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Healthy Gift Ideas for Holidays & Special Occasions

With the holidays approaching, you've probably got gift-giving on your mind. Stumped over what to get Uncle Joe or Mary, your college roommate? If your friend or family member has expressed interest in getting healthy or already has an established fitness routine, then a health-related gift might be perfect for her! Here are some ideas to get you started:

For the Reader

Health-related magazine subscriptions offer lots of options when considering a title to best fit your recipient's needs and interests. Many magazines promote subscription deals at this time of year, so be on the lookout for those. A typical magazine subscription will cost between $10 and $25 for a year. If you're a current subscriber, often you can purchase a gift subscription for someone else at a substantial discount. Here are some popular magazines to consider:
  • Body + Soul focuses on total wellness—healthy home, inner growth, natural living and balance. The publisher offers discounted gift subscriptions with the purchase of another subscription.
  • Men's Health is a man's guide to weight-loss, muscle building, health and relationships.
  • Prevention provides information about getting fit, losing weight and living a healthier life. This magazine appeals to a wide range of ages and also offers gift subscription discounts.
  • Self covers a wide range of topics for women, including nutrition, fitness, living well, and goal-setting. The publisher often offers a "buy one get one free" gift subscription for the holidays.
Similar gift ideas: Health, nutrition and fitness books (check out our Healthy Family Book Reviews), healthy cookbooks, health-themed calendars (daily, weekly, or monthly).

For the Fitness Enthusiast

Many health clubs offer short-term gym memberships (one or three months) that give someone a chance to try out the facility and see if they like it. A gift like this is easier on your wallet than a yearlong membership, and may give that special person the motivation he needs to achieve his fitness goals.

Some gyms also sell passes to fitness classes that do not require gym membership. If your giftee prefers a step class over the treadmill, consider buying her a package of fitness classes at a local gym. Also check out specialty clubs (such as Pilates, Spinning or yoga studios) and their class options. For example, if you and your husband have wanted to try Spinning, buy a few classes for both of you to enjoy together.
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About The Author

Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

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