September is the most common birthday month in the U.S. Here are some simple (and healthy) gift ideas:
- Yoga mat. People should replace their yoga mats more often than they do. Yoga mats are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Choose a fun mat that fits the personality of the person you are buying it for. Offer to go to a yoga class as part of the birthday celebration.
- Blender. Many health-conscious people enjoy making smoothies using fruits, vegetables and protein powder. That’s why a blender makes a perfect gift. Make sure you purchase one that is easy to use so the recipient doesn’t get frustrated when they try to make a protein shake.
- Noise-cancelling headphones. Listening to music during a workout is a must for most people. Noise-cancelling headphones block out surrounding sounds, allowing the listener to lower volumes levels. This reduces the risk of hearing loss. Combine the headphones with an iTunes gift card and make their special day even better.
- Food thermometer. Does your birthday guy or gal love to cook? Get a food thermometer to help them prepare safer meals by showing when meat has been cooked enough to kill disease-causing salmonella, E. coli and other bugs.
- Eye pillow. An eye pillow can help anyone relax and fall asleep. Package it with some scented soaps or lotions for a spa retreat at home.
- Fitness tracker. Worn 24 hours a day, these devices can track activities (such as running, bicycling and climbing stairs), estimate how many calories are burned and give a better picture of a person’s overall health. Buy one that comes with a companion iOS or Android app to help make sense of the data.
Have your cake and eat it, too. Just skip the frosting. Frosting alone can add anywhere from 150 to 400 calories to one slice of cake.