MountainStar Health - November 20, 2019

Want to give holiday gifts that promote health and wellness this year? Here are a few gift ideas for every budget.


  • For foodies, fill small jars from the dollar store with homemade spice mixes like pumpkin pie spice, creole seasoning or a fajita blend. Visit for recipes.
  • Make potpourri bags. In a plastic bag, add a half-cup of dried cranberries, three dried orange slices, 4 halved cinnamon sticks, one tablespoon cloves and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Add a gift tag with instructions to mix with three cups of water in a small pot and simmer over low heat to create a scent-sational holiday ambiance.

$20 or Less

  • For the friend who's always buying disposable water bottles, buy a BPA-free reusable bottle. Look for one you can add ice to and easily wash.
  • For workout buddies, give cooling neck towels or headbands.
  • We may be tooting our own horn, but we think an H2U membership is a great gift that includes our quarterly magazine, online health tools, dental, vision and hearing discounts, and other money-saving benefits. All for $20 a year!

$50 or Less

  • Creative cooks will appreciate a healthy cookbook like "The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook" by registered dietitian Toby Amidor. Make it a gift basket by including recipe ingredients or small kitchen gadgets. (Just make sure you get an invite to dinner in return!)
  • Pull your grandkids away from their screens with a cornhole set or other outdoor games. Bundle up after dinner for some friendly backyard competition!