It's the holidays! The most magical time of year is upon us. While that means fun, festivities, and feasts, it can also mean stress—especially if you're lagging behind on holiday gift shopping this year. It's not easy to shop for holiday gifts, especially if you're trying to find the perfect, most meaningful gifts for everyone on your list.
Health-focused gifts may sound boring, but they're surprisingly exciting. They can make meaningful, practical gifts that won't get thrown into the back of the closet after the holidays. Wondering what these can include? Perhaps your loved one is a gym regular, or maybe they value calm and meditation.
Finding health-focused gifts doesn’t need to be intimidating, but we know making the decisions can feel overwhelming. To help you out, our health team put together a list of all of our favorite items. Take a look at some NutriSense dietitian-approved gifts for the holidays.
Know someone who loves reading about health, is focused on mindfulness, loves to track their health goals, or writes down daily affirmations? Pick from one of our favorites here:
In "Why We Get Sick,” scientist Benjamin Bikman, PhD, presents groundbreaking evidence linking major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, to a common root cause—insulin resistance. He also shares easy, practical plans to reverse and prevent this.
If you know a bibliophile who also focuses on their health, a journal to track their progress and take notes may be one of the most thoughtful and encouraging gifts. There are many types to choose from to fit your book lover’s tastes and preferences, including specific ones, like sleep and goal journals with prompts to help guide them. We love the selection here if you’re stumped for ideas!
Affirmation cards usually come in a deck of cards similar to playing cards. On each card is a different positive affirmation to boost your spirits, confidence, and focus for the day. You simply shuffle the deck, draw one out, and then contemplate the affirmation and how it may help you better yourself and your day. We’re partial to this deck because of the gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Micaela Ezra on each card.
If someone on your list is trying to stay fit, lose weight, and is interested in tracking and monitoring their health and fitness, these are some great options:
Want to track and monitor your metabolic health? Start your journey toward metabolic flexibility by using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). With a CGM subscription to NutriSense, you can analyze your body’s response to glucose, then understand the data with the help of a registered dietitian. There's also an innovative app to track your daily activity to see how food, sleep, exercise, and stress impact your glucose. All you have to do is log or import the data into the app, to see the effect on your blood glucose levels as soon as it happens. The subscription also offers helpful advice from a registered dietitian, free for one month.
This is perfect for the gym lover in your life who may want to try out new classes or gym locations. You get access to a range of popular workouts, including everything from boot camps to yoga. With access to boutique fitness studios and the ability to customize the routines to fit personal preferences, we're all hoping to find a ClassPass gift card under the tree this year!
If you haven't heard of The Recoup Cryosphere, you may want to take a look! It combines the benefits of icing and massaging yourself in one product. You can activate the Cryosphere by placing it in the freezer for two hours and then use it for up to six hours for some ice-cold muscle relief. You can use it to accelerate and recover damaged or inflamed muscles and injuries across your entire body. The best part is that it promises to increase blood and lymphatic flow using trigger point myofascial release. So, it may help relieve muscle spasms, stiffness, or joint pain and helps break up scar tissue, and improves lactic acid build-up. We're big fans!
TRX Wall Balls are weighted conditioning balls made to help strengthen your upper body and core using various exercises. TRX makes several different sizes, so consider the weight and fitness level of the person you are giving it to. Even small weights can be used to condition someone already in shape, and they're available in sizes between four and 12 pounds.
Know someone that loves cooking and eating healthy meals? Give them the gift of good food this season by picking from our favorites:
Kombucha is a delicious (we certainly think so!) fermented tea that can benefit your gut health. And giving someone on your list this kit will provide them with a fun, informational way to drink it. This kit sends you everything you need to get started, including detailed instructions for preparation and storage.
This is the perfect gift for the grill master or meat lover in your life. Butcher Box has made it their mission to create a community around raising animals ethically and positively impacting the planet. Their meats are free-range and grass-fed from small farms. Everything is delivered to your door on a schedule of your choosing. You can even customize your box depending on your preferences!
If the foodie in your life doesn’t have a cast-iron skillet, this is a must-have for their kitchen. Cast iron skillets are known for the even heat distribution, beautiful sears on meat and vegetables, and versatility so you can transfer food from the stovetop to the oven for recipes that require multiple cooking methods. You can even bake with them! They're also a great source of iron as some of the iron from the pan will transfer to your food while you cook. There's no dearth of good cast-iron cookware, but we're big fans of this one from Lodge.
Whether you know someone who already practices mindfulness or someone who wants to do so but doesn't know where to start, we've got some great gift ideas here:
Yoloha yoga mats are designed for comfort while keeping the earth in mind. All their mats are made from exceedingly soft and slip-resistant cork. They have antimicrobial surfaces that eliminate bacteria growth and a closed-cell foam bottom that doesn’t absorb moisture or smell. This gift is perfect for the meditator in your life and will also give them a gift for their yoga practice!
Does someone in your life need a little help with their sleep schedule? A sleep app is a perfect gift! Try something like Calm, one of the top-rated apps for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. The app helps you learn about meditation and has content for beginners to advanced meditators. It also provides sleep stories and sounds for better and more restful sleep. There are also masterclasses from mindfulness experts and nature scenes to enjoy. This app has something for everyone looking to quiet their minds.
Like sleep apps, meditation apps can help the people in your life who need a helping hand getting in the right frame of mind. Try a mindfulness app like Headspace. Through science-backed meditation and mindfulness tools, Headspace helps you create life-changing habits to support your mental health. It’s the perfect tool to help your loved one practice meditation and reduce stress.
Do you know someone who needs a little nudge to get out of bed every morning? For the laidback person in your life who loves a little R&R and hates the daily grind, these are the perfect options:
Sunrise alarm clocks are designed to create a better sleeping and waking environment to get better quality rest. It's an artificial light source programmed and customized using an app that will gradually wake you up using your body’s natural biorhythm. You can customize time, light intensity, and alarm sounds. These can be especially helpful for those short winter days when it is harder to get out of bed. You can pick one from a wide variety, but we're partial to this one from Hatch.
What's more perfect for the laidback folks in your life than a relaxing massage? Massages are a wonderful gift to help loved ones reduce stress, pain, tension, and muscle fatigue. They can also boost your immunity and help improve the quality of life for those with chronic diseases. Search for spas around where your loved one lives and give them the gift of a restoring and relaxing massage this holiday season.
Herbal teas are delicious, healthy, and relaxing. Give your loved one a collection of teas this holiday and gift them with quiet moments and delicious scents. This gift will allow them to find peaceful moments by themselves or share them with their family and friends.
We hope that our gift guide helps you shop for every type of health-focused person in your life! Need more ideas? Watch this space for our upcoming guides on holidays foods, holiday health hangovers, and maintaining your mental health during the holiday season. And if you [or a loved one] is interested in keeping track of your dietary health over the holidays, sign up for our CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) or Nutrition Coaching Program. And from all of us here at NutriSense, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season!
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