Why not consider adding some “gifts of health” to stockings this year? There are products for all age groups and these items can comingle with more traditional stocking stuffer ideas.
For Kids, Tweens, and Teens
Jumping rope should be a rite of passage for kids, but did you know that it’s one of the best aerobic activities for all age groups? Jump ropes come in a variety of lengths and materials; some even count jumps for you. Consider the Kinetic Powered LED Sparkler Jump Rope that offers a colorful and sparkling experience.
Cost: $16.98 (online)
Firefly toothbrushes come in a variety of themes and you can buy them in singles or multi-packs. These toothbrushes light up while kids are brushing and have a timer to encourage kids to brush longer.
Klean Kanteen Kid Classic Sport Bottle is a perfect gift if you want your child to embrace drinking water instead of sweetened beverages. It has a non-spill cap and holds 12 ounces of fluid.
Cost: $16.30 (Various styles)
It’s tradition in some families to add candy canes or other treats to the stocking, so why not add a healthy treat like BareFruit Baked Apple Chips to the mix? These baked chips are made from just fruit and can be found at most supermarkets. There are gluten-free options, too.
Cost: $28.49 for a 24-count of 0.53 ounce bags in two flavors (Amazon)
An LED light up baseball hat can be perfect year-round if tweens or teens play outdoors or practice sports in the early morning dark hours of summer or the late afternoon winter months.
Cost: $12.99 (Amazon, online)
If your teen is involved in a specific sport, then you can give them a runner-specific or athletic gift that matches their interest. Also consider a gift certificate to a sports store like Dick’s Sporting Goods or REI which lets the teen find their own fitness product and adventure gear.
Cost: You can buy gift certificates in varying price ranges
Teens love accessories, so why not consider a pair of unisex, trendy polarized shades?
Cost: $25.00 (online)
Odor-fighting or sweat-wicking socks are perfect stocking stuffers for girls who typically worry about odors as they enter their tween/teen years, and boys who typically slack off a bit on cleansing habits as they get older.
Cost: $11.39 (Solax COOLMAX Athletic Socks for Women, Amazon), $13.98 (Solax COOLMAX Breathable Performance Socks for Men, Amazon)
For the teen on-the-go, the Solvetta Flatbox Lunch Bag can be a perfect option for lunch and snacks.
Cost: Prices start at $17.95 (online)
Ideas for Grown Ups
Gifts to soothe illness or injury
If you know a woman who is on a journey with breast cancer then consider some gifts with universal appeal. Books and audio books, a Netflix subscription for movies on a laptop or iPad while receiving treatment, a bound journal to write down thoughts, feelings, or adult coloring books with colored pencils can all help to pass time. The Spiral Charm Bracelet by Alex and Ani sizes easily and has a beautiful pink spiral charm. For each bracelet sold, the company is donating a percentage of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Use the store locator, or buy online.
Massage therapy rollers are the rage right now, offering tension relief and helping to limit workout pain. Massage ball rollers or a massage stick is the perfect gift for the active person in your life.
Compression socks or stockings have long been used by people with circulation problems, especially during extended periods of inactivity. But compression technology is also popular in fitness, providing support during intense workouts or long runs. They also help with post-workout recovery. Physix Gear Sport offers options for men and women.
Cost: $21.89 (Amazon)
For the Fitness Fanatic
If you are trying to encourage the man in your life to get fit then consider a gift certificate to work out with a fitness trainer at a local gym. If your guy already lifts weights, why not buy him his first pair (or a refresher pair) of weight-lifting gloves? Harbinger offers some well-priced options. Of course, there are versions for women as well.
Every outdoor enthusiast – beginner to advanced – can take a tumble or get poked by brush while hiking. A small first aid kit is the perfect stocking stuffer for any active person.
Cost: $15.97 (Amazon)
Bombas ankle socks are perfect for any sport, and for every pair purchased, another pair is donated to people in need. Find styles for men, women and kids. You can purchase single pairs or multi-packs.
Cost: $12 per pair (men and women)
For hikers and camp enthusiasts, the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter can filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water and surpasses Environmental Protection Agency standards.
A glowing wristband that can hold your key is perfect for any active person. The PocketBand comes in different colors and glows in the dark.
Beauty and Body
Face masks offer a range of benefits for skin, including hydration, brightening, dark-spot removal, blemish control, pore-minimizing, and illuminating. Single-sheet masks are available everywhere, from local makeup stores to pharmacies and of course, online. TONLYMOLY has a mixed pack that addresses different skin needs. (FYI- men like them too!)
Cost: $12 for a pack of five (women), $12 (Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask)
If you do want to gift some healthy treats, the RXBar has a short list of ingredients, with all listed on the front of the package, and is considered one of the “cleanest” bars on the market. It sources protein from egg whites. It comes in several “flavors” and the new seasonal pumpkin is a home run.
Cost: $25.99 (box of 12 and you will receive 2 additional free bars), $2.50 (single bar, retail locations)
Finally, how about a portable beverage bottle that has bottom compartments for trail mix, cereal, dried fruit, or nuts? The Blender Bottle ProStak comes with a blender ball so you can add ingredients like protein powder to water, shake and blend, and also comes in a variety of colors.
Cost: $12.99 (online)
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Known as The HealthGal, expert contributor Amy Hendel is a popular medical and lifestyle reporter, nutrition and fitness expert, columnist, and brand ambassador, as well as a health coach. Trained as a physician assistant, she maintains a health coach private practice in New York and Los Angeles. Author of The Four Habits of Healthy Families, you can find her on Twitter @HealthGal1103 and on Facebook at TheHealthGal. Her personal mantra is “Fix it first with food, fitness, and lifestyle.”