13 gift ideas for the health nuts on your list

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      Here are a few suggestions to make the holidays holly, jolly, and healthy for the hale-and-hearty souls on your list.

      Classy trackers

      Fitbits are fantastic for tracking things like your running pace and heart rate, but they’re not exactly stylin’.

      Check out Bellabeat Leaf Fitness Trackers at Indigo (various locations). Made with a wood housing and featuring a leaf motif in silver ($159.95) or rose gold ($199.95), the device monitors everything from daily steps taken and sleep quality to breathing patterns and menstrual cycles, all while being a pretty piece of hardware that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or pin.


      Shangri-La Hotel's Chi, the Spa offers massage packages inspired by Chinese martial arts.

      Postworkout pampering

      You can’t go wrong with giving a spa treatment, but massages are more appreciated by people who push their bodies to the max.

      Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel (1128 West Georgia Street) offers luxurious all-inclusive suites with their own fireplaces and private baths for treatments like Wushu massage ($225 for 90 minutes), which is inspired by Chinese martial arts, or Ayurveda Podikkizi ($250 for 90 minutes), a detoxifying ritual that incorporates coconut stems. The spa recently introduced Vinotherapie Spa by Caudalie facial and body treatments, which originated in Bordeaux and are centred on active ingredients from vineyards, including grape seeds (for exfoliation) and red-vine leaf (said to have antioxidant properties). At Sabai Thai Spa (various locations), the signature treatment is the Siam Blend massage, a mix of oil massage and gentle stretching designed to improve circulation (from $96 for 60 minutes), while the Detox Body Wrap ($135 for 60 minutes) helps relieve stress and improve mental alertness.


      Sup, Yoginis?  

      It doesn’t get more quintessentially West Coast than a downward dog done atop a stand-up paddleboard. Vancouver Water Adventures’ 90-minute sessions that launch from Kitsilano Beach allow participants to thread the needle and practise other poses while floating on boards on the ocean. Give a pass for a single class ($35) or 10 ($240), with the season restarting in late spring. 


      The Vancouver-based Halfmoon Company's Essential Studio Strap helps yogis settle into challenging poses.

      Shavasana stuff

      If you’d rather give your yoga-loving friend something tangible, consider a theme gift: an Essential Studio Strap ($9) helps people settle into challenging poses; Joy-A-Toes ($32.35), toe spreaders relax the feet and increase their strength and flexibility; and a flower-printed Lola cylindrical bolster facilitates the opening of the chest ($75 online, from the Vancouver-based Halfmoon company).


      For a litle sexual healing, the Shunga Chocolate Body Paint promises to taste as good as it looks.

      Sexual healing

      Be sexy Santa with stocking stuffers like Shunga Chocolate Body Paint, a body cream that’s said to actually taste good ($18 for 3.5 ounces at Womyns’ Ware [896 Commercial Drive] ), or Honey Dust, an edible dust made from honey that you can sprinkle on your lover—it comes with honeysuckle powder ($35 at the Art of Loving [369 West Broadway] ).

      If you’re ready to crank the kink, consider some of the bestsellers at Honey Gifts (3448 Cambie Street and 350 Water Street), like Shibari Hemp Bondage Rope ($22) or stainless-steel handcuffs in pink or black from Spartacus ($35).


      The Classic two-litre Camelbak will keep runners hydrated while freeing up their hands.

      Runners’ high

      There’s a seemingly endless supply of gadgets and gear that every runner needs.

      Consider: the Armpocket Racer, a reflective arm band that lets joggers carry their phone, key, and ID ($35.99); the Classic two-litre Camelbak, so you can hydrate without having to carry a water bottle in your hand ($74.99); and the Yaktrax Run, a traction device of spikes and steel coils designed for use with running shoes so you can keep training on those North Shore trails even when they’re snowy or icy ($44.99, at Running Room [various locations] ).


      Streamline morning routines with Breville’s high-performance Juice Fountain Elite.

      Juicy fruit

      A glass of brightly coloured, freshly pressed juice is a healthful way to start the day, and the range of juicers on the market is immense.

      If you’re in a position to splurge, check out Breville’s Juice Fountain Elite, a highly rated machine with an extra-wide feed tube, which means you don’t have to slice and dice your fruit and veggies before tossing them in ($449.94 at Ming Wo [various locations] ). Oster’s JūsSimple 5-Speed Easy Juice Extractor comes with a froth separator ($119.99 at the Bay), while the Waring Pro Health Juice Extractor has a pulp collector and is dishwasher safe ($89.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond [various locations] ). -