Healthy Gift Ideas for Black Friday

Shopping on Black Friday takes guts! To get your “screaming deal,” you need to brave the early morning, huge crowds, and shoppers that are prepared to engage in hand-to-hand combat to save 40% on socks. But you do it because you care about the people your shopping for, and landing that perfect gift is worth the fight.

Since you’re shopping for the people you care most about, think about investing in a gift that will improve their health. Not only will they love it, but if you go healthy, you’ll help to keep them happy and healthy for years to come. To get the ball rolling, we asked our Boise Wellness Consultant, Suzie, for a few healthy gift ideas. Here are some healthy gift ideas from a wellness pro:

“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!


Exercise DVD’s– when the weather outside is frightful, that is no excuse to miss a workout. Evolved from the Richard Simmon’s era of exercise videos, the DVD’s now available include high impact aerobics, boot camp training, yoga, Pilates and everything in between.

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, Men’s Health. For more ideas click here.

Gym Membership– an annual gym membership can be expensive, but a 3 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.

Fitness Devices-Fitness devices can help you track steps, mileage, sleeping patterns, calorie intake, and much more. They can serve as a coach, a motivator, or your own personal computer. A few devices are: Up by Jawbone, the Fitbit, GPS Running Watch, Body Media, and the Body Bug. Click here to see a list of effective fitness devices.

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 keep track of physical activity, count calories, take a mediation break to de-stress, find healthy recipes, manage sleep cycles and create shopping lists. A few of our favorites are: RunKeeper, MyfitnessPal, WeightWatchers Mobile, Sparkpeople, and Epicurious. To find your favorite click here.

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.

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 CSA.  A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture.  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. To find a CSA near you click here.

Health Coupons– 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 other store-bought gift.

Recipe Book- 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.”

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