What better present can you give your loved ones than the gift of health? These ideas should provide plenty of inspiration.
This website offers a range of gifts and hampers, but of particular interest are their gluten-free and preservative-free options – perfect for those following special diets! They also carry a range of certified organic gifts, including organic wine. www.naturallygifted.com.au
Any dietitian will tell you that the best way to get healthy is to get organized first. Help someone make 2012 their healthiest year yet by picking up a magnetised 7-day meal planner, a magnetised shopping list for the fridge, a recipe folder to file and compile their recipes or a 2012 wall calendar to plan out their weekly exercise routine, all from Kikki.K. Prices start from $9.95. www.kikki-k.com
Get the kids in the kitchen
Teach your child the basics of healthy cooking with help from this fun Kids’ Kitchen Measuring Set from Tupperware. It includes a complete set of measuring spoons and cups in bright colours and cute shapes. RRP $23.90. www.tupperware.com.au
Give them the gift of time
With one of the latest trends in kitchen appliances: the multi-cooker. A number of these new devices have hit the market and these are two of our top picks:
Kambrook’s Quatro Multi-Cooker can sauté, slow-cook, steam and cook rice. It’s great for roasts, casseroles, soups, even puddings! RRP $79.95. www.kambrook.com.au
The New Wave 5 in 1 Multicooker is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, electric pan/pot, soup cooker and steamer/rice cooker all in one! It’s an easy way to prepare healthy meals at home. RRP $159.95. www.newwavekitchenappliances.com.au
Make healthier sausages
Control how much fat and sodium goes into your sausages, mince and burgers, and eliminate preservatives with Breville’s Power Grind (BMG600) meat grinder. RRP $299.95. www.breville.com.au
The ultimate pizza kit
Turn your barbecue into a pizzeria with Wiltshire’s BAR.B Pizza Kit. It includes three high-quality pizza stones, a three-shelf cooking stand, pizza rocker and pizza peel (the traditional pizza ‘shovel’). Available from Bunnings nationwide. RRP $89.95. www.wiltshirebbq.com.au
Keep it all together
The FlyActive Wrist Pocket is the best way to keep all your valuables with you when exercising outside. It’s just the right size for keeping your credit card, money and house key safe and secure. RRP $19.95. www.flyactive.com.au
iTunes gift card
Exercising is much more enjoyable with your favourite tunes to keep you moving. These gift cards also make perfect ‘last-minute’ pressies! Find them at most major retailers and online at http://store.apple.com/au
(This one’s good for the soul.) Need a gift for the person who has everything? Give them a buffalo! Or a fishing net…or even a pile of manure! Help people all over the world by donating to Oxfam AND check people off your Christmas list at the same time. Prices start at $10. www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au
Bake healthy bread
With the Size Select Bread Maker from Kambrook, you can bake your own healthy, delicious bread at home (for as little as $1.57 a loaf!). It has an easy pre-set program and you can select how ‘well done’ you like your crust. It even comes with a range of recipe ideas. RRP $99.95. www.kambrook.com.au
Nifty stocking fillers
The Cuisipro Spray Pump is a healthier way to add a light spray of oil, salad dressing or other flavouring to meals. RRP $32.95.
Fusionbrands’ Poachpods are great for anyone who struggles to poach a perfect egg. RRP $24.95 (per pair).
Looking for healthy gift ideas for family members of all ages? Try one of these great ideas from the Dietitians Association of Australia:
Backyard games: Get your family moving with a new cricket set, football, jump rope or hula hoops.
Gift vouchers: Instead of a video game, CD or book voucher, try gift vouchers to your local roller skating rink or swimming pool entry, or shout the family to a horse riding trip!
Beach games: Head to the beach with a new volleyball set, Frisbee, body board, or cricket set.
Fruit and vegetable seeds: Inspire the family to grow fruit and vegetables by giving them seeds – such as strawberries, tomatoes or chillies – or herbs like rosemary or thyme. Kids love helping out in the garden.
Healthy cooking classes: Enlist a family member or friend in a cooking class to learn healthy cooking techniques.
Have a tea party
It might seem like a gift you would give your nana, but the health benefits of different types of tea have been well documented. Make teatime special with tea and a teapot from T2. To order online or find a retail outlet near you, visit www.t2tea.com
Keep the beat
With Sennheiser PMX680 Sport headphones. These comfortable earphones wrap around the back of your head, meaning they won’t fall out of your ears as you run, jump and shake your head to the beat. Prices start at around $49.95. Visit www.sennheiser.com.au for retailers.
Healthy Food Guide magazine gift subscription
And of course – what better gift is there than 12 months of beautiful healthy recipes and expert health advice? A subscription to Healthy Food Guide magazine is the gift that keeps on giving!