Just 10 more days until Christmas, and if you’re like most, you still have some items left on your shopping list (if not the whole thing!) Here are some great health-conscious suggestions for last minute gift ideas, most under $50.
Finding the right gift for that special someone can often be a challenge, but when it comes to crunch time, Christmas shopping can really get overwhelming. To add to your worries, you haven’t been able to come up with any good gifts ideas for the health and fitness minded targets on your list. Or maybe you’re the healthy one and you’re looking for the perfect inspirational gift idea for those who could use a little help after the holiday meals settle.
Here are some great last minute Christmas gift ideas for the health-minded, some of which you may even be able to get express shipping on before Santa arrives:
1) Jackrabbit Armpocket Ultra : $44.95
Don’t leave anything behind with the Armpocket Ultra. Perfect for running, hiking, or the gym, this active armband is comfortable, functional and holds any size smartphone as well as your keys, cash and/or credit cards. Has convenient dual audio ports for earbud access, easy touch-through control and a slip proof design that is sweat and water resistant. Includes two interior compartments with double zipper closure to be sure that your smartphone and all valuables stay put. Sure to be a hit with the active gadget lover on your shopping list.
2) S’well Water Bottle : $25-$45.00
S’well launched in 2010 with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles and has developed quite a cult following since then. The stylishly designed, vacuum sealed, stainless steel bottles are non-toxic and keep drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12. S’well bottles come in various designs and sizes, are BPA free and do not condensate. Proceeds from S’well sales go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which provides clean drinking water to children around the world. The perfect healthy drink vessel for the socially conscious.
3) Gym Membership or Fitness Classes : $ Varies
Some of the best gifts we can bestow upon the ones we care about are the gifts that enrich their lives. For the healthy-minded looking for a new workout spot, a full or partial gym membership is a great Christmas gift, as they’ll be all too eager to shed those unwanted pounds after the holidays. Be sure to do a bit of research and find a location that is near where the recipient lives/works. Also, be aware of the fitness level of the recipient and match that with the type of gym. Many fitness centers have introductory offers that you can take advantage of without a long-term commitment, making them the perfect gift idea to see if it’s a good fit for all.
4) Simple Green Smoothies : $17.00
More than 100 quick and easy smoothie recipes that can be incorporated into your day in just five minutes. With 272 pages with of full color photographs, it’s easier than ever to boost your energy and lose weight. Pair up smoothie recipes with this complete shake mix containing nutrients, protein and fibers of whole foods for maximum benefit. Perfect for a quick breakfast or a healthy snack. Great gift idea combination for the healthy minded looking for nutritional meal supplementation.
5) Merrithew Folding Travel Mat : $39.99
This yoga/work out mat is perfect for the fitness lover on the go. Lightweight and compact enough to fit in a purse or carry-on bag, it’s perfect for a quick work out in your hotel room or for laying over a studio/gym mat for hygene. Features a smooth surface on top and a textured surface on the bottom, comes in reusable mesh bag for storage and travel, and is machine washable.
6) Graze Snackbox Subscription : $11.99/box
A Graze snack box subscription is the healthy gift that keeps on giving, and gifting them to a friend couldn’t be easier. Just choose how many boxes you’d like, pay for them online and print or email the gift voucher to the recipient. When they receive the voucher, they visit graze.com to choose their box and tell them where to send it. Over 100 snack combinations that come 8 to a box, delivered to the recipient’s doorstep weekly or every other week. All snacks are delicious, nutritious and contain no GMOs, no trans fat, no artificial flavors or colors and no high fructose corn syrup.
7) Massage Gift Certificate : $ Varies
For those dealing with the stress and anxiety of the busy Christmas Season or going back to the grind after the New Year, a gift certificate for Therapeutic Massage is a great way to say ‘Merry Christmas and I hope you feel better!’ For the sports enthusiast dealing with (or looking to avoid) injury or chronic pain, a gift certificate for Sports Massage or Neuromuscular Therapy is more suited. If your recipient lives in the South Orange County Area (San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo) Sagewood Wellness Center offers numerous gift certificate options.
8) Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer : $29.95
Creates spiral cuts, ribbons, curls and vegetable (or fruit) noodles in seconds. The frame and blade plates are constructed of very high-quality, impact-resistant ABS plastic that is BPA-free, and the blades are made of stainless steel. This easy-to-use, handy tool makes zucchini spaghetti, cucumber ribbon strands, curly fries or long, spiral apple strands, and more. It comes with three blades: a shredder blade (small holes), a chipper blade (large holes) and a straight blade.
9) Define Bottle – Fruit Infused Water Bottle : $9.99-$30.00
Fruit infused water has never been more popular and the Define Bottle is a beautifully-designed, eco-friendly water bottle that allows you to take delicious, nutrient-rich, fruit infused water on the go. It’s not only durable but also has a large chamber for even more fruit. Define allows for limitless combinations of fresh fruit, teas and herbs; it provides a great alternative to plain water and removes the temptation of sugary drinks. Available in multiple variations and sizes, your options are endless when it comes to creating healthy, fresh fruit infused water. Get 10% off your order with coupon code “pinterest”.
10) CrossRope – Customized Weighted Jump Rope Set : $54.95
Burn maximum calories with Crossrope. Jumping rope is simply one of the most effective ways to tone your body and burn fat. Whether you are new to jumping rope for fitness or are an experienced skipper, the Crossrope system gives you a total body workout. Best of all, it grows with you as your skills and stamina develop. Crossrope has two handle options, both with precision bearings, to control the rope rotation at the correct speed for jumping ease and protecting your joints. Crossrope also uses weighted ropes, instead of weighted handles, which means the weight rotates around your body. This is a key difference, because a weighted rope generates more force, requiring your body to use multiple muscle systems (including your core) to stabilize itself. This means a more intense workout. However, you don’t have to be a pro jumper, because the interchangeable system means you can use the right weight for you.
The latest edition of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia shows consumers how to select, prepare, store, and use more than 1,000 familiar and unusual foods to maintain optimum health and heal what ails them. Updated edition includes more than two hundred new entries, a new index featuring home remedies, resources for hard-to-find foods and healthy sidebar recipes throughout. A great library addition for the health and wellness food fan on your list.
12) Gift Card For Healthy Restaurant Or Organic Market : $20-$50.00
Gift cards have long been the Christmas shopping procrastinator’s fallback, but if you’re going to take the easy way out, at least try do it with a health and wellness mindset. If you live here in Orange County and other parts of Southern California, there are more than enough healthy choices when it comes to food. You can use the link above to order gift cards for just about any restaurant in your area. You can even order e-gift cards, bulk & group cards and even personalize your own gift card to send to someone special.
Other Healthy Gift Ideas
When it comes to finding the right gift for the health-conscious, you have more options than you may realize. While the gift ideas listed here are great for last-minute ideas, it is by no means a complete list.
If you’re looking for a healthy-minded gift idea for someone who loves to cook, a gourmet or healthy cooking class is a great idea. Cooking classes are also a great gift idea for couples who may be looking to spend more time together while learning to be more healthy. Meditation courses can also make a great gift for the more spiritually minded, or those looking to become so. Also, be sure to check out last year’s gift list for more ideas.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift idea for someone looking to get healthy or lose weight, a complete health transformation or daily whole food supplement program might be something that could enrich and transform their lives. No better feeling than that as a gift-giver!
If you’re on a budget and looking for an all-natural gift idea that you can make yourself, I found some great ideas here, where you’ll also find easy recipes for stocking stuffers or healthy craft ideas for the kids.
Whatever gift ideas you decide on for Christmas, be sure to remember what the holidays are all about: togetherness, family and loving one another.
Merry Christmas and Have a Balanced New Year! ~Maria
About The Author
Maria Martos is the Executive Director and Founder of the Cancer Support and Education Program, and has been owner of Sagewood Wellness Center for 20 years. As a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Maria specializes in the treatment of severe, chronic or minor pain, as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. She holds a certification in Sports Massage providing her with expertise to evaluate and address athletic injuries and to help professional and recreational athletes improve their athletic performance. Maria is also Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and offers Holistic Counseling, focusing on Integrative Mind-Body Therapy to help individuals uncover and remove unconscious blocks that limit them from living their best lives. She is also a Reiki Master and Teacher, and has worked in the health care field for over 25 years. Her passion and life’s calling is to help others not just survive, but thrive in the face of challenges.