Healthy Holiday Presents
The holidays have arrived and it’s time once again to begin searching for the perfect gifts for family and friends. This year, why not let a health-conscious attitude be your shopping guide and select gifts that will truly be “heart-felt”?
The following list of healthful gifts may seem like odd presents until you consider their purpose: to provide something of true value to the recipient. Some of these suggestions even “keep on giving.” And — a perk for the giver as well — most of them can be obtained without a mad trip to the mall!
- Body massage. Day spas and independent licensed practitioners offer a variety of massages, from total body to scalp-only massage. All are guaranteed to be stress-relievers.
- Spa services. You may not be able to offer your spouse a week’s stay at a fabulous spa, but day spas offer many services to reinvigorate body and mind — facials, manicures, foot reflexology, and much more.
- Exercise classes. For the person who wants to exercise but hasn’t quite gotten motivated, how about a membership to the neighborhood fitness center, or a series of aerobics classes? For the person who already works out, a few sessions with a “personal trainer” to custom-designs an exercise routine will surely be appreciated.
- Aromatherapy. A fragrant environment is a stress-reliever. Scented candles, beads, oils, and other products are a luxury.
- Exercise equipment. New Year’s resolutions to “exercise more” will be easier to keep when you can do it without leaving home! From an elaborate home gym to a set of hand weights, at-home exercise equipment can be a wonderful gift.
- Sports equipment. If weights and treadmills seem like a drag, something more “fun” might be a new bike, in-line skates, or even a basketball.
- Visit to a nutritionist. If a family member wants to shed a few pounds or just needs motivation to eat right, a visit to a nutritionist would be helpful. For serious weight loss, a membership to a weight loss program (such as The Jewish Hospital Weight Management Center or Cholesterol Center) could be an excellent idea.
- Basket of healthful foods. Tempt your loved ones to eat healthy by offering them some tasty, low-fat treats. Include green tea for its cancer-fighting properties.
- Annual checkup. This probably shouldn’t be the only gift you give to a loved one, but for the person who avoids seeing a doctor or dentist because of the cost, this gift might actually be appreciated.
- Check out the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine. It’s an antidote for modern-day life — offering many healing therapies to reduce stress, including massage, acupuncture, reflexology, energy healing, and much more. You’ll find a total therapeutic and tranquil environment, compassionate practitioners and a place for healing and well-being. What a gift!
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