10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Health Minded Folks

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Every year, I post a few ideas for Christmas gifts.

This may give you great ideas to give a health-minded gift to someone you love, or very likely be a good excuse to give yourself a gift for all the hard work you’ve done this year! I’ve revised the list from last year with many new discoveries that I’ve made.

I included different price points.

1) Fitbit One



This is a product that can track your activity levels. It’s an advanced pedometer! It calculates how many steps you take every day, floors climbed, calories burned, and how well you sleep.

Forget the Apple Watch. Forget the other fitness trackers offered by FitBit. This is the one to use. I find it extremely useful as a motivational tool to get fitter and more active.  Get it on Amazon.

2) “That’s It” Fruit Bars


$20-25 for a box of 12.

Is the protein bar craze finally over?? Look at the ingredients of a typical protein bar, even the so-called healthy kinds, and you’ll find a ton of ingredients that you don’t want in your body. And some protein bars pack over 300 calories a bar!

But the reason to eat a bar is to curb  hunger until you can eat something more  substantial — not to fill up on your protein requirements for the day (let alone more fat, refined sugar and salt than you really need).

Enter: That’s It. I discovered this bar a few years ago and love it. I always travel with them. As the name implies, they only contain fruit, and that’s it!

Get the sampler pack on amazon

My favorite is the apple-pear.

3) “Travel” Rice Cooker



This is the Panasonic SR-3NA. I call this “travel rice cooker.” It’s actually the smallest and best small rice cooker I found! I love this product, and I reviewed it previously on Renegade Health. It’s perfect to make rice for one or two people. It has a small footprint, is inexpensive and can even be brought on a trip!

This is a product that I absolutely love!


4) Bose Quiet Comfort 



I hesitated buying a noise-cancelling pair of headphones for a long time, and once I got my Bose, I really wondered why I went so long without them. This is one of the very few items I consider “essential” in my life. I use it:

1) When I travel. Essential to block out noise from the airplane, trains, etc. When you listen to music or a movie, you’re in your world!

2) When taking public transportation. It blocks out surrounding noise.

3) At the gym: I don’t like the music that plays at the gym — against my will. And I definitely don’t like hotel gyms that blast CNN on TV non-stop in the background.  The noise-canceling headphones are perfect for those moments when I want to say “bye-bye” to Justin Bieber.

4) As an insomniac. If I get up in the middle of the night and can’t fall asleep, I find that listening to music (classical) is the best way to kill some time and find sleep again. The headphones are quiet for the person still sleeping next to you, and they sound great.

I like this model the best.

5) GoTubb by HumanGear



I discovered these neat little packing devices a few years ago. I now use the smallest containers to carry all sorts of things on trips: seasonings, supplements, creams, lip balms, sauces, etc.

You squeeze them and they open. Very neat. The small size is perfect for things that you be tough to carry in small containers otherwise. Available on Amazon.

6) AnnMarie Gianni’s Sample Kit




These are the best, most natural skin care products on the market. Period! The scent of the aromatherapy herbs used in the products is amazing. My suggestion: Go with a sample kit.

7) Veggie Chopper



This is my favorite kitchen tool by far. It’s called different names, such as the “tomato chopper” or “salsa maker” or “Chop Wizard,” but the idea is the same: cutting perfectly square pieces of vegetables in no time. I use it all the time to make salsa, gazpacho, vegetable soup and salads. If you’ve seen the infomercials for it, then my advice is: believe the hype. It’s a great tool. The best one is by International.

8) Foam Roller



An essential item for anyone with back issues, tension in the neck, legs, etc. Or simply if you want to keep your soft tissues healthy. Available on Amazon.

9) ApeX Tweezers



Ok, a little raving here! This may not have to do anything with physical health, but everyone needs a good pair of tweezers. These upscale tweezers make a nice low-cost gift. My girlfriend told me when I got those two years ago: “What, $20 for a pair of tweezers!” But after that, she always asked to borrow them. You have no idea how well this works compared to regular tweezers until you’ve tried them. Never mind some bad reviews on Amazon, they are amazing. Get them here.

10) Instant Pot



I use my Instant Pot all the time!  It is an electric pressure cooker that also turns into a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, skillet, and more. I use it several times a week to make a big pot of beans. I also use it to make beans and to cook greens (literally in 2 minutes).  I love the “set-and-forget” aspect of it. You don’t have to worry about the pressure cooker overcooking everything. Just press a button, and you’re done! Get it on Amazon.com

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. Becky says:

    I’ve never heard of fruit bars!!!


  2. Dukh Niwaran says:

    Read the reviews on Amazon on the Pasta pot. Maybe yours was better made than what they are selling now?

  3. RDP says:

    Frederic, I love that you offered some gift suggestions, and some of them are really great! Amazon, here I come!
    Thank you!

  4. Sheila says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! I’m getting those fruit bars. I never heard of them before. No nuts, just raw fruit. I love it!

  5. Mrs. T says:

    Thanks! Some great ideas!

  6. Nomi says:

    LOL I loved this list Fred. I think I learned more about you…Nomi

  7. IH says:

    While I was chopping my salad yesterday, I was thinking: “I hope Fred will put his Xmas list out there this year since I’m definitely in need for some cleaner chopping devices. Mine are good but leave a mess out there every time I make a salad and here you are….. with your new list. Thanks a lot!!

  8. Roxanne says:

    I love the idea of instant pot and chopper! It will help me in preparing my healthy foods specially this holidays!

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