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  • Another great gift idea in the healthy gift category is something called Yonanas, which makes banana-based frozen treats. I was skeptical, but the end-product is delicious and healthy. A sweet way to get your potassium on :)

    From Donna Brown
    December 13, 2012

  • Thanks for sharing, Donna! Those sound delicious!

    From Alicea
    December 14, 2012

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas for 2012

The holidays are quickly approaching and you still have some shopping to do. What better way to share your healthy habits with others than by buying healthy gifts this year. Whether your loved one need to focus on fitness, nutrition, SELF or all three, here are a few healthy gift ideas for everyone (even yourself).

Fitness

  • iPod Armband: iPod armbands are inexpensive and very useful, obviously making them perfect for gifts! You can also shop around for other iPod fitness accessories such as a heart rate monitor, wifi scale, headphones or even a dock to jam out while cooking healthy meals at home.
  • GoPro Camera: This gift is great for your friend who loves adventure.  This nifty camera can be mounted and worn on a helmet to capture angles you never would have thought to capture. Zip lining, skiing, mountain climbing… GoPro is definitely the best way to share your experience with others.
  • Head Lamp: Nightfall comes sooner than we’d like these days. Don’t let a little dark stop your friend from enjoying their afternoon walk, run or bike ride.
  • Workout Bag: A workout bag is the perfect gift for someone on the go. You can shop around and find bags in all shapes and colors. I’d suggest getting one with a strap so it’s easy to carry around and one with a couple compartments or pockets that can hold deodorant and other toiletries.

Nutrition

  • Food Processor: Food processors make slicing vegetables easy and can save a lot of time.
  • Tupperware: We all have that stack of random containers and lids that never seem to match up right. Buy your friend a fresh set of Tupperware so he/she can prepare healthy meals ahead of time.
  • Ice Cream Maker: If your friend loves sweets, an ice cream maker may be the way to go. There are healthy versions of homemade ice cream all over the internet (even right here on H3Daily!). When making your own ice cream you know exactly what you’re eating making it easier to cut back on calories.
  • Air Popcorn Popper: An air popcorn maker is great for your friend who can’t get enough salt. Air popcorn has fewer calories because it’s not cooked oil. Just sprinkle your freshly made popcorn lightly with salt and you have a delicious snack.
  • Portion Controlled Dishware: If you’ve attended Bob Wright’s Portion Control lecture, you know all about the sneaky ways calories seem to find their way to your plate. Slimware offers unique designs to suite all personalities.

SELF

  • Foam Roller: Instead of giving your friend a gift certificate for a massage they’re too busy to schedule, buy him/her a foam roller. Foam rollers simulate a deep tissue massage but can be done alone and in the comfort of your own home.
  • Infuser Mug: Tea is believed to improve health in several ways including boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Many also feel that there’s no better way to relax than with a nice cup of tea. Tea mugs with built in infusers are becoming very popular, are inexpensive and can be found at many retailers.
  • Health Book or Magazine: Rest your eyes from the screen for an hour with a health book or magazine. Find out what your friend enjoys reading about and buy them a book or subscription on the topic.
  •  Music: Buy your friend that CD they’ve been wanting or add a personal touch by creating a disk with all their favorite songs. Whether fast or slow, music seems to brighten everyone’s mood.

For more gift ideas, check out some of these posts:

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas for Cooks

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