This holiday season consider giving the ultimate gift of all, the gift of good health & wellness! If you’re not sure where to start, let me help you out! I rounded up 21 brilliant gift ideas that will make your family healthier. Whether you’re searching for the perfect relaxation presents for over-worked moms & dads or something that will encourage kids to be more active, you’ll find it below.
Gift Ideas That’ll Make Your Family Healthier
When it comes to choosing health-related gifts, you definitely have to put a bit of thought into the message you’re sending. No one wants to receive something that makes them feel bad about themselves, especially on Christmas morning. In other words, you don’t want to give someone a bathroom scale unless they very specifically asked for one.
As I chose these gift ideas that’ll make your family healthier, I asked myself, “how would this make me feel if I found it under the tree?” If the answer wasn’t something along the lines of “happy,” “great,” “loved,” or “pampered,” it didn’t make the cut!
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1. Infusion Water Bottle
Got a soda lover in your family (or worse, a diet soda drinker)? Give them a gentle nudge towards healthier options with this fantastic infusion water bottle. It comes with a recipe book filled with fruity & flavorful soda alternatives. Plus, it’s eco-friendly, so it’s also healthier for the planet than disposable bottles. I love that it comes with a 1-year no-hassle warranty, and it’s dishwasher safe.
2. Exercise Dice
Exercise dice make great stocking stuffers for all ages. They definitely take the boredom and monotony out of a workout routine! While there are tons of dice sets out there, I like this one the best because it includes different difficulty levels as well as styles of exercise, including yoga. The included booklet explains how to do each move.
3. Shiatsu foot massager
A Shiatsu foot massager is definitely one of the pricier gift ideas that’ll keep your family healthier, but it’s worth it! Not only do foot massages soothe tired and aching muscles after standing all day, research shows a myriad of other benefits as well. For example, a good foot rub can improve your overall circulation, fight depression, and even help you sleep better! This model has separate compartments for each foot, 5 different levels of pressure, and a remote so you can change the settings without bending over.
4. Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan salt lamps aren’t just beautiful alternatives to garish night lights, they actually have some great health benefits. The negative ions produced by the pretty pink salt can help boost your mood and relieve mild depression. Salt lamps may even slightly improve the air quality in your home. While these benefits are more anecdotal than scientifically proven, it’s definitely one of those “can’t hurt to try” things, especially since they’re so pretty!
5. Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet
One of my favorite gifts for teen girls, moms, and even grandmothers, this beautiful essential oil bracelet lets them experience the benefits of aromatherapy anytime and anywhere. It comes with 8 different color pads so she can easily change the look & swap out scents depending on her mood. The felt pads are washable and reusable.
6. Bamboo Tea Tumbler
A recent study found that drinking tea daily improves your brain health. Sadly, another study found that more and more tea manufacturers are using plastic in their bags, which can leech into your drink and cause health problems. Loose tea is definitely the best way to go, but it’s not exactly travel-friendly. This healthy gift idea solves the problem! It’s an eco-friendly bamboo travel mug with a built-in loose tea infuser. Use it to make the perfect cup of hot or cold tea on the go.
7. Raw Honey Gift Set
Here’s a sweet gift idea that’ll help soothe all your winter woes (and taste great in that tea)! Raw honey is fantastic for coughs & colds, and so much better for you than processed sugar. Honey Feast sources their honey right here in Florida, and their gift set comes with four jars of their most popular varieties. It’s all raw and all natural.
8. Alchemy of Herbs Book
Combine a passion for cooking with a desire to learn more about natural remedies with this inexpensive gift idea. Alchemy of Herbs is filled with super simple recipes (like garlic hummus & spiced cold brew coffee) that are as healthy as they are delicious. While I prefer to give hardcover books as gifts, it’s also available on Kindle for giving as a digital gift to someone far away.
9. Adult Coloring Book Gift Set
If you still think coloring books are just for kids, think again! There’s a reason the adult coloring trend shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Coloring is incredibly therapeutic and relaxing, especially for those who can’t quiet their minds enough for meditation. In fact, their benefits are even backed by scientific studies. This set includes three of the most popular books, with over 120 images.
10. Daily Positivity Journal
All the smartphone apps in the world can’t replace a good old-fashioned pen-and-paper journal, especially when it’s this self-proclaimed “Best Journal Ever.” More than just a blank book, the Daily Positivity Journal includes space for daily gratitude notes, positive affirmations, and more. It’s one of the simplest yet most effective gift ideas for promoting good mental health & wellness.
11. Digital Food Scale
While you’d never want to give someone a bathroom scale (unless they ask for it, of course), food scales are totally acceptable healthy gift ideas. They’re not just for portion control, after all. You can use them to weigh out herbs and spices, measure loose tea for the perfect cup, and more. The Ozeri scale is among the highest rated. I love the teal, but if you prefer something simpler it comes in several other colors.
12. Jump Ropes for the Whole Family
Jump ropes are the ultimate low-tech budget-friendly workout gear. In fact, they’re so inexpensive that you can easily buy one for everyone in the family without busting your budget. I love this one because it comes in a ton of fun colors. Plus, it’s designed for people who jump rope competitively. Yep, totally a thing! While you may not be entering any competitions, it’s still nice to have a rope that can handle your active family.
13. Table Tennis Set
Turn any long table into a tennis court with this fun set! While table tennis may not have as many benefits as the real deal, it’s still a great way to get your whole family moving even when it’s too cold to go outside. Sure, you can buy a whole ping pong table setup, but they can cost hundreds (even thousands) of dollars. This set is super budget-friendly and easy to take along on vacations.
14. Yoga Mat
Your loved ones don’t have to be masters of the Downward Facing Dog pose to get great use out of a yoga mat. It’s perfect for everyone from beginners to experts. Even if you’re not a yoga aficionado, the mat works wonderfully for other floor exercises. Use it at home or roll it up and take it on the go.
15. Portable Smoothie Blender
Take a quick look around my recipe section and it’ll become apparent pretty fast that I’m a big fan of smoothies. I even make my own multivitamin smoothie for my kids! While you can use any old blender at home, no one wants to lug a ginormous mixer along on vacation, right? That’s where this compact portable blender comes in super handy. It’s BPA-free and USB-powered. Just charge it up and go.
16. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas Book
Traveling together as a family helps you bond, unwind, and experience new things, making it fantastic for your physical & mental health. Even just traveling with girlfriends can help you live longer! The hardest thing is, of course, deciding where to go. This book helps you out with a whopping 5,000 ideas across the entire United States. So, no matter where you live, you can reap the benefits of a road trip.
17. Ice Roller for Face & Eyes
It may not look like much, but this super simple gadget will completely change the life of anyone who suffers from headaches. Just keep it in the freezer, then roll it across your head, eyes, and face when a headache comes on. You can even use it on your feet in the summer (although I’d buy a separate one for that for obvious reasons). Grab one for everyone in the family, it comes in 8 different colors.
18. Indoor Herb Garden Kit
We know that herbs are fantastic for everything from spicing up a healthy dish to creating natural remedies, but did you know that growing your own is even more beneficial? First, you’re guaranteed to get the freshest pesticide-free harvest every time. Second, gardening (even when it’s a small indoor garden) is a great stress reliever. This set makes it easy to start a windowsill herb garden. It includes 5 all organic seed starters and it’s backed by a 100% Grow Guarantee.
19. ThinkFun Shadows in the Forest Cooperative Game
Cooperative board games like ThinkFun Shadows in the Forest are great for families because they pit you all against the game rather than each other, so there are no hard feelings at the end. In other words, they promote fun family bonding and teamwork. So much healthier than staring at a screen all night watching the latest flick while noshing on sugary snacks, don’t you agree?
20. Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
The typical alarm clock uses a tone designed to irritate us so much that we have no choice but to wake up and turn it off. I don’t know about you, but “irritated” isn’t my favorite way to start the day! Sunrise simulation clocks do exactly what the name implies- simulate the glow of a natural dawn, then gently finishes waking you with one of 7 nature sounds. While it’s designed for people with circadian rhythm disorders, I think we can all benefit from kinder and gentler wake-up calls.
21. Power Thought Cards
Give the gift of good mental health with these beautiful little “power thought” cards. It includes 64 cards, each one beautifully illustrated on both the front and back. One side features a positive affirmation while the other a visualizing exercise. While we don’t need scientific studies to tell us that thinking positive is good for us, studies do show that affirmations like these help improve everything from cognitive thinking to physical health (by lowering stress levels).
The gift of health is definitely one of the most meaningful gifts you can give someone. Whether they improve lives physically or mentally, each of these holiday gift ideas will help make your family healthier in wonderful ways. Bonus, they’re actually things people want! In other words, they’ll go over a whole lot better than a bathroom scale or a weight loss book!
Last update on 2020-01-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API