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11 Health and Fitness Gifts for Your Friend on a Wellness Journey

From left to right: mindfulness training cards, a Fitbit fitness tracker, and Rubbermaid food storage containers.
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Fitness-oriented goals are especially common at this time of year. Whether your recipient is trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or practice more self-care, here are some items that can help them get there.

A Fitbit Inspire 2

If someone is trying to increase their daily step count, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is a sleek fitness band that will help them track their movement all day. Distance traveled, hourly activity, and calories burned are also tallied.

This is the latest model in the Fitbit Inspire series, and it boasts a 10-day battery life (!), so your friend won’t have to worry about charging it every night. It comes in three different colors and two band sizes.

The Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook

Cooking healthy meals at home can be intimidating to someone who’s trying to shift away from takeout. This cookbook by Tieghan Gerard focuses on simple recipes that will have your friend falling in love with real food.

Packed with over 125 recipes, your recipient will have numerous nutritious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. This isn’t a boring diet book, either—every dish is a healthier spin on comfort foods the entire family will love.

Food Storage Containers

These containers from Rubbermaid will keep fruits and vegetables fresh for weeks! They’re especially great for people who avoid buying produce because it goes bad before they can eat it.

Each has a special tray that keeps moisture away from produce. They also feature venting technology that regulates the flow of carbon dioxide and oxygen. In short, these containers create the ideal environment for keeping food fresh.

They’re also available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose just the right set to suit your friend’s needs.

Wireless Earphones for Workouts

These wireless earphones will eliminate the annoyance of accidentally ripping their headphones out of their ears when working out. People particularly love these because they’re shockingly high quality for such a low price. This also makes it much less painful if they get misplaced or stepped on during an exercise session.

They’re also waterproof and provide high-quality sound for music and phone calls. The fantastic battery life and controls make these a good choice for even the least tech-savvy person you know.

A Meditation Cushion

Meditation is a great way to improve your mental health. This meditation cushion provides support for those who struggle when sitting in a cross-legged position. It’ll make their meditation experience far more enjoyable.

The size works for all ages and the buckwheat-hull filling will stay firm for years. The clean, simple design can also double as a chair or decorative pillow.

Burn Calories with a Jump Rope

A jump rope is an easy and affordable way to work out practically anywhere. It’s great for people who travel a lot or hate going to the gym.

This rope is adjustable up to nine feet for an ideal length. It also features memory-foam-padded handles for a comfortable, strong grip while exercising.

A Greens Supplement

One scoop of these powdered greens provides two servings of fruits and vegetables, plus lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s an easy way for your friend to add more of the good stuff to their diet as they transition to healthier foods.

Unsure if they’ll like a green-goop health drink? No worries—the sweet berry flavor in this formula is a lot tastier than the original Super Green recipe from the same company. The improved antioxidant formula also packs an extra health punch.

A Time Marker Water Bottle

Drinking more water is often the easiest way to improve your health. This water bottle has markers on the outside to help your friend stay on track and get two full bottles in per day.

Featuring a spring-loaded dust cap, it also helps the drinker avoid touching the mouthpiece. It’s also leak-proof and the silicone strap makes it easy to carry.

A Set of Dumbbells

A small set of dumbbells makes it easier to get in a good workout at home on those days your friend can’t get to the gym. There are a variety of sets, and some even include a stand for easy storage.

Neoprene-coated for durability, these hexagon-shaped dumbbells also won’t roll away. Each weight also comes in a different color to add some brightness to their workout routine.

Refocus with Mindfulness Cards

If getting into yoga or meditation seems too extreme for someone hoping to work on their mental health, these mindfulness cards provide easy ways to cultivate mindful moments.

Each card contains a prompt, like “Reflect Joy” or “See Nature” with some additional details on the topic. It takes just a few minutes each day to pull a card and seek a more peaceful, meaningful life.

Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices for Everyday Life

To help them stay mentally aware and healthy.

The Healthy Smoothie Bible

It can be tricky to make a smoothie that has the right balance of healthy ingredients also tastes good. Fortunately, this smoothie cookbook by Farnoosh Brock has over 100 recipes, as well as helpful info on health and nutrition.

The author covers how to begin incorporating smoothies into your diet, as well as how to listen to your body and heal it through natural foods.

If you have a loved one you know will be embarking on a health journey in the new year, these are the perfect gift to help them reach their goals.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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