Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are upon us and I’m sure that there are some people out there who still haven’t done their holiday shopping (you know who you are!). Here are some great gift ideas that will help to nourish the mind, body, and spirit of the lucky recipient.

Consultation with a Registered Dietitian: A meeting with a nutrition specialist is the best place to start when trying to meet your weight and health goals. But, beware of people who claim to be “nutritionists” but have no formal education or degree in the field. To find an RD in your area go to www.eatright.org and click on Find a Dietitian. Even better, check out my other website, www.urockgirl.com, as U Rock Girl will be offering Personalized Nutrition Consultations beginning in 2011! Check back when the new website is launched on January 1st!

Personal Training Sessions: Whether you’re new to exercise, recovering from an injury, or just want to take your workout to a new level, working with a personal trainer will help you meet your goals. Make sure to find someone who is certified by ACSM, ACE, NASM, or NSCA.

Cooking Lesson:If you don’t know how to cook, it’s going to be pretty difficult to eat well. One or two cooking lessons (private or as part of a class) will give you the kitchen confidence you’re looking for. Look to a culinary school, stores like Sur La Table and William Sonoma, community classes, as well as private chefs.

Spa gift card:Nothing says, “Aaaah” like a massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure. Look to hotels, day spas, and your local esthetician for gift cards/certificates for a much-needed pampering servince.

Fitness Gear:

  • Hula hoop
  • Pedometer
  • Kettlebells
  • Heart Rate monitor
  • Stability Ball
  • Yoga mat
  • Water Bottle

Saucony Ulti-Mitt II  It’s a glove! It’s a mitten! It has an LED light on the outside so running outside at night becomes less dangerous! These comfortable and smart glove/mittens make working out in the great outdoors during the colder months a reality. www.saucony.com ($40)

Mini Emergency kit for her   Don’t you hate it when you’re out and you lose an earring back or need some dental floss, STAT! This mini-emergency kit will rescue you every time. Contains 16 must-haves: Hairspray, Clear Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Emery Board, Lip Balm, Earring Backs, Clear Elastics, Sewing Kit, Double-Sided Tape, Stain Remover, Deodorant Towelette, Pain Reliever, Tampon, Breath Freshener, Dental Floss, and Adhesive Bandages. www.msandmrs.com ($12)

Sephora Endless Color Blockbuster  187 beauty products (shadows, blush, liners, glosses, mascaras) all in a compact carrying case. www.sephora.com ($48)

RuMe CUFF– At first, it looks like a cuff for your hot cup of coffee or tea, protecting your hands from burning. But a closer look reveals a zippered pocket where you can store keys, money, an ID. No purse needed! Or slip it on your arm when you go out for a run or to the gym. What a handy place to stash everything! http://www.delight.com/RuMe-CUFF

The Cooking Guide Apron –  Not sure how many teaspoons equals one tablespoon or how long to cook a 5 pound chicken. Well, flip up your apron because the answers are there!   http://www.delight.com/Handy-Cooking-Guide-Apron

Measure Up Portion Control Bowls –  Do you pour your cereal into the bowl with using a measuring cup? How can you be sure how much rice you really ate? These serving bowls have pre-measured portion lines on the inside of the bowl to help keep you on track. So go ahead and pour a heaping bowl of vegetable soup!  http://www.delight.com/Measure-Up-Portion-Control-Bowls

GreaterGood.com –  I’m a big fan of shopping from sites that serve a purpose. The Greater Good site has multiple links that benefit hunger, children’s literacy, animals, women’s issues, and my favorite – breast cancer. Buy from them and make yourself (and someone else) feel good. www.greatergood.com

For Kids:

Silver Master Pogo Stick by Flybar   Hop your way to fun and fitness and get a little nostalgic in the process. Supports up to 160 pounds. You might have to fight your kids for this one! www.sportsauthority.com ($50)

Hyper Dash  This fun game will have your kids running all over the house as they set up the targets and listen for the commands. Don’t tell them, but it’s actually educational as it has them practicing their math while they’re having fun! www.target.com ($20)

Healthy Kids Plate   This one is great for younger kids. It’s a beautiful plate that helps to teach them about nutrition and proper portions at each meal. Just like we always say at U Rock Girl – 1/2 the plate covered with fruits and veggies, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 protein. www.healthykidsplate.com ($4.99)

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