Last minute Christmas gifts for fitness fanatics

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Last minute fitness Christmas gifts

Christmas is a time of giving, and of New Year’s resolutions, which often include goals around nutrition and fitness. Instead of adding to the stockpile of chocolates, give your family member, friend or colleague a kick-start towards a healthier 2017 this Christmas with these inspiring gift ideas:

1. Cooking class

Cooking classes make perfect gifts for those who love to prepare and eat good food, from novice through to Masterchef. Also, this is a gift that ‘keeps on giving’, as the skills your loved ones learn may inspire their shopping lists and cooking for weeks, months and even years to come! Search around for a class that is local, healthy, and at an appropriate skill level. Check out your local fresh food markets and boutique grocers as many run classes regularly or search online for classes near you. You might even consider a double pass and come along as well!

2. Magazine subscription

Who doesn’t love receiving a magazine in the mailbox every month? There are plenty of health and fitness focused magazines to choose from: Women’s Fitness and 
Women’s Health are full of useful tips, practical information and easy recipes for the novice chef. If your recipient already loves to cook, think Nourish or Donna Hay Fresh and Light

3. Healthy kitchen appliances

Does your gift recipient love to experiment in the kitchen? How about a gift that encourages healthy cooking, such as a vegetable spiralizer for zucchini noodles, a mandolin for perfectly shaved cabbage, or a high-speed blender to make almond milk or smoothies? Search for the best deals online or pop into department stores for a wide range of kitchen appliance options. 

4. Meal planning stationery

Healthy living is all in the planning. If your gift recipient needs a little help with organising their food choices, a stationery set might be a great start. A gift pack might include a 7-day menu planner, a shopping list pad with fridge magnet, and a portfolio to store favourite recipes. Both Kmart and Kikki K stock all of these items in fun colours and prints.

5. Cookbooks

Cookbooks make great gift ideas – they’ll tantalise vegans, paleo or raw food enthusiasts. Teach your loved one how to make vegetables interesting again with a cookbook especially for salads and sides. Or, help them re-live their favourite holiday experiences with a cookbook themed on their favourite travel destinations, such as Italy or Vietnam. They also make great coffee table books!

6. Designer water bottle

Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and without proper hydration to keep us in balance, all number of undesirable outcomes can unfold – fatigue, low immunity and dry skin to name a few. Many people don’t drink enough water throughout the day, so a perfect gift might be a designer bottle. 321 Water Filter Bottles [link] are Australian-made, BPA-free and perfect for fresh, filtered water on the go. 

7. Healthy hampers

Healthy hampers are always crowd pleasers. If you need your gift to serve a family, a small group or a client, why not send a hamper of fresh fruits, or a ‘bouquet’ of strawberries dipped in chocolate? Other healthy hamper ideas include a Goodness Me Box subscription, full of healthy and boutique products in sample sized amounts. 

8. A health and wellbeing tracker

New Year’s resolutions are more likely to eventuate with proper goal setting and monitoring, which is where you can step in! You can choose from a wide selection of wearables that can look sporty and/or designerFitbit in particular even have accessories to match each product. You can track everything from your heart rate, steps taken, calories expended, floors walked and your sleep patterns too. Costs can vary from $80-$400 depending on what level of monitoring you’d like, but they cover all bases when it comes to health and fitness and look great too, making them a perfect fitness Christmas gift idea. 

9. Funky fitness apparel

Inspire your loved ones to focus on fitness with a gift or gift voucher from their favourite activewear store. There’s nothing like a new pair of leggings, an iPod or iPhone armband or a yoga mat to get you back into exercise! If you’re thinking yoga mats, Camel Rocks take the ordinary rectangle yoga mat and gives it a contemporary look and feel, making Yoga session an even more beautiful experience. Eco-friendly, latex and PVC-free, anti-slip, 4mm thick and with some gorgeous designs to choose from, this round mandala (meaning ‘circle’) yoga mat will be on the Christmas gift list of all health and fitness lovers.

10. Playlist and headphones

Give the gift of motivation through music this Christmas! Headphones and a good playlist can be the making of a powerful workout, helping you get into your training zone and focus solely on getting the most out of your exercises. There are various headphone choices out there, from wired to Bluetooth, in-ear to over-ear and in various plain or funky colours. C|net has reviewed the best headphones of 2016 to help us pick our favourite gift for the fitness fanatic.
Samantha Cowan Posted by: Samantha Cowan

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