I'm going to do some Christmas shopping this week, and I'm hoping to pick up a little something for myself, too. I was thinking of hitting the sale rack at J. Crew, but Consumer Reports has other plans for me: The folks there suggest 12 healthy holiday gifts you can buy for yourself (or, I'd imagine, anyone on your list).
The ideas, which are backed by CR's robust testing and research, may surprise you. Yes, the list includes membership at a local Y or community center, which the organization has found ranks above the commercial gym chains when it comes to member satisfaction. And CR offers suggestions on a good-quality treadmill, running shoes, and some low-cost exercise equipment.
[Check out our ideas on that, too: How to Get a Cheap Workout: 8 Ideas for Building a $100 Home Gym.]
But a nice bottle of wine also is recommended, given the possibility that it can provide health benefits. Just be careful if you're trying to lose weight; as much as I wish it weren't so, alcohol does have calories. And you'll find some guilt-free munchies on the list, including some reduced-fat products. Here's where I part ways with CR; I'd much rather have one or two delicious holiday cookies than disappoint my taste buds with "light" products. (Stay tuned for more diet tips later this week.)
Please comment with your own suggestions for healthy holiday gifts that didn't make Consumer Reports' list.