Best stocking stuffers for people who like health and fitness
One of the best parts about holiday shopping for family and loved ones is coming up with fun and creative items to stash in their stockings. After all, the best gifts come in small packages.
If you want to get stocking stuffers that are not only useful but promote good health habits, you’re in luck. There are a number of items that can do just that this holiday season. There are myriad gifts for the health-conscious recipient on your gift list that are fun, unique, and caring.
Here are 13 stocking stuffer ideas that may help your loved ones start the new year on a healthy track.
Four Sigmatic Ground Coffee
Mushroom coffee sounded admittedly weird to me. But after trying Four Sigmatic, I quickly realized that not only does this coffee taste amazing, you’d actually never know it had mushrooms in it based on its flavor and appearance of the grounds. Turns out, experts are fans of it as well.
“Mushroom coffee contains tons of flavonoids and other compounds that aid in beneficial effects throughout the body such as improved digestion, mental clarity, reduced anxiety, and increased balanced energy,” says Bansari Acharya, RDN, a registered dietitian in Detroit. (Here are 20 more great gift ideas for coffee lovers.)
Stash Tea Sampler
If someone on your list is a tea lover, they’re sure to appreciate a fresh stash of teas. This Stash tea sampler can reinforce a habit health experts can get behind.
“Green tea has amazing antioxidants and other properties that aid in a healthy weight, skin, and mental wellbeing,” Acharya says. “Even though it contains caffeine, it also contains a compound that induces a calming effect for balanced energy that is free of anxiety and jitters. Other herbal teas such as chamomile are also great to reduce anxiety throughout the day and promote relaxation.”
DavidsTea Candy Cane Matcha Powder
$11 for 2 ounces
Matcha green tea is an antioxidant-loaded source of caffeine that continues to generate buzz—and for good reason. This matcha powder from DavidsTea contains ground green tea leaves from Aichi, Japan and cane sugar to deliver energy while providing a holiday-worthy peppermint taste. The tea comes in a variety of sizes, from two ounces to 10 ounces and can be used to make hot or iced tea.
“Not only is matcha delicious and fun to make, it boasts an exceptionally rich supply of antioxidants and cancer-fighting polyphenols,” says Ansley Hill, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Portland, Oregon. “It also contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid linked with numerous health benefits including reduced stress and improved mental focus—both of which are always welcome during a busy holiday season.” (Here are 20 other tea-related gift ideas.)
Calm App Gift Subscription
No, you can’t physically put this meditation app into a stocking. But you can deliver Calm in the form of an iTunes gift card and/or a handwritten card with a message alerting someone of the purchase.
“This app can help guide you through meditation, get more restful sleep, and has selections for music to help you focus and relax,” says Soma Mandal, MD, a board-certified internist at Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. It also has video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching.
Under Armour Sports Mask
If you work out in a gym or an outdoor area where you’re coming into contact with others, chances are you’re doing so with a face mask in tow.
“Under Armour and other sports apparel brands have launched lines of face masks specially designed for gym buffs,” says John Fawkes, a certified personal trainer in Los Angeles. “Look for ones containing antimicrobial fabric layers or treatments and ideally moisture-wicking fabrics that cover your nose and mouth but don’t stick skin-tight to it making it hard to breathe.” (These are the best face masks for exercise.)
MedZone Face Balm
$14 for a 3-pack
Whether you’re wearing your mask at a gym to work out, outdoors when running errands, or when social distancing can’t be maintained, it’s important to protect against chafing, chapped skin, and maskne. This MedZone face balm—considered “Amazon’s Choice” with 4.3 out of 5 star ratings—contains vitamin E and aloe to protect skin, especially if you’re wearing a face mask for prolonged periods of time. You can apply it on your cheeks, chin, nose, and even behind the ears to keep skin moisturized throughout the day. It’s also travel-sized, which means you can keep one on hand wherever you go.
Clever Fox Fitness & Workout Journal
If someone on your gift list is struggling to maintain a fitness routine, this fitness journal could be just the ticket. How better to gain accountability while kicking off healthy New Year’s Resolutions and a new fitness journey? “Journal your workout for the day then add a few thoughts on how reps felt plus highs and lows during the routine,” suggests Fawkes. “It’ll help you stay aware of your goals plus discover what works best for you.” (These are the best bullet journals to buy on Amazon.)
Epsoak Sport Epsom Salts
$26 for an 8-pack
If you’re a runner or cyclist who tends to put in hours on the road, your muscles are surely begging for some TLC. A hot bath with epsom salts is an often-recommended solution. “Epsom salt is high in magnesium and other minerals, which help relax muscles and aid in recovery post-workout,” Fawkes says. (Here are other great fitness gifts for women.)
Allevita Cooling Roll-On Muscle Gel
In that same vein, muscle recovery gels, creams, and other topical products are also known to bring instant relief after a tough workout or long run. CBD cream has proven to be a solution for many in recent years.
“CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties to help keep your body feeling good, which is an important part of staying healthy and active,” says Zarina Briggs, a certified personal trainer in New York City. “This roll-on gel is a great stocking stuffer for any healthy person and perfect for traveling or when you’re on the go.”
Picky Bars Drizzle
No, this isn’t your typical almond butter. Picky Bars’ Drizzle is a smooth, sweet topping made with stoneground sprouted almonds and coconut sugar, with organic cinnamon, vanilla, and maca to balance out its warm, spicy flavors.
“I love that this product has very simple ingredients and is a great option for people who love nut butter, chocolate, and Nutella,” says Starla Garcia, RDN, a registered dietitian in Houston. Drizzle on pancakes, waffles, Greek yogurt, rice cakes, or oatmeal to add some healthy fats and flavor to your foods. (Here are 29 other healthy holiday food gifts that aren’t fruit cake.)
Unenow Unisex Non-Slip Grip Socks
$11-$17 for four pairs
Anyone who does Pilates, barre, or yoga likely knows how regular socks can make you more likely to slip on gym floors during a workout, says Lindsey Catarino, an online certified health and fitness coach in West Hartford, Connecticut. These Unenow socks are also great just for lounging around the house, something more than a few of us are doing these days. (These are the 15 best yoga-related gifts on Amazon.)
Fidus Motivational Water Bottle
Any fitness buff knows the importance of hydration. But it can get annoying to have to constantly refill a small water bottle. This gallon-size bottle— available in a variety of colors—will help motivate someone to stay hydrated throughout the day. As an added bonus, it also breaks down how much you should be drinking by certain times of the day, says Anthony Coffey, a certified personal trainer in San Diego, California. (These are the best stainless steel water bottles for staying hydrated.)
Anyone who’s ever trained for a marathon knows that you often have to carry a few items, and figuring out where can be quite a conundrum. A running belt like this one from FlipBelt can keep your keys, phone, and energy gels safe while you work out or run, says Rachel MacPherson, a certified personal trainer in Montreal.
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