Few gifts are more thoughtful and useful than healthy ones. Healthy gifts don’t have to break your budget, either, so don’t believe you can’t find something they’ll love without shelling out hundreds of dollars. Whether your loved one is extremely health conscious or just looking to get healthier in 2015, you can help them meet their goals by choosing a healthy holiday gift.
Personal Water Infuser
Cost: Under $30
This gift is great for just about everyone, plus it doesn’t cost very much. Reusable water bottles with a special twist; they contain a little basket where you can put fruits and veggies to flavor your drink. Look for ones that are free of Bisphenol A (“BPA Free”) and dishwasher safe, so they’ll be safe and convenient. The Hudson Infusion water bottle is a nice one. If you would rather gift a pitcher, than a personal water bottle, the Contigo? AUTOSEAL? pitcher with infuser stick boasts a powerful seal, sleek design, and costs around $30.
Fitness Activity Tracker
These dedicated tracking devices can be as simple as step counters or as robust as full fitness trackers. Arguably the most popular among them is FitBit. Features and color availability vary widely across models, so read packages carefully. FitBit Charge? tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep. It has alarms, 7 – 10 days battery life, caller ID with compatible phones, and wireless sync with phones and computers. Timex, Microsoft, Jawbone, and Misfit also make high quality fitness trackers ranging in price from $50 to $200.
Cost: $20 to $200
Whether you choose a simple, single-serving blender or a personal blender system, you give the gift of delicious, nutritious smoothies. Who wouldn’t want that? Hamilton Beach offers a line of personal blenders in various colors for only $20. Want something with more power and versatility? Nutribullet and Ninja personal blenders carry a heftier price tag, but boast the power to crush ice and blend tough veggies into smooth drinks.
Healthy Subscription Boxes
Cost: Around $100 per year
Monthly gift subscriptions such as Birchbox are hugely popular right now. They deliver different gifts once a month, all year. Some even offer six- and three month subscription plans. Several companies specialize in health and fitness related food, clothing, and accessories. Bestowed, Stride Box, Bulu Box, Fitbox, and Healthy Surprise are just a few possibilities. Before choosing which one, consider the nutrition goals of the recipient. For example, Bulu Box offers a Weight Loss box which sends a selection of items specifically targeted toward weight loss.
Cost: Under $50
Also known as Capacitative Gloves, these are an affordable, useful gift for the outdoor athlete on your list. Runners who spend a lot of time in the cold, but want to be able to use their MP3 player or smartphone without removing their gloves will appreciate touchscreen compatible gloves. You can find them for less than $20 in just about any big box store, but we love these Denali Etip gloves from The North Face because the whole palm (not just the index finger tip) is conductive. Plus they have silicone grippers on the palm to help keep expensive electronics from falling into snow and slush.
When you choose a healthy gift, you can be proud that you’re helping inspire and motivate the people you love to continue leading a healthy lifestyle all year long.