Healthy Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Make Your Celebration Special Without Chocolate or Candy

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Are you struggling to come up with a healthy Valentine's Day gift idea? If your sweetie is trying to lose weight, a box of chocolates or a decadent restaurant meal might not go over very well.  Of course, candles, jewelry and flowers are safe gifts for someone who is trying to slim down. Or you can use these creative gift ideas to keep your Valentine happy and his or her diet on track.

Healthy Gifts for Valentine's Day

  • Couples massage. If you or your loved one has been working hard at the gym to shed a few pounds, a massage will be a welcome gift.  Why not make it more romantic and create an experience for two?  Many spas offer couple’s massage and some massage therapists will even come to your home. If you don't the budget for a spa massage, consider giving the massage yourself. Invest in a few basic massage oils or even a massage tool or two. Then give your sweetie a relaxing experience at home.
  • Couples cooking class. Celebrate your commitment to healthier living with a cooking class for two.  Visit a local kitchen store or community college to find a class about grilling lean meats, cooking with less fat or creative ways to cook vegetables.  If you already know how to cook, prepare a special meal that fits into your loved one's diet plan.  Use candles, fine china, and special decorations to make the meal feel special. Your loved one might also appreciate a healthy cookbook or cooking tool. Nonstick pots and pans make a great gift. A blender is another smart idea if your sweetie likes smoothies.
  • Dipped fruit.  If your significant other has a sweet tooth, but is trying to avoid candy and indulgent chocolate treats, get creative. You don’t have to forgo chocolate completely. Many sweet shops offer dipped fruit including strawberries, pineapple and other tasty treats.  You can even make your own at home. Simply melt chocolate, dip his or her favorite fruit and then chill. Drizzle white chocolate on top for added flair.
  • Manicure/pedicure.  Your special someone might enjoy a day of pampering at the local spa. Invest in a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure.  And ladies, the man in your life may enjoy this indulgence, as well.  Some spas specialize in providing grooming services just for men. A special shave, men's facial, or foot treatment might be well appreciated.
  • Partner activities outdoors. Plan a hike, a long bike ride or even a canoe ride (if you live in a warm climate) for you and your sweetheart. The activity not only burns calories but also allows you to bond and demonstrate that you support his or her ongoing effort to reach a healthy weight.
  • Token of acknowledgement.  If your sweetie has been working hard to slim down, she may really appreciate the fact that you notice her effort. So how do tell him/her know that you see the hard work?  It depends on your budget.  A necklace or bracelet with a special charm might do the trick. Or simply write a heart felt note and tell her (or him) that you are impressed with her accomplishments. Add a coupon for a back rub or other indulgence to make the gift special.   

By finding a creative gift that supports your loved one’s healthy commitment, you show him or her that you care.  Make this Valentine’s Day special with a diet-friendly gift from your heart. 

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