The 9 Best Weight Loss Gifts

Weight Loss Gift Ideas for Every Budget

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Do you need a present for someone in your life who is trying to lose weight? Weight loss gifts can be hard to find. Some healthy gifts may offend your friend or family member and others might actually make the weight loss process harder. So how do you stay out of the dog house? Use these gift ideas for dieters, exercisers and healthy eaters.

9 Weight Loss Gift Ideas

If you're not yet sure what to buy your loved one, the best way to start is by asking questions. This may sound like an obvious step, but weight loss gifts can be especially challenging. For example, some dieters really want a new bathroom scale to measure their progress and others will be completely offended. The only way to know is to ask.

To inspire your gift search, check out these ideas. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great gift for a dieter or new exerciser. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes, the best gift for a dieter is your love and support.

Activity Tracker ​

Whether your loved one is trying to lose weight or simply trying to improve his or her health, a fitness tracker will help them reach their goals.  And you don't even need to spend a lot of money to get one. There are dozens of brands on the market at every price point. For example, if it's Mother's Day, check out the female-friendly Fitbit Versa that not only tracks fitness and diet data, but also helps women manage their cycle. If it's Father's Day, the Adidas Edition Ionic comes with unique training benefits to make the man in your life happy. On a budget? The Moov tracker is super simple and ultra light—a smart gift for buyers on a budget. If the dieter in your life already has a tracker, consider getting a new wristband. Most replacement wrist bands retail for under $50 and allow your loved to personalize their look to make the most of their device.

Metabolic Test

If your loved one has been counting calories, exercising and not seeing results, a metabolic test might be helpful. Many health clubs offer this testing service along with personalized recommendations for caloric intake and exercise training. The test helps people trying to lose weight pinpoint specific heart rate zones that are more effective for burning fat. 

The tests may cost $75 or more to perform, but many health clubs offer the test as an introductory service when you sign up for training. If you are not a member of a health club, check out your local community college or university. The Exercise Physiology departments of many schools do metabolic testing in clinics for a fee. 

Personal Trainer 

A few sessions with a fitness trainer might be just what your loved one needs to revamp his or her workout program and get results. Seek out a trainer that is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Before signing a contract with the trainer, give your friend or family member a chance to meet with the trainer and discuss goals. Not every trainer is qualified to help with weight loss. If diet is a big part of your loved one's program (and it should be if weight loss is the goal) then hiring a trainer with a nutritional background will be helpful. 

Fees for a trainer vary greatly depending on your area and the trainer's credentials. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to over $200 per hour in some locations. But you'll usually get a break in price if you buy more than one session.

If exercise is not yet a part of the program, an appointment with a registered dietitian may boost weight loss progress. An RD can help him or her to design meal plans according to food preferences, lifestyle, and schedule. 

Spa Service 

If a diet and exercise related weight loss gift won’t sit well with your special person, consider getting them a massage, a facial or haircut at the local spa. Men and women alike will enjoy the experience of being pampered and de-stressed.

In fact, services like a massage or a facial can even help to boost weight loss progress by giving a dieter a more positive mindset and motivation. If you don't have a full service spa in your area, check out apps like Zeel massage on demand. The app lets you set up appointments in your home or in a location that feels comfortable for your loved one. 

Again, your particular area will determine the price you'll pay for a spa service. But keep in mind that there are many different options. A less expensive service like a pedicure (usually $25-$50) makes a great gift for women and men. Who doesn't love a great food massage?

Stylist Appointment 

Has your loved one lost a significant amount of weight? If so, ask your local department store if they provide personal shopping services. A personal style session makes a great weight loss gift.

Make an appointment for your gift recipient to spend an hour or two finding a new wardrobe for their svelte new physique. You might even be able to find clothing that helps your loved one lose more weight.

Bathroom Smart Scale

Smart dieters and exercisers pay more attention to body composition than weight. A bathroom body fat scale will provide both numbers. This can be a tricky gift to give, however. Not every dieter will respond well to receiving a scale as a gift. You may want to drop hints or ask a friend to inquire before you invest in this option. Smart scales that pair with activity trackers, like the Polar Balance and Fitbit Aria 2, are likely to be more expensive. However, you can find smartly designed scales by brands like Taylor for under $40.

Digital Scale for the Kitchen

A kitchen scale is also a smart weight loss gift if you are looking for a less expensive option. A counter-top device makes planning and preparing calorie-controlled meals super simple and easy. You'll find plenty of brands available at your local home goods store for $40 or less.

Weight Loss Journal

On a budget? Almost every health coach and weight loss expert recommends keeping a weight loss journal during the dieting process. Keeping a journal helps your loved one track emotional, environmental, and physical barriers that stand in the way of weight loss success.

An inexpensive journal makes a lovely and inexpensive weight loss gift. You can even have fun and get creative. Get a set of colored pens or pencils, stickers, and other decorating tools so your loved one is inspired to journal every day. 

Exercise Apparel 

Working out is easier when you are confident and comfortable. Ask other friends or family members to find out which brands your loved one prefers and invest in a few pieces of comfy clothing. Keep in mind, however, that the brands you love may not be the best for someone trying to lose weight.

There are certain brands like Brooks, RYU, Lane Bryant, and Always for Me that make workout clothes especially for larger bodies. 

A Word From Verywell

Fitness gear, kitchen tools, journal supplies and tech gadgets all make fantastic weight loss gifts. But remember that the best source of gift ideas may be your loved one. The dieter or exerciser in your life may provide the best advice. So ask questions and listen for hints to find the best weight loss gift for the dieter in your life.

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