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Healthy Gift Ideas That Show You Care
This year has shown us just how important and fragile our health is, and how grateful we need to be for good health when we have it! The upcoming holiday season is the perfect opportunity to share this gratitude and to take care of each other by encouraging wellness and wellbeing for our loved ones.
Here are some ideas for gifts that will keep friends and family healthy and happy.
Healthy Meal Kit Service
If you know someone whose extremely busy schedule leaves them relying on takeout or processed foods that hurt both their health and their wallet, there’s no better gift than a meal subscription service. There are a ton of great options right now that take the stress out of eating healthy. From dinner prep with easy recipes by Hello Fresh, to ready-made meals from Freshly, there is a wide variety of subscription services out there that lets you choose what’s best for your loved one. There are even plant-based options like Purple Carrot for the vegetarians in your life.
Tea (that is, natural herbal tea) is chock-full of health benefits. Green, black, white and oolong teas specifically are full of antioxidants called flavonoids that protect against free radicals that can damage DNA and lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. For loose leaf lovers, Simple Loose Leaf is a great choice as it introduces subscribers to a wide variety of uncommon teas that they can blend themselves. Tea Drops offers only organic teas without wasteful packaging, and also gives back clean water to people in need, making it a great option for the eco-conscious and socially minded. A Dollar Tea Club subscription makes a great stocking stuffer, with three samples every month for just $1/month.
Foot health is extremely important. Without it, it’s not easy to be physically active! It’s even more important for those in your life who spend all day on their feet. Shoes must fit properly and provide adequate support through a low, broad heel and a thin, flexible sole. Choosing shoes that are both comfortable and slip-resistant is also important for anyone who works as a nurse, food service worker, or teacher. Dansko is well-known for their professional clogs, and Hoka One One, specifically their Bondi 6 model, has been rated one of the most comfortable sneakers. Make sure to choose shoes with a flexible return policy in case they don’t fit perfectly!
Speaking of the importance of healthy feet, a foot massager is a perfect gift for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Both practical and luxurious, they provide an easy way for your loved ones to indulge in self-care. According to The Strategist, the best-rated foot massager is the heated RENPHO. Some more affordable options include the Naipo and the Belmint Shiatsu.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If you’re reading this, you should be wearing glasses that block blue light. Odds are, your loved one needs a pair, too. Eyewear that blocks or filters the high-energy blue light digital screens emit is said to reduce eyestrain. Although medical studies are still divided on their efficacy, reviews from users of these glasses recount reduced strain, blurred vision, fatigue, and an ability to work for longer hours.
Gift Card for Virtual Workout Classes
If you know someone who misses their weekly workout classes, why not get them a gift card to their favorite local studio? Many pilates, yoga, and spin studios are offering virtual classes that provide more motivation than a self-led workout session. Classpass has also modified their business model, allowing for more flexible terms and adding a digital library now that we’re all stuck working out at home.
If you have a friend or family member who has trouble falling or staying asleep, a weighted blanket can help. They inhibit mobility, requiring restless sleepers to stay still while providing the calming sensation of being hugged or swaddled. Occupational therapists have long used them for patients with insomnia and anxiety, but weight blankets have recently become so popular that it may seem difficult to choose one. The first step is to check the weight specifications and choose one that will work for your loved one. Next, consider the importance of aesthetics, and if your loved one runs hot or would enjoy additional warmth, too. You can’t go wrong with one from Gravity Blankets or Layla.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
Do you know someone who has trouble getting out of bed each morning? Waking up during the winter can be especially difficult for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or simply have trouble adjusting to Daylight Savings. Meant to mimic the light of dawn and informed by research on circadian rhythms, sunrise alarm clocks use light to wake you. This one from Philips uses a red-tinted light that may be more gentle than white light. A more budget-friendly option from hOmeLabs includes a radio, while others include Bluetooth connectivity.
Inexpensive and incredibly versatile, resistance bands are the best all-around workout tools. They’re good for both beginners and fitness pros who want to build strength and facilitate stretching. Gaiam’s Restore Strength and Flexibility Kit is a colorful, well-made option.
The best kind of gift is one they’ll use every day, but that they may not necessarily get for themselves. Do you know someone who is constantly complaining about back pain, or about having to work at a desk all day? Their chair is the biggest culprit behind their misery. The BackStrong C1 is the world’s most advanced work chair, designed to move with the body and gently guide the spine into proper posture. It’s swing-like bucket seat actually moves, preventing the hips from locking into place and making it impossible to slouch.
This chair will change their life. Learn more about how you can give the gift of back health and productivity, and make your holiday gift a care package with SOOTHE & MOVE, our clinically-proven analgesic for temporary pain relief.