It is coming close to the holiday season which means it is time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. While you can spend your money on digital gifts and sweets, this year think about promoting a healthier lifestyle to the people that you love by buying healthy holiday gifts. These gifts will not only entertain the people on your shopping list, but they will also encourage them to be more active and to live a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy Cooking Gifts
Healthy eating is one part of living a healthy life. If there are people on your shopping list who either need a little help to cook healthier food then consider putting together a gift package or gift basket that contains items like a cookbook that is designed for quick and easy healthy meals, healthy cooking sprays and ingredients or healthy cooking/baking mixes. For the gourmets on your shopping list consider giving them a gift of a new cookbook for healthy gourmet meals or a gift certificate for bison, which is much leaner than beef. How about a cooking class at a local health food store!
Healthy Game Gifts
If you are shopping for kids then look for games that will get them moving. Wii interactive games are very popular this holiday season. There are a lot of these games that you can choose from, including yogo games, aerobic games and other sports games. If you want to give a low tech game consider timed honored classics like Twister, which involves stretching, balancing and isometric holds.
Healthy Romantic Gifts
If you have a special someone in your life, such as a spouse or significant other, then you need to focus on getting them a gift that is romantic and that also promotes a healthy lifestyle.
One idea is to put together a romantic massage gift basket full of massage tools and oils. This gift can also include a masseuse (you). Another romantic gift idea is a certificate to a spa for a day of pampering. This makes a great gift because taking time out of your business schedule to relax helps to minimize stress and improve the strength of your immune system.
If your senior is homebound, then have a massage therapist come to their home. We did this on year for my 95 year old Aunt and she loved it. The massage was gentle and relating.
Healthy Gifts for You
When people ask you what you would like this year for the holidays provide them with examples of healthy gifts like a low fat cookbook, exercise class at your senior center, or a piece of exercise equipment. How about you giving coupons to your adult children to babysit for your grandchildren.
A person’s time is just as valuable as a physical gift, in fact it is even more valuable, and your children will have a healthy escape from the routine and stress of their young family. This year give yourself and your loved ones the gift of health, and help reduce everyone’s vulnerability to illnesses and injuries that will require extensive long term care.
There are so many gift ideas that you can give seniors or they could give their family. The most importnat thing is that you don’t have to go overboard and spend a lot of money.
This year, as a family, we are giving a donation to a charity. We all feel so good about this decision – certainly feeling good is a great healthy choice.