Ah, prepping for the holidays. A time for house decorating, trip planning and more gift shopping than you seemingly did last year. Here at Sharp, we can’t hang your lights or book your flights for you. But we can suggest some simple gift ideas sure to please the toughest critics. And here’s the kicker — these gifts are actually good for them.
For the home office worker: An ergonomic seat cushion
Company offices often put a focus on ergonomics, but home offices rarely hit the mark. Taking work breaks and getting active does wonders, but an ergonomic seat cushion will enhance their workspace and support their aching backs.
For the couch kid: An active video game
They have enough combat games. This year, pick one that will get them moving — like dance, golf or baseball. Even better, play the game with them. It’s a great way to bond and can help you off the couch, too.
For the cardio-hater: A yoga mat
Not everyone is an exercise enthusiast. But yoga has a stress-busting flair that even the least active people on your list can tune into. Having their own mat will help them take ownership of their health. Plus, they can do yoga anywhere — at home or at their local yoga studio.
For the new mom: A massage
She just grew a person. That’s surely deserving of a massage. Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, aromatherapy — it all works. And even if she spends the whole hour sleeping (it happens), she will thank you for the break.
For the sugar addict: A fresh fruit ice-pop maker
We are a culture hooked on sugar. Some, more than others. For the over-sugared in your household, try a fresh fruit ice-pop maker. They can get creative with the fruit combinations they try. And the pops are so fun to make, your loved ones won’t realize they’re healthy.
For the calorie counter: An oil mister
No matter what kind of oil they choose, overdoing it can sneak fat and calories into their favorite foods. Help the oil lover in your life by gifting them an oil mister. Not only will it help coat cooking pans lightly, it’s a great way to regulate oil on salads and side dishes.
For the over-delivered: A pizza stone
If the pizza delivery person knows them by name, it might be time to offer a dinner alternative. A pizza stone will allow them to make a perfectly cooked pizza right in their oven. And small tweaks like whole-wheat dough and part-skim cheese can add healthy elements to an often unhealthy favorite.
For the veggie-averse: A spiralizer
You don’t have to be a toddler to hate vegetables. But kids from 2 to 102 will love the fun a spiralizer adds to a meal. From zucchini to butternut squash, watch them turn veggies into healthy dishes — like no-noodle “pastas” or sizzling sautes.
For the stress bomb: An aromatherapy set
Stop telling them to “relax” and start showing them how. Aromatherapy can reduce anxiety, ease depression and boost energy levels. And even if your friend or family member is a nonbeliever in alternative therapies, this gift will encourage them to stop and smell the essential oils.
For the quibbling couple: A cooking class
Maybe their dinner routine needs a refresh. Or maybe they just need a night out together. Solve both problems by investing in a cooking class. They can learn to whip up new, healthy creations. And the best part? They won’t fight over doing the dishes.