They say good health is the greatest gift. But giving health-related gifts can be tricky. No one wants to intimate to a friend or loved one that they should get in better shape, lose weight or be more health-conscious. To make sure it doesn't seem like a hint, stick to gifts that relate to to the recipient's known (or shared) interests. If you've got an avid runner, yogi, cook, natural product nut, healthy foodie, etc. on your holiday shopping list, health and fitness gifts may be the ticket.
We've rounded up some holiday gift ideas tailored to specific pursuits — monogrammed yoga mats, runner-friendly gloves — as well as goods with wide appeal, like raw honey, spa gift cards and shared fitness activities. Here are 22 gift ideas to bring happy and healthy holiday cheer — for under $50.
Touch-Screen Friendly Gloves
With these touchscreen-friendly gloves, runners and cyclers can use phones and mp3 players without freezing fingers. The gloves also have pockets and a reflective print.
e-Tip Running Glove, $30, Lucy
If your giftee has a favorite fitness studio, get them a gift certificate or a multi-class pass. You could also look on deal sites like Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local for savings on fitness class passes in their area (all three offer gift-buying options for deals). Or, if you’re nearby, treat yourself and your friend or family member to a fitness activity you both enjoy, or something fun neither of you have tried, like aerial yoga or golf.
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SpaFinder Gift Card
Spafinder.com offers gift certificates to more than 20,000 spas, salons and wellness venues worldwide.
Spa Finder Gift Certificate, $25 and up, Spa Finder
A gift that keeps giving all year long! Sign your giftee up for a subscription to a health or fitness magazine.
Natural Health One-Year Subscription, $20, naturalhealthmag.com
Cateye Fit Wireless Cycling Computer/Walking Pedometer
This cyclocomputer from Cateye can be clipped through a belt loop or snapped onto a bike to track things like distance, time, steps walked and calories burned.
For a gift you can share with your recipient, how about a cooking class? Even if neither of you are avid cooks, it can be a fun way to spend time together, learn something new and sample good food. Local Groupon and Living Social sites can be fertile ground for such activities, and there are often healthy options.
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This tiny, spiked mat could help decrease stress levels and ease aches using acupressure.
Yantra Mat $49, Yantra Way
Sunlight Desk Lamp
This sunlight-mimicking lamp can help stop seasonal blues.
Sunlight Desk Lamp, $40, Amazon