Have loved ones started prying about your present picks this season? Even though the holidays are about so much more than big shiny boxes and stockings bursting at the seams, many families dole out additional “warm and fuzzies” by way of some good old fashioned gift giving. If your family and friends are among the “presents preferred” crowd, they’re probably wondering what’s on your wish list this season.
And, since you’re in the business of better health this year, why not take make it easy on them by doling out some good-for-you gift suggestions? Check out these 16 stocking-sized gifts that are sure to have a big impact on your weight loss success. They’re also perfect ideas for the fitness lover in your family!
1. A Fitness Tracker
Plenty of research has suggested that people who keep track of their diet and exercise habits often have better weight loss outcomes. If you get a Fitbit, you can even sync your new tracker with NuMi, our FREE online tracking tool, and you’ll be totally set for slim-down success.
2. Grocery Store Gift Cards
Sure it’s not the most glamorous gift you could ask for, but it’s certainly helpful—and healthful, since it will help you load up on fresh produce and grocery add-ons.
3. Gym Membership
It might be a tiny little print-out at the bottom of your stocking, but this one packs a big good-for-you punch! Getting moving will not only help boost your weight loss results, it will also boost your mood—especially in the cold weather months.
4. Portion Size Freezer Bags
Several brands now make these bags, which make portion distortion a thing of the past. Use them for loose snacks like popcorn, or as a way to be sure you’re getting enough veggies.
5. Individual Popsicle Molds
Ever make a smoothie or juice and have just a little left? Pour the remaining liquid into popsicle molds and stick them in the freezer for a frozen treat you can enjoy when cravings strike.
6. Reflective Wrist Bands
With even darker days on the horizon, this gift will ensure that you can continue your neighborhood strolls safely—and visibly.
7. Manual Herb Mill
Shake your salt habit with this stainless steel kitchen tool that allows you to chop fresh, flavorful herbs without using a knife or cutting board. It works like a dream, especially on coarser herbs like rosemary.
8. Egg Yolk Extractor
Take the work out of separating eggs with these simple tools that make prepping for an egg white omelet a piece of cake.
9. Meat Thermometer
Make sure your lean proteins like meats, poultry and fish are cooked to perfection with this kitchen essential that takes the guesswork out of cooking meat.
10. Yoga or Workout DVD
Would you exercise more if you could do it from the comfort of home? Ask for some workout DVDs this holiday and flex your fitness in your very own living room.
11. Microplane or Zester
This simple tool, which enables you to scrape the rind off of citrus foods and gather zest, helps add elegance (and flavor!) to all of your dishes.
12. Massage Gift Certificates
On your path to happy and healthy, you’re going to have to start identifying non-food treats for yourself. Truly, there’s nothing better than spoiling yourself with a good massage.
13. Apple Corer
Anything that gets you to eat more fruits and veggies is a great gift, in our opinion. We love apple corers because they make coring and slicing this nutrient-packed produce super simple.
14. Orange Peeler
Here’s another simple kitchen tool that saves time. Simply push it through the skin of your oranges and pull. Your produce will be peeled in no time.
15. Flavored Teas
You’ll love celebrating the season with aromatic teas. Not only is this festive treat guilt-free, it could boast some health benefits as well!
16. Wicking Socks
If you plan to get outside at all this winter, you’ll want to keep your feet warm. Asking for a few pairs of socks designed to keep your feet dry is a great first step.