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Healthy Holiday Gifts

Posted on: November 1, 2012

The holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is starting to brainstorm ideas for holiday presents. Make it easier on your friends and family by offering them some healthy gift ideas for you. These ideas would make for great stocking stuffer, office holiday gift exchange or a gift for someone you know who has made positive changes in their lifestyle!

• Stress ball. The holidays can be stressful so why not a stress ball so you can work your arm muscles instead of turning to the candy jar to relieve stress?

• Jump rope. This is a great item to have around the house. When your kids go outside to run off steam, join them in a jump roping contest to burn some calories.

• Fruit. Apples, oranges and grapefruit make very healthy presents. Fruit baskets are a great gift this time of year and are greatly appreciated!

• A new CD. Dance around the house when no one is looking to burn off those holiday calories.

• Exercise DVD. The winter months are a great time to use your exercise DVD’s to do your daily exercise.

• Winter accessories. A new hat, scarf and gloves give you no excuse to take a brisk walk around the block and admire your neighbor’s holiday decorations.

• A pedometer. What a great way to get off the couch and get moving! Get the family or people at the office involved and have a weekly step contest.

• Recipe cards. Why not share your healthy recipes with friends and family? Pre-make or hand-make recipe cards with healthy recipes are a heart-felt gift.

• Cookbook. Pick out books you would like at a local bookstore or online and let your friends or family know. Look for light, low calorie and heart healthy recipe books.

• Water bottle. A new BPA-free water bottle in a fun color to take to work or to the gym will give you no excuse for not staying hydrated.

• Gift Certificate for a Massage. There’s no better way to relax and de-stress! Many salons offer discounts or specials around the Holidays.

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