HEALTHFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
Holiday shopping for friends or family members who are trying to get healthy is a great opportunity to show them a little support in their long, often challenging journey. Here are several gift ideas to help loved ones get and stay healthy in 2012.
Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club Membership – We all know fruit is an important part of any healthy diet, so why not give the gift of fresh seasonal fruit for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. It’s a wonderful gift that your health minded friends will appreciate. Prices range from $69.95 – $317.95 with free delivery. If you are on tighter budget, check out the Pears and Apple Gift Box for just $29.95. www.harryanddavid.com
Sodastream Home Soda Maker – These amazing machines allow you to make carbonated plain or flavored water and soft drinks in less than 30 seconds. I absolutely love mine. Not only do I drink a lot more water with the carbonation and calorie free flavors, I feel like I’m a making a small difference in the environment every day by decreasing my use of plastic water bottles. Prices start at $79.95. Check them out at www.sodastreamusa.com or find them at retailers like Bed, Bath & Beyond.
America’s Best Organics Healthful & Delicious Gift Basket – I personally designed this basket and chose to include organic, healthful products that were really unique and could easily be worked in to a healthful diet. The basket includes GoNaturally Organic cherry hard candy with real fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on calories, Theo’s antioxidant rich dark chocolate and coffee bar for a tasty treat, Colorado Mountain Jam’s heavenly Organic Apple Pie Jam for a delicious topping on whole grain toast, Grizzlies Organic Curry Cashew Trail Mix for a healthful, anti-oxidant rich snack (in controlled portions), and naturally stimulating Runa Amazon Guayusa Spice with hints of cinnamon and lemongrass for an energizing and delicious boost. All the products come in a beautiful box for just $37.75 http://www.americasbestorganics.com/organic-healthy-and-delicious-gift-basket
Fitbook™ Food and Exercise Journal – I’ve talked about the importance of keeping a food and exercise journal on numerous occasion. Research shows that it can double your weight loss success, and it’s also a great way to track your progress and continue to make progress. The Fitbook is very comprehensive. It not only tracks food and exercise, it also allows you to plan ahead, track goals, log your sleep, measurements, rate workouts, and even track your mood after eating. For $22.95, it makes a great stocking stuffer for someone who is watching their weight. And it even comes in a Fitbook Junior version that teaches kids to live active and healthy lifestyles. www.getfitbook.com
Xbox 360 + Kinect – If you want to get the entire family more active, this is a great gift idea. Kids love video games, so why not give them an active game that the whole family can enjoy. You can also use it to watch movies, listen to music, watch TV and play games with people around the world. I’m a big fan of the full body gaming feature, a controller-free system that responds to how you move. It’s a terrific way to get everyone in the family off the couch. Games like Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 can help get you in shape without having to deal with a crowded gym, and games like Dance Central can get your kids excited about being more active. Prices vary by retailer. The system can be found on Amazon for about $295. Learn more about it at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/
A Bottle of Red Wine – Red wine is loaded with heart healthy anti-oxidants, and alcohol in moderation has not been associated with weight gain, so why not give a special bottle of wine this holiday season. Here are two limited edition bottles that could make a unique and healthful gift.
Clos du Bois & Banana Republic – With stylish labels designed by the BR artists and an affordable price point of $16.99 and $19.99, these classic varietals (Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon) are sure to please any hostess this holiday season. *Plus the back of the bottle has a QR code to download a festival holiday sound track! www.closdubois.com
Marilyn Merlot – The special silk screened 25th Silver Anniversary bottling will add a little glamour to your life and toast Marilyn Monroe. This year marked the 50th Anniversary of her death and the debut of Simon Curtis’ much anticipated “My Week with Marilyn.” The film stars Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as the 1950s sex symbol and is based on the week in 1956 that British writer Colin Clark worked as Monroe’s assistant. www.marilymerlot.com
A New Exercise DVD – If the X-Box Kinect is out of your budget, you can still help your friend or family member get excited about getting fit in 2012 with a new exercise DVD. If they love to dance, Zumba® has a terrific DVD set, Exhilarate, that includes 8 DVDs including a rush 20-minute workout, a Ripped body sculping DVD, and even a set of one pound toning sticks. I’m also fan of piloxing, a celebrity favorite high energy workout that combines yoga and boxing. The creator, Viveca Jensen, can get even the biggest couch potato motivated with her DVD.