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10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day


Father's Day is quickly approaching, so you might be thinking about ways to recognize the special dad in your life.  Fitness-related gifts can be a unique option to the traditional tie or coffee mug.  Whether you have $1 or $100 (or more) to spend this year, consider getting dad something that he can enjoy while benefitting his health at the same time!
Posted 6/2/2014  5:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 1 comments   14,305 views
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This Season's 7 Hottest Healthy Gifts


If there's ever a time to wish for an extra hour (or six) in the day, it's during the holidays. In addition to our normal work, family, and home obligations, we have all those seasonal responsibilities. That can leave very little time for yourself--and lead to excess stress that can interfere with your ability to reach your goals. To help streamline your shopping experience this year--which means more "you" time for healthy habits--we're sharing some of our favorite healthy gifts of the season. We think anyone would love unwrapping one of these!
Posted 12/5/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 15 comments   10,560 views
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A Dozen Fit, Healthy & Affordable Stocking Stuffers


Do you have holidays on the brain? How about holiday shopping? You're not alone! I love thinking of new, personal and creative gifts to give to others. Usually it takes all the willpower I have to not give gifts early. I just get so excited! And OK, I won't lie…I don't mind receiving gifts from my own wish list either.

If you're looking for a small, but thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one (or even for yourself), I've rounded up a dozen of my favorite healthy products that won't break the bank (and will even fit into your stocking). 
Posted 12/5/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 43 comments   38,420 views
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Must-Haves for Your Holiday Wish List (All Under $20!)


Stumped about what to put on your holiday wish list this year? Here are some great gift ideas that will help you along on your healthy living journey—all for under $20!








 

Stability Ball
If you're looking to build a home gym, a stability ball is a great place to start! Check out this video for tips on how to use it.

 

 




Contigo 16-Ounce Double Wall Insulated Tumbler
This tumbler has a heavy-duty seal that prevents spills and keeps your hot drinks hot for hours. (I have one and use it nearly every day. Even three hours after pouring, my coffee is still toasty!)


Your knives probably need a little love after all the use they've gotten over the holidays! This knife sharpener is safe, compact, and super effective.
Posted 11/20/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 26 comments   18,342 views
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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Ideas for Everyone!


The holiday gift buying season is in full swing. Make life easier, and loved ones' lives healthier, with our healthy gift picks.

Our friends at Remedy's HealthCommunities.com share their best healthy finds for everyone in your life.
Posted 12/16/2011  10:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 10 comments   11,895 views
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Poll: Do You Make Your Own Holiday Gifts?


This time of year can be a mixture of fun and frustration.  When it comes to gifts, we all have those hard-to-buy-for people in our lives and the friend or family member who doesn’t give you any ideas.  If there is something they want or need, they just buy it themselves.  I have a few of those people on my gift list, and I always struggle with what to do for them.  I want them to know they are an important part of my life, but I’m not going to buy them something random just so that they have something to open.  This year, I’ve decided to make gifts for some of them.
Posted 12/16/2011  8:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 30 comments   8,270 views
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10 Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen


As a mother of three kids, my circle of fellow parents, new friends, and my kids' teachers is really growing fast. This year, I'm trying to find simple gifts that will express my appreciation, share my commitment to health and wellness, and yet won't break the bank. I've gathered some of my all-time favorite simple homemade gifts below that will look beautiful, while creating fun memories in the kitchen with your loved ones. 
Posted 12/14/2011  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 9 comments   11,107 views
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I'm Thankful for the Gift of Health


Iíve decided to make it an annual tradition to blog about what Iím thankful for at this time of the year. I feel like I do a pretty good job of being thankful year-round for a lot of things in my life: my family, my friends, a stable job that I enjoy, etc. But my health is something I easily take for granted.
Posted 11/23/2010  2:08:45 PM By: Jen Mueller : 59 comments   14,018 views
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Poll: Did You Ask for Any Healthy Holiday Gifts?


Many of us have gift-giving on the brain right now, whether you're done shopping or still have some items you want to pick up, or you're wondering what gifts you might receive yourself!

I enjoy giving gifts to others, especially homemade ones. Most of the time, there are not many items on my own wish list, but with my newfound love of running, I am realizing that I need a lot more "stuff"óespecially now that it's colder and darker outside. Healthy new gadgets are always on my radar, especially since I'm always trying to learn new cooking skills or exercise ideas.

This led me to wonder: What healthy holiday gifts did you ask for this year?
Posted 12/23/2009  6:25:21 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 378 comments   14,189 views
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When It Comes To Holiday Gifts, Don't Forget About Yourself!


If you're like me, you've got a Christmas shopping list that you're slowly chipping away at as the 25th approaches. My planner has a list names with notes next to each one- what I've gotten already, what I still need to get, and a few with question marks (which means I have no clue what to get them.) But one person that's missing from the list is myself. It's easy to get so busy that we forget that we deserve a treat now and then, too.
Posted 12/18/2009  6:14:30 AM By: Jen Mueller : 69 comments   12,232 views
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Save 10% on Fruit and Flower Gifts for the Holidays!


Is your holiday gift list growing by the minute while your free time is dwindling before your eyes? We hear you. Online ordering is one way to cut down on holiday shopping stress, and now the SparkPeople Store offers several new gifts that you can buy for your friends and loved ones this season!
Posted 11/20/2009  6:36:09 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 15 comments   7,107 views
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Healthy, Homemade Gifts: Vision Collage


Here at SparkPeople, we're big fans of vision collages. What's a vision collage?

A vision collage is a collection of photos, magazine pages, words, or anything else that you can use to help visualize your goals.

Why would you give one as a gift?
Posted 12/14/2008  3:56:18 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 52 comments   4,733 views
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Gift-Giving: Is It Really the Thought That Counts?


Have you ever had one of those awkward moments where the gift you gave didnít compare very well to the one you got?

Maybe your gift was a lot cheaper than the one you got, or vice-versa. Or the present you gave was very nice, but pretty impersonal, while the gift you got was obviously selected with a lot of care and thought.

I can still vividly remember quite a few times when a gift I thought was pretty cool got me in the doghouse, for reasons I didn't understand. Maybe this happens to men more often than women, but it definitely takes a lot of the fun out of gift giving for everyone.

If you have a few of these bad experiences in your gift-giving history, the upcoming holidays might be a real source of anxiety and trepidation. Are you going to blow it again? How do you figure out what gift to give? You canít go overboard just to make sure your present is the best, because that will make the other person just as uncomfortable as you are when your gift is the ďinferiorĒ one. Somehow, you have to figure out how to get it just right, and that can be pretty stressful.

Sure, people may say ďitís the thought that counts,Ē and act like itís no big deal when a gift comes up a bit flat. And usually, thatís what we actually want to believe.

But obviously this is one of those situations where our thoughts and our feelings arenít playing by the same rules. Mismatched gifts often do make people uncomfortable. Whatís going on here?
Posted 12/9/2008  7:00:00 PM By: Dean Anderson : 102 comments   5,831 views
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