Give the Gift of Water

This is the first of a series of short posts to encourage holiday shopping with health in mind.

Water makes up about 60% of your body weight. It’s an essential component of a fit lifestyle.  Yet most people don’t drink enough. Do you? Probably not. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re not peeing colorless or light yellow urine, you’re not getting enough fluids. So before you head out to buy a gift for Cousin Alice, check out Tony Horton’s sometimes silly tips for drinking more water.

And why not get Cousin Alice a gift that can help her stay hydrated and healthy? Chances she isn’t drinking enough, either.

Brita Water Filter Pitcher

Who wants to drink water straight from the tap? Cousin Alice will be more likely to consume at least 8 glasses of water each day if she has a 10-cup pitcher of icy cold, filtered water in the fridge.


For the longest time, I resisted this gadget with protests of “it’s called counter space for a reason!” I relented last year, and can’t imagine what we did without one in our kitchen. This is a great gift if Cousin Alice is trying to kick her soda habit. Why not help her say no to the extra 8+ teaspoons of sugar she’d consume with just one can of cola-flavored beverage? Seltzer with a squeeze of lemon or lime is a much better alternative. Cheaper, too.

BPA-Free Water Bottle

Cousin Alice can save a lot of  money — and the planet — if she totes her own water bottle instead of buying water when traveling. There are a lot of stylish models available (stocking stuffer perhaps?). Just remind her to pour out the contents before she goes through security for her flight home.

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