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If you have a friend or a relative who happens to be a fitness fanatic, and you’re left scratching your head when it comes to healthy gifting, you’ve come to the right place. Modern-day fitness enthusiasts have moved far beyond your typical box of dry fruits, which seems to be the archaic face of healthy gifting even today. In reality, dry fruits hardly make for a thoughtful gift since they don’t contain the right combination of nutrients. For this reason, we’ve done the work for you, and prepared a fail-proof list of healthy gifting ideas that are sure to win hearts this festive season.

1.   Millet & Other Wholegrain Snacks

The best thing you could do for a fitness fanatic is gift them something that would make post-workout or midnight snacking completely guilt-free. It’s no secret that fitness enthusiasts are very conscious of what they eat. A variety of millet snacks such as millet bars, millet dosa, roasted chana and millet chikkis can give even cheat-day meals a healthy spin. Healthy combos containing various millet and other wholegrain snacks or ready mixes would be a joy to receive for any fitness enthusiast. This would also prove a fantastic healthy gifting option for vegans, who often struggle to find healthy options in vegan snacks.

2.   Millet-based Daily Foods

Millet flakes, millet flour, and wholegrain millets are extremely healthy substitutes for everyday food ingredients such as corn flakes, rice flakes, and refined flour. The latter set of foods can often cause bloating and fattening, which run counter to the ideal lifestyle of a fitness enthusiast. Millets are a great way to introduce more nutrition into one’s diet and reduce intake of processed and refined foods. Millets are rich in antioxidants and fiber, with many known benefits such as weight loss, healthier sleep, slowing down of muscle degradation, management of high cholesterol, and reduced risk of colon cancer. Needless to say, millet and wholegrain products are an amazing healthy gifting option.

3.   Protein Powder Gift Sets

Protein powder gift sets indicate that you dedicated some real thought to how you could contribute to a fitness enthusiast’s fitness journey. Protein powder is a supplement that can hugely benefit gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts by increasing their protein intake, encouraging muscle growth and recovery, and achieving healthy weight loss. However, protein powder tends to be on the higher end of the gift budget spectrum. That is why a number of fitness enthusiasts are returning to tried-and-tested homemade millet based protein shakes that are easy to make and easy on the pocket.

4.   Energy Drinks & Green Teas

This healthy gifting option is perfect for fitness enthusiasts who need their caffeine fix but are health-conscious and unwilling to get hooked to coffee and tea. Energy drinks, especially sugarless ones, can be a guilt-free indulgence for those looking to jumpstart their day with an energy-boost. Green teas, on the other hand, can be a much-needed respite after a long day, and can have a cleansing and calming effect on the body as they are rich in anti-oxidants. But before gifting a bunch of energy drinks, read the label carefully and make sure the sugar content is on the lower side.

5.   Workout Gear & Equipment

Make sure your fitness friend has a comfortable workout experience by gifting them good quality workout gear and equipment. For example, gym gloves can go a long way when it comes to preventing those pesky sores and callouses. A memory-foam knee pad or mat can do wonders while preventing joint pain and injury. Workout equipment is usually a safe yet thoughtful option for healthy gifting, though the personal preferences of the receiver should be kept in mind.

6.   Workout Passes & Fitness Event Vouchers

Fitness enthusiasts love gelling with other fitness enthusiasts, and that’s a fact. That’s why, receiving vouchers for fitness events can be very exciting for them because it is a great opportunity to engage with the fitness community. That’s why these make for a very thoughtful and healthy gifting idea.

At the end of the day, healthy gifting is not rocket science, and it definitely can be a wholesome and enriching experience for both parties. However, instead of picking something off the shelf, if you curate a special healthy gift combo for your friend, then it will make the occasion memorable. What gift amongst these would your pal(s) appreciate the most? Let us know in the comments down below!