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Healthy living holiday gift guide

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10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Does your holiday shopping list run the gamut from spa lovers to sports fans? Then select a gift that suits each recipient -- mind and body. To help you pick the perfect holiday presents, here are 10 healthy living gift ideas.

Sweet dreams with Essence of Vali's Sleep Deluxe Gift Set

(, $52)

This pampering gift is ideal for the spa lady. Made in the United States, Essence of Vali's essential oils are 100 percent natural, with no synthetic additives. The fragrant gift set contains essential oils of lavender, marjoram and cedarwood. It comes in a white organza pouch and contains calming items including Sleep Massage & Bath Oil, Bedtime Balm and a Soothing Mist to spritz on pillows and sheets.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Sip healthier with Sodastream

(, $80)

Save money and cut calories by making your own soda and seltzer at home. To turn your tap water into your favorite carbonated drink, Sodastream offers over 60 soda mix flavors. Diet flavors don't contain aspartame and regular flavors are made without high-fructose corn syrup, and have lower levels of sugar and carbs than supermarket brands.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Feed the world with FEED Our Small World Tote

(, $48)

Make the green girl on your gift list proud with this global-minded, gym-ready bag made in conjunction with Disney. For each FEED tote bag purchased, $10 will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to provide underprivileged children with an entire year's worth of vitamin A supplements.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Get sporty with


From sporty tees and sweats from PINK by Victoria's Secret ($27 and up) and tomboyish flannel pajama pants in team colors by College Concepts ($13) to cute rainboots by Cuce Boots ($95), the female sports fan in your family will gladly flaunt her team spirit with the fashionable finds on

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Beat the winter blues with Verilux HappyLight 2500

(, $70)

Those SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sufferers on your holiday gift list will thank you for the HappyLight, which provides up to 5,000 LUX of bright natural-spectrum daylight to help improve their mood, energy and concentration.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Share the shea butter from Beautiful Curls


Seattle-based Alaffia skin care was founded to empower and fund communities in West Africa through fair trade of shea butter. Alaffia's Beautiful Curls products promote shiny, healthy hair for all curly hair types. This holiday season, Beautiful Curls offers two shea butter-infused gift sets ($50 each): the Curl Enhancing Gift Set for wavy to curly hair, and the Curl Activating Gift Set for curly to tightly coiled hair. Each set comes in a handwoven African grass basket and is available exclusively online beginning Nov. 21.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Meditate with the Mini Buddha Board

(, $10)

The Buddha Board is a present that reminds us to live in the present. Without ink, paint or chemicals, you simply draw on the surface with water. As the water evaporates, your creation slowly fades away -- leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind. The mini board is packaged in a 5-inch square gift card that folds backward onto its own small easel and comes with 12 special-occasion stickers.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Power up with the Power Fuel holiday gift set

(, $45)

Spare your clients and co-workers yet another holiday tub of belly-busting caramel and cheese popcorn and opt for a healthier packaged or customized gift basket from For example, the Power Fuel holiday gift set is packed with protein: spicy cashews, honey bunches bar, chewy almond bar, buckwheat and hemp granola, goji berries and goldenberries. All gift sets come in black gift boxes of recycled materials, wrapped with colorful ribbon.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Go wild with Wildskins Arm Warmer

(, $20)

Outdoor fitness types will love Wildskins Arm Warmers. These colorful patterned arm-warmers are designed to maintain the right temperature during workouts or when you're just hanging in the great outdoors. Pull them on when you set off into the cool air, then roll them off and into your pocket when the weather or your body temp warms up. Wildskins feature a handy thumbhole to help keep your hands warm but fingers free, and a handy pocket on one arm can secure a key and ID. But hurry, limited quantities are available in each style.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

Count your steps with BodyMedia's CORE Armband

(, $180)

This fitness gadget is an accurate, on-the-go way to track the calories you burn with every step. It's a third smaller than earlier armbands and the technology has been proven to help weight loss. The new and enhanced online Activity Manager allows users to set activity goals, log daily food intake, track sleep patterns and includes heart rate monitoring data when uploaded to your Smartphone.

10 holiday gifts for healthy living

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