November 21, 2018

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

This post is part of our #HealthyHolidays blog series, highlighting healthy ways to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season at home, school and work. View all posts in the series here.

Whether you’re shopping for kids, families, teachers, friends or colleagues, our holiday gift guide makes giving healthy gifts fun and easy! Explore the suggestions below for some festive inspiration.  


Gifts for Kids


Vegetable Garden Kit 

Encourage active learning and healthy eating with a simple DIY vegetable garden kit. Place an unopened bag of soil, a few seed packets and a small trowel inside a garden pot with a note containing simple growing instructions. Turn it into a fun winter break activity by spending time painting or decorating the pot together!  


Activity Registration  

Gift a child the chance to learn new skills, explore their interests and meet new friends by registering them for an out-of-school time activity. Consider an active option like martial arts or swimming, or an activity that can help them learn about healthy eating, like a hands-on cooking class. Check with your local parks and recreation association for a list of upcoming classes and activities in your community! 


Water Bottle 

Help kids stay hydrated by gifting them a new water bottle in their favorite color or a fun print. Look for one that’s lightweight so that it can be easily carried to and from school and afterschool activities. 



Gifts for Families and Family Members


Target GiftCardTM  

A Target GiftCardTM makes it easy for a busy family or family member to stock up on their favorite healthy essentials all in one place. From fresh produce to kitchen tools and the latest workout gear, they’ll have everything they need to enjoy a healthy holiday season!  


Slumber Set 

Did you know insufficient sleep can increase your risk for chronic health conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure? Help your loved ones get some quality ZzZzs this holiday season by gifting a pair of cozy pajamas and a new pillow or set of sheets.  

Tip: Take the Healthy Sleep Quiz in the new Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. resource center for a chance to WIN a free Sleep Number pillow! 


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership 

Inspire healthy eating by gifting a season (or even a whole year) of membership to a local Community Supported Agriculture co-op. What’s a CSA, you ask? In exchange for membership dues, CSA members receive a weekly or bi-weekly share of fresh produce from a local farm. Use the USDA’s CSA Directory List to find a local provider in your community!  


Gifts for Educators, Schools, and Out-of-School Time Programs   


Amazon Gift Card 

A gift card gives educators, schools and out-of-school time programs the freedom to choose a gift that fits their needs. From books to physical education supplies, they’re sure to find everything on their wish list.  Amazon gift cards can even be used to purchase Smart Snacks and products in the Healthier Generation Store


Subscription to Headspace 

Practicing mindfulness can improve focus, reduce stress and support a greater sense of well-being. Help educators and youth leaders recharge and feel their best by gifting a subscription to Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app that offers hundreds of bite-sized exercises that can be done at home, work or on the go. 

Tip: Headspace offers discounts for K-12 educators


Volunteer Your Time

For busy schools and out-of-school time sites, time is a valuable commodity! Get creative and consider how you can gift your time or lend a helping hand to support an educator, a school or an out-of-school time program in your community. Need some inspiration? Check out these fun ways to get involved!   



Gifts for Friends and Colleagues


Fitness Class or Race Registration 

Treat your friend or colleague to a class at their favorite fitness studio or cover the cost of their next big race. Bonus points for joining in on a sweat session or pairing up to train as a team!  


Everyday Exercise Equipment 

Show you support their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle by gifting them a fun piece of exercise equipment that they can use at home or at the office, like an under-desk exercise bike or a set of walking weights. They’ll have you to thank when they reach their fitness goal! 


Healthy Meal  

Host your friends for a healthy holiday meal or make extra portions of your favorite healthy recipe to share with co-workers during lunch. Check out the featured recipes in the Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner for some fun seasonal recipes sure to leave everyone feeling full and satisfied.  


*Bonus Gift Idea*  

What do you give the friend or loved one who has everything? Consider making a donation in their honor! Support an organization of their choosing or make a gift to Healthier Generation to support healthier environments for children to learn and play.  

Tip: Select “Make a gift in honor or memory of someone” when making your donation to ensure your loved one is notified when the donation is received.   


What are your favorite healthy gifts to give during the holiday season? Share on social media using the hashtag #HealthyHolidays!