Give Healthy, Give Happy!



You feel it coming, right? That inescapable stress that always seems to overshadow holiday gift-buying. Let’s face it, finding that coveted “perfect” gift is always so much easier said than done.

This year, why not skip the stress, jump off the beaten path and embark on a new path of gift-giving? Consider the priceless gift of health with one or more of the following ideas. Happy shopping!

 

1. Biggest Loser Kitchen Scale

Portion control is a huge factor in eating healthy. This scale not only weighs food, but it also has a built-in memory for over 1,400 foods. In addition, you can enter up to 50 new foods and recipes. Retails for $59.99 at Macys.com.

 

2. Nike Tempo Running Shorts

These are my favorite workout shorts. Not only are they extremely comfortable but they also come in a variety of fun colors and patterns. Visit Dick’s Sporting Goods or Nike Outlet at the Legends.

 

3. Trader Joe’s Gift Certificate

Encourage the people you love to eat healthy by giving them a gift certificate to this grocery store. They have a large selection of organic foods and other great finds that will make it easier to make smart shopping choices. Located at One Nineteen. If you want to give a tasty bottle of wine for a good price, go to the Ward Parkway Trader Joe’s location.

 

4. Athletic Shoes

For a step in the right direction, a new pair of shoes may be just what your loved one needs to move more in 2012. Go to Elite Feet in Hawthorne Plaza for a knowledgeable staff to help you pick out the right shoe for your loved one.

 

5. Natural Body Gift Certificate

We can all use a little stress buster and who doesn’t love some “me” time at the spa? Whether it is a microdermabrasion facial, massage, mani or pedi, nothing shows how much you care like giving someone you love the pampering she deserves. For an amazing spa experience try Natural Body Spa and Shop at One Nineteen.

 

6. Lululemon Gift Certificate

It’s important to feel good about yourself while working out, and looking the part certainly helps! Lululemon makes fun, stylish workout clothes for yoga, running and working out. They have a variety of pieces from pants to jackets that will get your loved one excited to work out. Visit Lululemon in One Nineteen.

 

7. Vitamix Blender

If you want to give the Porsche of blenders, this is the one to buy! The Vitamix is a high-quality blender that mixes up nutritious smoothies, soups, or sauces. My daughter even puts a Granny Smith apple in her smoothies and it blends with ease. I tell my clients this blender is an investment in your health. Check it out at Vitamix.com for $449.00.

 

8. P90X2

Millions of people have worked out to P90X and now the follow-up to Tony Horton’s hugely popular DVD series, P90X2, is available for pre-order to ship in time for the holidays. Check it out at BeachBody.com for $119.85.

 

9. Pedometer

Ever wonder how many steps you actually take in a day? With a pedometer, you won’t have to wonder anymore! Aid your loved ones in reaching a goal of 10,000 steps a day by giving them a way to keep track of their daily steps. Buy a good pedometer like the Omron HJ-112 on www.Amazon.com for $20.99.

 

10. Mitzi Dulan’s Boot Camp for Women Gift Certificate

Give 4 weeks of fun, inspiring workouts to your wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, daughter or friend. This gift can transform a life! The healthy jumpstart to 2012 with yours truly is good for all fitness levels. Not only will the recipient get 12 workouts, but he or she will also receive a nutrition seminar, motivational training and support. The 4-Week Boot Camp costs $219.00; for more information visit MitziDulansBootCamp.com.

 

11. Lucy Perfect Core Exercise Pant

The name says it all…these are the perfect pant and my absolute favorite! The extremely comfortable pant compresses in just the right spots, and easily transitions from working out to running errands and taking the kids to activities. I suggest going up 1 size from normal. They are a bit pricey at $98 but worth every cent as the lucky person who receives this pair of pants will never want to take them off!

 

12. The North Face Stow-n-Go Sports Bra

This sports bra makes it easy to hold on to keys or cards without carrying a purse or exercise bag. Not only will it give great support, but it also has a double layer pocket in the front panel for essentials. Available at TheNorthFace.com for $35.00.