last-minute-healthy-holiday-gift-guideTime may be running short, but many of these healthy gifts can be gotten inexpensively… and at the drug store! Healthy gifts are in this year. Instead of spending a fortune on a Chia Pet and a video game, invest your hard earned money on gifts designed to keep your friends and family healthy and inspired. Trends come and go, but good health will always be in style. 

Reusable water bottle

Besides being a must for good health, did you know that every time you drink from a throw-away water bottle you are risking harmful chemicals leeching from the plastic and into your system along with the water? Stay healthy and keep plastic water bottles out of landfills by giving a reusable, BPA free water bottle; it will save money as well. Also emerging on the market are reusable water bottles with filtration systems, and many newer models even have fun features like a secret spot for your debit card, or sensors that track your water intake!

Activity tracker

An activity tracker, like a FitBit offers a wealth of information on your daily activity levels, including how many steps you’ve taken, how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed and how many hours you slept. Some models offer heart rate monitoring as well. You can even program these to alert you if you haven’t moved for a certain period of time. The varying models of activity trackers make it the perfect gift for anyone!

Scented Reed Diffuser

Not only are these a lovely gift that will help brighten up any room in the house, many of the reeds are now being sold with therapeutic herbal fragrances, such as lavender to calm the nerves…especially important at this time of year.

Healthy Cooking Magazine Subscription

I found a number of them right in my local drugstore. For that person who is vowing to change their unhealthy ways for next year, purchase one such as Eating Well ($4.99 over the counter or a $9.99/year subscription), tie a pretty ribbon around it and tell the recipient to expect a year of them showing up in their mailbox. Then don’t forget to send in the subscription card and pay for it!

 

Give the Gift of a Massage 

Head over to your local massage center and purchase a therapeutic one time gift card for a massage for that stressed out friend with the bad back, or take it a step further and go for the spa package, or membership package. Massages come in all different varieties, so think about your friend and their woes and purchase the one you think they’ll benefit from the most, making it even a more thoughtful gift.  

Vitamin D and B12 Test

We get  that a blood test is somewhat of an unusual gift, but if you have a family who is suffering from the blues, or worse this holiday season, it could be a Vitamin B12 deficiency which could be helped with a Vitamin B12 shot, and often times, when someone is deficient in the B vitamins they are also low in D Vitamins as well. A simple blood test can determine that and AFC performs them with no appointment necessary. You could be giving a bigger gift than any Chia Pet on the shelves.

Many people resolve to be healthier in the new year. By giving your friends and family the gift of good health, you are helping to get them one step closer to that goal. There are a wealth of tools out there that make healthy living easier than ever before. So this holiday season, show your loved ones how much they mean to you by giving them a gift they can use to reach their health goals!

Finally, if you need help achieving better health in the new year, the providers at AFC/ Danbury are here for you to discuss your personal personal needs.  2 locations in Danbury: 2 Main Street or 100 Mill Plain Road. 

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