If you were a child who often got gifts of socks and underwear, giving or receiving healthy holiday gifts may not sound much more exciting. Fortunately, these five gifts are not only good for the person receiving them, but they're better than tube socks.

1. Gym Membership. In tight times, people eliminate indulgences-and sadly, gym memberships are usually the first to go. If you're confident that the recipient actually misses his or her workouts, look into gift certificates. Most gyms offer them in increments ranging from one month to a year, so you can give the gift of fitness without breaking the bank. "Encouraging physical activity is a great gift of health," says Sapna Lalla, registered dietitian and co-founder of Poshan Complementary Nutrition. "And for someone who's not sure where to start, a drop-in gift certificate for a yoga class or a visit with a personal fitness trainer might encourage them to get into the exercise habit." 

2. Electric Toothbrush. In 2006, the Journal of Dental Research published a study indicating a strong link between gum disease and an increased likelihood of blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or a stroke. In addition to flossing, one of the best ways to keep gums healthy is to brush for at least two minutes twice a day, so those who are diligent about their oral health would be thrilled to get an electric toothbrush. Ranging in price from as little as $15 up to $175, these toothbrushes do an excellent job of removing plaque. Plus, many models are programmed to operate on a two-minute cycle to make sure you don't skimp on the time.

3. Tiffins. Lalla also suggests inspiring people to take healthier, homemade lunches to work by giving Tiffins (also called Tiffin boxes). These stainless steel containers have their beginning in Indian culture and often contain several small compartments for food. "The size and shape of containers can often double the amount of food you consume, using those that only allow small portions of a variety of healthy foods can go a long way in encouraging healthier lunchtime eating at work," says Lalla.

4. MP3 Player. Whether you're power walking around your neighborhood or hitting the weights at the gym, nothing gets you quite as energized for a workout as an MP3 player stocked with good music. Available in a wide variety of brands and prices, these tiny tune holders are a welcome gift for any exercise lover. And if you're on a strict gift budget? Tracey Staehle, a certified personal trainer and creator of Fitbytracey.com, recommends MP3 player accessories, such as noise cancellation ear phones or an attachable arm band. 

5. Gift Baskets. The holidays are infamous for indulging in sinful goodies, but you don't have to give them as gifts. "Instead of giving a box of rich chocolates, try something more nutritious, like a box or basket of fresh fruit," says Lalla. "You can also create gift boxes of almonds, walnuts, and other unsalted nuts or even put together a collection of gourmet herbal teas in pretty metal packaging that can be reused over time."