10 Healthy Gift Ideas

From oil misters to soap dispensers, these presents are sure to please.

The holiday shopping season is coming down to the wire and if you haven’t finished—or even started—checking names off your list, you’re probably in full-out scramble mode. We’ve put together 10 budget-friendly suggestions. And, of course, every gift idea on the list is healthy. After all, what’s better than the gift of good health?

1. Workout Bag
Metro Gym Bag, $24.98, www.gaiam.com
Serious workouts demand serious organization. This bag combines style with function. And if the plethora of pockets isn’t enough, it’s machine-washable too. Sure to please the most discriminating gymaholic.

2. Yoga
Monogrammed Yoga Mat, $40, www.mycustomyogamat.com
Is there someone on your list who never seems to get enough yoga? Consider this custom option for your Zen friend: a yoga mat that matches his or her personality.  Sure to get you a big oom of thanks.

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3. Wake Up With Exercise
Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock, $34.95, www.gadgetsandgear.com
Perfect for anyone who needs to be coaxed out of bed. The motivation? The motion sensor won’t shut off the alarm until you’ve completed 30 perfectly executed curls.

4. Oil Mister
Stainless Steel Oil Sprayer, $24.95, www.williams-sonoma.com
Get the health benefits of olive oil without the calories. Instead of pouring it on, healthy eaters can spritz veggies, salads, pans and baking sheets with this non-aerosol sprayer.

5. Portion-Control Dinnerware
Elegant Portions Wine-Trax Collection, $29.95, www.thegrommet.com
Portions and the glasses and plates that hold them have grown in recent years. Subtly frosted lines take the guesswork—and headaches—so you don’t fall into the “portion-distortion trap.” Set includes plate, bowl, glass.

6. Resistance Bands
Bodylastics Basic Tension System,  $29.95, www.bodylastics.com
The nice thing about resistance bands is that they’re versatile and portable. This entry-level set is great for fitness programs, rehabilitation and general strength training.

7.  Fight Bacteria
The Spongester, $28, www.uncommongoods.com
This clever little contraption contains separately labeled perforated trays for your “good sponge”—the one you use for your dishes—and the “evil sponge”—the one you use for everything else. Industrial-grade stainless steel made in New York.

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8. Automatic Soap Dispenser
8 oz. Sensor Pump,  $40, www.simplehuman.com
This touch-free dispenser is the fastest and easiest way to wash hands. Provides fast and accurate dispensing in just 0.2 seconds.  Perfect for the germaphobe on your list.

9. Foot Care
Moisturizing Gel Socks, $14.99, www.brookstone.com
No-mess moisturizing to de-toughen toes, smooth soles and heal dry, cracked heels.  Ideal for anyone with winter-frayed feet.

10. Self-Help
“The Complete Manual to Things that Might Kill You,” $20, www.knockknockstuff.com
This humorous guide profiles more than 300 diseases—conveniently organized by symptom—to help you figure out if you have the common cold or something worse.  Note: Not recommended for hypochondriacs.


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