15 Healthy Gift Ideas Under $20

Healthy Gift Ideas
Photo by Christina McDonald

Healthy gift ideas might sound too wholesome, but the fun of gift-giving (and receiving) is to choose things that someone wouldn't normally buy for themselves.

If that certain someone is interested in health, environmental sustainability and/or not having too many 'things', these ideas might help.


Certain superfoods are a bit pricey to include in a regular grocery trip, so they make fun gifts. And what better way to tell someone you care than by giving them something super healthy?

  • Dried Mulberries: They're really high in vitamins and antioxidants, and I personally find them tastier than goji berries when you're just eating a handful
  • Dark Chocolate: There are some brands pairing high-quality dark chocolate with superfoods like ginger and goji berries for a delicious and healthy treat
  • Smoothie/Greens Powders: Perfect for someone travelling by plane so that they can make a smoothie after going through security

Homemade Treats

I love handmade gifts - they're so special. For the ladies in my life, I often make earrings or sew a purse out of old clothes. Men are a bit trickier, but they always appreciate a little homemade treat...

  • Homemade Chocolate Bars: Phil's favorite chocolate bar was EatMore, so last year I made a homemade version with dark chocolate, peanuts and unrefined sugar cooked down to toffee. If your man (or woman) has a favorite, you can try recreating it - but you can't go wrong with chocolate :)
  • Truffles: It's surprisingly easy to make those rich little balls of chocolate. Coconut or almond milk work just fine, and there are lots of recipes out there. They look (and taste) especially lovely covered in coconut, ground almonds or cocoa powder.
  • Nut Mix: For those with a salt-tooth, you can roast and flavor your own nut mix. Much healthier than the ones you buy, and you can customize them. Dry roast them in a skillet or oven, and then season them with tamari (soy sauce), your favorite BBQ seasoning, or just some sea salt.


Cookbooks are great for ideas and inspiration - and often gorgeous photos! The cookbook section in bookstores is steadily growing, and it's nice to see a lot more healthy and vegan/vegetarian books coming out.

  • Blissful Bites: Christy Morgan (aka The Blissful Chef) has put together an awesome compilation of recipes, organized by season. I highly recommend the pumpkin hot chocolate as a holiday treat by the fireplace :)
  • The Healthy Voyageur Cookbook: I haven't seen the cookbook yet, but I've seen lots of great recipes on Carolyn Scott-Hamilton's site and I'm sure her new cookbook is full of great meals.
  • Vive Le Vegan!, by Dreena Burton, is a great cookbook for everyday meals for a family. There's a wide variety of ideas, and Dreena uses healthy whole foods as the main ingredients in her recipes.

Kitchen Tools

For people who like to cook, or just like to make good healthy food, sometimes a simple tool can make all the difference. There are so many to choose from, but the best choices are the ones that will get used a lot.

  • Ginger grater: A ginger grater isn't a staple in most kitchens, but it makes ginger so easy to add to any sauce or salad dressing. It rips up the ginger to a pulp that you can squeeze for juice. I love my ginger grater.
  • Zester: Citrus zest is so tasty, and has lots of nutrients. Adding zest to your cooking will transform your life - so why not share that with someone who shares a love of good food?
  • Sprouting container and seeds: Growing your own sprouts is so easy, and gives you a perfect source of fresh nutrient-dense greens all through the year.

Other Healthy Gift Ideas

If you let your imagination wander, you can come up with all kinds of different ideas...

  • Holistic Nutrition Consultation: As you may know, I do consultations over the phone/Internet. A few years ago when I was just starting to learn about healthy eating, I would have loved a gift of an appointment with a holistic nutritionist. It's the kind of thing a lot of people wouldn't treat themselves to, so I think it's a pretty cool gift.
  • Organic Wine: Made with organic grapes, and without sulfites, it's a great option for a healthy and environmentally-sustainable gift, or to share over a special meal.
  • Tea Pot With Tea: Herbal tea is tasty, and lots of them have great health benefits. Green, honeybush and rooibos are all full of antioxidants and other special things. I like the ones that are mixed with dried fruits and flowers.

What do you have on your wish list this year? Let me know below.

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