15 healthy gifts for your fit friends
what to give the health nuts in your life.
Published Dec 4, 2015 5:00 AM
Everyone’s got at least one health nut in their circle (maybe it’s even you!). They are the ones who know the best yoga studio in town, have been adding greens to their smoothies for years, and can tell you the latest health news whether it involves GMOs, BPA, or any other intimidating acronym. This gift guide taps into healthy indulgences like beauty products, organic bedding, and organic and irresistible treats. Even if you aren’t a health nut, you may find yourself ordering an extra of some of these products for yourself. It’s never too late to start down the road to wellness, and the best gift for any health nut is the knowledge that he or she inspired you to get healthier!
organic body butter
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it often takes a beating in the winter despite our best efforts at hydration. Organic Bath Company’s Fair Trade certified Drenched Body Butter is made with shea butter and argan, almond, and jojoba oils, nourishing thirsty skin and eliminating the need to reapply throughout the day. With a list of all organic ingredients that you can count on one hand, the body butter is handcrafted in small batches. We can already see ourselves slathered in it while reading in bed. Rest easy knowing that the Organic Bath Company donates a portion of every sale to 1% for the planet.
Yoga is a most likely a beloved part of your health nut’s weekly schedule, but she’s got too much personality to simply fade into the sea of yogis downward dogging in plain black pants. The solution: Cute leggings that are so cute she’ll end up wearing them out to brunch with you too. Two of our favorites: This gorgeous, floral print from The Upside and a more subtle, graphic design from Onzie.
Jewelry is a well-received gift in general, and we love how Satya has hundreds of healing and inspiring design options, with a site that can be searched according to gemstone or symbol (or you can design your own!). This turquoise regeneration bracelet—with a lotus pendant symbolizing new beginnings and turquoise beads signifying health, intuition, and self-expression—is a sweet and affordable gift of good vibes that the recipient will slip on each and every day.
The holidays often mean more take-out and dining out due to a variety of social and work celebrations. By the New Year, everyone, especially health nuts, are usually refreshed and ready to get busy in the kitchen again. Beloved natural foods blogger/photographer/cookbook author Heidi Swanson’s latest release Near and Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel contains nourishing, healthy, and doable dishes that are both exotic and familiar. The Food52 Vegan cookbook contains 60 unfussy, vegan staples that will surely become repeat offenders in every kitchen (whether you are veg or not). And for health nuts who like to eat clean but talk dirty, we’d highly recommend cult favorite Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck.
A short juice cleanse can be a fun way to jumpstart your health after indulging over the holidays. Choose a juice cleanse that has been carefully calibrated to give you energy and fulfilling nutrition in the form of fruits, veggies, and nuts—there’s nothing healthy about starving yourself. BluePrint Cleanse is one of our favorites, with four levels of cleansing available and a commitment to using pure, organic, cold pressed ingredients.
organic nut butters
Brooklyn-based Better Off Spread‘s organic nut butters come in delectable flavors including coconut key lime organic cashew butter and a rosemary and sea salt organic dark chocolate peanut butter. We fully support picking up some of these delicious vegan nut butters for yourself as well—they are certain to elevate your peanut sauce and your jelly sandwiches. These nut butters are perfect for wanderers to take on road trips or campouts—no refrigeration needed!
a responsibly sourced down vest
A stylish, yet functional down vest that is as useful for a wintry day’s hike as it is for sitting fireside with a hot toddy afterwards. Nau’s poplin vest is made from a blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton poplin and stuffed with responsible down-certified fill. Nothing can keep a health nut inside for long, and this vest supplies even more reason to brave the elements.
small batch granola
Granola has gotten a variety of upgrades over the years as nuts and superfoods go in and out of fashion. Anyway you slice it (er….crumble it), granola is still a great breakfast or snack food topped with fruit, swirled into yogurt, or (let’s be honest) by the handful. Farm to People sells several grab-worthy versions. The paleo granola is grain-free and relies on coconut flakes, nuts, dried berries, and seeds for crunch and organic honey for sweetness. Or try the spicy granola—it’s sweet and savory, which means you’ll be using it everywhere.
tory burch fitbit band
Despite all the apps available now to record mileage, the Fitbit remains among the most popular trackers. A collaboration with designer Tory Burch means that you don’t have to sacrifice style while striving for those steps. The options, including silver or gold wrapped bracelets, a metal pendant, and printed bracelets (we love the heart pattern), turn a practical way of measuring health into a fashion statement.
Organic? Check. Vegan? Check. Affordable and available at a place we actually shop regularly? Check and check. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn fills all of our wish list requirements for gift-buying. This set of four lip balms (peppermint, cocoa, citrus, and cinnamon) let you mix and match based on mood (or perhaps the preferences of whoever is kissing said lips). Made with cocoa butter and coconut oil as well as essential oils, these hydrating lip balms (and other S.W. Basics products) can be found at Target.
a gym or yoga bag
The Travelling Yogini Rucksack from Lululemon is really two gifts in one. First, there’s a waterproof nylon backpack fit for toting your mat, clothes, and any other essentials to carry you through your daily adventures, both big and small. A detachable cross body bag provides even more versatility, like running out for a post-asana tea. Another sporty chic option: This take-it-with-you-everywhere Stella McCartney bag.
Every health nut worth his or her salt knows the importance of getting good zzzzzs. Sheets, blankets, and pillows are a thoughtful way to let a loved one know that you are trying to keep them on a healthy path even when they aren’t conscious. ABC Carpet & Home’s abcDNA Starlight collection features light, easy to layer GOTS certified cotton sheets, shams, and quilts in serene, calming color palettes. Pair the bedding with a handmade organic cotton pillow.
organic spa robe and towel set
Basically everyone we know could use a massage. Too often, this relaxing, stress-relieving ritual often feels like an indulgence when it’s really an important way to improve or maintain health. Coyuchi’s spa set will make every day feel like a trip to the spa with a textured waffle robe, two bath towels, two guest towels, and two wash clothes (all of which are made from GOTS certified organic cotton). Add in some organic massage oils for a truly decadent spa day at home.
diy bulletproof coffee kit
Bulletproof, or butter coffee, is made by combining coffee, coconut oil, and butter. The result is a paleo drink that proponents claim brings improved mental clarity and energy and helps to suppress food cravings. Make a DIY kit by buying some organic coconut oil (we like Nutiva or Spectrum Organics), some organic butter from grass-fed cows (or a dairy-free substitute), and the best coffee you can find. We especially like the coffees from direct and ethical trade pioneers La Colombe, which you can buy in gift sets or in various blends. With the latest studies touting coffee consumption’s health benefits, we say “drink up.”
A massage roller might not be the most glamorous gift around, but we guarantee it will be an extremely appreciated stocking stuffer for health fanatics who train and play hard. After a strenuous workout, these rollers help reduce soreness and promote faster recovery. Massage rollers come in a variety of styles and price points, but this one doubles as a deep tissue massage tool as a result of its durable foam exterior.