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8 healthy gift ideas for everyone on your list

It's the same year after year. As the holidays draw nearer and you have less time to shop, the chances of everyone on your list getting a fruitcake grow exponentially. But it doesn't have to be that way this year. You can give colleagues, friends and loved ones personal presents they'll love—and that promote good health.

1. For the busy mom

The best gift you can give a mom is some time to herself. Consider a spa gift certificate or a basket of bath products she can use at home.

2. For the nature lover

The best way to view flora and fauna is in its natural habitat. Encourage hiking with a walking stick (they come in all types of designs and materials), a water backpack or, for the techie, a GPS device.

3. For the whole family

Video games are at the top of nearly every kid's wish list. And they don't have to create solitary screen zombies anymore. Get a system that encourages family time and physical activity, such as the Nintendo Wii.

4. For a teenager

Depending on his or her interests, consider an electronic jump rope, or a journal for therapeutic writing or drawing. Also, tickets to a sporting event or a gift card to a sporting goods store might inspire interest in a new activity.

5. For the fitness fanatic

Order him or her a subscription to a fitness magazine. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Or how about a heart rate monitor? This device has proved to be the best way for exercisers to ensure they're working out optimally.

6. For the foodie

Give him or her a kitchen gadget that helps reduce the amount of fat needed in recipes, such as an indoor grill, nonstick cookware or a wok.

7. For a child

Today's toys are all about accessories. For instance, give cool decals for a skateboard, a bell or horn for a bike, or a new helmet or protective pads in a fun pattern or color.

8. For the person who has everything

Some people on your list don't want—or need—anything. Consider making donations in their names to your local hospital or a charity they support.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009