samples from top brands to try. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime.”
Other Healthy Gift Ideas:
The following gifts touch on cooking, sleeping and helping you and your loved ones reach optimal holistic, well-rounded health!
The market is inundated with so many diet plans, recipe/cooking books and ideaologies that it can confuse most people trying to make a positive health change in their lives. Here are a couple of our favorite recipe/cooking books that’ll help you or your loved ones make delicious, healthy meals a part of your every-day life!
Fat Burning Chef (Fat Burning Man)
- “Paleo-friendly” this recipe plan focuses on using only whole-food ingredients
Bulletproof Chef (Bulletproof Diet)
-Meal plans based on Dave Asprey’s best selling Bulletproof Diet
Whole30 (Whole 30)
- “Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”
“ Bamboo Lyocell which is one of the most sustainable and contemporary textile materials of the 21st century. No harmful chemicals are used in the production and water consumption is reduced significantly due to the closed loop system used. It is also stronger and softer than rayon.”
Salt Lamp/Vitamin D Lamp
- “Not only will it help clean the air and expose you to at least some negative ions, it may also help counteract electromagnetic radiation and provides a gentle, soothing pink glow”
“Ideal for individuals who may not be able to tolerate and digest Vitamin D supplements, pills, or supplemented foods”