By Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RD
Christmas is in the air and as you make your grownup Christmas list, consider giving presents that will not only make your family and friends jolly but also healthy. Here is a list of gift suggestions that go beyond the customary chocolates, fruitcake, and ham.
Gifts for the tummy
1. Flair and Flavor Hamper
Wines are commonly given for Christmas. To make it extra special, make a wine and cheese pairing set. Casillero del Diablo has a variety of wines that perfectly pairs with various types of cheeses. Merlot-cheddar cheese, Chardonnay-brie cheese, Shiraz Tinto-pecorino cheese, Pinot Noir Tinto-gouda and feta cheese, Cabernet Sauvignon- camembert cheese, Sauvignon Blanc- gruyere cheese.
2. Hearty Christmas Trio
To combat unhealthy fats this season, give your loved ones a heart friendly olive oil set. Doña Elena has a trio of olive oil varieties that can be used for different purposes: extra virgin for dressings, pure for sauteeing or baking, and pomace for frying.
3. Meal delivery
Ensure that your special someone eats healthy and yummy food amid the busyness of the season. Healthy Basket’s holiday meal delivery will satisfy your cravings sans the Santa belly. Instagram/ @healthybasket.ph; Facebook/HealthyBasket
4. Gourmet foods-to-go
Why settle for giving just one Christmas dish when you can shower a family with a complete gourmet dinner? Marriott Manila’s whole roasted turkey for R5,999 includes garlic mushroom potatoes, rosemary glazed carrots, brussel sprouts and pancetta, duo of creamy potato salad. It also comes with delectable pumpkin and pecan pies plus a choice of mushroom gravy or cranberry sauce. 02 988 9999; www.manilamarriott.com
5. Cooking workshop
The gift of a learning experience will last a lifetime. Chef Len Santos-Ding of Feed 5000 Kitchen Studio located in the upscale Ayala Alabang, conducts an intimate hands on culinary workshop that creates kitchen miracles. Instagram/@feed5000kitchen; Facebook/feed5000kitchenstudio
Gifts for Sanity
1. Holiday getaway
Sojourn with your family during the holiday season in a scenic paradise down south at The Pearl Farm Resort where adventure, nature, and some precious downtime are harmoniously combined in one Weekday Getaway Package of R3000 net per head. www.pearlfarmresort.com
2. Healing balm
To ease body aches and pains during the holiday rush. Healing balms or creams like Yoga Love will make one forget about stress and look forward to ultimate relaxation.
3. Primp and pamper time
Make your wife or girlfriend blush in a one-stop beautifying haven where she can luxuriate in massages, hair, and nail care away from the usual crowded locations. Make Me Blush bookings at 02 234 9529; Instagram/@makemeblushnailspa
4. Letters and Papers
Writing is relaxing and it promotes clarity of the mind. It also preserves poignant and joyful memories. Whether leather bound or not, journals and notepads especially personalized ones will have a special part in the recipient’s life journey.
5. Hues and Books
Coloring puts one in a meditative state. Give the gift of art and the freedom to express feelings and thoughts through adult coloring books bundled with coloring materials.
Gifts for the body
1. Women’s necessities
Give your girlfriends and sissies the freedom to move and stay fresh when Aunt Flow visits during the holidays. Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin’s gift packs address the most intimate needs of every dynamic woman. www.jeunesseanion.com
2. Health club membership
Instead of just giving this to your better half, why don’t you share this gift of total wellness together? Embark on a wellness journey and pursue a healthy lifestyle together as you move, refuel and recover with Edsa Shangri-La Hotel’s The Health Club couple membership. www.shangri-la.com/manila/edsashangrila
Sporty presents from head to toe! Be it hoodies, sports underwear, shirts, compression pants down to running shoes, whoever you give any of these apparel to will definitely have a very merry Christmas.
4. Fashionable fitness trackers
Fun and colorful fitness gadgets like Fitbit and Apple Watch will help friends and family keep track of their progress in terms of physical activity, sleep, and even food intake.
5. Wellness program
Want to give yourself or someone special something that will restore health and transform life? The So Easy Life Changing Program is a three-day detoxification to jumpstart a journey to optimum health and holistic weight management. 63 995 5925747