Looking for a gift that says “I heart health”? Then look no further. Give the gift of good health by making it easy for your friends and family members to make a healthy choice. The ideas below are great for anyone on your “nice” list that deserves a special gift from the (healthy) heart!
Subscription to Health Magazines
A yearlong subscription to some magazines are often very affordable, so why not extend this gift that keeps on giving to someone you love? Some examples include Cooking Light, Runners World, Natural Health, Fit Pregnancy, and Men’s Health.
Indoor Herb Garden
Adding fresh herbs to a healthy, homemade meal will get the family around the dinner table in no time. A few potted herbs like rosemary, bay leaf tree, and oregano are sure to inspire any cook. These herbs are easy to maintain and are used in many traditional fall and winter meals.
When the weather outside is frightful, that’s no excuse to miss a workout. Evolved from the Richard Simmons era of exercise videos, the DVDs available now include high impact aerobics, boot camp training, yoga, Pilates, and everything in between.
An annual gym membership can be expensive, but a three-month pass, or even an exercise class pass, can inspire your loved one to get moving in the new year. This will allow them to try out a facility or a few classes to see if they would like to opt for a longer commitment. Sure enough, they will thank you.
Health and Fitness Apps
Gone are the days where we track our food and workouts on paper. A variety of applications are available to help track of physical activity, count calories, take a meditation break to de-stress, find healthy recipes, manage sleep cycles, and create shopping lists. A few of our favorites are RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, WeightWatchers Mobile, Spark-People, and Epicurious.
Gather up your favorite healthy recipes, and turn them into a recipe book from the heart. Your friends and family will appreciate the thoughtfulness and personal touch behind this gift.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Encourage your loved ones to eat fresh fruits and veggies from your local farms by getting them a membership to a community supported agriculture (CSA). Most CSA programs provide baskets of fresh, seasonal produce that can feed two to four people every week. Prices and selection will vary by farm and season.
Gifts don’t have to be expensive or even purchased for that matter. Make up a handful of coupons that are good for a back rub, a hike in the foothills, and long walk after dinner, or even family game night. The time spent together with a friend or loved one engaging in a healthy activity will be worth more than any store-bought gift.