Need a gift for someone with no time in the schedule to go about finding it?  Ah, yes, I have been there, too! With hectic work schedules, family demands, and holiday functions, these things can slip our mind or at least go to the bottom of the “to do” list.


5 last-minute but thoughtful gifts you can get anywhere



Allow me to save you the sweat, the guilt and the embarrassment of looking and feeling a bit thoughtless.  I offer five solutions to your potential problem. Five last-minute, thoughtful and health-minded gift ideas that you can get anywhere.  In fact, these are all from Walmart, which is everywhere (in the US anyway, except, ironically enough, not in my area, until very recently). For readers outside the US, these gift ideas could be found at many superstore type of retailers as well.

Keep this post handy, because if your schedule is tight and you are racking your brain for ideas, save yourself and make a quick trip for a thoughtful gift for a health-minded one  . . . just like you!




Consider one of these gift ideas if you find yourself in the eleventh hour empty-handed:

1. Delight with a trendy but healthy dinner idea.  

Place the spiral slicer in the center of the four stacked colorful bowls and tie (like a cross) with a hefty thick ribbon.  These could work:

Why it is a health choice: For those wanting a lower-calorie, lower carb, higher vitamin profile for their pasta meals, zucchini noodles may be a good choice.

2.  Go zen.

This bonsai tree is a nice idea for those who love nature and are on the nurturing side. How about this one? Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree ($25).

Why it is a healthy choice: Digging in the dirt and giving some love to plants is good for your health!


3.  Promote outdoor time.

For outdoor enthusiasts or those with a family, badminton is a game anyone can play but do keep the bugs away from ruining the fun. Try these tools to get the shuttlecock flying, bug-free:

Why it is a healthy choice: Everyone knows outdoor time with others and moving your body is oh-so-healthy!

4.  Open the lid to yummy eats.

Pop in a favorite healthy stew or soup recipe under the lid that your friend or family member can make with this: Tramontina 6.5 Qt Enameled Round Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($40)

Why it is a healthy choice: Cast iron is a much better choice to cook in than teflon coated pans and it lasts forever!

5.  Encourage relaxation:

Give the gift of stress relief with a bottle of mineral bath salts along with a dry brush for the softest skin ever. Try these:

Why this is a healthy choice: Dry brushing is a chemical-free and easy way to rev up the circulation while exfoliating yourself to much softer skin.  (Here’s the right dry brushing technique.) Using mineral salts along with a few other steps is a great way to turn that bath into a detox bath.


  • Staying with some friends for the weekend? Here are some hostess gift ideas she or he may like.




The little bonsai tree is such a cute gift idea! That would be perfect for my coworkers 🙂

I just love it, too, Liz! I have always been amazed by them! Have a fun-filled holiday!

How fun!! I'd love the first gift myself!! 🙂 So excited that it's the Christmas season!!

Glad you liked the ideas and a very, very Merry Christmas, Cailee!

Great ideas, Lori. I really like the first idea. The spiralizer is great and I bet there are all sorts of things you could put in the centre of the bowls instead, like a parmesan cheese grater. I hate feeling like I've bought someone something just because I needed to find something fast, so I'll definitely be referring to this list again in the future (like the bonsai idea, too!)

Oh yes! I like the Parmesan grater idea! Good one, Helen. Happy Christmas!

Hi Lori! What awesome gift suggestions. I really like the Dutch Oven and Bonsai tree (I've been wanted a Bonsai myself for a while now but santa never brings me one!) Bath salts are always welcome too. Love the spiral slicer, would love making my own zucchini noodles!! And the beginning vball/badmitten set for outdoor fun is a really cool idea too! Thanks for sharing. Time to shop…online of course!!

Thanks, Laura! Glad you liked the ideas. So nice of you to say so!

Thank you for sharing these ideas. I am always down for a plant, especially a bonsai tree. That would be a wonderful treat! Cast iron pots are awesome, we still have one that my grandmother used to cook in. They are super durable and long lasting and I swear that food tastes much better coming from that pan! 🙂

Cast iron is the best and those pans are the ones I reach for daily! Thanks for joining in. Happy Holidays!