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5 gift ideas for health-conscious people

Forgo the gym membership and give the fitness junkie on your list class passes to various fitness studios, like yoga, in the city. AP Photo

TORONTO – With the “most wonderful time of the year” coming up, finding that perfect gift for health-conscious friends and family this holiday can be difficult. Here’s a look at some holiday gift ideas for the fitness junkie on your Christmas list.

Organic vegetable or meat service

An organically grown and locally sourced community food box is sustainable gift that “allows those on your list to support local farmers, go organic, and eat fresh and healthy foods without the hassle of shopping,” says the Canadian Health Food Association.

An organically grown and locally sourced community food box is a thoughtful and sustainable gift. Visit Chfa.ca for more great gift ideas this season.
An organically grown and locally sourced community food box is a thoughtful and sustainable gift. Visit Chfa.ca for more great gift ideas this season. CNW Group/Canadian Health Food Association

Search for a program in your gift recipient’s city that will arrange to have fresh produce or meat delivered right to their door. Individuals will receive seasonal meats and veggies that will allow them to expand their culinary skills and encourage healthy options for holiday meals.

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Boxes can range from $25 to $100 depending on the service you chose.

READ MORE: How to stay fit and healthy during the holidays

Fitness class passes

For those on your list who like to try various trends that test one’s athleticism, perhaps forget giving a gym membership and consider gifting a fitness pass or passport that allows them to try some of the best workout studios in their city.

Cookbooks and recipe guide

Consider putting your favourite holistic health guide under the tree or an organic cookbook for your favourite home chef.

For a personal touch, choose a cookbook and provide the ingredients for a new favourite dish to share.

Cookbooks that focus on nutritious recipes are a great gift for those who are health-conscious. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

At-home fitness equipment

The snowy season tends to keep Canadians indoors and their motivation to hit the gym often declines quickly.

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READ MORE: 5 cold weather exercise tips and guidelines

When considering a gift for fit friends and family, some options for indoor, home-workout gear can include jump ropes, yoga mats, exercise DVDs, free-weights, workout gear and re-usable water bottles.

Give indoor winter workout gear for fit friends and family.
Give indoor winter workout gear for fit friends and family. CNW Group/Canadian Health Food Association

Fitness and health trackers

Fitness bands and watches are a great gift for all health enthusiasts. Some of the best trackers to consider are those that record your movement (both steps and kilometres), calories burned and sleep patterns while other models either have built-in heart rate monitors that helps provide an even more accurate picture of your health.