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Healthiest holiday gifts

Healthy gifts don’t have to be dull. The right presents can inspire people to try new hobbies, encourage good habits, and spark interest in a lifetime of well-being. Best of all, they don’t have to be very expensive.

If you’re shopping for someone interested in health and wellness, check out these gift ideas to help them jump-start the new year.  

Yoga mat

Whether it’s an experienced yogi or total newbie on your holiday list, a mat is a great gift for practitioners of all levels. Mats make practice safer and more comfortable, and they come especially handy during large group classes. A yoga mat gives definition to your own space.

Longtime yoga lovers almost certainly own mats already, but they tend to wear out fairly fast. A new one will almost certainly be a welcome gift for the season.

Learn more about starting a yoga practice.

Phone cleaner

Looking for a good stocking stuffer? Smartphones are among the grimiest things you touch in a given day, so regular cleaning is important. Luckily, there are lots of good cleaning options out there, from portable wipe packs to bottled sprays.  

Learn more about germy places in your everyday life.

Step tracker

Did you know that there’s no real medical reason to get exactly 10,000 steps per day? The number is mostly arbitrary, as health benefits tend to level off after 7,000 to 8,000 steps.

But step trackers can still be valuable. They encourage you to move more, and any exercise is better than none. What’s more, you may find yourself spending extra time outside or interacting more with friends.   

Learn more about the plus sides of step counting.

Aromatherapy diffuser

Aromatherapy isn’t for everyone, but it can be an effective mood booster or sleep aid for some people. Ending your day with the scents of essential oils is a healthy way to wind down and prepare for rest.

Got friends who already own a diffuser? Consider buying them some new oils– lavender is known to be particularly calming.

Learn more about the benefits of essential oils.

Cycling accessories

Weekend warriors, bike commuters, and serious athletes alike will enjoy new accessories for their ride. Specialty bike shops can offer tailored recommendations for the cyclist in your life. Bright lights or stylish helmets can be good places to start.

Lean more about cycling and safety tips.

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