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Gift guide: Healthy stocking stuffers

Gift guide: Healthy stocking stuffers

Author: Canadian Living

Mind & Spirit

Gift guide: Healthy stocking stuffers

This story was originally titled "Healthy Stocking Stuffers," in the December 2007 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

Yoga devotee

• Lululemon's Foldin' Key Cuff ($6) is the perfect packet for a gift certificate to a yoga studio (from $5 to $20). The cuff can also hold a key, a card or a few dollars while you downward dog. Tailor the certificate to your yogi’s interests – Runner's Yoga for the athlete, Youth Yoga for a tween, Thai Yoga Massage for the trendsetter. www.lululemon.com.

• Yogagurl's cosy made-in-Canada Belly Warmer ($35) is yoga's latest fashion accessory. This new take on the traditional Japanese haramaki, or "belly warmer," keeps the belly warm – and it's a fun trendy look that covers the sometimes-bare midriff between yoga pants and yoga top. www.yogagurl.com; 1-877-818-9642.

• Savasana's guided relaxation CD, by Suzette O'Byrne ($18.87), with a series of calming relaxation exercises, is a great way for someone to chill out or even to lull him or her to sleep. www.functionalsynergy.com.

Nature lover/environmentalist
• Write-It-Down Mini-Journals ($9) for hikers, bird-watchers and wildlife observers. At selected Hallmark, gift and card stores, zoos, or www.nearlyfamous.ca; (905) 660-6220.

• Make someone the proud foster parent of a baby polar bear, owl or orca whale while supporting the World Wildlife Fund's conservation efforts. Adoption certificate and plush animal included ($40). www.wwf.ca; 1-800-267-2632.

• Clearly Fun Soap. Transparent soaps with little treasures inside get kids excited about working up a lather. When the soap is used up, there's still the butterfly, frog, ladybug or other insect or animal item inside. Available for approximately $6 at select gift stores, or at www.clearlyfunsoap.com.

People with special dietary needs
• The Complete Gluten-Free Cookbook (Robert Rose, 2007, $27.95) by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt shows you how great gluten-free can be. Many of the recipes include lactose- and egg-free variations, too. Include a package of one of the newest gluten-free grains such as Salba ($15.49), available from The Hospital for Sick Children's Specialty Food Shop in Toronto or online at www.specialtyfoodshop.com;

• A subscription to Allergic Living ($24.95) a well-written and -designed lifestyle magazine that covers the spectrum of allergies, including food allergies. www.allergicliving.com; 1-888-771-7747. 

• Fun Food. A festive tin of no-sugar shortbread ($12.99) contains six individually wrapped shortbreads in orange, lemon and butter flavours. Kids will love the fruity flavour of sugar-free nougat fluff – light and fluffy taffy chews ($9.99). 

Page 1 of 2Fitness buff
• The Running Room's Basic Pedometer ($29.99) lets walkers and runners count the distance they travel in steps and kilometres. Clips to a belt. At Running Room stores across Canada or at www.runningroom.com.

• Kiss My Face's trial gift set of nine all-natural products, including a facial cleansing bar, toner, body scrub and moisturizer ($14.95), is the perfect size for a gym bag. At select Sobeys, Loblaws and natural health food stores, or from www.kissmyface.com.

• JumpFit's skipping rope kits will jump-start any fitness routine with one of the most portable pieces of fitness equipment around. Kits for kids ($10.95) contain an eight- and 14-foot skipping rope and a home instructional activity book. Adult kits ($15.95) contain a manual, DVD and rope. At www.jumprope.com.

Winter sports enthusiast
• Mountain Equipment Co-op's funky Hornet Sunglasses for kids ($27) provide close-fitting, full-coverage protection from winter rays. At Mountain Equipment Co-op stores across Canada; or call 1-888-847-0770. Wrap them up with BodyGlide's 2-in-1 Anti-Friction and Sun Formula SPF 25 ($9.99), available at Running Room stores across Canada.

• Pair a gift certificate for a ski or snowboarding lesson, approximately $30, with Gourmet Village's après treat, Jumbo Gingerbread Double Truffle Hot Chocolate Cone ($12.95). At kitchen and gift stores or www.gourmetvillage.com; 1-800-668-2314.

• Northern Reflections' ear-flapped Trapper Hat ($24.99) will take the chill out of winter. Great to wear while skating or building a snowman. www.northernreflections.com.

Mobility challenged
• The Red Hatter fold-up travel cane ($35) helps a cane-user step out in style. Available at www.canescanada.com; or call 1-866-217-8091. 

• Aromatic warm-up pillows ($30) in soft, cosy fabric with cheerful affirmations ("Love," "Relax," "Be Happy") can help ease away stress and tension and relieve sore backs. At www.warmbuddy.com; or call 1-888-649-0649. Add an easy-to-tote, satin brocade bag ($7) that contains organic tea rich in healthy antioxidants. At Ten Thousand Villages stores or www.tenthousandvillages.ca.

• Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, 2nd Edition (Demos Medical Publishing,  2005, $25.95) by Candy Harrington is the definitive guide to the logistics of planning accessible travel for anyone who uses a wheelchair, walker or cane, or who has a physical ailment that may slow him or her down. Available at www.demosmedpub.com.

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