Health-related Gifts for Every Budget

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Holiday gifts are a way to show loved ones how much you care. This year, consider giving gifts that support healthy fitness and eating goals. 

Healthy habits lower the risk for cancer and other chronic health conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

This holiday, give gifts that show you really care.

Ideas for a tight budget:

  • Arm band to hold a phone
  • Sweat-resistant ear buds
  • Yoga mat and DVD
  • Gift basket of whole wheat pasta, olive oil, tuna, and other items from our list of how to stock a healthy kitchen
  • New gym bag
  • Hand weights
  • Water bottles and a running belt to hold them
  • Gift card to a music service for some workout tunes
  • Running socks for wicking away sweat
  • Subscription to a health-conscious magazine
  • Healthy cookbooks, like ones from the American Cancer Society

If you can spend a little more:

  • Membership to a community-supported agriculture program or fruit and vegetable home delivery service
  • Deliver-to-door chef-created healthy meals or meal kits
  • Workout clothes, especially attire that can go from the gym into public
  • Exercise equipment to use at home, such as a treadmill
  • Blender to whip up healthy smoothies and get more daily fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness/activity tracker or pedometer
  • Gym membership and/or lessons with a personal trainer

Possibly the best gift you can give busy people is the gift of time. Offer to baby-sit or do errands for your loved ones, so they’ll have time to exercise. The American Cancer Society recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. A 30-minute gift of time can help someone you care about reach that goal.

What can you do in 30 minutes? Take a walk, jump rope, dance to music on the radio, or ride a bike. The point is to get moving.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and master’s-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.


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