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Healthy Gift Ideas for Holidays & Special Occasions

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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.

Member Comments

    this is a good way, good articles.. love it so much http://www.ayamko thanks.. - 9/22/2014 8:27:00 PM
  • Also, I have read and find it to be true, that having fun with someone and being happy, is a memory treasured, while gifts are easily forgotten. - 9/28/2009 11:50:57 PM
  • I was given a tip that there were easy, quick recipes in Men's Health. I also found great health ideas for my spouse, fun things to do, and easy to hard exercises that I found I could do. So, maybe if a male were to buy himself a subscription, and start working out, easy enough for her, and make it fun (pretend to be having a hard time?), she would be happy to join him. A team effort is always helpful! - 9/28/2009 11:46:09 PM
  • What would be a good gift for the appropriate person - is a gift certificate that could be applied towards various 5K /10K/etc events.. I try to do one a month and while it's for charity and you get a tshirt -the entry fees add up...
    - 12/17/2008 6:54:53 AM
  • Nothing says Honey I think you're FAT than a gym membership.. Unless they asked for it -not exactly a great gift for some folks.. (

    a guy at the customer site I am currently stuck at - bought his wife a pair of workout pants... I joked wiht him when he bought them that she's going to think that he thinks she's fat and needs to workout.. He scoffed... the next day he came in and said how did I know.. (i've never met his wife, however it's fairly common reaction for some women :)
    - 12/17/2008 6:51:22 AM
  • My MIL gave me a gift subscription to Runners World this year for Christmas! I'm so excited about and totally look forward to getting it each month. - 12/8/2008 3:36:16 PM
    Great article! Loved the links to charities! - 2/10/2008 8:09:33 AM
    Two years ago my sister gave me a subscription to Prevention magazine. At first I was offended but then I remembered how I was only telling her how much I needed to get healthy.
    Good news is that I found SparkPeople through Prevention earlier this year. - 12/9/2007 9:53:42 AM
  • This is a good way to tell an out-of-shape relative that s/he needs to take care of his/her health. - 11/27/2007 9:35:09 AM

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