Here’s what health pros will be giving – or hoping to get – this season. It’s possible to buy a meaningful, useful and budget-friendly gift that can enhance the recipient’s health.
#1 An Exercise Kit
Patricia Bannan, author of “Eat Right When Time is Tight,” suggests a portable exercise kit called the Classic FitKit. “It comes with a jump rope, flat resistance band, tubing and anchors, and exercise cards with photos and instructions on what to do – all packed neatly in a 9-inch by 4-inch case,” Bannan says.
#2 A Blender
For the smoothie lover, Samantha Cassetty, a national nutrition and weight-loss expert based in New York City, has just the gift. “I’m obsessed with my Blendtec blender, a high-speed blender that I use to make luscious smoothies,” Cassetty says. “In my opinion, starting your day with a smoothie packed with protein, fruits and veggies is one of the healthiest things you can do.”
#3 Flavored Bitters
Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Superfood Swap,” has the perfect hostess gift idea: flavored bitters. “Put a few drops into sparkling water and you’ll have a fancy drink without the calories or hangover of alcohol,” she says. Try lavender, cardamom or chocolate – some of Blatner’s favorites.
#4 Sports Gear
If there is a new sport in someone’s life, a gift that supports it could be a winner. Holley Grainger, owner of Cleverful Living with Holley Grainger, for example, started taking tennis lessons a few months ago.
#5 A Massage
Who doesn’t want a good massage? Joan Salge Blake, clinical associate professor at Boston University and the author of “Nutrition & You,” wants a prepaid, monthly massage therapy subscription. That might just break the bank, but Salge Blake makes her case by saying, “This monthly splurge will remind me to calm down, chill out and go to a happy place.” It’s hard to argue with that.