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20 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Looking for that perfect present for the health nut that has everything? Or how about a family member or friend looking to lose weight and get healthy in 2010?  Whatever your gift needs, you’ll find what you’re looking for with my Top 20 Food/Fitness Gifts for any budget.

$25 and under

Joyce Sheldon “Coffee Talk” Mugspic13

(search: Joyce Sheldon Coffee Mugs)

Friends/family will love to start their morning with a warm cup o’ joe/tea and a good laugh. These quirky, creative, and witty mugs come with cute and hilarious sayings like “Latte: French for ‘you paid too much for this coffee,’” and “Coffee’s not my cup of tea.”

Belted Hydration Pack from Nike


Price: $25.00


Staying hydrated during workouts is essential.  This belted pack, which comes with a 16-oz. bottle, is a great gift for the friend or family member who works out for long stretches and doesn’t want to stop for a water break.

Lunch tote from Neiman Marcus


Price: $20.00

For the friend (or spouse) who’s been meaning to carry their lunch to work more anyway. This neoprene tote has extra pockets for drinks and napkins.

Pure Fitness 4-lb Dumbbells from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Price: $5.99 per dumbbell / $11.98 for a pairpic3


Lifting weights for just 10 to 15 reps per day is essential for health. Resistance training aids balance and bone strength. Pick up a pair for the busy adult looking to incorporate some strength work into their routine.

Yoga socks from Gaiam

Price: $19.98pic4


This two-pair set of yoga socks will give a yoga lover’s toes the room to breathe they need in order to get the most of those asanas without slipping off the mat.

Holiday Treats Yankee Candle

Price: $24.99

Website: www.yankeecandle.compic12

Studies show that just smelling a sweet aroma can help cure your craving for desserts.  For someone looking to avoid overindulging this holiday, without feeling deprived, they’ll love these delicious, holiday-inspired candles in flavors like “Eggnog,” “Cinnamon and Sugar” and “Christmas Cookie.”


36” Mini Trampoline from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Price: $39.95pic5


Mini trampolines are a great indoor exercise for adults and children alike. These 36” trampolines are small enough and light enough to stow away when not in use.

Patent Walkstar III from Victoria’s Secret

Price: $42 on sale (regular $59.95)

Website: www.victoriassecret.compic6

These flip-flops are designed to burn calories and tone muscles in your legs (and your feet, back, stomach and butt)—perfect for a gal to wear while taking care of household errands and tasks. Comes in three different colors (blueberry, lemon and strawberry).

Apron from Anthropologiepic22

Price: $32-$38 (half aprons: $28)

For those messy cooks in your life, they’ll appreciate these flattering, form-fitting aprons to help them look their best in the kitchen (and save their clothes!) Plus, let’s be honest, it’s just more fun to cook while wearing one!

Tension bands from lululemon athletica

Price: $32.00

Website: shop.lululemon.compic7

Tension bands are a great gadget for strengthening and toning up arms for that sleek, healthy look. This set, from the unique and community-minded lululemon brand, has bands for three different levels of difficulty packaged in an easily-transportable mesh bag.

Reusuable Shopping Bags from Reisenthel Cityshopper

Price: $29.95 (Smaller versions available for $24.95)         

Website: (search: Reisenthel Cityshopper)pic14

Give the gift of green this holiday season with these stylish reusable grocery bags.  This versatile bag is not only great for promoting environment sustainability, but can also double as a travel and/or sports bag!

Salter Aquatronic Glass Kitchen Scale from Salter

Price: $39.86 (on sale! From $49.99)


A great gift for someone looking to practice portion control, and lose weight!  People will be amazed at just how much a real serving size is!

Culinary Herb Garden

Price: $29.95 (on sale from $34.95!)


Spice up your gift-giving this season with a personalized herb garden.  This kit comes with 12 culinary herb seeds: parsley, thyme, cilantro/coriander, basil, dill, oregano, sweet marjoram, chives, savory, garlic chives, mustard, and sage.  Can be used indoors and/or outdoors.

The Cali Stack- Plastic Multi Pack

Price: $34.99


These bowls are BPA free, microwave/dishwasher safe, and have a “lip” on top for mess-free eating (optimal for scooping out that last bite of oatmeal from the bowl!)  They stack easily and come in a variety of vibrant colors.  This set includes 4 bowls: one 5-cup bowl, one 3-cup bowl, one 1.5-cup bowl, and a one 1-cup bowl to meet all kitchen needs!


Pure Fitness Flat Bench from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Price: $69.99pic8


A fitness bench is an effective and cost-effective addition to a home gym. Men and women alike will benefit from the safety of a bench when doing dumbbell repetitions or ab work. The bench (51”x27.5”x16.9”) also has wheels on two of the legs, making it easy to put away in the closet after a workout.

Nike+ SportBand

Price: $59.00


This cute and colorful gadget keeps track of calories burned as well as pace, distance and time for the running enthusiast. (Comes in 4 different color combinations.)

Edible Arrangement

Price: ~$75pci18


The perfect gift to bring the host at your next holiday party! These fruit bouquets come with an assortment of fresh fruit with your choice of sweet dip (plain, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc.)


Kjorierunner Textile running shoes from adidas by Stella McCartney

Price: $160pic10


These lightweight running shoes are engineered for top support. The elastic strapping over the laces gives extra protection and a fashionable, unique look. (Great for a friend or family member who loves to run!)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership

Price: Vary depending on location ~$90-$300


As a CSA member, your gift recipient will receive a weekly share of the harvest (vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, etc.) directly from farmers in their area.  It’s a popular new way to buy local foods direct, strengthen local economy, and make fresh/wholesome food affordable and available.  Plus, you’ll be saving them an extra trip to the grocery store!

Cuisinart Prep 7® 7-Cup Food Processor

Price: $129

Website: cuisinart.compic21

Forget hours of chopping and prep work for a recipe….and let a food processor do the job for you! This product holds up to 7 cups, comes with a how-to DVD, instruction and recipe book, and a full 10-year motor warranty.

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