Choose presents that can bring your loved ones a happier, healthier New Year.
Red Letter Days offer spa days from £39 (£59 for couples) and for that special occasion, two-night spa breaks from £390 (includes lunch, one-day spa pass and accommodation in a luxury yurt).
The Positive Planner
This 12-week planner features inspirational quotes, art therapy, mindfulness activities and a mood tracker (noting connections between activities and feelings could help your recipient make positive changes). There are also meal planners, shopping lists and monthly diary spreads, helping reduce mental clutter. thepositiveplanner.co.uk and notonthehighstreet.com, £23 plus p&p
NHS doctors are now recommending mindfulness to improve mental health and manage long-term pain.
Introduction to Mindfulness Gift Box uses simple task cards and a week-long challenge to help users learn simple mindfulness techniques to integrate into their day. It includes four token gifts to celebrate successes. Amazon, £4.95
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, an NHS ‘Book on Prescription’, teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Just a few minutes’ practice a day can bring great benefits, not just for those struggling with mental health issues but for anyone wanting to improve their wellbeing.
Book, eBook, audio CD and CD-ROM from various retailers including Amazon and WHSmith
Gaiam Beginners’ Pilates Kit
This includes a body-sculpting ball, resistance band and instructional workout DVD, great for first-timers or improvers. John Lewis, Amazon and other retailers, c. £26.49
Weight Training Equipment
Experts recommend weight training because muscle burns more calories, even at rest, than fat – and we’re prone to losing muscle tone as we age. For beginners, light dumbbells and/or wrist and ankle weights are ideal. Kettlebells are popular, and for more serious weightlifters, barbell sets will allow them to add or remove weights to suit them.
Available from major retailers such as Argos, Amazon and John Lewis, and fitness stores or websites
Weight Loss Gifts
Only buy these for someone who has stated they need, want and plan to lose weight!
Slimming World offer 6-week and 12-week gift cards for new members (£34.75 and £59.50 respectively). Prices are lower for existing members or those over 60.
Weight Watchers sell cookbooks, magazine subscriptions (starting from £8.25) and handy SmartPoints Kitchen Scales (£39.95), which automatically calculate the SmartPoints in food.
LighterLife offer food packs for friends interested in trying the plan from around £15.
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