Best Gift Ideas,  Health

4 Gifts to Give Your Health-Conscious Family Members

It doesn’t matter if you’re fully onboard with their mission, or if you can barely stand their tirades on nitrates and gluten – every family has a least one health-conscious person on their shopping list. They can be a little intimidating to shop for, since most people in this demographic don’t just stop at “health” in terms of immunity; they refer to their overall well-being, as well as the planet’s.

Any product you consider purchasing must be thoroughly scanned for all the buzzer “no-no” words before you can pull the trigger. Parabens? PABA? Is the formula vegan and free of animal testing? Was it ethically made in America? Can it be recycled? The list of considerations goes on and on. Missing just one box on your checklist of “healthy” qualifications could land you with a lecture for the rest of the evening – which is no fun, no fun at all.

That’s why we’re expanding our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide to specifically cater to the health-oriented loved ones your life. You can purchase any of these products with confidence, feeling peace of mind with the fact that you can give a thoughtful gift without being labeled “ignorant” or “insensitive” in return.

  • Reusable Straw

If there’s one trend sweeping the country by storm, it’s the push to eliminate single-use plastic. Plastic is straight-up gross, no matter where you fall on the eco-conscious spectrum. Sure, it’s convenient. We used to depend on it. But now we’re drowning in it – literally. The ocean is filled with plastic; in fact, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a collection of floating plastic trash) sits between Hawaii and California coving over 600,000 square miles. That’s twice the size of Texas! And it’s harming the ocean and humans every day.

Plus, plastic decomposes at a ridiculously slow rate; depending on the type, it can take anywhere between 10 to 1,000 years to break down. In the meantime, it just sits in our landfills releasing harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil. Toxins seep into water sources and spread throughout the ecosystem where damage unravels worldwide. Put an end to it with a reusable metal straw that they can take on the go!

  • Reusable Water Bottle

Straws are problematic because they’re so thin, that they tend to slip through drain cracks at bars, restaurants, and eateries. But you can help your health nut go one step further in their efforts to reduce plastic consumption by nixing single-use water bottles.

For inspiration on water bottles, check out my review of Sundance and Hydratrack. The Sundance is great because it can clip onto a Carabiner for easy transportation, ensuring the necessary, all-day hydration we could all use. I also like the Hydratrack because it helps you keep score of how many ounces of water you’ve drank so that you know you hit the recommended amount.

  • Aromatherapy Essentials

Mental health is wealth – but your holistic guru already knows that. Chances are that they turn to the healing powers of aromatherapy any time they feel a little off-balance and need some zen in their life.

Essential oils give you so many gifting options to choose from, as there’s a huge variety of scents, blends, uses, and applications. For example, anxiety bracelets carrying the calming scent of chamomile will relax any mind that’s running a million miles a minute, while a roll-on peppermint blend can reinvigorate the senses when a pick-me-up is needed to get through the day.

  • Meal Kit Subscription

Those mindful of their health tend to take their nutrition pretty seriously – but that’s easier said than done. Relentlessly reading ingredient labels in society swimming with processed food is tiresome work, and preparing every meal from scratch at home takes a ton of time and effort.

Make their life easier by signing them up for a meal plan subscription so they can enjoy freshly cooked meals made with wholesome ingredients sent straight to their door. Avoiding GMOs will become super simple, and they’ll think of you every time a package arrives!

If you don’t want to pay for a monthly plan, you can always bundle up a bunch of healthy snacks they can munch on over the holidays. At the end of the day, you should gift them with someone that makes them smile because your gift makes their heart, their mind, and their health happy.

  • Table tennis rackets & balls

This may come as a huge surprise to many people, but playing ping pong/ table tennis is a very effective way to stay healthy – and even lose weight. A 150 pound person may burn approximately 270 calories playing table tennis per hour. A heavier person may burn up to 400 calories in an hour. 

In addition, table tennis is a game that comes with a surprising list of health benefits that you may not be aware of. It can improve hand-eye coordination and stimulate your brain. It helps players with developing their reflexes and improving their mental acuity. Table tennis also improves overall brain health and cognitive awareness. 

In most medium and large US cities, you can find ping pong bars, clubs or training centers which would make it quite easy for your family member to fully take advantage of this affordable gift. If you’re looking for an affordable guide to tennis rackets, check this article out from PingPongETC.

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