Are you still searching for the perfect holiday gifts? This year, why don’t you give your friends and family the gift of health? Giving the gift of health isn’t just practical; it can actually be a lifesaver. Here is a list of the top eight expert rated choices:
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Organic fruits and vegetables are often pricey and end up being one of the first things to be cut from the family budget when times are tight. Even non-organic fruit can seem expensive these days, so consider a monthly shipment of produce or other healthy treats. Also, gift baskets filled with fresh fruits are an excellent, healthy choice.
- Fitness Club Membership. Get a gym membership for a friend or family member who enjoys working out. To find out information about local clubs, search by city and state on healthclubs.com. Some gyms even offer gift cards to apply towards membership fees.
- Yoga clothing or classes. How about the gift of inner peace? Yoga helps with stress, flexibility and blood flow. It’s one of those forms of exercise that not only works your body, but also works your mind, your soul and your spirit. The cost for a yoga class averages about $10 to $20 for a 90-minute class.
- Massage. After a stressful day, a massage can reduce stress, improve blood flow and increase flexibility. Plan to pay $45 to $75 an hour in most places. Most massage therapists sell gift certificates or gift cards year round.
- Exercise Shoes or Clothing. Shoes are vital to ensuring a good walk or run. You need to have comfortable shoes that have good foot support. Proper work out gear, that’s comfortable is also an important part of exercise. If you don’t know their size, you can always buy them a gift certificate to a good sports supply store.
- Electric Toothbrush for the Kiddies. Combining good oral hygiene and cool technology, an electric toothbrush is a great gift to ensure a child’s oral health. Kids are more likely to brush with an electric toothbrush because it’s a fun gadget. Plus they come in many different colors and themes.
- Health Monitoring Gadgets. Even though buying someone a bathroom scale might be a bit insulting, high-tech at-home self-test kits such as a blood-pressure monitor could be just the ticket. Eighty million Americans have high blood pressure, and only a third of them have it under control. Having the proper tools to ensure good health is an excellent gift to give.
- Wellness Books. Books on wellness or natural preventative treatments are excellent gift options. Also, cookbooks such as “Good Food That’s Good for You,” or the “Healthy Heart Cookbook,” are great choices.
So this year give the gift of health. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and can last a lifetime.