Gifting the gift of Health

By Lindsay Kluge, M.Sc, CNS, LDN

Red gift box with white ribbon and bow. Every holiday, I see folks scrambling to find gifts at the last minute, or hard pressed to find something for the person who has everything. Most of the time, it’s an impulse buy or something not so special for the cat to knock off of the dresser. Ultimately, most gifts given are not meant to be sustainable gifts of happiness, but rather given to fill a sense of obligation or social expectation, and hopefully you can at least give someone the gift of a smile. Deep down, we all want give a gift that really means something – that shows a true act of care and compassion.

I think that the best gift someone can possibly give is a gift of health. A gift card to a wellness clinic, a pre-paid massage, freshly packaged tea or even an amazing cookbook packed full of healthy recipes is something that can nourish someone all year long and even beyond. I know so many people who have wanted to check out a particular health care provider (acupuncture especially!) and just haven’t been given that push to make it happen. Giving a friend or family member a gift card for a first appointment is a perfect way for that first step to happen. Gifting someone a series of cooking classes can work magic on a life that is stagnant in the kitchen. Seeing a massage therapist can really change someone’s life that is under stress all year. We can all use someone to tend to our health needs, and it’s the best thing you can do for yourself (and for others!) to make sure they are tended to at some point throughout the year.

You never know – it’s certainly not uncommon to see a Naturopathic Doctor and see hugely positive and unexpected changes in all areas of life. Seeing a nutritionist can be an enormous help to get someone on track for the year with guidance and support surrounding new food choices. Seeing an herbalist may be just the right step in transitioning towards a more natural health care plan in the New Year.

So when you’re scratching your head about what to get for your loved ones this year, consider giving them a great experience of being tended to in their health and supported in wellness for the upcoming year. It may really change their life!