Healthy & Affordable Gifts to Give this Holiday Season
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- Cooking lessons: Treating a loved one to a cooking class is a useful and sentimental gift that can be enjoyed together from fast, healthy meals to fun, festive date night ideas. It is a gift that will keep giving.
- Do-it-yourself meal tools: What foodie doesn’t love a new set of supplies? Filling a basket (or cooking pot) with the necessities of a specific recipe makes a great holiday gift. A pasta-lover might appreciate a spiralizer, homemade sauce and/or healthy pasta seasonings. An athlete might enjoy a food processor and/or the ingredients to make on-the-go homemade energy bites.
- Relieve grocery store grief: Since trips to the grocery store are frequent during the holiday season, gift cards are very useful. To add a personal touch, pull together a healthy cook book or handwrite a grocery list that maps out a week’s worth of meal prep ideas.
- Mason jar recipes: This budget-friendly gift is as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious. By layering ingredients into a jar with instructions, the recipient can make a recipe for themselves or upcoming holiday parties. Consider cookie or soup recipes that require five to eight dry ingredients that won’t spoil. Check out our easy ideas here!
- Meal kit delivery service: Giving the gift of a meal delivered directly to your loved one’s door this holiday season can alleviate stress and save time.
- Dance lessons: Treat yourself and a friend to a one-hour dance lesson to spend time with one another during the holidays while burning up to 500 calories in one session.
- Group class pass: Many gyms offer free, drop-in passes for participants to determine which workout suits them best. Consider a loved ones’ favorite form of exercise and join them for a yoga, cycling or kick-boxing class at a nearby fitness studio.
- Gym membership: Give a family member the opportunity to get a head start on their New Year’s resolutions by purchasing a gym membership. Better yet, purchase one at the same time and create a workout regimen to do together.
- Workout essentials kit: This can include all the essentials your loved one needs to complete their favorite exercises. Tennis shoes, socks, a yoga mat, water bottle, weights, resistance bands, ear buds, workout DVD, jump rope or fitness clothes are just a few ideas.
- Oil diffuser: Help minimize holiday stress with an essential oil diffuser. Lavender, chamomile and frankincense are a few of the scents that have been shown to be effective aromatherapies.
- Spa day: Massages and/or facials are great ways to relax during the holidays. To save money, skip the spa and transform a room of the house into a calm space with candles, calming music, dim lighting and homemade face masks.
- Time: Not all holiday gifts need to have monetary value. Spending time with loved ones, even if it’s just a few hours together at home, is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Building memories and traditions is always a greater gift than buying things. Similarly, giving a parent or spouse a chance to be alone is valuable and often helps relieve stress.
- Wellness kit: Consider gifts that a loved one may not purchase for themselves. For example, if he or she is creative, put together a basket of art supplies to encourage them to take their mind off the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
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