Top Healthy Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

by Dr. Melissa Carr, Dr. TCM

December 13th, 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly—and keep healthy. The holiday season is a great time of year when friends and family get together, often enjoying delicious food and exchanging presents. But instead of handing out yet another boring ol’ sweater, why not give the gift of health this year? To show how much you truly care, here are some top healthy gifts that will last long after the holidays have ended.

Put a healthy cookbook under the tree

Preparing healthy meals and eating right takes a little work, especially if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen. If you know someone who could use some help putting together a nutritious diet, a healthy cookbook can inspire them to make a fantastic food change.

Make a DIY de-stress kit

The holidays can be a stressful time for many people. Getting the house ready for guests, meeting holiday work deadlines, entertaining kids off from school—the list goes on and on. With so much on the go during the holidays, there is certainly no shortage of folks who could use a break from all that Christmas calamity.

If you want to give that special someone a gift you know they’ll love you for, put together a DIY de-stress kit. And the best part? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart either. Include lots of stress-relieving goodies in a basket, adding all their favourite stuff like essential oils, an inspiring book, and an eye mask.

Make miracles happen with a natural health treatment appointment

Looking for a gift that you know your loved ones are really going to appreciate? Have someone take care of the person who takes care of everyone by getting them a gift certificate for an appointment with a massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopath, or other healthcare provider. You may be helping them make changes that will let them feel energized, healthy, and strong for years to come.

Ring in the New Year with a tea basket

Hard to go wrong with this tasty treat. Whipping together a tea basket is a fun and yummy gift anyone is sure to enjoy. Offering up much more than just great taste, teas are also jam packed with antioxidants. Make sure to include a bunch a different flavours and options in your tea basket. Your friends and family will simply love trying out new teas.

Just one a day for better health

What do you get the person who has everything, but never enough time in their day? Doing the healthy thing doesn’t always need to be complicated or time consuming. Adding in a small daily habit can make a big difference.

Japanese red reishi has long been sought after by the royalty of the Far East for its many health benefits. It is nicknamed the “Supreme Protector” because it can help the body defend itself against bacteria and viruses, and even has evidence of boosting the immune system to fight cancer. As an adaptogenic herb, it helps with a wide range of health issues—moderating the immune system, supporting the liver, strengthening the heart, and more. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is classified in the Materia Medica in the category of herbs that calms the mind—something the busy person on your gift list would find helpful.

Mikei’s Mikei Red ReishiJapanese red reishi capsules offer an easy-to-take high dose, one daily capsule. Gifting this royal herb will show the people on your gift list that you really care.

Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr has a passion for sharing health information. She has been a nutrition instructor and a health consultant, lecturer, and writer for 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper, Fraser Health Authority, UBC, and the David Suzuki Foundation, amongst others. www.activetcm.com

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