Posted December 05, 2017 at 05:00 AM | Updated December 05, 2017 at 05:00 AM
By Molly Kimball
Searching for the perfect gift for those focused on nutrition and wellness in 2018? Good-for-you gifts can be tailored to suit anyone on your list, with the added benefit of enhancing the lives of friends and family.
Gift cards for wellness-based classes and services can be a good idea: Think trial membership to a gym or fitness studio, or a series of sessions for nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian, personal training, yoga, Pilates, or other group fitness workouts. Even better, sign up for the workouts, too, to give the gift of health and togetherness.
For more ideas to help get you started, here are 10 wellness-inspired gift ideas that you can really feel good about giving
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FOR HOME CHEFS AND FOOD SCIENCE BUFFS
Tools and toys that encourage healthful home cooking never go out of style.
The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board | $27
Here’s one for the perfectionist in your life: This 9x12 sustainable bamboo cutting board – aptly named “The Obsessive Chef” – includes precise measurements to ensure your cuts are exact. The lines on the cutting board are in one-inch grid lines, with shapes to guide for small dice, fine dice, julienne, and more. Available at Target, World Market and online at GenuineFred.com.
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Combine food, chemistry and art with this Molecular Gastronomy Kit by Uncommon Goods. Create an interesting dish for a dinner party, or just have fun playing with your food. The kit has tools and ingredients to deconstruct any dish, changing the look and feel of key ingredients: Turn liquids like local honey into jelly-like cubes. Convert vegetables into flavor-packed little beads. Transform dark chocolate into spaghetti-like strands.
The kit includes an instructional DVD with recipes, as well as ingredients and tools like pipettes, silicone mold and tubes, and agar agar. Consider pairing with Uncommon Goods’ Food Styling Precision Tool Kit for even more creative serving and styling ideas. Available at UncommonGoods.com.
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For the ever-precise home chef or portion-watcher, this digital scale provides accuracy and convenience, folding compactly to be easily be tucked away in the utensil drawer. Available at JosephJoseph.com.
Cookbook | $ Varies
Gift a healthful cookbook along with box or basket of ingredients to make one (or some) of the recipes.
Farmers Market | $5 or more
Gift certificates to the local farmers market (or $5 tokens at our Crescent City Farmers Market), paired with an herb garden starter kit.
FOR FOLKS ON THE RUN
Busy people can use a little encouragement to stay on track with their health routine and with meals.
Healthy meal delivery service | $ varies
Meal delivery companies like Clean Creations and SWEGS Kitchen make it easy to stick with healthful eating, no matter how busy you are.
U Konserve Eco-friendly Stainless Steel Food Containers | $8.95
These stainless steel containers by U Konserve make it easy to pack a healthful, portion-controlled lunch without the plastic. With removable dividers, these stainless steel containers are perfect for sandwiches, salads, vegetables and fruit, and can also double as food storage containers for leftovers. Available locally at Whole Foods Markets and online at Ukonserve.com