Healthy Gifts—10 Creative Ideas that Boost Wellness

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Looking for healthy gifts that boost wellness and won't bust your budget? No matter how much money you have to spend, there are creative and healthy gift ideas that will let your loved ones know that you support their nutrition and exercise habits. First, decide on a budget, then scan this list to see which choices your loved one will appreciate most.

10 Healthy Gift Ideas and Tips

Before you head to the store or shop online for healthy gifts, make sure that your loved one actually wants one. Sometimes a diet- or exercise-related gift can send the wrong message. Ask friends or coworkers (or simply ask your loved one directly) to make sure that your gift won't offend them.

Coaching App for Smartphones

You may not be able to afford to give your loved one a personal trainer to coach them through daily workouts, but you can probably afford an app that does the same thing. If your friend or family member is a runner (or hopes to become one) consider giving Charge, a running app that provides both live coaching, motivation, and a library of workouts.

The Charge app costs under $10 per month or about $85 per year. There are other apps and online services that provide a range of workouts at a variety of price points.

Sport-Specific Shoes

Unfortunately, many exercisers wear the wrong kind of shoes for their workouts. And other athletes don't change out their shoes often enough to maintain optimal foot health. Podiatric physician Jacqueline Sutera, DPM explains that you can tell if your shoes need replacing by placing them on a table and checking for wear in the heel area.

You'll do your loved one a favor by giving them new shoes for their chosen sport. These two brands make shoes that come in a range of widths and styles to accommodate different needs:

You might also consider a walkable cycling shoe that provides precision comfort and a lightweight feel. Try the FlyteFoam technology built into Asics running shoes.

If your friend or family member participates in sports and other physical activities, check out shoes by Ryka, Vionic, and HOKA ONE ONE that are designed to keep feet feeling great.

Destination Fitness Experience

If you've got a budget that allows for a more indulgent gift, consider gifting an active vacation. Find a marathon or running race in a tropical destination like Jamaica or an event by Vacation Races in a national park. Then book a hotel and gift a few Skyhours to help your loved one cover the cost of travel.

Cookbooks

If your loved one has decided to change their eating habits, a good cookbook may be one of the best gifts you can give. Books provide nutritional guidance and can encourage readers to eat new and interesting foods. When you buy the book, think about how your loved one might use it.

Sometimes, an e-reader version is best if your loved one is tech-savvy. But others prefer keeping a hard copy in their kitchen or workspace.

If you're looking for something more experiential, check out classes at your local cooking store. Many classes cover specific techniques like healthy grilling, meal preparation, or soups and stews.

Kitchen Tools

Eating right is so much easier when you can prepare healthy meals at home. But for many busy people, cooking takes too much time. There are handy kitchen tools, however, that make healthy meal preparation a snap. 

A small kitchen grill, for example, is the perfect gift for someone who doesn't have space for an outdoor grill. If your loved one likes to make healthy smoothies, then a high-quality blender can make a great gift. 

On a budget? A small, inexpensive kitchen scale usually costs less than $30. ​Slow cookers and air fryers are popular healthy cooking gadgets as well.

Meal Prep Set

If the person in your life likes to prepare meals in advance, then an inexpensive meal prep set will be greatly appreciated. You'll find many affordable options made in glass and in plastic by different brands to help your loved one get and stay organized in the kitchen. For instance, the two-compartment glass meal prep containers by Prep Naturals retail for about $30.

Water Bottle

Water bottle technology has made this gift (almost) a luxury item. Water bottles by brands like S'well can retail for nearly $50 or more. Other popular brands include Contigo, Klean Kanteen, and bkr for bottles made out of glass, plastic, or stainless steel.

Indoor Bike Trainer

If the athlete in your life loves spin class or outdoor riding but can't always find time to get in the saddle, consider giving an indoor bike trainer. These convenient fold-up devices allow you to ride your outdoor bike inside at your convenience.

Trainers can range from about $150 to $300 or more by brands like CycleOps or Blackburn. But they are far less expensive than many of the home spin bikes on the market.

Meal Delivery Service

If cooking at home isn't convenient, perhaps the person in your life would appreciate a meal delivery service. If you want to choose the best meal delivery service, you'll need to ask questions and gather information. But most popular food delivery plans make eating a nutritious diet simple and more effective.

Keep in mind that many meal delivery services require a monthly sign-up commitment in order to get free delivery, so be sure to read the fine print before you buy.

Fitness Tracker

The best activity tracker or fitness monitors function more like a smartwatch and less like a workout tool. Devices usually track calories burned, daily steps, and other metrics that can make healthy living more simple such as heart rate zones, sleep quality, and even hormonal cycles. Others help monitor posture or stress levels throughout the day.

  • Garmin devices tend to be popular with multisport athletes.
  • Fitbit's Charge 4 provides a sleek, sporty, but customizable design, while the Versa 2 syncs to Pandora channels or other music without the hassle of carrying a phone. It also has a removable band so that you can customize the look of the watch with different styles.
  • Polar includes the watch-style waterproof Ignite with on-board GPS.

Check out all the options before you invest. Consider whether or not your loved one will want to wear it while swimming or bathing, and the different downloadable apps that they might use.

Mind-Body Services

If you prefer to give an experience rather than a wrapped item, consider giving a massage or meditational experience. There is some evidence that services like these may help promote weight loss, decrease blood pressure, and provide other health benefits.

Not sure which experience would be most appreciated? A spa gift certificate allows your loved one to choose their own treatment or service. Or apps like Zeel allow you to arrange for a massage therapist to come to their home.

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