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Know someone who loves talking about the latest antioxidant super food or can't wait to go out jogging every morning?

Maybe they're presently not in the greatest shape, but have recently gotten a wakeup call from their doctor, and are aspiring to become more fit and healthy.

Your challenge? Besides a bottle of multivitamins, or a pair of barbells — what else do you get the health-conscious as birthday gifts or around the holidays?

Here are a few great ideas to show you care and which are sure to be appreciated as an especially thoughtful gesture:

Health gift basket - Skip the sweets and create a thoughtful gift basket filled with gift packs of fresh fruit, herbal or green teas, an alfalfa or bean sprouting kit, and an organic foods or healthy cuisine cookbook. Since relaxation is so important to health, also consider throwing in some aromatherapy candles soaps, bath beads and lotions.

Cooking healthy - Everyone knows good health starts with good nutrition. Help friends and loved ones eat healthy with a gift of a professional grade juicer or vegetable steamer for more nutritious (and tastier) snacks and meals. For easier gifting, consider a gift card to Whole Foods or to their favorite health food store.

Good reads - Think about popular fitness books they might enjoy,or buy a subscription to a popular health or fitness magazine like Self, Men's Fitness, Women's Fitness, or Prevention Magazine.

A great massage - Much like physical exercise, a professional massage is a great stress reducer and boon to circulation so a gift certificate to a day spa for the full treatment would be greatly appreciated. Double the premium and offer to go with them. You'll be very glad you did!

If money is no object - A treadmill, an elliptical trainer, or exercise bicycle are big ticket items you may want to give as a group gift. A gift certificate for personal training sessions or an annual gym membership are also very thoughtful gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year.

also see in Gift Ideas -> Jogger Gift Ideas

Eco-friendly Gift Ideas

More about gifts for health enthusiasts around the Web:

Healthy Gift Ideas - A nice list from Dr. Andrew Weil includes healthy foods like dark charcoloate, nuts, and more and a surprising suggestion for your mental health by giving to charity around the holidays.

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