It’s time to start thinking about the holidays and what you are going to give to everyone on your list! With all of the upcoming holiday ads and commercials, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to buy. Instead of buying that silly sweater or random material item, why not explore something new and more meaningful this year. Giving the gift of health means giving a gift or experience that is health-related. Fortunately, there are many ways you can give the gift of health this season since health can encompass a person’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. As long as the gift somehow helps improve one of these sectors, then you are giving the gift of health. Examples range far and wide from gym memberships to massages to healthy food or skincare products and beyond. There are so many kinds of gifts that you can give to someone to help support, better, and maintain their health. Read below to learn more about why you should give the gift of health this year and explore some recommended gift ideas.
Collective Health Concerns & Goals
It’s no surprise that the last few years have been extremely taxing on our overall health as a collective. Covid-19 swept the world, impacting the physical, mental, and emotional health of so many. Being sedentary, indoors, and away from social connection has negatively impacted our bodies and our brains; our immune systems, mood, energy levels, and ability to process emotional residue have taken a hit by a long and ever-changing pandemic.
"What people need to receive right now more than ever is encouragement and care."
After having to endure such a challenging time, it is apparent that many people are still looking for ways to up-level their health. What people need to receive right now more than ever is encouragement and care. A small, but mighty way to give encouragement and care is to make, buy, or facilitate a gift that encourages self-care and overall wellness: aka the gift of health.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
When you make or buy something that is health-related, your efforts have long-term benefits. When you give a health related product (a yoga mat, journal, healing skin care product, workout equipment, aromatherapy goodie, salt scrub, CBD lotion, etc.) you are encouraging consistent use of that wellness product(s) and consistent self-care efforts. Consistently setting aside time to utilize certain products that help evoke relaxation or inspiration will have lasting effects on mental and physical health. If you give a wellness service as a gift (acupuncture, meditation sessions, qigong class, bodywork, IV infusions, salt cave sessions etc.) you are giving someone a reason to also set aside time for themselves to help their brain and body feel better. Giving someone a wellness service facilitates an experience that can serve as motivation to continue to fulfill an essential need. Additional health related experiences, services, and products have the power to foster lasting positive implications and memories.
Gift Options Galore
Here are some health-giving gift ideas you can explore:
Experiential Gifts: Homemade coupon for an adventure day (a day of hiking, biking, skiing etc. facilitated by the gift giver), wellness retreats, and salt cave halotherapy sessions.
Meal Kits & Food-Based Services: Hello Fresh, Misfits Market, Daily Harvest, Sama Tea, MasonTops Fermentation Kit, and other homemade or outsourced baked goods, food items, or gift certificates to local healthy restaurants or stores.
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Giving the gift of health means so much more than meets the eye. You can really show your loved ones you care about their body, mind, and spirit by making or buying something that will uplift and encourage them. Be sure to gauge someone’s interest and open-mindedness when choosing what to give them. The way in which you explain your gift out loud or in a card can set the tone and spark genuine interest in your gift. No need to preach about why the receiver needs the gift, but instead focus on why you felt they would benefit from it or why it seemed cool. Presenting your health-related gift should always be done in a way that doesn’t hone in on what the receiver needs to fix or improve on, but rather emphasizes the beauty and growth that your gift could help bring. No matter how big or small, making an effort to give something healthful and meaningful shows you care. Happy Holidays everyone!