Stumped what to give for Christmas gifts this year? With the clock running out, and stress levels rising, it’s crunch time.
But don’t panic. We’re here to help. We have five clever Christmas gifts that everyone on your list will love. Plus each of them is a sneaky way to slip in the gift of good health without being too obvious.
Healthy Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank
If you’re anything like me, you still have a number of folks to buy Christmas gifts for, but a dwindling budget to make it happen.
With time running out, opting to give them a basket of sweet Christmas treats or a generic gift certificate can start to seem awfully tempting. But you and I both know we wouldn’t feel good about encouraging a loved one to eat all that unhealthy sugar. And while gift certificates are easy, they can seem so impersonal sometimes.
That’s why I’ve compiled this list of five “can’t miss” Christmas gifts. You’ll love giving them as much as the folks on your list are going to love getting them.
1. Dumbbell alarm clock:
Got a sleepy head on your list who has trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Give them a dumbbell alarm clock.
These amusing alarm clocks look like a traditional dumbbell. But they’re not just fun to look at; they also force you to sneak in a quick morning workout. To turn off the alarm you need to do 30 arm curls.
By the time your gift receiver is done with his 30 reps, he’ll be wide awake. Plus he’ll have started his day right with an energizing mini workout.
Several different dumbbell alarm clocks are available online at major retailers, including Amazon and Walmart, as well is in retail stores.
2. Essential oils and a diffuser:
Essential oils are compounds found in hundreds of plants and trees which help protect them from parasites and disease. These fragrant oils can be extracted from the plants and then used in a variety of ways including…
- preventing illness
- helping us heal
- driving down stress
- cleaning our homes
You can find premade essential oil starter kits online, as well as individual oils if you’d prefer to build your own personalized collection for someone special. Try grapefruit for a friend who could use an energy boost from time to time. Or for the worry wart in your life soothing lavender is a great choice.
Include an essential oil diffuser and you have the perfect Christmas gifts for even the hardest to buy for folks on your list. You’ll find essential oils, as well as diffusers, and in health stores. You can pick up both for under $50.
We like the looks of the wood grain VicTsing models, which have gotten many good reviews online.
3. Organic teas:
A selection of delicious and healthy organic teas is a gift that will keep on giving for months. Every time the tea lover on your list brews a cup, she’ll think of you.
Be sure to include some green tea for all around good health. From fighting cancer to strengthening your heart, you can’t go wrong with this classic.
For slimming and tummy trimming toss in some white, hibiscus and peppermint varieties. Black tea can help balance blood sugar. And old-fashioned chamomile is the perfect choice for anyone who needs a little stress relief in his or her life.
If you’re giving loose-leaf teas, include a handy infuser. There are bunches of fun options to choose from these days. And go ahead and toss in a pretty mug… or one that will tickle their funny bone instead… for a well-rounded gift that’s still under $50 bucks.
4. Vegetable spiralizer:
Got a gourmet on your list? Or perhaps a budding chef? A vegetable spiralizer makes a great gift they’ll use all year around.
This handy tool turns ordinary vegetables such as squash into delicious and healthy low-carb pasta replacements. Spiralized veggies are fun to make and to eat. And they’re an easy way to encourage a loved one on your list to eat more veggies, without being too obvious.
There are lots of options to choose from that fit just about any budget, from the basic machine to bundles with multiple blades. And even the top of the line units will typically cost well below our $50 cap. You can pick up a vegetable spiralizer online at major retailers such as Amazon, as well as in retail stores such as Target and Walmart.
We like Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer which has earned many five star reviews. And if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option take a look at Original SpiraLife Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer, which also has a lot of fans.
Fitness trackers are all the rage these days. And it’s easy to see why, they’re a fun way to stay motivated and keep you on track with your fitness goals. But depending on what model you choose they can be pricy.
Go old school instead and choose a handy and reliable pedometer to give as a gift. You can pick up a digital version that will keep track of daily steps, storing up to a week’s worth of data for under $20. Most models offer options such as tracking calories burned or distance covered as well.
One model we like around here is the Omron Alvita Optimized Pedometer. It has great reviews, and you can’t beat the price. Pick one up online at Amazon or Walmart. Bundle it with a book on local hiking spots for a fun and healthy gift.
Don’t worry. You still have plenty of time to finish your Christmas shopping and give the gift of good health this year. Most online retailers offer a variety of shipping options that will get your Christmas gifts to you well before the big day. And if you’re in a pinch, there’s still always the mall.