10 Last-Minute Healthy Gift Ideas for Under $50

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By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
December 4, 2020
Healthy Holiday Gifts Under $50

Giving the gift of health to your family and friends can be expensive. But this year, you can be a “Healthy Santa," with our list of wellness gift ideas that won’t break the bank.    

An Herb Mill is a thoughtful gift for someone who cooks or is trying to cut down on salt. Herb mills quickly and safely chop fresh herbs without bruising or crushing them. They’re easy to use, usually dishwasher safe and generally run between $10 and $20.

Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook makes a great gift for anyone who likes to cook or is watching their weight. In the New York Times bestseller The Hungry Girl Diet, Lisa Lillien served up her first-ever diet plan utilizing the beloved Hungry Girl philosophy and recipe concepts. She’s also written a companion cookbook, which features 200 all-new recipes that work with the groundbreaking diet plan! With more than 2 million Hungry Girl books sold, this is the book every Hungry Girl fan needs after reading The Hungry Girl Diet! Kindle and paperback prices range between $10 and $15.

A Foam Roller will be appreciated by someone who loves to exercise or get massages. Foam rollers release myofascial tension, easing aches and pains and improving muscle function. If you exercise regularly, a foam roller can help you prepare and repair your muscles before and after a workout. It can also help you anytime you feel sore or tight. Rollers are available in various densities and most are priced between $15 and $40. 

A Hands-Free Dog Leash is a convenient fitness gift for a dog-loving athlete. Simply clip the leash around your waist so you can enjoy running, biking and hiking with your fur friend. Leashes come in a variety of colors and features. You’ll find they range between $13 and $50. 

A Wireless Heart Rate Monitor helps walkers, runners, swimmers and cyclists monitor heart rate, pace and distance. More sophisticated devices can also track calories and sleep. Although trackers have been available for years, the newer wireless, models are compatible with Android and Apple devices, enabling you to upload your data to apps. Monitors can be quite pricey, but you should be able to find a quality device under $50. 

White Noise Machines work well for someone who has a tough time falling asleep. White noise machines also produce so-called pink noise, such as a rushing waterfall, wind blowing through trees and crickets chirping, a mix of high and low frequency that sounds more natural. Many clock radios now have white noise features. Most white noise machines and clock radios with white noise functionality cost between $20 and $50. 

A Lavender Eye Mask is another sleep-friendly gift. Studies have found that lavender helps ease stress and improve sleep.  You can easily find a lavender eye mask somewhere between $10 and $45.

A Grabber is a caring gift for anyone with back issues or arthritis or is just height-challenged. A grabber makes reaching for an item on a top shelf or picking something off the floor much easier and pain free. Grabbers generally range in price from $10 to $22. 

A Portable Book Light can help prevent eye fatigue and makes a nice gift for someone who regularly reads, whether it’s books or mobile devices. You can typically find a suitable light between $20 and $40.

A Large Print Keyboard is another great gift to help prevent eye fatigue. Large print keyboards make computer use more efficient and enjoyable for those who are visually impaired. Many models have fluorescent, illuminated or color-coded keys to make typing even easier. Most keyboards fall between $20 and $50. 

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This blog was reviewed and updated on December 4, 2020.

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Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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