Shopping for someone in your life who is focused on their healthy lifestyle habits (or maybe buying yourself a gift)? Here are my top picks for gifts for health and wellness, based on the products my most successful patients swear by.
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Air fryers have been all the rage for the past year- for good reason! This easy cooking method allows you to create much healthier versions of your favorite fried foods, so you can enjoy that crispy taste you love without the excess oils that come with it. The Instant Pot air fryer is my top brand recommendation because it preheats quickly and is extremely easy to clean. As a bonus, you can also use this air fryer to bake, dehydrate, roast, broil, and even reheat leftovers! It truly becomes an all-in-one cooking device that absolutely earns its space in your kitchen!
A sous vide is a cooking device that you attach to the side of a large pot that is filled with water. The sous vide heats up the water to a precise temperature and circulates it. All you need to do is put your food into a vacuum-sealed plastic bag (or a Ziploc with the air out of it), and you’ll have the PERFECT preparation of whatever you’re cooking. Not only can a sous vide help you nail a perfectly rare filet mignon or prevent you from overcooking chicken or fish, but it is one of the healthiest cooking methods out there! No oil required at all!
Sous vide is the secret cooking technique for many famous restaurants, and it’s way easier than you think to replicate at home. Anova has the best sous vide products on the market (I personally have their sous vide, vacuum sealer, and pre-cut plastic bags). Besides never having technical issues with this brand, they have a smartphone app that pairs with the device to give you full control over the water temperature and timer and to send you a notification when cooking is complete. Consider sous vide your new favorite party trick to impress your friends with your cooking skills!
If the person you’re buying for doesn’t own a food processor yet, they’re probably spending way too much time on food prep! Simply your meal prep with the Vitamix food processor that can take care of all the chopping, slicing, shredding, mixing, and even dough kneading for you! My patients absolutely rave about how investing in a food processor pays off during their meal prep every single week. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, I recommend the Hamilton Beach food processor. It has fewer capacities than the gold-standard Vitamix food processor, but it will still absolutely get the job done for shredding and mixing.
For the people on your list who love to grill, bake, or slow-roast meats to perfection, this high-tech gadget is a must-have. The Meater thermometer uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and keeps you up-to-date on your food’s temperature throughout the entire cooking process. This handy tool completely eliminates the need to keep opening the oven to check your food’s temperature– which is good because letting the heat out of the oven can actually mess with the cooking process! Instead, your phone will ping you when your food is done, and you’ll know it is perfect!
Spiralizing vegetables like zucchini, sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots is a fun and delicious way to squeeze nutrient-rich veggies into meal planning (or as a healthy substitute in pasta-based dishes). But, when it comes to spiralizing vegetables, you don’t want to settle for a hand spiralizer (hello, slippery veggies and carpal tunnel!). Briefton’s 7-blade vegetables spiralizer means business. All you have to do for perfect veggie noodles is to put the vegetable onto a spear, press it against the blade, and turn the handle a few times. Dinner will be ready in 5 minutes!
An obvious pick for the person in your life who prioritizes health and wellness. In another post, I broke down my top picks for fitness wearables based on the products that have been proven to boost motivation and help users meet their physical activity goals consistently. The two top all-around picks are the Apple Watch and FitBit Versa 3. These options not only include advanced technology for tracking your steps, calorie burn, heart rate, and GPS-based stats, but can also be linked to your iPhone (FitBit also compatible with Android) over Wifi for integration with emails, calls, and texts. These fitness trackers also have features for guided deep breathing and direct control of your music/podcasts.
For an option that is simpler but more budget-friendly, the FitBit Charge provides all of the essential functions of the Apple Watch and FitBit Versa 3– just with fewer smartwatch capacities.
This is another topic I’ve written about in more detail, but the bottom line is that building a home fitness routine has become more important than ever now that we’ve all experienced the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Whether the person in your life loves the endorphin high that comes from cardio or the confidence that comes from strength training, there are options within any budget to support their at-home workout game.
For the cardio bunny:
- Jump rope
- Weighted hula hoop
- Adjustable ankle weights
- Under-desk elliptical or under-desk stationary bike (amazing for your work-from-home friends!)
- Treadmill desk (or standing desk)
- NordicTrack Treadmill and NordicTrack Studio Bike
For the strength training star:
- Resistance band loops
- Resistance bands with handles
- Adjustable barbell
- Adjustable dumbbells
- Adjustable strength training bench
- All-in-one power rack that includes the bench and adjustable barbell
- If you’re purchasing heavy-duty strength training equipment, protect the floors in your home with appropriate non-slip exercise mats.
For the yogi:
- Yoga mat
- Yoga blocks with strap (to assist with modifications of poses)
- Yoga blanket
- Recommendation to check out the incredible free Youtube videos by Yoga with Adriene!
The ultimate treat for sore muscles- the handheld Renpho massage gun has 20 speeds and five attachments that are specifically designed to relieve tension and soreness in your neck, shoulders, back, spine, and legs. This is one of those products that your fitness friend or family member wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves but would thank you a thousand times over if you treated them to it. Available on Renpho’s website or on Amazon.
In my opinion (shared by those I’ve convinced to try these headphones), the Bose 700 Wireless Bluetooth headphones are the absolute best on the market for premium sound quality and noise cancellation. The music will surround you (or the person you’re shopping for!) in a way that creates a laser focus on crushing your workout. The exceptional noise cancellation features also allow these headphones to be your go-to for Zoom meetings or when you’re trying to find some peace and quiet on an airplane. Importantly, the Bose 700 Wireless Bluetooth headphones hold up well to sweat and can easily be cleaned, so take them on your toughest runs!
If you’re looking for mid-tier budget options, consider the Sony WH-1000Xm4 wireless headphones and Jabra Elite 75t Bluetooth earbuds. For a surprisingly good budget-friendly option, check out the JBL Tune 510BT headphones, Anker Soundcore Life headphones, or JBL Tune 225TWS earbuds.
10. Membership to Thrive Market
Thrive Market is an exclusive online grocery store that specializes in high-quality, locally sourced, organic foods to stock up your friend or family member’s pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. My patients personally love using Thrive Market because they can shop by their dietary preferences (paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, etc.) and the groceries are delivered straight to their home! No more trips to the grocery store and pure confidence that you are gifting the highest quality health foods. Thrive Market has a wide variety of products to support health and wellness, and they just added new chef-crafted frozen meals.
Thrive Market also has an offer for my readers to add a free gift to their first order- click the banner below!
11. Crowd Cow or Vital Seafood Box
Crowd Cow and Vital Seafood are specialty stores where you can send your loved one a box of the highest-quality, sustainably sourced meat or seafood.
Meat and seafood can have significantly different nutrition benefits based on where you buy them.The best options are sustainably sourced from local farmswhere the animals are pasture-raised and grass-fed (meats) or wild-caught (seafood). Meat and seafood from these sources guarantees there were NO hormones or antibiotics used (and that fish are tested for safe levels of mercury).
For meat, Crowd Cow has your covered. All of their meat is grass-fed and pasture-raised. There are absolutely NO hormones or antibiotics used, so you will never be questioning what you’re eating. I can’t recommend them strongly enough! Crowd Cow has kindly offered my audience $100 off across their first three orders + free shipping. This is a great opportunity to provide a gift of the highest quality ingredients. Just click the image below!
For seafood, there’s no better option out there than Vital Choice, a B Corporation certified company that works with local farmers to bring you sustainably sourced wild-caught seafood and grass-fed meats. Take a look at their selection and enjoy their special offer for my readers for free shipping on order $99+!
Dr. Schulte’s Summary
I hope this list has you feeling inspired to shop for your family member or friend who loves all things health and wellness. Maybe you’ve even picked up an idea as a “treat yourself” gift. Please let me know in the comments if there are additional categories or products you would appreciate recommendations for, and I will promptly reply so all of your holiday shopping needs are covered! Happy Holidays!
What will you gift your health and wellness aficionado friend this year?
Disclaimer: all opinions are my own and are not affiliated with my employers. Please seek medical guidance before pursuing weight loss or making significant changes to the way you eat or your physical activity routine.