Good gifts that are good for you
After all the temptations of parties and sweets and office snacks, the folks on your list might feel especially grateful when you give a gift that focuses on health.
You might have seen NightWave Sleep Assistant talked about on "The Doctors" or other national TV shows -- it's a small box that pulses a blue light onto the ceiling; the light guides your breathing. Some reviewers on Amazon.com say it works like a dream. If you know an insomniac, this nonintrusive device might be a welcome gift; $49.99 on amazon.com, nightwave.com and other outlets.
The Merrell Women's Wilderness Remix leather boot, $225 in brown or black, includes removable Opti-Warm leg warmers and a sure-footed sole that'll make even those winter hikes safe and warm; at Merrell, 291 Main St., Huntington, 631-427-8000; or at merrell.com.
Is your loved one a Zumba and/or dance fan? The Zumba Exhilarate DVD Collection's seven DVDs, complete with 11 / 2-lb. toning stick maracas, might seem excessive, but energetic. Zumba founder Beto Perez and others lead a mind-boggling variety of routines, enough to keep a body happily dancing all year; $89.95, exhilarate.zumba.com.
"De-Stressful Delights!" Gift certificates for a Swedish or Asian massage for you and a friend, plus biofeedback "dots" and an aromatherapy dispenser, for only $50; or, "Secret Santa Special," a gift of a massage or acupuncture, $20, at New York College of Health Professions Teaching Clinics -- treatment by student interns supervised by experienced licensed practitioners (limit one per person) -- and no tipping allowed; 6801 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 800-922-7337, ext. 113.
Know someone obsessed with shiny white teeth? Maintain the brightness with Slim: The Fashionable Sonic Toothbrush, a portable electric toothbrush with a vented mascara-like cap -- just 61 / 2 inches long, it vibrates at 22,000 strokes per minute; available in eight fashion colors; $14.95 at violight.com.
If you have frequent fliers on your gift list, try giving the Plane Clean Air Filter, which attaches to the above-head air nozzles at their seats; it's supposed to remove "at least 99.5 percent of all bacteria, viruses and allergens from your air stream"; for $19.95 at achooallergy.com.