Christmas is about 1 week away. Are you ready? I am constantly looking for great gift ideas. And being the practical person I am I enjoy giving gifts that promote healthy living. So I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite healthy gift ideas for you. Most of the pictures are links that will take you to Amazon where you can investigate each further. No matter your budget there are ideas for you on this list.
1. Kitchen and food preparation gadgets & small appliances.
I've only included items I actually own, use, and love - you may have others you like, but this should get you thinking. Commentary on how I use the product is included under the image.
I grate carrots and cheese and my hand on occasion. Hence the cut resistant gloves.
I love the lid, prevents dirtying another dish with leftover cinnamon rolls.
Seriously the best. I'd love a whole set of these...I just have 2 paring knives.
I use the immersion blender all.the.time. I use the mini food processor to get onions very fine so my kids won't find them.
Went through like 3 cookie sheets until I found this at TJ Maxx. It's amazing!
Love that I can prep and not dirty another bowl for storage
Does an amazing job with popcorn & I use the pot for lots of other stuff.
2. Fitness equipment
3. Fitness Tracker or pedometer
Fitbit and similar brands track fitness and sync to an app but are more expensive. Or you can go with a more basic pedometer. We use Fitbit brand in our house.
4. Group exercise class card (Zumba, Yoga, etc.) or sessions with a personal trainer
5. Homemade, healthier cookies or granola
I revamped my favorite cookie recipe here.
I love the granola from 100 Days of Real Food.
6. A food thermometer
Have you ever had food poisoning? Heating (or reheating) food to the proper temperature is important so you don't get sick. My husband put a new thermometer on his Christmas list to use while grilling. Here are a couple basic options.
9. Books to inspire healthy living
Here are a few of my favorites for adults:
And a few of my favorite books for kids:
10. Essential Oils and a diffuser
Rocky Mountain Oils have great quality and reasonable prices. Here is the diffuser we use:
11. New clothes for exercising
A new workout outfit really can inspire a more active life.
Popcorn has many health benefits (read more here). Make your own popcorn mix to share using this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. Make a popcorn seasoning to give (get ideas here). Give a popcorn maker: stovetop or air popper. Fill a ball jar with popcorn kernels and add a ribbon.
13. A journal
14. Homemade trail mix
Combine some healthy nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maybe some chocolate or coconut. Raw nuts and seeds are the healthiest followed by dry roasted, unsalted. Do you need a recipe or guide to get started? Super Healthy Kids has a great one here.
15. A fresh, whole pineapple or basket of other fresh fruit
Add a ribbon or bow and a card.
16. An adult coloring book and some colored pencils
Here are some that I like:
17. A massage
A great way to reduce stress.
18. A water bottle
Encourage hydration and reduce chemical exposure with a non-plastic water bottle. There are glass and stainless steel options. You could also gift a ball jar with the infuser insert (although the insert is plastic). Get some infusion ideas here. Some I like:
19. A potted plant
Spending time in nature can help reduce stress so bring some nature indoors too! Some plants can even help improve the indoor air quality. Get details and a list of easy to take care of plants in this post.
20. A bottle of quality olive oil
Be choosy about your olive oil. Consumer Reports found many olive oils don't live up to their label. Trader Joe's California Estate was one that passed the tests! This is the unflavored olive oil I buy (it's less expensive). For my infused olive oils I like Stuarto's.
21. Chemical Free Cleaning Products
E-cloth and Norwex are both companies that produce quality chemical free cleaning cloths, mops and other cleaning tools. Get your (or their) home clean with only the cloth and water. Note: Norwex is a direct sales company. For the warrenty to be valied you must order from a Norwex consultant. If the warrenty isn't important to you, many products are available on Amazon.
24. Food, water, healthcare, livelihood to those in need
Compassion International has a gift catalog with lots of gift options and price points to help those in need. Read more about my passion for this organization and about their child sponsorship program here.
Samaritian's Purse also has a gift catalog with more practical ways to serve others. My kids had so much fun packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child earlier this Christmas season. Read more about our adventure and how you can participate next year by reading this post.
25. Web-based wellness workshop from Health Happens at Home
Of course, I offer some services that would be great gift ideas for someone who might be ready to make some life changes or new years resolutions in 2016. Flexible web-base workshops will be starting in mid-January. Learn more about workshop options for all walks of life here.
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