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Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

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Sure there are plenty of baskets of high-fructose corn syrup and aisles of electronic goodies for you to purchase. But here are some ways for you to buy gifts this year that you will actually feel good about purchasing and giving! Certainly those you give to will also appreciate:

  1. Shop as local as possible. Those random little shops that sell homemade gifts are fabulous! In fact they are so fabulous, that I can be seen here shopping for just homemade soap on Fox 5 news.Not only are you supporting your local community but you get to be the gift giver with the most unique presents!
  2. Healthy Organic Gift BasketMake gift baskets full of healthful treats! In fact there are websites that specialize in just that, like http://www.itsonlynaturalgifts.com. Or you can be creative and make your own gift baskets. Go to Michael’s and grab some ribbon and baskets and then shop your local market for produce and organic treats. You can even bake your own Nut Butter Cookies and boom, you have a great gift that everyone will enjoy!
  3. Check out the local farmers markets! There are some truly talented artists and designers out there just waiting for you to check out what they have under their tent. So many of the designers andhandmade leather wallet artists are willing to make deals if you buy several items from them. So get the girls in your family some cute jewelry and the men some recycled leather wallets! The farmers market is also a great place to get organic treats for your baskets!
  4. There are not too many fitness props that I find absolutely necessary, but the ones I have I love! You can actually find most of these for pretty inexpensive at TJ Maxx instead of the big name sports equipment store:
    A yoga strap is a great tool to aid in stretching and strengthening the body. Until you can wrap your peace fingers around your toe and bring your foot to your face, the strap can help you at least bring the foot halfway to your face!

    A strap is a great tool to aid in stretching and strengthening the body. Until you can wrap your peace fingers around your toe and bring your foot to your face, the strap can help you at least bring the foot halfway to your face!

    This eco-friendly roller uses less materials since the center is hollow. It also helps you to massage the body or play with your balance in your workout.

    This eco-friendly roller uses fewer materials since the center is hollow. It also helps you to massage the body or play with your balance in your workout.

    This eco-friendly medicine ball is made with materials that are  Latex, and Phthalates free. It also is a great way to add some weight to your workouts. Try ab twists, sumo squats and lunges with the ball and  your muscles will love you!

    This eco-friendly medicine ball is made with materials that are Latex, and Phthalates free. It also is a great way to add some weight to your workouts. Try ab twists, sumo squats and lunges with the ball and your muscles will love you!

    A really good yoga mat is absolutely essential and heres why. You need a mat that thick enough to protect the joints, does not slip, is solidly made and lasts forever. I am a Manduka Pro owner and therefore will always be. Why? Because the mats last forever and if it doesn't, there is a lifetime guarantee so I get a new one. Too often I see mats falling apart on yogis and this is such a hinder to performance.

    A really good yoga mat is absolutely essential and here’s why. You need a mat that thick enough to protect the joints, does not slip, is solidly made and lasts forever. I am a Manduka Pro owner and therefore will always be. Why? Because the mats last forever and if it doesn’t, there is a lifetime guarantee to replace it. Why spend money on cheap yoga mats that fall apart, when you spend just under $100 and get one that lasts forever. Cheap mats also hinder your performance.

    Eco-Friendly yoga blocks are a great way to enhance your yoga and fitness practice. Everyone should probably have 2 of these in their fitness collection.

    Eco-Friendly yoga blocks are a great way to enhance your yoga and fitness practice. Everyone should probably have 2 of these in their fitness collection.

    Stability balls are really fun and can be extremely challenging. Suitable for every fitness level, these babies will help improve your core and who doesn't need help with that area?

    Stability balls are really fun and can be extremely challenging. Suitable for every fitness level, these babies will help improve your core and who doesn’t need help with that area?

    Weight lifting gloves are perfect for the person who is at the gym all the time. No ones needs to have calluses, yuck!

    Weight lifting gloves are perfect for the person who is at the gym all the time. No ones needs to have calluses, yuck!

  5. For that wanna-be-chef, here are some amazing kitchen tools that can really add to your life:
    crock pot

    The crock pot is essential for any chef. Who doesn’t like to put it all in a pot and press “on”? So easy and everything always comes out amazing.

    The Nutribullet is my new favorite tool. It is far less expensive than the glorious Vitamix, but you get the same amazing blend ability. Plus its super fast and easy to clean.

    The Nutribullet is my new favorite tool. It is far less expensive than the glorious Vitamix, but you get the same amazing blend ability. Plus its super fast and easy to clean.

    Bamboo accessories are always appreciated by an Eco-friendly chef!

    Bamboo accessories are always appreciated by an Eco-friendly chef!

    Everyone loves olive oil, and it is so healthy for you. Lots of olive farms are popping up everywhere and so are olive oil makers. Makes great gifts!

    Everyone loves olive oil, and it is so healthy for you. Lots of olive farms are popping up everywhere and so are olive oil makers. Makes great gifts!

    Delicious organic herbs are a great way to spice up someones present. For even more freshness, grab some live herbs plants at your Farmer's Market.

    Delicious organic herbs are a great way to spice up someones present. For even more freshness, grab some live herbs plants at your Farmer’s Market.

     

  6. When you run out of time? Hit up the grocery store and grab the following:
    Organic coffee and loose leaf tea are super easy and inexpensive.

    Organic coffee, tea and/or chocolates.

    And there you have it, all the ways to truly be the most healthful and sustainable gift giver. Happy Holidays!

     

     

Author: builtbysyd

Yogi, lifestyle coach and personal trainer. Get healthy. Get fit. Get BUILT!

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