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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Fill Your Wish List with 50 Healthy Gift Ideas

Want to be really motivated to start or continue reaching your health and fitness goals in the new year? Then fill your holiday wish list with gift ideas that will motivate you and make it easier to stay on track. Your friends and family will be happy to encourage your pursuit of health with gifts of fitness equipment, cookbooks or even that cute hoodie you've had your eye on! Here are 50 fun ideas:


Cooking Tools
Lunch Packing Essentials
  • A bento box to inspire you to pack cute, healthy lunches.
  • A freezer pack to keep your food cold on your way to work.
  • A set of packable utensils so you don't have to rummage around in the break room for some plastic ones.
  • An insulated lunch bag to help keep your food fresh.
  • A thermos for when you want to pack hot soup for lunch.

Healthy Gourmet Food
  • A box of heirloom apples you've never tasted.
  • A bottle of fancy extra-virgin olive oil for making fresh salad dressing.
  • Gourmet nut mix for a healthy on-the-go snack.
  • Gourmet jerky to get your protein fix on the run.
  • An assortment of tea for a relaxing treat in the afternoon.

Exercise Equipment
  • A mini trampoline for a fun new way to get in some cardio.
  • A set of kettlebells so you can build muscle and cardiovascular fitness at the same time.
  • An exercise ball that you can use to work out or just engage your core while you sit at your desk.
  • A foam roller to massage sore muscles.
  • A jump rope so you can build strong bones and increase cardiovascular endurance at the same time. Continued ›
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Megan Patrick Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

  • I would add:
    - Resistance bands
    - Chic or cute measuring equipment (like this: http://www.modclo
    easuring-spoons) - 11/29/2014 5:11:30 PM
    Wrap up some magic, some of these things, after awhile, lose their luster, too. - 11/28/2014 11:40:50 AM
  • I want a massage! - 11/12/2014 8:02:18 PM
  • I need a food scale finally! - 11/12/2014 7:40:21 AM
  • Great ideas - 11/12/2014 7:25:52 AM
    I'm on board with all of these suggestions except the one about buying someone a new pair of workout shoes, which are a matter of very precise fit and type for every individual. Better make it a gift certificate to a good running store. - 12/23/2013 9:27:01 AM
  • This list should be added to the "How to Reduce Holiday Stress" article. Brilliant ideas that ticked names right off my list! Thank-you. - 12/3/2013 11:47:23 AM
  • Great ideas! Thank you! - 12/3/2013 9:14:31 AM
  • The article was great. I saved it. - 12/1/2013 6:56:41 PM
  • Deceptively Delicious is a great way to optimize your calories while feeing your kids. My kids don't know they are eating winter squash, cauliflower and broccoli in their favorite foods! - 3/7/2008 8:18:24 AM
  • Nike ipod is great way to track exercise, it's only $30.00 for the tracker which you place in the appropriate running shoe. It talks to your ipod, tracks your distance and all info can be uploaded to the computer. My college aged daughter uses it all the time, I still need to get an ipod. - 1/17/2008 5:58:45 PM
  • Dance dance revolution is the main exercise I've done over the last year (I started with 20 minutes 3 times a week on easy, now I do an hour 5 times a week or more at the second hardest setting), and with that and a healthy diet, I've lost 50 lbs, and become stronger and fitter with more endurance. If there's anyone out there that "hates" exercise because they get bored (like me) it's a great way to spice up a workout routine! - 12/11/2007 7:17:24 PM
  • Good information for some reward ideas, too (gifts to myself!). I like the new look of some of these e-mails we are getting. - 12/5/2007 8:31:46 PM
  • Love the Misto! I have one for olive oil & one for flax oil. Some items I think are missing though-portion control size containers for meals on the go, Fitness Rx Magazine and Kitchen scale. - 12/4/2007 2:01:40 PM
  • Great article. Love the Yoga video as it is from the best series. NO on the apron, but it should come with pearls and high heels. - 12/4/2007 12:09:24 PM

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