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Top 10 Healthy Gift Ideas for Christmas in 2019 (LAST MINUTE)

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Christmas carries its own difficulties – gifts! Whilst chocolates and cookies are standard, many people also consider their health. Here are 10 *LAST MINUTE* healthy gift ideas for Christmas.


Ah, that special time of the year. Lights going up, trees all around, and the festive spirit only building… Christmas is just around the corner!

Everyone looks forward to spending time with that families, sharing gifts, relaxing, enjoying food, and the all-important Christmas dinner.

Whether you know a fitness fanatic or a health enthusiast, here are some of the best ways to light up their holiday!

Number 1: A Quality Slow Cooker

Saving time, improve flavour and nutrition, and perfect for families, busy bees, and health nuts!

The top of the healthy gift ideas for Christmas has to be a slow cooker.

If you haven’t read it, we have an in-depth guide just on the benefits and why to use a slow cooker. What makes them so perfect for Christmas isn’t just what they do, it’s the time of year when cooking is so busy (even on New Year’s).

Top reasons:

  • Saves money (running on only as much as a traditional light bulb)
  • Saves time
  • Makes healthy food easy (tender, juicy meat, and mouthwatering dinners are just examples)
  • Easy to use
  • Require very little supervision (can be left on whilst out)
  • Creates a range of delicious recipes (from rice to curry, and meat to breakfast!)
  • Perfect for batch cooking and meal prep

My #1 recommendation remains as the Morphy Richards 6.5L for its size, versatility, and price. It’s the ideal kitchen companion for large families, and can easily fit in a nice whole chicken, joint, stew, you name it.

Here’s a review, but please feel free to explore it for yourself!

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P.S. Don’t forget that there are thousands of slow cooker Christmas recipes that you can make if you already have your own. For example: a great Slow Cooker Turkey Crown!

Number 2: A Blender or Food Processor

Now, I’ve listed these together because they’re often interchangeable. BUT, there are some important differences.

A blender is ideal for those who love to make smoothies, shakes, and juices. Simply add in your fruit, vegetables, milk, seasonings, and you’re good to go. These can also be used to make flours, nut butters, spice blends, and more.

You can find a full review of the classic 600 Series here, or take a look below (Amazon).

Classic 8 Piece Set

A food processor is similar. But, it’s unique point is the versatility. It’s a chef’s best friend for anyone who likes variety:

  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Ground meat
  • Dough
  • Flours
  • Nut butters
  • Spice blends
  • Beverages
  • Easy shredded or pulverised vegetables (like cauliflower rice!)
  • Need I say more?

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Number 3: Beauty and Skincare – Black Seed Oil

One of our most extensive articles is all about black seed oil. Also called black cumin seed oil, this amazing ancient remedy has been demonstrated study after study to exhibit many health benefits.

It contains beneficial antioxidants and fats which keep skin vitalised.

The wide range of antimocrobial and anti-inflammatory properties also go a long way in treating and preventing common ailments such as:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Skin Wounds
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You can find shampoos, soaps, face balms, creams, and more! For an extra-special gift, they even offer the ‘Beauty & Haircare Deluxe’ gift pack.

And the store isn’t limited to just beauty products, with many oils, capsules, and even honey available.

Number 4: A Fun DIY Fermentation Kit

Easily one of the funnest ways to get healthy! I love to make my own ferments (as you may know), and a complete kit is the perfect way to start.

A fermentation kit let’s you learn how to safely create delicious probiotic recipes (that boost gut health and naturally preserve your food, too). Some of the best to learn include:

  • Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Traditional Sauces
  • Kefir
  • Yoghurt
  • Sourdough
  • And so, so much more!

This reCAP Mason Jar Fermentation Set comes with everything you need. Complete with a mason jar, valved lid, and natural pink himalayan salt to get you started. Unlike other options, it comes with a 600ml glass jar for you to use!

Other kits depend on you reusing or have purchased suitable jars already, which we don’t always have on hand. As a bonus, you get a mini recipe book with 3 traditional recipe instructions!

DIY Fermentation Kit Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas - Make probiotic pickles and recipes

For a personal gift, a fermentation kit is perfect for those who love DIY, cooking, experimenting, and overall health.

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Eventually as any fermenter gains confidence, getting new jars, crocks, and vessels and experimenting can yield some amazing results!

Number 5: A Trusty Thermos Flask

Hot drinks on the go, all day. A warming coffee for the Winter commutes doesn’t have to cost you nearly as much as it might. And Summer? Well, a thermos flask will keep your drinks cool, too!

That’s what makes this a gift to last.

You can simply fill your flask and go – forget the sugar-loaded cuppas, and the unhealthy plastic bottles. This saves your wallet and health the expense.

It’s ideal for the gym, work, travel, and just about anywhere else.

This is one of the healthy gift ideas for Christmas I can especially vouch for – I use mine every week!

One of the best reviewed on Amazon is the 500ml Newdora Vacuum Flask (304 Stainless Steel). It’s 100% leakproof, keeping in heat for 12h and insulating cold drinks for 24h.

Amazon’s Choice

There are 10 unique designs to choose from, and every bottle comes with an individual cleaning brush to easily prevent bacterial growth.

Number 6: A Water Filter Bottle

Water filters are gaining popularity for a reason. The truth is that our water supplies contain hundreds of chemicals and contaminants which can be detrimental to a health, especially over the long-term.

To avoid this, why have the most convenient options for everyday use is a water filter bottle.

Not only can they remove a range of these contaminants, but also a wide range of microorganisms (i.e. bacteria and parasites).

We all know that one adventurer. You know, the camper, the hiker, the forager (to name a few examples). Maybe that friend with rock collections or a passion for wildlife!

The WaterWell is one of their closest companions, as it can filter any flowing fresh water source in the world to provide safe water! Imagine that, a hot summer’s day and a stream nearby – it’s all they’ll need.

Amazon’s Choice

Another excellent option more suited to removing municipal contaminants from tap water is the AquaPure Traveller (currently limited in availability).

You can read more about the AquaPure in this post or find it on Amazon, as well.

Number 7: Warming Herbal Teas

There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm the spirit. Christmas morning, up early, and relaxing by the tree with family – that’s how it’s always been.

Most people do enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and that’s fine! But there are hundreds of varieties of delicious, healthy herbal teas as well.

One of my favourites this time of year is ginger (easy to work with traditional spices or make immune-boosting Golden Milk with).

The best brand? It has to be Pukka, for both quality and price! Find the perfect selection on Amazon today.

Use the image for Amazon’s Choice at £2.79!

There are some excellent choices available. All flavours for all people! What I’d recommend? For a winter warmer:

  • Turmeric Gold
  • Three Ginger
  • Night Time
  • Vanilla Chai

But there is such variety, I’m sure to have missed some great alternative!

Everyone enjoys a cuppa…

Number 8: Meal Planning Membership

We all love to give gifts that lasts. That makes Christmas the perfect time to help people smash their New Year’s resolutions!

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has been trying to get into a healthy lifestyle for a while but finds it too inconvenient or hard to stick to, meal planning is an ingenious solution.

As covered in the review, PlateJoy provides in-depth and highly personalised meal plans.

These include recipe lists and easy cooking instructions for any meal of the day or even batch recipes to save time and money.

The personalisation options can help friends and family:

  • Lose weight
  • Go Keto
  • Eat Low-carb
  • Go Paleo
  • Avoid Allergens
  • Plan and prepare batch meals
  • Stick to a Low-FODMAP diet
  • And more

What makes this gift so personal is that it could be catered towards almost anyone regardless of they eat meat, avoid gluten, have allergies, or even wish to exclude spicy foods and specific ingredients.

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Number 9: Food Steamer

Steaming is one of the most gentle methods for cooking vegetables, but also your favourite meat and fish! Naturally, it retains moisture and helps to preserve and unleash precious nutrients like vitamin C.

Much like using a slow cooker, a steamer can help to save time and money, and makes nutritious cooking seem like nothing!

This is one of the healthy gift ideas for Christmas that will no doubt bring on a smile or two.

At the current discount of 46%, you can pick up a Russel Hobbs steamer for as little as £27.03. Coming at 9L and with over 1500 positive reviews, there’s not much competition.

Make a loved one’s life healthier and easier this year, and those to come!

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One More for Creativity: Edible Bugs

Bush tucker trials are all the rage after “I’m a Celebrity” just before Christmas!

Whether it’s for a dare (or a scare), or simply because insects are actually incredibly nutritious and good for the planet, this is a gift to remember!

P.S. Read: Why Should People Eat Insects? Hear Me Out…

Over 2 billion people at least already enjoy eating insects regularly as part of their lifestyle. This spans every continent from Italy to Australia and China to the Americas.

“Entomophagy”, as it’s called, has been an essential part of human civilisation since our dawn.

why should people eat insects - healthy nutritious grasshopper

Believe it or not, so do most of us in the West through even common foods – we just don’t know!

I can vouch for the fact that it’s not as bad as it seems. An initial burst of curiosity and bravery and you’ll be joining the increasing amount of people switching to more insect-based, sustainable, and healthy protein.

For extra fun this year, go for a complete mix and see who tries them first!

Healthy Ronin is a proud ambassador for Eat Grub!

Another excellent store with brilliant variety is Thailand Unique. Click Here to take a look at their ‘Mixed Edible Insects’, and definitely explore around!

Amazon’s Choice by Crunchy Critters are also quite popular.

No matter which you choose, the potential for a great time is always there! People love to experiment and try new things, and this has to be one of the best ways for any health enthusiast!

Personally, I’d always recommend the plain insects (without seasonings), as these are much healthier. Crickets have a pleasant nutty flavour, and I’ve heard they’re not alone!

At the end of the day (or year), there’s nothing quite like a Christmas memory… (But why stop there, right?)

Merry Christmas, and A Happy New Year!

That’s all for this list! These healthy gift ideas for Christmas are the top 10 I can recommend. Though it wasn’t easy to choose!

I tried to keep this as versatile and easy to make personal as possible, so you can all enjoy the best Christmas and have confidence in your gifts!

Choosing the perfect present can be difficult, but hopefully this has helped give you some inspiration. Please feel free to share below any other ideas you may have!

I wish you all and a family and friends a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Until next time, stay healthy
James

8 replies on “Top 10 Healthy Gift Ideas for Christmas in 2019 (LAST MINUTE)”

Hey thank you for the awesome post for Christmas!  I agree about the slow cooker for sure!  Someone bought my wife and me one for this Christmas and we are so happy because we can cook out Turkey in it!  This is a great list for everyone who wants to get a nice healthy thing for a friend or family member.

Thanks for sharing your comment! It’s great to hear that you got a slow cooker – you won’t look back, that’s for sure! I think they’re definitely an excellent gift for many people, and it’s nice to see others who know it too.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
James

You have just gave me tons of awesome gift ideas there! 
Personally I really love the idea of meal planning membership. I know lots of stay at home mom who would definitely appreciate this too. It helps busy mom who still wants to prepare healthy food at home to save time. 
I will skip the edible bugs though, not ready to explore such exotic food yet.

Thank you for the feedback! Meal planning memberships are constantly rising in popularity, but there are so many to choose from (and some certainly better than others). I believe by far, the best I’ve found is PlateJoy. I’m sure many stay at home mums would be delighted with a gift to carry on into the next year, too!

The insects, well, what can I say? They’re not for everyone 😅 – yet! Here’s an article on their amazing benefits if you ever change your mind: Why Should People Eat Insects? Hear Me Out…

Have a very Merry Christmas,

James

I’m guilty of always shopping last minute for Christmas presents! So I really appreciate your gift ideas, James. The fact that they are healthy makes them even better! But I have to be honest: I would like to buy the quality slow cooker for myself 😉 I will check your recommendation, especially after seeing how affordable it is!

I have tried several different bugs during my travels around the world. It would be interesting to see how my family would react if I bring them to our lunch… If it won’t go well, I will blame you 😉

I wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!

Katja

I know exactly what you mean! I’m not always the best when it comes to last minute presents, either. As far as the slow cooker goes, I’m sure you’ll find the Morphy Richards to be perfect, especially if you cook for more than yourself (or like to cook in batches).

Oh, and you won’t need to worry about it not going well! (Otherwise I’ll have to worry too, haha)

Thank you for the kind wishes, I return them to you and your family!
James

Hi! I read your post, and everything mentioned in this article would be really a great goft. And nice finish with imsects – insecty are pure proteins, so why not? You know everybody these days are thinking what to make,which cookies, what dessert,what for lumch,what for dinner, no ome is thinking what healthy food to ofger? I love ypur article,

cheers,

Primoz P.

I’m glad to hear you liked the ideas! The insects were definitely worth mentioning, and as you said they’re very high in protein. 🙂 I hope your Christmas is full of wonderful (healthy) gifts!

Thanks for your comment,

James

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