18 Gift Ideas for Health Enthusiasts and Beginners

by Lauren Joskowitz
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18 Gift Ideas for Health Enthusiasts and Beginners

‘Tis the season to be healthy and happy! As the holiday festivities kick into high gear, why not spread some wellness cheer with thoughtful gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle and support weight loss goals?

Whether you’re shopping for health-conscious loved ones or seeking inspiration for your own wish list, we’ve got you covered.

From practical tools to delicious treats, here are some fantastic gift ideas that will bring joy and encourage a healthier journey, for health enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Spice Kits for Healthy Cooking

Spice up their culinary adventures with a collection of flavorful and healthy spice kits. Known for their antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and potential to boost metabolism, spices will add a burst of flavor and may provide numerous health benefits with any meal. So, encourage creativity in the kitchen while keeping their taste buds satisfied and their health in check.

  • “Taste of the World” Spice Gift Set by Fresh Jax: This set is an absolute must for the adventurous home chef. It includes five spices inspired by world cuisines, including Hot Harissa Moroccan Blend for North Africa and Hot Red Curry from Madra. Price: $29.99
  • Simply Organic Gourmet Starter 12 Spices Gift Set: This set by Simply Organic includes twelve of the most essential organic spices like garlic powder, rosemary, and cumin. It’s a perfect starter kit for someone diving into the world of organic cooking. Price: $37
  • Sonoran Spice Ghost Pepper Set: This set by Sonoran Spice includes three of the world’s hottest spices: Ghost Pepper, Scorpion Pepper, and Carolina Reaper. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but spice enthusiasts will love it. Price: $24.95
  • “Kitchen Essentials” Spice Kit by The Spice House: This kit includes a collection of 12 essential herbs and spices for the modern-day chef, including Sweet Basil, Hungarian Sweet Paprika, and Greek Oregano. Price range: $78 – $85

At-Home Sparkling Beverage Maker

Add a splash of fizz to your hydration routine with an at-home sparkling beverage maker. Not only are these gadgets super fun, but they also offer a more sustainable alternative to store-bought carbonated drinks. Here are a few recommendations to get your loved ones started on their bubbly journey.

  • SodaStream Fizzi One Touch: This electric model has three different fizz levels and operates with just a touch of a button. It’s simple to use and is compatible with all SodaStream flavors and carbonation bottles. Price range: $129.97 – $275.09
  • DrinkMate Carbonated Soda Maker: DrinkMate stands out in the crowd as it can carbonate not just water, but any beverage! It fizzes up iced tea, juice, or even wine. Price: $119.99
  • AARKE – CARBONATOR II: Premium in both price and performance, the Aarke Carbonator II is a sleek and stylish device that would look fantastic on any countertop. It’s built to last, with a sturdy stainless steel design. Price range: $228.14 – $259
  • iSi Soda Siphon: For those who prefer a more affordable, manual option, the iSi Soda Siphon is an excellent choice. This compact gadget is ideal for creating small batches of homemade sodas, cocktails, and more. Price range: $50 – $70

Blender for Smoothie Making

A high-powered blender is a must-have for anyone looking to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Whether they’re whipping up nutrient-packed smoothies, homemade nut butters, or creamy soups, a quality blender will make their culinary creations a breeze.

  • Visp ElixirNot totally a blender, this option is more like a reusable bottle that lets you blend powders into liquid on the go. Think: protein powder, matcha, lattes, etc. It’s leak proof, made from glass, and claims to be pretty darn quiet. Price: $88
  • NutriBullet Pro: A compact but mighty blender, the NutriBullet Pro is designed for personal use. It’s perfect for whipping up a quick breakfast smoothie or post-workout protein shake. Price: $109
  • Ninja Professional Countertop Blender: This budget-friendly yet powerful blender is perfect for those just venturing into the world of smoothie-making. It’s got a large capacity and comes with two Nutri Ninja Cups for on-the-go goodness. Price: $113.99
  • Beast Blender: Basically the blender every influencer and their mom is using, this blender was made with “counter-worthy style.” For real, it’s pretty. But it’s smart, too. It monitors blade speed and temperatures, and makes adjustments accordingly. It’s easy to take on the go, too. Price: $140.25
  • Vitamix 5200 Blender: Known for its high-performance blending, the Vitamix 5200 makes whole-food juice, cooks soup, and more. It’s a bit of an investment, but the rave reviews suggest it’s worth every penny! Price: $393.80

AirFryer for Healthier Cooking

For those who love the crispiness of fried foods but want to cut back on oil and calories, an air fryer is the perfect gift. This kitchen gadget uses hot air circulation to achieve that crispy texture without the need for excessive oil. From guilt-free fries to crispy veggies, the possibilities are endless.

  • Philips Starfish Technology AirFryer: Known for making the original air fryer, the Philips AirFryer offers a bit of sophistication with its digital interface and unique Starfish design for even cooking. Price: $129.99
  • COSORI Air Fryer Max XL: This air fryer is a fan favorite. It’s easy to use, offers a range of spacious baskets, and even comes with 100 original, delicious & easy recipes for every meal. Price range: Starts at $59.99
  • Instant Pot Vortex Plus: Not just an air fryer, but a 7-in-1 multi-use cooking device. It can roast, broil, bake, reheat, dehydrate, rotisserie and even air fry — all in one. If kitchen space is a concern, this does it all. Price: $149.99
  • Ninja Air Fryer: Ninja has a ton of options. Some are simple, single basket air fryers. Others have dual baskets. You can even have multi-combo options that provide oven and dehydrating options, too. Price range: Starts at $99.99
  • Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven with Grill: This one is a full-size toaster oven that comes with an air fryer function. Perfect for larger families or those who love to entertain. Price: $229.95

Slow Cooker for Easy and Healthy Meals

Make healthy cooking a breeze with a slow cooker. With minimal effort, they can create flavorful and nutritious meals that are ready to enjoy at the end of a long day. From comforting stews to tender meats, a slow cooker will save time and make meal prep a breeze.

Healthy Snack Subscription Box

Treat them to a monthly surprise with a subscription box filled with delicious and nutritious snacks. From protein bars to dried fruits and savory treats, these curated boxes will keep them fueled and satisfied throughout the day, minus the guilt.

  • SnackNation: SnackNation offers a box of new, exciting snacks each month, so your loved one will never get bored. Price range: Starts at $16
  • UrthBox: Every box is filled with organic and non-GMO snacks. Plus, they offer a Vegan box option. Price range: $20.99 – $50.99 per box
  • NatureBox: A perfect box for those with specific dietary needs. You can choose from Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, or Low Sodium snack options for your loved one. And the best part? Price range: $50 – $120 per box
  • Healthy Surprise Box: All snacks are natural, gluten-free, and GMO-free. It’s like a monthly Christmas of healthy snacking. Price range: $65 – $100 per box

Mason Jar Salad Container for a Stylish Lunch

For those who love a bit of style with their healthy eating, a mason jar salad container is a fun and trendy choice. Not only do they provide a pretty presentation, but these jars also keep salads fresh and crisp by allowing for easy layering — dressings at the bottom and greens at the top. Plus, they’re super portable and reusable, making them an eco-friendly option.

  • Ball Mason Jars: These classic mason jars are a popular choice for salad storage. They’re sturdy, reliable, and let’s be honest, they look super cute in your lunch bag. Price range: $10 – $20 for a pack of 12
  • Kerr Wide Mouth Mason Jars: With their wide opening, these jars make it easy to stuff in all your favorite salad ingredients. Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Price: $11.97 for a pack of 12
  • Consol Glass Mason Jars: Offering a bit of a unique design, these jars are both stylish and functional. They’re made with high-quality glass and come with a reusable straw. Price: $33.99 for a pack of four
  • Le Parfait French Glass Canning Jar: If your loved one is a bit fancy, this French-made canning jar is a great choice. It’s a little pricier, but the quality and aesthetic are worth it. Price range: Starts at $45

Salad Spinner for Crisp, Fresh Greens

For salad enthusiasts who appreciate perfectly crisp greens, a salad spinner is a must-have kitchen tool. Not only does it efficiently remove excess water after washing, but it also keeps lettuce and other leafy greens at their freshest. Say goodbye to soggy salads and hello to vibrant, crisp greens that make every salad come to life. They’ll wonder how they ever made salads without it!

  • Cuisinart Salad Spinner: With its pull cord system, this spinner makes salad prep an absolute snap. It’s built to last, so your loved one can count on it for many salads to come. Bonus: it’s dishwasher-safe! Price: $24.99
  • OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner: This little workhorse is a fan favorite for a reason. Its easy-to-use pump mechanism and brake button make drying greens a breeze. Not to mention, it doubles as a serving bowl. Price: $29.99
  • Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner: This one comes with a newly improved ergonomic handle for effortless pulling. It also keeps produce fresher longer and comes with a 5-year guarantee. Price: $36.95

Meal Prep Containers for Portion Control

Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy diet. It helps regulate calorie intake and promotes balanced nutrition. By controlling the amount of food consumed, individuals can avoid overeating and ensure they are getting the right balance of nutrients. A set of high-quality meal prep containers will help them stay on track with their weight loss goals. With convenient compartments and leak-proof designs, these containers make it easy to plan and portion meals ahead of time.

  • Bentgo 2-Compartment Meal-Prep Containers with Custom-Fit Lids: These containers are designed with two generously sized compartments, perfect for packing a balanced meal. Their custom-fit lids ensure food stays as fresh and tasty as when it was first prepared. And they’re microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe. Price: $12.99
  • Prep Naturals Glass Food Storage Containers: These storage containers are made from eco-friendly, BPA-free glass that can handle anything, from the microwave to the freezer, with ease. They offer a tight-sealing lid to keep meals fresh and smartly-designed compartments to help keep your food separate and organized. Price: $29.99
  • Caraway Food Storage Set: The Caraway Food Storage Set brings organization and style to any kitchen. Made from naturally BPA-free materials, this set is as safe as it is stylish. And they’re stackable! They’ll save you space in your pantry or fridge. Plus, they’re oven-safe, dishwasher-safe, and microwave-safe. Price: $220.50

Portion Control Plates for Mindful Eating

Here’s another simple yet effective way to eat healthier — portion control plates! These plates are designed with markings to guide the user on the right amounts of different food groups they should consume in a meal. It’s an easy and practical method to ensure a balanced diet without having to do complicated calorie counting.

  • Ezy Dose Portion Control Tray: This plate helps manage servings by fitting right over a dinner plate. It’s a practical tool that removes the guesswork from portion control. It’s dishwasher-safe and a great tool to support anyone’s dietary goals. Price range: $9.99 – $16.98
  • Health Beet Portion Control Plate: These are dishwasher-safe and even come with a guide to help your loved one understand what each portion looks like. The colorful design makes portion control fun and easy! Price range: Starts at $10.95
  • La Boos Square Portion Control Plates: These plates are crafted from eco-friendly bamboo and divided into four sections for fruits or veggies, grains, and proteins. The plate’s design encourages a balanced diet and the bamboo material adds a touch of elegance. Price: $15.99
  • Precise Portions Go Healthy Portion Control Plates: A set of these plates includes a portion control guide and a 10-week Monday to Sunday meal planner for a comprehensive approach to healthier eating. The plates are also microwave-safe. Price range: $18.95 – $29.11

Microgreen or Herb Garden for Homegrown Nutrition

Bring the joy of gardening indoors with a microgreen countertop garden. These compact and easy-to-use kits allow them to grow their own nutrient-packed microgreens right in their kitchen. Plus, microgreens and herbs are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and have been found to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. And it’s a fun and sustainable way to add freshness and flavor to any meal.

  • Click and Grow Smart Garden: This indoor garden kit makes growing herbs as easy as clicking a button. It comes with a built-in grow light and self-watering system, meaning even the most novice gardeners can turn their kitchen into a farmer’s market. Price range: Starts at $69.95
  • AeroGarden Harvest: This option allows your loved one to grow up to six herbs, vegetables, or salad greens at once, all year round. It’s an all-in-one system that includes a high-performance grow light and a control panel that alerts when it’s time to add water and plant food. Price range: Starts at $79.95

MyFitnessPal Premium Membership

Help your loved ones stay on track with their fitness and nutrition goals by gifting them a MyFitnessPal Premium membership. With advanced features like macro tracking, goal setting, and personalized insights, this app is like having a nutritionist in their pocket. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, providing support and motivation throughout the year. Price range: $19.99 monthly or $79.99 per year.

High-Quality Olive Oil or Vinegar Set for Flavorful Cooking

A good-quality olive oil or vinegar set can take the taste of meals to a whole new level. These sets often come with an assortment of flavors that can add a gourmet touch to any dish. Plus, olive oil is rich in heart-healthy fats, making it a great addition to a health-conscious kitchen.

  • Giuseppe Giusti Gran Deposito Italian Balsamic Wine Vinegar: This vinegar comes from a 17th century family recipe and is aged in barrels with the addition of aged balsamic vinegar extracted from century old casks. It’s sure to add a gourmet touch to meals. Price range: $39.99 – $78.89
  • Corto’s Virtual Tasting Experience: Not just high-quality olive oil; this one’s an experience your loved one can do right from home. The kit includes a selection of Corto’s finest olive oils and a guided virtual tasting via their website. Your loved one will learn about the nuances of flavor, notes to look for, and even the art of olive oil tasting. Price range: $50 – $74
  • McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil Tasting GiftThe set includes eight different olive oils, each with its own unique flavor profile. From the rich, robust notes of the Traditional blend to the zesty kick of the Lemon infused oil, there’s a taste for every palette. Plus, it’s all organically grown and estate-produced at McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, California. Price: $84.95
  • 12 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena: This vinegar is aged for 12 years in wooden barrels for a sweet and thick consistency. It’s perfect for salad dressings, dips, and even desserts. Price: $99.95

Greek Yogurt Maker for Fresh and Healthy Treats

For those who love a good bowl of Greek yogurt, why not gift them a Greek yogurt maker? They can make fresh, creamy, and delicious Greek yogurt right at home. It’s an ideal gift for anyone looking to add more probiotics to their diet without the added sugars found in store-bought versions. And bonus: According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, individuals who consumed probiotics experienced faster weight loss compared to those who did not.

  • Euro Cuisine GY50 Greek Yogurt Maker: With this Greek yogurt maker, your loved one gets a high-quality strainer and easy-to-follow recipes. It’s BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, making it both safe and easy to clean. Price: $29.99
  • Williams Sonoma Automatic Yogurt Maker: This one comes with seven 6-oz. reusable glass jars and plastic lids for individual servings, plus a dating system for marking when yogurt was made. So, definitely perfect for the organizers and labelers in your life. It also has digital controls that allow customizations to fermentation time up to 15 hours. Price: $49.95
  • DASH Greek Yogurt Maker: This compact and user-friendly device can make up to 2 quarts of creamy, rich Greek yogurt right in your kitchen, in as little as eight hours. Great for loved ones who are tight on space. Price: $199.99

Fermentation Kit for Homemade Probiotics

Speaking of probiotics, if your loved one is a fan of fermented foods, consider spoiling them with a fermentation kit. It’s a great way for them to experiment with making their own sauerkraut, kimchi, or pickles. Here are a couple of options to consider:

  • The Easy Fermenter: This kit makes home fermenting a breeze. The lids fit right onto mason jars, and it includes a date setter so your loved one can track how long their foods have been fermenting. Plus, it comes with a satisfaction guarantee and access to a community of fermenters for support and recipe ideas. Price: $21.99
  • The Ohio Stoneware Pickling Crock: Perfect for the more advanced fermenting enthusiast, this 2-gallon stoneware crock provides the ideal environment for pickles, sauerkraut, and other fermented goodies. The weight ensures veggies stay submerged during the fermenting process. Other sizes available, too. Price: $41.82
  • Masontops Fermentation Kit: This all-in-one kit includes everything your loved one needs to start fermenting today — mason jars, pickle pipes, pickle pebbles, and a pickle packer. It’s a fantastic choice for beginners and even comes with a recipe book to start you off. Price: $49.99

Digital Food Scale for Precise Measurements

A digital food scale can be a game-changer for someone serious about their health and nutrition goals. It allows for accurate measurement of food portions, ensuring they stay within their desired caloric intake. Plus, it’s also handy for those who love to bake or cook recipes that call for precise measurements.

  • Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale: Etekcity’s multifunctional scales provide accurate measurements from 0.04 oz up to 11 lbs. They’re sleek, stainless steel design gives them a modern look, and they’re easy to clean. They even include a battery so your loved one can start measuring right out of the box. Price range: Starts at $15.99
  • GreaterGoods Digital Food Kitchen Scale: Not only is this scale accurate and easy to use, but it also gives back. A portion of your purchase is also donated to charity. Price: $17.99
  • My Weigh Bakers Math Kitchen Scale: For the serious bakers out there, this scale does it all. It calculates in bakers percentages and grams, making baking more consistent. It’s a little pricier, but it’s worth it for loved ones who are always in the kitchen. Price: $49.95

Espresso Maker for Caffeine Lovers

Ah, yes. The magic elixir that wakes us up every morning. Scientific research actually reveals some surprising health benefits of regular espresso consumption. It’s said to enhance long-term memory, improve physical performance, and even lower the risk of stroke. Here are a few that we recommend:

  • De’Longhi EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso Maker: This user-friendly espresso maker offers both single and double espresso options. It’s easy to use and clean and is perfect for all the latte lovers out there. It’s a little gadget that brings the barista experience right into your loved one’s home without breaking the bank. Price range: Starts at $84.99
  • Mr. Coffee Programmable Espresso and Cappuccino Maker: This 3-in-1 coffee maker pulls espresso shots, heats, and froths milk so your loved one can serve up impressive coffeehouse-style beverages right at home. Price: $199.99.
  • Breville’s Barista Express Espresso Machine: For coffee lovers who appreciate their daily dose of caffeine, this espresso machine takes grinding to the next level. With its interchangeable filters and the option of automatic or manual operation, they can enjoy authentic café-style results in a flash. Price: $559.96

At-Home Workout Gear

There’s been a shift in how we sweat it out. The living room has emerged as the new fitness studio, and it’s not just because of convenience. One study found that individuals can achieve significant weight loss and improve fitness levels by working out from home. So, if your loved ones are looking to hit their fitness goals from the comfort of their own home, take a peek at these top-rated at-home workout gear that might be perfect for them!

  • Peloton Bike: Tell your loved one to say goodbye to (possibly unused) gym memberships and hello to personalized at-home workouts! The Peloton Bike brings live and on-demand fitness classes right into their home. With real-time metrics, they can track their performance and push their limits. Price range: Right now, refurbished bikes start at $995.
  • Strength Training Equipment: From dumbbells to resistance bands, having a variety of strength training equipment at home allows your loved one to customize workouts to their health and fitness goals. Prices vary.
  • TRX Suspension Training System: Help your loved one turn any room into a gym with the TRX Suspension Training System. It’s a full-body workout tool that leverages gravity and body weight to perform hundreds of exercises. Price range: Starts at $172.46.
  • Desk Treadmill: Who says people can’t stay active while working? A desk treadmill enables anyone to walk or run while answering emails or attending virtual meetings. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate more movement into the day. Prices vary.

The Bottom Line

So, there you have it! These thoughtful and practical gifts are perfect for any health enthusiast (or beginners) in your life.

Remember, it’s not about the price tag but the thought that counts. And giving the gift of health is priceless.

Note: Prices for the listed gift ideas may vary. Please check with retailers or online platforms for the most up-to-date pricing information.

About the Author

Lauren Joskowitz

Lauren Joskowitz is the Editorial Director at MyFitnessPal, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and the producer and host of The Clean Body Podcast. For more, follower her on Instagram.

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