healthy holiday gift ideas

12 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us once again.

You know what that means- cookies, treats, and heavy, filling foods everywhere you turn. All of the parties and get-togethers you go to will center around food.

What is a person who is trying to stay healthy to do?

Instead of giving boxes of chocolates and popcorn tins as gifts, why not a set a trend in your family or friend’s circle and give a gift that’s a little bit healthier?

Here are a few healthy holiday gift ideas to use this holiday season.

Weighted blanket

I must admit that I am curious about these weighted blankets. I’ve heard a lot of great things about them.

Weighted blankets mimic a feeling of being hugged or swaddled. It appears that this exerts a calming effect on you to help you sleep better and reduce anxiety. They typically weigh about 15 pounds.

There is even research out there that demonstrates their effectiveness.

Find one here.

Essential oils

Essential oils have garnered a lot of attention for their abilities to relieve pain, promote sleep, calm anxiety, and much more.

Aromatherapy is a great way to approach a holistic method to wellness. The evidence is there that it has benefits.

Read about how to get started with essential oils here.

Find an essential oil kit to gift here.

Dinner kit

You’ve probably heard of all different types of home-delivered dinner kits. These kits send you the ingredients to make a set number of recipes on a weekly basis.

My husband and I have been doing a dinner kit for the past six months, and we love it! The recipes are fantastic and easy to follow and not to mention delicious. It takes pressure off of me to plan meals every day.

There are all different types of dinner kits out there whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan, on a budget, whatever.

Popular dinner kits include Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Dinnerly, Marley Spoon, Plated, Purple Carrot, and more.

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is another hot item.

An Instant Pot is a programmable appliance that combines a pressure cooker and a slow cooker.

It can be used not only as a pressure cooker or slow cooker but also a rice maker, steamer, yogurt-maker, and warmer. It also has a steam/saute option.

This little device will help you put dinner on the table fast!

Find it here.

Herb garden

There’s nothing like fresh herbs to use in cooking or as aromatherapy in the home.

Just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy herbs.

Gift an indoor herb garden so your loved one can enjoy their rosemary, parsley, thyme, mint, and basil year-round.

Find one here.

Yoga mat

Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise not to mention a way to meditate and calm your mind.

It’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. If yours is to exercise more and take care of your body, then a new yoga mat is an excellent place to start.

While this brand of yoga mat is pricey, it is excellent quality. Check it out.

Journal

Journaling is an excellent way for people, especially those who struggle with anxiety, to unload emotional burdens.

Keeping a journal might even help your physical health. This study showed that people with chronic heart failure who participated in gratitude journaling had lower inflammation markers over time.

There is another method of journaling known as a Bullet Journal which involves a combination of note-taking, goal-setting, and long-term planning. It’s apparently a good way to get more organized (another New Year’s resolution?).

Find a journal here.

Stainless steel water bottle

Drink more water should be a New Year’s resolution for many people. It’s important to stay hydrated.

A good-quality stainless steel water bottle will cut down on your plastic usage, and you won’t have to worry about chemicals from plastic water bottles leaching into your water.

It will also help keep your drinks cold or hot all day!

Check out this one.

Tea infuser mug

There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s night.

Tea, particularly green tea, is a healthy beverage with healing herbs and antioxidants.

Brewing loose-leaf tea is somewhat of an art form that takes a little bit of know-how and practice. However, it is easy to learn.

Find a tea infuser mug here.

Fitness tracker

Using a fitness tracker like a FitBit or Apple watch is a good way to reach your health-focused New Year’s resolutions.

Fitness trackers, depending on the type, have the ability to track your step count, active minutes, sleep time, and heart rate. You are also able to input your food log and water intake to maintain your daily calorie goals if you are looking to lose weight.

Find them here.

Spiralizer

A spiralizer will help you create healthier food in a snap.

Use the spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, or whatever else you can come up with.

These ‘noodles’ are a healthier and lower-carb alternative to your traditional pasta noodles.

Find one here.

Healthy body care products

Believe it or not, many of the hair, skin, and nail care products you use day in and day out contain harmful chemicals.

These chemicals are known to disrupt your hormones and contribute to certain diseases.

The Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and formaldehyde, among others.

Why not try some healthier, plant-based skin and beauty products? Your body will thank you.

Check some out here.

I hope you enjoyed this list and found some inspiration.

Do you have any healthy holiday gift ideas? Please share in the comments!

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