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Healthy Gifts Under $50

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Healthy Gifts Under $50 (via www.health.com)

Healthy, on a budget

Finding just the right gift can be tough. There's the friend who has everything, the partner who says he wants nothing, and the in-laws who always return your presents anyway.

Here are some suggestions for nearly everyone on your list (OK, you might want to snag one or two for yourself), and at $50 or less they won't break the bank.
And of course, every gift idea that made the list is healthy. After all, aren't health and happiness the best gifts of all?

 

Workout bag

Under Armour UA The Works Tote ($50; zappos.com)
The perfect gift for the gym-aholic—or maybe that friend who is embarking on a new fitness goal—this Under Armour gym bag is stylish enough to tote workout gear to the office while still remaining functional.

Cool apron

Cuisine Couture Apron ($32; anthropologie.com)
One of the healthiest changes you can make is to start eating natural food cooked at home. But it's often hard to find the time—or motivation—to rattle those pots and pans.
This smart and stylish apron from Anthropologie could inspire the most recalcitrant, takeout-loving gal to get in the kitchen and whip up a healthy meal

Yoga mat or kit

Danskin Now Yoga Kit ($28, amazon.com.)
The beginner's yoga kit includes a lightweight and portable nonslip yoga mat and strap, a resistance band, a small foamy exercise ball, and a workout guide with an accompanying DVD. A chart of yoga poses also comes in handy for novices struggling with what-goes-where positions.

Food savers

Hutzler Food Savers ($5 to $7; amazon.com)
Cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables is much healthier than nuking a frozen meal or dialing for takeout, but recipes that call for just a pinch of lemon zest or a spoonful of diced onion can fill your fridge fast with half-used produce in plastic baggies.
These airtight storage containers, designed to resemble lemons, limes, garlic, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and grapefruit, solve that problem.
They keep food fresh, cut down on plastic waste, and eliminate peek-and-shriek—you'll know in a glance what's inside.

LuxFit Foam Roller

LuxFit Speckled Foam Roller ($11-$27, amazon.com)

This foam roller makes a great stretching companion, whether used solo or before and after a workout. The high density provides stability while you give your spine, quads, and more an at-home massage. Plus, it comes in lots lengths so you can roll out whatever, whenever.

Grown-up lunch box

Ultimate To-Go Container ($14, uncommongoods.com)

Eating out for lunch is not only pricey, but also makes it harder to control fat and calories. Solve both problems with this grown-up lunch box that has an adjustable divider, silverware compartment, and reusable ice pack. Bonus: It includes a handy dressing or sauce container, so you don't have to worry about messy spills or wilted greens.

Boxing gloves

ProForce Leatherette Boxing Gloves ($19-$33; amazon.com)

When a calorie-torching workout like kickboxing is endorsed by fit celebrities like Ashley Graham and Gigi Hadid, it’s no wonder gyms dedicated to the sport are cropping up everywhere.

Since most gyms charge a fee to borrow boxing gloves, this inexpensive pair is the perfect way to immerse a beginner in the fun without dishing over extra cash for the first few lessons. The vented material ensures palms aren’t a sweaty mess post-workout and the faux leather creates a totally badass look on the cheap.

Blender with to-go cup

Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender" ($23; amazon.com)
This is a blender and sports bottle in one. Blend your favorite healthy concoctions right inside the 20-ounce BPA-free bottle, and then use the handy carrying hook on the lid to take it with you.
Throw in some yogurt, fresh fruit, and any of your other standby smoothie ingredients, press "Blend," and away you go!

Oil mister

Oil sprayer ($25; williams-sonoma.com)
It's no secret that olive oil is rich in heart-healthy fats, and that cooking with it certainly beats loading up on butter.
But those healthy fats still have calories. Instead of pouring oil into your pan or onto a salad or pasta dish, healthy eaters can simply spritz with this non-aerosol mister.

Resistance bands

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set ($33; amazon.com)
The great thing about resistance bands is they meet so many fitness needs. Someone with limited range of motion, for example, could use them as an assistant to stretching, and people who travel a lot and don't always have access to a gym or free weights can use the bands for strength training and muscle building.
This set includes tubes, handles, ankle straps, a door anchor, a user's manual, and a travel bag.