It’s a brand new year, and that means brand new goals not only for you, but for your loved ones as well. If you’re looking to help a friend or family member be the best, most healthy versions of themselves, the right present can have a big impact. We’ve rounded up a slew of the best gifts for someone on a diet so you can be part of their successful fitness journey.
Selecting just the right thing for someone who’s watching their weight can be tricky, as you don’t want any weight loss-related products to come across as offensive. But with a little thoughtful consideration and research, you can find something they’re sure to love.
Obviously, the easiest way to do this is to ask your gift recipient what he or she wants to aid in their weight loss journey, as most wished for items will vary from person to person. Some people may desire a high-tech scale to track their progress, while others may prefer a top-of-the-line blender for making fresh breakfast smoothies.
Questioning your giftee’s coworkers and family members can also reduce the risk of coming across as insensitive or clueless, so don’t be afraid to reach out!
As an added tip, it’s always a good idea to ensure that whatever you buy is easily returnable, so your loved one can get something else they really need if they want to.
What Not to Buy for Someone on a Diet
What you don’t buy for someone who’s attempting to lose weight is every bit as important as what you do buy. To play it safe, steer clear of the below options.
Gift foods: Being on a diet is hard enough without having temptations dangled in your face. Snacks that are high in calories, fat, sodium, or sugar aren’t exactly conducive to lowering a number on the scale. If you must gift your recipient with something tasty, opt for one of these low calorie snacks, which will keep your dieter full and healthy.
Weight loss supplements: The truth of the matter is, weight loss supplements, as with other supplements, shouldn’t be taken without the OK of a doctor, so buying one that hasn’t been cleared for the person who plans to take them is not only uncouth, it can prove dangerous.
Clothes: If someone’s on a diet, their weight is likely to fluctuate, so buying clothes that fit today may not be the best idea. What’s more, buying clothing for someone’s goal weight can be discouraging if they don’t manage to hit that number. Save your cash for something that will make your gift recipient feel good about wherever they may be in their progress.
Need more ideas? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled an array of products designed to make losing weight and getting in shape easier than ever before. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best gifts for someone on a diet.
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Best Fitness Tracker
LETSCOM Fitness Tracker HR
Where to buy: $28.98, Amazon
When you're on a weight-loss journey, there are a few metrics you want to keep in mind: your daily number of steps, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep duration. This fitness tracker logs all those things and more, like your sleep patterns, in one convenient place. Plus, you can sync it up with your phone to receive calls and text alerts. Oh, and did we mention it's also waterproof?
Best Weight Loss Journal
Food and Exercise Journal 2020 by Amanda R. Terpstra
Where to buy: $6.89, Amazon
Every weight-loss journey is filled with highs and lows, so you'll need a place to document them. A weight-loss journal, like this one for 2020, is the perfect place to write down body measurements, inspiring and motivational quotes, daily menus, and personal reflections. This particular book also features an overview for each month to help you plan ahead. Just think about how amazing it will be to read this journal once you've hit your goal weight!
Best Kitchen Scale
Escali Primo Kitchen Scale
Where to buy: $24.79 ($39.95), Amazon
Portion control is key to losing weight, and this digital kitchen scale will ensure you never go overboard on bad cooking habits, like using improper measurements or guestimating when it comes to ingredient amounts. This measuring device, which goes up to 11 pounds, comes with a lifetime warranty, making it an investment in your health. It features a large LED display, a tare button, which will allow you to measure the contents of any container, and spill protection.
Best Frozen Yogurt Machine
Yonanas 902 Classic
Where to buy: $39.99, Amazon
You know those days when the only thing you want to do is tear into a pint of ice cream? While it may not be the best idea to indulge in all the sweets your body is craving on a regular basis, you can get your fix in a healthier way with a personal yogurt machine. Making your froyo at home with Yonanas' 902 Classic will not only save you from the calories of a store-bought carton, since you'll be using fresh fruit with no added sugar, you'll avoid that potentially unhealthy toppings bar, too (we've all gone a little crazy with the Oreo pieces!). To use, simply add frozen fruit, like a banana or strawberry, into the chute and push it down with the plunger for a delicious, health-conscious treat.
Best Bathroom Scale
Garmin Index Scale
Where to buy: $113.32 (Originally $149.99), Amazon
We wouldn't recommend buying someone a scale unless they specifically ask for it, but if your loved one does have a bathroom scale on their wishlist, we recommend this Garmin Index scale. It may be pricy, but it comes with all the bells and whistles you could ever want for, from weight metrics such as BMI and body fat, to smart device user recognition. You can also upload data from this scale to your online Garmin Connect account via Wi-Fi. Better yet, its sleek design means it won't have to be shoved it a your closet when guests are over.
Best Blender for Smoothies
Where to buy: $57.16 ($59.99), Amazon
We're constantly told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for some, eating in the morning isn't all that appealing. If your giftee is the type to skip the eggs and bacon, you can ensure they're still getting some a.m. nutrients with a delicious, nutritious smoothie (check out our roundup of the best fruit smoothies for some breakfast inspo). We like NutriBullet's NBR-1201 device best in the blender department because its 600-watt motor handles single servings that you can quickly grab on your way out the door. It comes with an extractor blade, a milling blade, a handled cup, a 24-ounce cup, an 18-ounce cup, a cup ring, and a cup ring with a handle, plus a recipe book. There is a one year limited warranty.
Best Superfood Cookbook
Superfood Kitchen: Cooking With Nature's Most Amazing Foods by Julie Morris
Where to buy: $12.63, Amazon
Losing weight often requires rethinking your diet — and your meal prep. Working with a range of recipes and ingredients you may be unfamiliar with can be tricky, to say the least. Fortunately, author Julie Morris is here to simplify the process with her superfood recipe cookbook. This nutrient-dense, plant-based book will satisfy your cravings while filling your body with all the nutrients it needs to sustain a healthy body weight.
Best Water Carbonator
SodaStream Fizzi MEGA KIT Sparkling Water Maker
Where to buy: $129.80, Amazon
Soda is one of the first things people give up when they're trying to lose weight — but sometimes you just need that carbonation! Instead of shelling out for expensive sparkling water, we recommend buying a water carbonator. The SodaStream Fizzi is the perfect solution. Adding carbonation to your beverages in just 30 seconds, this machine comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to get started, including a machine, two 60-liter CO2 tanks, three 1-liter carbonating bottles, and two fruit drop flavors.
Best Hat for Running
Tough Headwear Helmet Liner
Where to buy: $10.95 (Originally $11.95), Amazon
In the colder months, there's nothing we like less than running in sub-50-degree weather — so we applaud you for hauling your butt outside to exercise! To keep your ears warm during your jog, we recommend this Tough Headwear skull cap with ear flaps. Doubling as a helmet liner, you can also pop it under your headgear if winter biking is more your thing. Plus, it comes with a hole in the back for your ponytail, so you don't have to worry about your hair getting drenched in sweat.
Best Vegetable Spiralizer
Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer
Where to buy: $22.99 (Originally $27.99), Amazon
Buying precut veggies is a bit of waste: Your giftee could do the same thing at home with this handy dandy veggie spiralizer, which can will make noodles out of just about anything, from squash and zucchini to carrots and cucumbers. It's got five stainless steel Japanese blades that will chop through even the toughest of veggies, and it comes with a lifetime warranty
Best Non Slip Yoga Mat
Clever Yoga BetterGrip Mat
Where to buy: $27.49, Amazon
A yoga mat is the perfect inexpensive gift for someone who's on a diet. Exercise is obviously an important part of the weight-loss puzzle, so why not give your giftee something that will make working out easier to do at home? Not only will this Clever Yoga mat support joints during stretches (this one's extra-thick for added pad resistance), it will also prevent your feet from slipping out from underneath you on a slippery hardwood floor.