Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for Dieters
It should be obvious that a box of chocolates or cookies is a poor choice for someone who is watching his or her weight. Even if you think they might want to splurge a bit for the holidays, there will be plenty of options at the office holiday party or just about anywhere else. You may have the best of intentions, but such a gift may be perceived as undermining their get healthy efforts.
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts Wild Jerseys china for DietersBest: Kitchen gadgets
There are a number of kitchen tools I rely on to craft healthy meals that make terrific gifts. Higher end options include a crock pot and wok (both about $75 100), and in the mid range ($25 50) a water filtering pitcher or iced tea maker. Great choices under $25 include a zester, oil mister, citrus juicer, vegetable steamer, and avocado slicer.
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Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for DietersBest: Cooking class
For $50 150 you'll find a wide variety of healthy cooking classes at culinary schools and gourmet markets across the country. (They even offer them at Whole Foods.) Options include classes on very specific dishes, like vegan soup, or based on cuisine, such as Mediterranean meals, or focused on various benefits, like anti inflammatory eating. And to spend more quality time with your friend or family member, you can purchase a spot for yourself, so you can attend together.
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for DietersWorst: A scale
I think we can all agree that unless a friend or family member specifically asks for one, it's never ever OK to give a bathroom scale as a holiday gift (unless you're looking for a quick way to end the relationship!).
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Best and Worst Holiday Wild kids Jerseys Gifts for DietersBest: Fitness or activity gear
If someone you love is already Wild Jerseys cheap involved in a specific activity, such as walking or gardening, it's a nice idea to get them some of the gear that supports that activity. For example, a well made pair of gardening gloves, pedometer, resistance bands, or watchband (if they don't already have one), are thoughtful and will be appreciated. Just steer clear of anything that seems like a hint to get more exercise: If they don't currently lift weights, skip the dumbbells or CrossFit gear.
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I know that gift certificates or gift cards may seem impersonal, but when they're for a healthy restaurant or food market, they're one of my favorite gifts to receive. When I'm shopping or ordering, and not footing the bill myself, I tend to try new things, which really is a treat. And when I give this gift, I love it when friends tell me the same, especially when they fall in love with something new. For example, one bought an exotic spice she'd always wanted to try but never did, which immediately became a how did I ever live without this staple.
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for DietersBest: Weight loss membership or products
Unless they specifically ask for it, avoid getting a gym membership, signing them up for a weight loss program, or anything targeted to shed pounds.
In addition to a magazine subscription like Health, you can also bestow expert advice. I've had people order my services for others as gifts, like a coaching session or grocery store tour, and there are lots of wellness oriented resources that make wonderful gifts, from A Z superfood guides to yoga videos and guided meditation CDs.
Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master's degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she's Health's contributing nutrition editor, and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers NHL team and the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics.