6 Gift ideas for the health-minded

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Tearing your hair out wondering what to give that certain person?  If you’re buying for a health conscious person, I’ve got some novel ideas:

  1. A calendar with lovely pictures of healthy food.  I searched “healthy food” on Calendars.com and found a small list, but many of the Food and Drink selections do just fine.  Check out the Sea Food one for a fun concept.  How is a calendar healthy?  I’m a great believer in visuals.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then monthly pictures of healthy food are a constant reminder to make those part of your daily meals.
  2. An apron.  Yes really.  Everyone’s kitchen is overflowing with cookbooks, and the internet is overflowing with recipes and videos on cooking.  Does anyone really need another cook book?  But most people would rather not make a mess of their nice clothes while cooking.  A decent and functional apron readily available in the kitchen makes is easier for someone to come home from work and start cooking.  The key word is “functional”.  Forget novelty aprons, frills and glossy imprints.  Aprons with sleeves are harder to get on, plus the sleeves can get in the food.  A simple chef-style apron made from a heavy material will do.  Pockets are optional and frankly not that useful.
  3. A gift membership to a comprehensive food tracking website that also includes a mobile app.  This could be taken wrong, if you give it to a person who is unconvinced they need to watch their weight.  Don’t gift this to someone who might end up feeling insulted.  It would be a great gift for anyone who has expressed frustration with dieting, or seemed interested in weight monitoring strategies, or just got a new smart phone.  My Net Diary has a new Diabetes tracker tool, so someone who was recently diagnosed with diabetes might appreciate that.
  4. FitBit, a device that helps you track calories and activity.  There’s a wireless activity tracker, and a tracker that monitors sleep and activity.
  5. A box of grapefruit.  Obviously this is suitable for a family that likes grapefruit and will eat them in a timely fashion.  We’ve received Ruby Red grapefruit from Texas for several years, and it’s always been wonderful.
  6. A bento-style lunch box.  This is a great idea for kids and grown ups.  The box comes with separate compartments that keep different foods apart and fresh.  Compartment sizes automatically control portions.  You can find a stainless steel version at PlanetBox.com.
Or you can put together a healthy food gift basket.  I’ve written about this before, and the list of items you could include is much the same:
  • dark chocolate
  • boutique olive oil or nut oils
  • unsweetened dried fruit
  • nuts or nut butters
  • a jar of sun dried tomatoes (also available in dry packages)
  • tea, either herbal or black
  • quality vinaigrette salad dressing, or balsamic vinegar
  • whole grain food products like steel cut oats, quinoa, whole grain pastas and granola
  • fresh fruit like oranges, tangerines or grapefruit, if you know it will be consumed soon
  • red wine or craft beer, for those who appreciate those items
  • sparkling bottled water (not flavored or sweetened!)
  • snack bars (ex: Kind, Goodness Knows, Cascadian Farms or Kashi trail mix)

Everything but the gift basket is appropriate for long distance gift giving, and can be done online, making life easier for you.

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