If your planner for May seems a little packed, you’re not alone. From class finals to baseball tournaments to Memorial Day plans, many families stay on-the-go this time of year. In addition to school performances for family and friends and planning for summer vacations, there are gifts to be purchased for some important people in your life: Mom, Dad and grads.
Because we believe maintaining kidney health is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, we’ve found three kidney friendly gift ideas for the special people in your life – let us help you take the guesswork out of gift giving!
Smart Water Bottle
Mothers juggle a variety of responsibilities, and for many, drinking enough water is last on the list. Staying hydrated is incredibly important to overall health, as well as the health of the kidneys. For busy moms, we suggest unique water bottles, like the Hidrate Spark – a “smart” water bottle that tracks water intake, glows to remind users to take a sip, and syncs to a variety of fitness watches, including Fitbit and Apple Watch.
This BPA-free water bottle is dishwasher safe, available in a variety of colors, and is powered by two long-lasting coin-cell batteries. Users may set their own hydration goals using a smart phone app, and then the sensor stick in the Hidrate Spark tracks how much water is consumed. The app includes fun challenges and smart phone notifications in addition to the glowing light on the bottom when it’s time to take a sip.
For the low-tech mom, a water bottle with a fruit infuser will provide flavorful H20 with every sip! Perfect for traveling, the BPA-free water bottle from Fresh Fusions has a single-button release locking flip top, light insulation, and fits easily in a cup holder, gym bag or backpack. This set comes with a recipe guide with fruit combination suggestions.
Graduation often comes with new responsibilities — like learning to prepare meals on their own! These low-oxalate cookbooks are a great way to start encouraging graduates to rely on fresh, nutritious foods instead of quick takeout. The Low-Oxalate Fresh and Fast Cookbook includes simple, nutritious recipes that take 30 minutes or less, including pasta, stir fry and slow cooker meals. Another helpful — and aptly named — cookbook for new graduates is How Not to Diet Cookbook, which includes more than 100 plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages for balanced nutrition. While you’re at it, print off our low-oxalate shopping guide as an addition to your graduate’s new cooking collection.
Spending time each day moving your body can help you maintain your overall health and your kidney health. Whether you’re taking a run on a treadmill or a walk around the park, it’s easier to pack light during exercise. This exercise armband — perfect for moms, dads, and grads alike — can help you keep track of important items, like your key, license and credit card, phone and earbuds while staying hands-free. This band is water-resistant, includes a PVC screen protector, and is compatible with iPhone 6S Plus and newer. As an added bonus feature, the arm band has reflective piping around the edges to keep you safe in low-light settings. With a lifetime warranty, your favorite Dad can use this case every day with confidence. Here’s to your health, Dad!
These are just a few fun, unique gifts that will not only bring a smile to your recipients face, but will also help them maintain healthy kidneys on-the-go!