Bee Healthy: Healthy holiday gift ideas

December 14, 2013 

We know how hard it is to stay healthy, so why not help your family and friends to be healthier this year? After all, aren’t happiness and health the greatest gifts of all? And your recipients will thank you for thinking of their health!

Herb garden kit: Get your family and friends started with their indoor herb garden. They can use herbs for medicinal, culinary, aromatic or ornamental purposes.

Aromatherapy set: Aromatherapy elicits different emotions and moods, and it can also help us attain a pleasant emotional balance and relieve stress.

Local harvest/farms subscription: The best produce is what’s grown closest to you. Give a subscription from a local farm to friends or family members and they will receive fresh produce on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Monthly flower clubs: The smell and look of beautiful fresh flowers is a delightful experience. Just picture a new flower bouquet appearing at the doorstep of your gift recipient. Flowers naturally make people happy.

Massage gift certificate: The health benefits of touch are beyond calming pain and aches. Getting a massage has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

Relaxing sounds CD: Just like aromatherapy, certain music helps to accelerate learning and promote emotional well-being. Relaxing music calms the mind and unwinds the body.

Gift certificate to personal trainer: Do you know anyone who needs help in getting started with his or her fitness program? This is a perfect gift for them and also for those who have been looking for the motivation to make positive changes in their lives.

Magazine subscription: Magazine subscriptions make great gifts and can be enjoyed all year long. Health magazines provide expert advice on everything from losing weight to feeling great. They also provide healthy and easy recipes. A lot of useful information!

Astrin Damayanti is a registered dietitian at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Modesto and San Joaquin County.

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