If you are looking for a way to show your support for someone just diagnosed with heart disease or who has been having heart problems creating your own heart healthy gift basket is a great way to go. Making your own basket is easy and allows you to tailor your gift to your recipient.
To make your own just find a shallow basket, load it up with some goodies, and wrap it up with cellophane and a ribbon. Here are some ideas of great heart healthy gifts to get you started:
There are several heart healthy snacks on the market. You can choose from low fat popcorn, dark chocolate, peanuts, almonds, granola bars, and more. Look for foods that are low in sugar and high in protein, fiber, or contain whole gains. If you will be delivering the basket soon you can include some fresh fruits and vegetables too.
Sure you could buy them a cookbook, but you can make your gift much more personal by creating your own cookbook and include recipes that you know they will love. Just print out some heart healthy recipes on a pretty paper and add them to a nice binder that fits their personality.
To support exercise add a pedometer and fitness or hiking journal to your basket. You can also throw in some fitness gear like a water bottle, exercise DVD, or whatever else you think they might enjoy.
If you have extra money you could include a gift certificate for a massage or if you are on a tighter budget a relaxing bubble bath set or some tea and a pretty mug. You could also opt for some homemade coupons to watch the children or do laundry, anything that you think they could use and you wouldn’t mind doing for them.
When it comes to deciding what to include in your basket the sky is the limit. Think about who you are creating the basket for, what they love, and go from there.