11 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Santa
What Do You Give the Saint Who's Got Everything in His Sleigh? Check Out These Healthy Ideas
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Dec. 22, 2008 -- Santa takes to the skies soon, and it's common courtesy to
leave a little something for the big guy when he comes calling in the wee
You could go the traditional milk-and-cookies route. Or you could take a
different tack, picking useful gifts for St. Nick's 24-hour journey -- and
throughout the new year. Here are some ideas:
- Vitamin D pills. Vitamin D is the "it" vitamin nowadays, and
North Pole winters are probably too skimpy on sunlight to make enough vitamin
- Melatonin for jet lag.
Melatonin supplements might help Santa get sleep when he's back home.
- A mug of cocoa. It's got caffeine to keep Santa perky, polyphenols
for his heart, and warmth to make him even more
- Rose-colored glasses, so that every child looks nice, not
- A serving of nuts. We're not Santa's doctor, but his big belly could
put him at risk for metabolic syndrome, and
eating some nuts daily might help his ticker.
- Gel inserts for his boots, since he'll be tiptoeing around for 24
- An aromatherapy kit, in case
the reindeers' smell gets to be too much. Lavender is soothing, and a
2005 study showed that cinnamon or peppermint might ease driver
- A blood glucose monitor, so he doesn't overdo the cookies. Blood
glucose monitors are for people with diabetes, but even if Santa
isn't diabetic, he shouldn't overindulge in sugar.
- A Wii Fit so he's in fighting shape for 2009. Being physically
active is a
plus at any size. And in case he's not into virtual fitness, throw in a
pedometer so he can count his steps.
- Honey to soothe his throat after all that ho-ho-ho'ing. Honey might
bacteria, in case Santa picks up some germs en route.
- A spa gift certificate for himself and Mrs. Claus, for some quality
One thing Santa doesn't need -- a GPS device. Rudolph, your job is