Holiday Gifts for the Healthy-Minded
While there is no shortage of holiday gift-giving guides out now, we thought we would add one that is aimed at those who are working diligently to lose weight (or may start as part of their New Year's resolution). This sampling of gift ideas is suitable for any budget, but before you grab and wrap a gift to give to your friends or family, let's take a moment to review some simple rules of etiquette to save yourself (and the gift recipient) from embarrassment.
Gift Giving Etiquette
Keep in mind that even though people who are working to lose weight value the support and inspiration they get from their friends and family, the struggle to be successful and reach a goal is a personal one, so not every gift related to weight loss should be given to someone publicly. Make sure you understand the gift recipient's feelings toward their weight loss journey before giving them a "How to Diet" manual, box of low-sodium rice crackers and a measuring tape in front of their in-laws on Christmas morning. It could make more sense to give a gift when it's just the two of you.
Also, give a gift that can be used immediately and will help them stay inspired. Don't give someone a "carrot on a stick" - such as a pair of size "0" jeans to your wife with a card that reads, "I can't wait for the day you can squeeze into these! –XOXO" That just won't end well.
Gifts Ideas (in no particular order):
Withings Scale ($150) – The Withings Scale is the first Wi-Fi body scale that measures more than weight. It measures BMI, fat mass, lean mass, and it can send your information to your iPhone or Android device. It can also accommodate up to eight different users.
Edible Arrangements (Holiday arrangements start at $47) – Delicious and somewhat healthy, Edible Arrangements are fruit-centric bouquets (with some chocolate!) that can be delivered to almost any door in the U.S., and they are much more sensible for you than a basket of salami, Swiss cheese and petit fours.
Polar Heart Rate Monitor ($69.95 and up) – A great tool for knowing the intensity of your workouts, a heart rate monitor can alert you when you are in your cardio "zone" and make your exercise time more efficient.
Wii Fit Plus Bundle ($99) – Perfect for anyone who already has a Nintendo Wii, the Wii Fit Plus Bundle comes with the Balance Board and the Wii Fit Plus "game," which features a virtual trainer, customizable workout routines and fit credits earned by exercising.
Shell Food Scale ($65) – A sleek digital food scale by Joseph Joseph that features a lift-off measuring bowl convenient for measuring liquids and dry foods in grams, pounds, ounces, fluid ounces and milliliters. Also nifty is the "add and weigh" function that allows multiple ingredients to be weighed in the same bowl during recipe preparation.
invisibleSHIELD Screen Protectors (price depends on unit) – From Android devices to the iPhone 4 and iPad, Zagg offers top-notch protection for your mobile device so you won't have to worry about damaging or dirtying your screen when you log your caramel popcorn snack on MyNetDiary's mobile apps while standing in the middle of a room crowded with kids this holiday season.
TIP: check for discount codes on Zagg's Facebook page.
MyNetDiary Gift Cards (as low as $5 a month) – Treat your loved one, coworker or client to continued MyNetDiary service by purchasing a gift card. Available in 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month increments.