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9 last-minute healthy Christmas present ideas

Rather than panic buying booze or biscuits as a Christmas gift, why not give one of these healthy presents instead?

1. A water bottle that reminds you to drink

It’s all too easy to forget to hydrate during the day. But not if you buy a bottle that lights up when you haven’t drunk in a while such as the Hidrate Spark 2.0.

2. A subscription – the gift that keeps on giving

Subscription boxes are having a moment of popularity. This means there are plenty of healthy options to choose from. You could try well-known Graze which delivers healthy snacks. For a monthly surprise gift, you could order a Lifebox Energy Subscription. The recipient will receive a collection of food, drinks, ingredients and supplements to support a healthy lifestyle. 

3. Gym membership they’ll use

If you’re looking for a friend (aged 16+) who likes variety in their workouts, then how about membership of MoveGB. From just £1 a week, they’ll have access to more than 6,000 venues. These can be as varied as yoga studios, climbing walls, swimming pools and leisure centres.

4. A very clever skipping rope

These days skipping isn’t just done with a length of rope with two wooden handles. You can now get digital ropes that time your workout, tell you how many calories you’ve burnt and alert you to exercises. Some smart ropes are linked to exercise programmes. The Tangram even has an in-built LED projector so that your workout jump counts are displayed as you exercise.

5. Healthy meals to their door

If you have a family member or friend who lives too far away to cook for, you could choose the next best thing. Send them a gift card towards meals from the Mindful Chef. This service delivers fresh, healthy, pre-portioned ingredients in an insulated cardboard box. The boxes come with recipe cards to help recipients prepare the meal.

6. Benenden Health membership

One of the best-value health gifts you can get a family member or friend is a Benenden Health membership. At just £10.25 a month, the member you add will be able to access a number of services and treatments from day one. These include GP 24/7 and 24/7 Mental Health Helpline. After six months, they’ll also be able to receive medical diagnostics, if the NHS wait is more than three weeks. They can also treatment for around 250 approved procedures, if the NHS wait for it is more than five weeks. Visit www.benenden.co.uk or call 0800 414 8470 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm). 

7. A 60-minute golf lesson with a PGA professional

For the golf obsessive who already has all the kit, why not help them lower their handicap with a lesson from a PGA professional. Book an hour-long lesson and they can focus on their swing, putting or whatever it is they want to improve. 

8. At-home pedal exerciser

If you know somebody who doesn’t fancy the gym but could do with some light exercise, how about gifting them a low-impact pedal exerciser. It’s a simple machine that lets people improve their fitness from their armchair. 

9. A new hobby

Whether it’s the Ramblers, National Trust, or another organisation, annual membership is a great gift. You can help to get your loved one out and about to pursue a hobby and make new friends. Or you could buy them a gift voucher to help them learn a creative, craft or artisan skill via craftcourses.com 

Don’t forget, if you’re a Benenden Health member you can also access special rewards and discounts as part of your membership. These include deals on health magazines, Fitbits and holidays. Log onto My Benenden for a reminder of what’s on offer.