Are you thinking of what festive gifts to buy for your family and friends this Diwali and Christmas season?
While traditional gifts often include sweets and snacks, you can make this festive season even more special by choosing gifts that promote health and wellbeing.
Here are seven affordable and healthy Diwali gift ideas to brighten someone's festival…
1. Natural Candle with Essential Oils
Gift a handcrafted natural candle infused with essential oils, which are known for their relaxing and calming properties. Aromatherapy candles can uplift moods, create a soothing atmosphere in your home and reduce stress. Many scents to choose from like lavender, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, patchouli or chamomile.
2. Herbal Teas
Put together a selection of herbal teas in a beautifully decorated box. Include varieties like chamomile, ginger, mint, and turmeric. Herbal teas are caffeine-free and not only soothing but also offer various health benefits, such as aiding digestion, reducing stress and relaxation. Plus, perfect for staying hydrated.
3. Indoor Plant or Herbs
Give the gift of greenery with an indoor plant or a pot of fresh herbs. Plants not only add beauty to the home but also improve indoor air quality and promote a sense of calm. Herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary can be used for cooking and have health benefits as they have antioxidant properties and add flavour to dishes.
4. Healthy Cookbook
Choose a cookbook that focuses on healthy and nutritious recipes. Look for ones that provide easy-to-follow instructions and emphasise whole foods. A cookbook can inspire your loved ones to explore new, health-conscious recipes in their kitchen. Do check my two recipe books, Step-by-step recipe book and Diwali treats recipe book.
5. Fruit Basket
Give a beautifully arranged fruit basket filled with a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits. You can also add a touch of elegance by including exotic fruits like dragon fruit, pineapple or passion fruit. Fresh fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, making them a nutritious gift that contain only natural sugars.
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6. Wellness Program
This is a gift of long-term health as it helps in creating healthier habits. I have many clients who have done this for their parents. It's a thoughtful way to encourage your loved ones to prioritise their wellbeing. I have many options to help them to make positive lifestyle changes. Send me a message if you would like to know more about these.
7. Homemade Mithai Box
Instead of store-bought sweets laden with sugar and unhealthy fats, create a personalised mithai box. Prepare healthier versions of traditional sweets like burfi and ladoos using natural sweeteners like figs, dates, honey or jaggery. Homemade sweets allow you to control the ingredients, reducing excessive sugar and unhealthy fats.
So, this time for Diwali or Christmas, choose gifts that show you care about the well-being of your friends and family. These affordable and healthy gift ideas not only celebrate the spirit of the festival but also promote a healthier lifestyle for your loved ones.
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Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.
*Info: Diwali Treats Recipe Book