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Healthy Gift Ideas for Holidays & Special Occasions

Similar gift ideas: Personal training sessions, fitness videos or DVDs, fitness equipment (yoga mat or props, stability ball, resistance bands), gift card to a sporting goods store, workout clothing or socks.

For the Music Lover

iPods are hot items right now that can make a workout more enjoyable. For someone who already has an iPod Nano, the iPod Sport Kit is an affordable accessory for just $29. It has a sensor that goes into any shoe and measures activity (distance, speed, etc.), and then wirelessly transmits the data to the receiver on an iPod Nano. The new iPod Shuffle ($79), which holds 240 songs, is compact, easy to use, and makes an excellent gift for any age. And there's always an iTunes gift card (available online or in a variety of stores), which can be used to legally purchase music, movies, TV shows and podcasts for any iPod or mp3 player.

Similar gift ideas: iPod accessories (such as an arm band that holds the iPod while you exercise), other mp3 players, fitness music CDs, gift card to the Apple or other electronics store, Nike+ apparel or shoes (which coordinate with the iPod Sport Kit).

For the Overworked

Who doesn't like a little stress relief and pampering now and then? Spa treatments can be beneficial for both physical health and mental rejuvenation. Spas offer a variety of services that appeal to different interests and price ranges, from massage to manicures, pedicures to peels. "Specialty" spas are becoming more common, such as those that solely cater to men or pregnant women. Do some research about the spas in your area to find the best fit, whether a gift card so your recipient can choose their service, or a specific treatment.

Similar gift ideas: Bath products (oil, gel, loofah, bath pillow), relaxing music or meditation CDs, aromatherapy candles, facial products (scrubs, peels, moisturizers), cozy bath robe or slippers, towel warmer, massage oils and how-to books, reflexology or acupressure socks/gloves.

For the Giver

There are so many health-related causes that rely on donations to keep their programs going. Instead of giving a gift that will end up collecting dust in a few months, why not give a donation to a charitable organization in someone's honor? Here are some organizations to consider:
  • (American Cancer Society) provides education, research and support for the fight against cancer.
  • is a nonprofit that gives job interview suits to low-income women.
  • (American Heart Association) conducts scientific research, education and programs throughout the U.S. to combat America's #1 killer, heart disease.
  • (Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) may be one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the fight against breast cancer.
  • is a respected nonprofit that diagnoses and treats virtually every complex illness and disease, conducts research, and provides education to the public.
  • (Meals on Wheels Association of America) works to eradicate hunger and malnutrition among America's seniors and other people in need.
  •, of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, provides training for marathoners, triathletes, and cyclists who raise money for the Society.
  • (Trees for the Future) will plant over 400 trees in your name, which offsets years of car emissions, for just $40.
Similar gift ideas: Live tree(s) for planting, store-bought products that benefit a cause (such as pink ribbon items for breast cancer or Red items for AIDS relief), giving holiday gifts in another's name for hospitalized or underprivileged children, other charitable donations for specific causes that are important to your recepient, and bumper stickers or car magnets that bring awareness to a cause. For more charity ideas, visit
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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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