Better Than a Box of Chocolates: Gift Ideas to Support a Healthy Lifestyle

As you work on making your lifestyle healthier, you may also want to revamp the gifts you give—after all, you want your loved ones to be just as healthy as you are!

Better than a box of chocolates

Everyone loves to receive a gift that involved thoughtfulness on the part of the giver. Instead of opting for a super-sized box of chocolates, why not take a few moments to consider what would really make your loved one happy? What are his interests and hobbies? Has she mentioned an activity she’d love to take part in? Here are a few suggestions for gifts that won’t undermine health goals, but still show you care. Hint: You can also use these ideas when you want to show yourself a little love!

Healthy food gifts

If you want to give food items as gifts, there are plenty of healthy options, such as fruit or vegetable baskets, a special tea or coffee, or even fragrant herbs and spices to add delight to cooking and eating healthfully. Top your gift off with a kitchen gadget that makes cooking healthier and easier. Browse a farmer’s market, gourmet food store, or even your local grocery store for colorful and flavorful options.

Gifts of time

Spending time together is a great way to show you care, and that you understand and support his or her interests. Offer to go with your loved one to a museum or exhibit, movie, or sporting event. Or create a coupon good for one healthy outing, such as a walk or bike ride.

Gifts that feel and smell good

Make your loved one feel pampered by offering to give him or her a massage, or if you have a little money to spend, buy a gift certificate for a professional massage. Women usually like to receive manicures or pedicures, and both men and women like to smell good—so a small new perfume or cologne could be a welcome gift. Essential oils have become popular recently and make great gifts, and soothing hand cream also makes a thoughtful gift.

A few more possibilities

An audiophile will appreciate the gift of new music, and a reader will love a thoughtfully chosen book or a gift certificate to a favorite bookstore. Other popular gifts include fresh flowers, a new magazine (or a magazine subscription), an addition to a collection (coins, sports memorabilia, stamps, thimbles, dolls or action figures, etc.), or something related to the person’s favorite hobby.

Use our list as a starting place to show you care in ways that support your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Because good health is the greatest gift of all.