How can you wrap up good health for your loved ones?

Editor's note: we think this is a great base to use for your healthy gift baskets!

Good health is something that you can not put under the tree.  As much as we want to do so, the ability to purchase good health for those we love, place it in a box and wrap it up in pretty paper just does not exist.  What does exist are gifts that we can purchase that help them become healthier.  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. A gift membership to a food tracking website that also includes a mobile app.  This is a great idea for a loved one who may have commented that they are interesting in weight monitoring strategies.  Or the person that has a brand new smart phone may also enjoy an app such as this.  The  My Net Diary has a new Diabetes tracker tool which may be greatly appreciated by a person who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes.
  2. The FitBit is a great device that helps a person stay motivated towards a healthier lifestyle.  This device assists in helping to track calories and activity; basically helping the recipient of this gift item to become more active, eat better, sleep better and manage their weight.
  3. A gym membership is often very appreciated and I highly suggest this gift idea.  Remember that the vast amount of gyms include all sizes of people, and are wonderful places to exercise during the cold, winter months.   Most gyms are open numerous hours of the day and allow members to exercise when it best fits their schedule.
  4. Gift certificates for athletic apparel or shoes. My children actually request this gift every year.  What a great way to motivate a person to exercise daily by allowing them to wear new athletic attire and a brand new pair of athletic shoes; believe me, they won’t go unused!
  5. A pedometer is a great tool to use as a reminder to strive for 10,000 steps daily and a wonderful gift idea.  Pedometers come in different shapes, colors, and prices. Some are inexpensive, costing less than $5 each.  My personal favorite is the OMRON HJ150 which costs a mere $14 but does more than most expensive models.  No matter which style you choose, a pedometer is a simple tool that can do so much towards creating better health!

If you want to go all out this Christmas, any of these gifts go great in a healthy gift basket.  Baskets are my expertise, they are so much fun to arrange.  I suggest you include an item or two from above the list and smaller items from the list below  Have fun while preparing each basket as you appreciate the fact that the recipient will enjoy receiving these items as much as you enjoy giving them!

  • Dark chocolate
  • Boutique olive oil or nut oils
  • Unsweetened dried fruit
  • Sugar free candy
  • Nuts or nut butters
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Tea, loose or bagged
  • Coconut oil or coconut water
  • Fresh fruit like pears, pomegranates, apples, oranges, tangerines or grapefruit
  • Red wine
  • Sparkling bottled water
  • Healthy cook book
  • Food journal
  • Food scale
  • Apron

Do you have any healthy gift-basket ideas that you would like to share?

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