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14 Health-Minded Gift Ideas for Christmas

Are you going to give the same old boring gifts again for Christmas? Here’s a list of 14 ideas that will make perfect gifts for health minded folks (and those you hope to convert to your ways!).

I included different price points, not just expensive ones.

1) A Fruit Basket

Around $10 to $15 with basket and fruits.

Every well-mannered person knows that you never show up at someone’s house empty handed. That is, if they’ve invited you over for dinner. It’s common courtesy to bring a small gift, like a bottle of wine, flowers or a box of chocolate.

But why not a fruit basket? All you need to do is head to the Dollar Store and pick up a few baskets (around $5 each). Get some transparent plastic and a colorful band to wrap it all together.

Of course, you’ll also need fruits. Good choices at this time of the year are: pomegranates, grapes, persimmons, prickly pears, citrus, apples, and imported, exotic fruit.

If you include a few tasty and unusual fruits, this gift won’t go unnoticed!

2) FitBit

$60 to $99, depending on model.

I love all of FitBit’s products. It’s the pedometer of the future! Want to help someone to get moving? Get a FitBit Zip. For around $60, this nifty device will calculate steps taken, monitor calories burned, calculate floors climbed, and wirelessly connect to the Internet where you’ll get reminders, personal bests, access to a community of health-minded people, and more.

The FitBit One ($99) is smaller and can also track your sleep cycles.

3) VegaSport Protein Bars

$41.99 for a box of 12.

I love the VegaSport line of products by Brendan Brazier. The protein bars are completely vegan and taste amazing. A box of those bars makes an amazing gift! Get them on Amazon or at your favorite health food stores (available everywhere in North America).

4) Aztec Salt

$25

Know a foodie? Gift them a salt they’ve never heard about. Aztec Salt is harvested by hand in Mexico and is the best finishing salt I’ve ever tasted. It’s super moist and the dream salt for any foodie. Get it directly from the distributor.

5) Aquaovo water bottle

 

$25 to $29.

I own one of Aquaovo’s water filters. They are an amazing design piece and one of the best filtering systems out there. Want to gift something unique?

The Aquaovo water bottles are eco-friendly and look amazing. Plus, it’s a unique gift that stands out. They have a full selection of various bottles that you can check out at:

http://www.aquaovo.com/en/water-bottles.html

 

 

6) Cocotap

This ingenious little tool enables you to open a coconut and drink the water inside, even when it’s a hard one you pick from a tree. As you may have seen in my latest video, I initially struggled to use it, but later found a much easier way that was so obvious but that I missed in my first attempts. I wouldn’t leave on a trip without it! You never know where your next coconut will come from…
Check it out: http://www.cocotap.com/

 

7) AnnMarie Gianni’s skin care products

$50 to $75.

These are the best, most natural skin care products on the market. Period! The scent of the aromatherapy herbs used in the products is amazing. My suggestions: Go with a travel pack for the lady, and an Aloe Vera Facial Cleanser plus a Facial Oil for the gentleman. Get these amazing products directly from their website.

8 ) Box of Dates from Date People

$50.

Dates are so delicious, especially when fresh and in season. Fortunately, the date season happens to be right now. The best dates in the world are from the Date People, and they will ship to anywhere on the planet. Their dates made it to Costa Rica, where I spend the winter, so I’m sure they will make it to your corner of the world. Go for their Barhi dates; they’re the best. They also make the perfect gift. Go to: http://www.datepeople.net

9) DVD Set: “The Raw Vegan Cuisine”

This is a shameless plug, but more than 3000 customers who enjoyed my latest raw DVD series “The Low-Fat Raw Vegan Cuisine” can’t be wrong. I created these DVDs because I saw something missing in the raw food movements. All raw food recipe DVDs only showed how to make extremely high-fat recipes based on the “gourmet” raw diet popular these days. This series is different, and shows you a much healthier and tastier way to eat. It’s also a great way to introduce someone to raw foods, because unlike a book – where the reader may raise many objections based on the arguments, these DVDs go straight into food preparation, which answers the number one question people ask: “What can I eat on this diet?”

Check it out here:
 http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/lowfatdvds/
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10) Extra Tamper for Vita-Mix Blender

$12.
If you know anyone who uses and abuses their Vita-Mix, chances are that at some point or another they’ve mishandled or lost their plunger. This has happened to me more than once. So, what could be a better gift than an extra pair of Vita-Mix tampers? Get them online: http://tinyurl.com/yathpjt

11) Glass straws

$35 for a set.

I love drinking coconuts and smoothies with a straw, but I don’t like to use plastic. I tried bamboo straws, but they ended up tasting weird and molding after a few uses. My favorite types of straws are glass straws. Good ones are hard to break, and they are reusable and toxin-free. They make a great gift as well. The best straws are made by Glass Dharma. They guarantee their straws against breakage with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer. Get them from Renegade Health.

12) Veggie Chopper

This is my favorite kitchen tool by far. It’s called by different names, such as the “tomato chopper” or “salsa maker” or “Chop Wizard,” but the idea is the same: cutting perfectly square pieces of vegetables in no time. I use it all the time to make salsa, gazpacho, vegetable soup and salads. If you’ve seen the infomercials for it, then my advice is: believe the hype. It’s a great and cheap tool. The best one is the International Fruit and Vegetable Chopper by Progressive. 

13) A Juicer

$99 to $149.

This is the BEST gift for anyone who has a little interest in health but has trouble getting started. Everyone would LOVE to have a juicer. Don’t gift a juicer to a seasoned raw foodist. That’s overkill. Give it to someone who really needs it. Plus, this gift doesn’t scream “I want you to lose some weight, my dear!” like an exercise DVD would.

My favorite all-around juicer is the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. The advantage of this juicer is the separate chute for refuse. But, the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor for $99 is also excellent. Don’t go for a cheaper model though, like the Hamilton line. Those break after regular use.

14) DeLonghi Slow Cooker

$115.

You can find a cheap slow cooker for $30 to $40, but they are low quality, often shedding their coating after a few uses. This slow cooker by DeLonghi is a stunning addition to any kitchen. Its pot is more compact and deeper, which works better for vegetarian meals (and anything else). It’s easy to clean and will last a long time. Find it on Amazon. 

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.