With the holiday season fast approaching, the race is on to meaningful gifts that’ll surprise your loved one and let them know you care. And, since good ideas are hard to come by, we decided to ease the pain a little and put together a few ideas!

Each gift has the recipient’s health in mind, and is so universal that anyone on your list can appreciate it.

Ready to get pickin’? Here we go!

Professional Kitchen Scale

A key component of maintaining a healthy weight is portion control, yet most of us have absolutely no idea what a portion should look like. That’s a problem.

What’s worse, when it comes to advice about how to eyeball portions, we’re left with the not-so-scientific suggestion to “measure against the size of a fist” – hardly the best caloric measurement tool.

The best solution is to use a nutritional scale. They’re affordable, easy to store, and simple to use.

Spend a few extra dollars and go digital (trust us on this), and be sure to get one that measures in both grams and ounces to accommodate better baking measurements.

And, heck, while you’re at it, pick one up for yourself as well. A good scale becomes a fixture in a kitchen very quickly, and everyone benefits!

Big Ol’ Box of Fruit:

Who wouldn’t love the surprise arrival of a brightly colored box of fruit to brighten up the winter doldrums?!

A box of fruit is a great gift for any couple or family with a healthy appetite (single folks might have some trouble eating too big a box), and given that it’ll be on the kitchen table, or in the fridge for at least a week or two, your thoughtfulness will extend far beyond the initial gift-giving day.

There are many places to buy fruit baskets and boxes these days … a far cry from the day when perhaps your mom bought a box or two from the local kids selling them for a school fundraiser.

Shop around and find something festive!

Dental Gifts:

There are all sorts of gifts you can pick up for a loved one here at The Center for Specialized Dentistry. Anything from whitening kits to electronic toothbrushes to water flossers to paying for a visit to receive a custom mouthguard.

If you’re really feeling creative, you can stop by the office and pick up a gift certificate for your loved one – our practice has just started this wonderful offer this month. Also, talk to us about promotional discounts on certain procedures, like whitening and Invisalign, so your gift certificate might help your friend get over the financial hump that’s been holding them back from moving forward on a planned procedure.

Gift giving doesn’t have to be that hard! The above three gifts are so timeless you can dig them out of the gift giving opportunity file from now until forever!