Written by Michelle Jonna
If you’re racking your brain for holiday gift ideas for those you love, consider a healthy gift basket! Gift baskets are easy to prepare and can be customized for both your budget and the person who will be receiving it. We’d suggest a healthy brain gift basket to ensure that memories of this holiday season aren’t forgotten.
To get started, you’ll want to purchase the items you’ll include BEFORE you purchase the container, so you can get the perfect size. While baskets are available in many sizes and colors, you can also package your gift items in another style of reusable container like a wire basket, a file box, or a small wooden crate.
Here are a few ideas for items to include in a healthy brain gift basket:
Science has shown that you can train your brain using mental exercise. Making the brain work with brain games and puzzles enhances response time, ability to focus and problem-solving skills. Consider adding best-selling brain-training books like “The 125 Best Brain Teasers,” “The Total Brain Workout” or “Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain” to your healthy brain gift basket.
Several different kinds of puzzles, like jigsaw puzzles, word search and online quizzes, can help keep the brain active and neurons firing, though research has proven that the best types of activity for improving attention, memory and reasoning are crosswords and number puzzles. Consider adding crossword and sudoku books to your gift basket, too!
Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and promote overall health. That’s why major health systems across the country, like Mayo Clinic and Henry Ford Health System, include it in their integrated health care recommendations for their patients.
Your friend or family member will surely appreciate the many physical, mental and emotional benefits of meditation. From pain relief and anxiety reduction to improving self image and self worth, meditation really is a no-brainer when it comes to improving your overall health and wellness. (Yes, we went there!) The bonus? Meditation is also an exceptional tool for enhancing current and future brain health.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of meditation? We recently discovered a new piece on the benefits of meditation, compiled of fantastic stories and comments from different meditation experts and people who meditate.
For your healthy brain gift basket, include a physical meditation CD, coupled with a 90-day subscription to HeadSpace, an app that provides both beginner and advanced meditation programs.
A healthy diet is a huge factor in overall health, but does your loved one know what foods contribute directly to brain health? Nuts, berries, fish and leafy green vegetables provide several pro-brain nutrients, though most Americans don’t get enough of them in their typical daily diet.
For your healthy brain gift basket, include a cookbook that’s focused on eating for brain health, like Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy Healthy Brain or The Healthy Mind Cookbook. Both of these popular cookbooks are filled with recipes that can help amp up the brain-healthy nutrients in your friend or family member’s weekly menu.
Both coffee and tea are loaded with micronutrients and antioxidants that are excellent for overall health. And when it comes to brain health, the latest news is even better. French scientists have found that coffee and caffeine consumption can help prevent cognitive decline, and potentially reduce the risks of stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Include a bag of coffee and a box of tea in your healthy brain gift basket to show your loved one that you care about their brain health.
To round out your healthy brain gift basket, try adding a month supply of brain health supplements. To learn more about brain supplements, read the following articles on the best supplements for brain health and how not all brain health supplements measure up. Science tells us that today’s food chain is lacking in vital nutrients and no matter how much nutritious food we eat, we won’t be able to get enough of what our brains need for optimal function and future disease protection. That’s where the Memory Health brain supplement comes in, delivering targeted nutrients—antioxidants and anti-inflammatories—directly to the brain, to nourish, protect and improve your brain health.
Include a 30-day supply in your healthy brain gift basket, or add a monthly subscription to ensure your loved one’s future brain health.
Once you’ve gathered the gifts for your healthy brain gift basket, decorate the container with shredded paper and ribbons, or eco-friendly reusable options like colorful dish towels, tulle, or fabric napkins. Now you’re ready to give a gift they’re sure to remember!