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Healthy, holistic holiday gifts

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Attribute: Ronald Schuster
Give the gift of good health this holiday season.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all is the gift of good health. You needn't search far for a wealth of creative presents that foster a healthy body and spirit. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Massage: A professional massage is the perfect way to pamper a friend or family member at the end of a busy year. Massages range from gentle and relaxing to strong and therapeutic, so they can suit a wide range of people. There are numerous local independent massage therapists and massage clinics in Broward County. In addition, Massage Envy has clinics around South Florida; they offer gift cards and new member specials.
     
  • Natural body care products: Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like 100% natural peppermint castille soap or clove bath salts made with essential oils. Stores like Whole Foods carry numerous lines of scrumptious natural products like lotions, body butter, soaps, and lip balms. Even corner pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS carry popular brands like Burt's Bees and Tom's. Mix and match several products in a reusable basket with a soy candle, a loofah sponge, and bottle of pure lavender essential oil for an easy and beautiful gift.
     
  • Healthy gourmet foods: Instead of sending sugary deserts and fatty meats and cheeses for Christmas, consider an artful bottle of herbed olive oil, hand-mixed loose tea, or fresh local produce. Companies like Indian River Fruits ship fresh fruits and nuts throughout the United States.
     
  • Classes: Part of a healthy, whole person is a healthy, whole mind. Consider buying a class for someone you know in a subject they enjoy. Many local craft stores and community schools offer courses in crafts, hobbies, cooking, and a plethora of other subjects. Check out Broward Community Schools for course offerings, times, and prices.

You might also consider gifting someone with yoga or tai chi classes, fitness equipment, books on holistic health, flameless candles, relaxing music, craft supplies, a miniature home garden system, or spa products. The possibilities are limitless!

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