10 Healthy Christmas gift ideas that won't break the bank
If you're anything like us, you're probably guilty of not even having thought about Christmas shopping just yet. Even if you're one of those super-organised people who has all the gifts bought, wrapped and under the tree by December 1st (what's your secret?!), we could all use a little help when it comes to choosing healthy Christmas gift ideas.
Let's face it, some of the gifts out there just aren't designed for anyone interested in a fit and healthy lifestyle. Bumper-sized box of Thornton's chocolates? Mmm, delicious, but not so good for your waistline! Toiletries sets from Boots packed with parabens and artificial dyes? If you're concerned about what you put on your body as well as what you put into it, you'll know that this can be bad news. We believe that balance is the key to a healthy, happy lifestyle, so our list of 10 healthy Christmas gift ideas embraces this philosophy – we hope it will help you choose the perfect gifts for your friends and family this year!
Gifts for Foodies
Maybe you've got a friend who is into their raw, vegan, clean eating lifestyle and is a bit obsessed with food? Don't worry – we have a couple of ideas they'll love.
#1. Nakd Christmas Cracker
Know someone who loves Nakd bars? Their combination of raw, cold-pressed ingredients makes them a super-healthy snack choice, and we can't get enough of them! Head for Natural Balance Foods or your local health food store (or supermarket) to pick up their Christmas Cracker, which contains eight Nakd bars, enough for your friend to enjoy themselves, or to share!
#2. Hemsley and Hemsley – The Art of Eating Well
This has to be one of our favourite cookbooks of the moment, and it's a book which has made it onto the Expertrain team's Christmas wishlist! If you know someone who's into healthy eating and using the freshest, most natural ingredients, this book is packed with delicious recipes they're going to love. Be quick, pick it up at your local book shop or order it on Amazon now for Christmas delivery!
Gifts for Beauty Addicts
We all have that friend or family member who can't get enough of beauty products, but maybe you know someone who is concerned about products containing parabens and artificial ingredients? These types of additives can be harmful to health and have even been linked to cancer, so buy them a gift set for natural beauty this Christmas.
#3. Dr Organic Rose Perfect Complexion Gift Set
This gift set is perfect for anyone who loves having beautiful, soft clear skin – who doesn't? Containing 125ml Rose Otto Face Mask, 125 Rose Otto Face Scrub, 30ml Rose Otto Face Serum and 30ml Rose Otto Skin Lotion, this gift set has everything they need for a gorgeous complexion this winter. Rose Otto has anti-ageing properties and is ideal for dry, sensitive or mature skin – the Dr Organic range contains all-natural, organic ingredients and no chemical nasties!
#4. Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit
For naturally soft, beautiful hands and feet, treat them to this Burt's Bees kit, which contains emollient beeswax and cocoa butter with vitamin-enriched oils to smooth rough skin. The kit contains 20g Burt's Bees Honey and Grapeseed Hand Cream, 20g Coconut Foot Cream, 7g Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, 4.25g Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, 8.5g Hand Salve and 8.5g Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. These products smell amazing and are so good for your skin!
Gifts for Men
Looking for something healthy or natural to buy the man in your life, whether that's your dad, your boyfriend, your husband or just a friend? How about one of these?
#5. Subscription to Men's Health Magazine
Why not pick him up a subscription to Men's Health – they have a special offer available right now where you can pick up a 12-month subscription for a great low price! The magazine is packed with information on nutrition, workout plans and more to get him looking and feeling fab – and with cover stars such as Beckham for inspiration, this is the perfect way to encourage him to keep up his resolutions after New Year!
#6. TRX Suspension Kit
If you have a bit more cash to spare, why not pick him up a TRX Suspension Kit? A great way to keep fit at home, on the go or at the gym, TRX was designed by a Navy SEAL and provides him (or you) with a full-body workout using body weight and gravity. The TRX Pro Suspension Training Kit is available online (try Amazon) and has sturdy nylon straps and an anchor which can be attached to a door or other fixture, so you can workout anywhere. It's easy to adjust the difficulty to suit your fitness level, whether you're a beginner or a pro.
Gifts for Fitness Addicts
Know someone who spends all their time at the gym, working out with a personal trainer or running in the park? You're friends with a fitness addict! Working out can get really addictive, so if your friends needs a gift to support their fit, healthy lifestyle, why not buy them one of these things?
#7. A health and fitness book
If you haven't read our post '15 Essential health and fitness books for your Christmas wishlist', now's the time to do so! We recommend picking up a copy of 'Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen' by Christopher McDougall if they're into running, it's a great book that is not only an entertaining read, it will also leave them feeling inspired to sign up to a marathon or fitness challenge next year!
#8. A yoga mat
An exercise mat, which can be used for yoga, Pilates or other exercises, is a great gift for a fitness addict – if they already have a mat, why not pick up a stylish mat bag; you'll find a great range to choose from online! We love this one from Everlast, which you can pick up at Argos.
#9. A Slim SmartShake
SmartShake shaker cups are our new obsession – they're great for runners, gym addicts or anyone who is always on the go! Made from BPA-free plastic, these cups won't leak in your gym bag, and can be used to transport juice, smoothies, nutritional supplements and more, thanks to the three compartments – there is even a strainer built-in. They come in loads of vibrant colours and would make the perfect Christmas gift.
#10. Davina's Fit in 15 DVD
We love a good workout DVD as much as the next person, but beware, we don't recommend you buy this for your girlfriend, fellas, unless you want to cause offence! If you're dating a fitness addict and reckon they'll see this as the ultimate gift (rather than a present to encourage them to tone up and lose weight) then go ahead! We love this DVD which features 15-minute routines focusing on arms, legs, core and cardio. For more workout DVDs, look here.