Everyone loves the gift of health! Check out these 12 unique gift ideas that will support your loved ones in taking their health up a notch.
1. Cool and sustainably made activewear
Are you tired of activewear that’s made in sweat shops and destroying the environment? I am, 100% – especially after watching the documentary True Cost. The good news is that there’s really cool gear, made from great material that’s fair trade and sweatshop free, that’s easy accessible. My favorite brand of shorts is Tonic, but there’s many more options here.
2. A great cookbook with a cast-iron pan
One of my favorite sayings is: “Abs are made in the kitchen.” If you want to make a lifestyle change, you need to start cooking – period. Some authors I recommend are Dr. Weil, Alejandro Junger and Alice Waters. Equally as important as a great cookbook is a high-quality cooking pan. I’ve always liked Le Creuset, but any toxin-free brand will work (here’s a few suggestions). Another option to take healthy-foodie cooking to the next level, gift one of my healthy foodie cooking classes.
3. Gift Basket with Local Foods – selected by you!
If you follow my blog, you know that highly recommend supporting local food vendors. So why not spread the love by creating a gift basket of your local favorites? Include things like local cheeses, honey, jams and herbs. Spruce it up with some artisanal chocolate and organic, biodynamic wine (83 to choose from here). Who wouldn’t love that?
4. A great blender
Sometimes getting busy people (and those picky eaters) to eat more fruits and vegetables requires a bit of creativity. Blenders can do just the trick. They can be expensive, but luckily I found this link which provides a great range of quality blenders, their prices and descriptions. There’s bound to be one that fits your budget!
5. Yoga mat and class pass
If the gym or the cross fit membership didn’t cut it last year maybe the yoga membership alongside the yoga mat might be a better fit. Yoga is challenging and rejuvenating. It tones muscles, improves flexibility and at the same time provides a mind-body workout like no other. I’ve had clients, friends and acquaintances take it up and fall in love with it to the point where it’s pretty much all they do. They’ve lost weight, improved their flexibility and felt part of a community. Yoga studios are popping up all over the place, so for convenience purposes buy a class pass from a studio that’s close to their work place or their house.
6. Bicycle – with an indoor training option
I fell in love with biking to and from work this year. It can be a great gift for those looking to do the same, or to add more exercise into their life. I’d recommend a real bike so that they can ride during the warmer months of the season. For the cold weather seasons, your gift recipient will love a bike elevator and a trainer which basically elevates the bike to allow you to use your bike indoors during those brisk days.
7. In-home fitness gear
Having a space in your home that’s dedicated to working out can really support your health goals (no more excuses for not fitting in your workout), so helping to create this space for someone else is a great gift. This can be as simple as outfitting a tiny condo corner with a yoga mat and some weights or finding some specialized equipment like this easy to install chin up bar and these dip bars– great for body weight exercises like dips, push-ups and pull-ups. Or if you really want to splurge, find a company that specializes in creating home gyms, like my friends James and Tyrone at Gymscape.
8. Subscription to a heath and wellness magazine
A subscription to a non-mainstream health and wellness magazine could be a great gift. Why? Receiving a monthly magazine about health and wellness can provide monthly inspiration to your loved one to keep making good choices. I recommend the 7 provided from this link.
9. Gift Certificate for a Massage
A few weeks back my wife surprised me with a couple’s aromatherapy massage at a posh spa and it was amazing. It’s been a while since I indulged in a massage and it reminded me of how important self-care is. So for people who like to work hard and play hard, I highly recommend gifting them with this very relaxing and healing service. For more info on the benefits of spas and their importance refresh your memory by reading my blog Want to live as long as the Japanese? 3 Health Secrets to Know Now (Part 2).
10. A gift certificate or planned travel with G adventure
I’ve personally never booked with G Adventure, but I’ve heard great things and the reviews are all pretty amazing. What’s great about these trips is that it’s travel with activity. You get to go on excursions that require hiking and walking and climbing. Let’s just say if I’d received an active travel adventure as a gift, I’d be ecstatic!
11. Monthly HEALTHY Snack delivery
While you have a few options out there, my wife got her mom a subscription to Munch Better and it was a hit. It’s a great way to expose people to new healthy brands and better snack alternatives than those crappy granola bars out there. Check out this article that compares the prices and products of popular subscription snack boxes.
12. Personalized health and wellness services
Whether it be a nutritional consult, in home cooking class, or personal training sessions, wellness services that are tailored to an individual’s needs are the best way to support a lifestyle change. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to create a special package for your loved one.
Spend your money wisely and give the gift of health. It really is the only gift that keeps on giving!