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Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas to Encourage Wellness and Balance

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Christmas doesn’t have to be about more junk or stuff you don’t need – gifts can be healthy! (image by Queenbeeofbeverlyhills, flickr)

Spas, massages, pedicures, and manicures are NOT on this list of healthy gift ideas! If you want to encourage wellness and balance, you need to get a bit more creative.

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times,” says Kate L. Bosher.

I know exactly what she means! The feeling of Christmas touches your heart and soul; I think it’s because many of our childhood Christmas memories are so lovely and warm. Christmas is not about presents, but presents are part of Christmas.

One of my favorite gifts is an Art of Appreciation Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket because it’s practical, and people rarely buy it for themselves.

Christmas Gifts That Encourage Health and Wellness

Don’t buy expensive gifts that just create clutter. These healthy holiday gift ideas range from life coaching sessions to gift baskets for dog lovers.

A few sessions with a life coach, professional organizer, or energy healer

If your friend, colleague, or family member is disorganized or drowning in clutter, a session or two with a life coach or decluttering expert can be the perfect holiday gift! Similarly, if the person you’re buying for has no energy or feels emotionally exhausted, consider contacting an energy healer to learn how it works.

If you’re buying for a woman, read The Best Holiday Gifts for Women.

Send a bottle of red wine every month for 6 months

Sign up to have a monthly bottle of wine delivered to the person you’re buying for – this is a great holiday gift for friends, colleagues and family because it’s not only healthy in moderation, it’s practical! Also, consider items that wine lovers will enjoy, such as aerators or funky wine bottle holders.

Give a gym membership or belly dance classes

Cover a gym membership for a month or a year. Exercise is one of the healthiest gifts you can you can give; you can’t force people to exercise, but you can certainly encourage it! Check out your local gym for yearly and monthly membership packages. Ask if they have fun, special fitness classes such as Zumba or belly dancing.

Send a fruit, cheese, gourmet chocolate basket

This is my all-time favorite healthy Christmas holiday gift! I love receiving gift baskets because they’re often full of out-of-season mangoes, pineapples, blueberries, and strawberries – which are all goof for your heart and body. Not so good for the environment, perhaps…it’s always a trade-off.

Give a holiday gift basket that celebrates their pet

Are you shopping for someone who has everything (and it seems like we all do, these days)? Give their beloved pet a special treat. For instance, a Bark Buster Dog Gift Basket is a wonderful way to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to friends, colleagues, or family members who need nothing. They’ll be thrilled that you thought of pampering their pet!

Encourage them to play a musical instrument

If your gift recipient already plays the guitar, read 6 Cool Gift Ideas for Guitar Players – Beginner and Experienced. Many of us took an instrument in high school and had to drop it. It may be difficult to buy someone an instrument for Christmas, but anything music-related is healthy and encourages wellness! I’d love a flute-related Christmas gift.

What do you think – what are some healthy gift ideas for your loved ones?

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5 thoughts on “Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas to Encourage Wellness and Balance”

  1. I’m also a big fan of giving experiences as holiday gifts (as opposed to material things). A day at the spa or a 10-ticket pass to a Pilates class is a definite experience — and a healthy one!

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Interesting, thanks for this holiday gift tip! I’ve never heard of a water bottle that straps to your arm.

  3. One healthy gift to encourage exercise and staying hydrated is the Body Bottle. Its a water bottle that straps to the arm. Its found at bodybottle.com

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for sharing your holiday gift ideas here — they’re not exactly healthy, but they’re fun! 🙂 (which I suppose is healthy, isn’t it?)

  5. Wonderful finds here! Also, I wrote something interesting about holiday gift ideas I thought I would share…

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