The Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Yogi Friend
Amanda Page | Nov 24, 2015 Nov 20, 2017
Reviewed by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Know someone really into yoga, but unsure what to get them for the holidays? Here are some great gift ideas they are sure to enjoy!
Mala beads are sacred necklaces used in yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other traditions. They are said to bring healing energy and luck to spiritual practices and meditation. Even if your friend isn’t spiritual, selecting a mala based on its healing energy or pleasing color to accessorize with will make a nice gift.
Yogis tend to be into other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. A gift card to a local organic health food store or a gift basket containing natural, organic treats is sure to be a welcome gift.
Journaling tends to go hand-in-hand with the meditative self-reflective practice of yoga. A beautiful, decorative journal and nice pen would be a great addition to anyone’s physical and spiritual path of enlightenment.
Homemade, natural mat cleaner
If you are on a tight budget or prefer DIY gifts, try making a natural yoga mat cleaning spray. All you need is a small, pretty spray bottle, a cup of Witch Hazel, a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, and a cup of filtered water. Combine them and voila — you have the perfect gift for a yogi.
Yoga mat bag
Every yogi needs a satchel to protect his or her mat. Even if they already have one, they can’t have too many to mix and match with their workout clothes. You can find a variety of artisanal bags for sale on Etsy.
Many yogis like to practice on their own at home, first thing in the morning or before bed. Find them a relaxing soundtrack to help them focus and enter a meditative state of mind. Putamayo specializes in world music soundtracks and even sells a yoga CD.
A monthly subscription to a yoga magazine or website is a wonderful compliment to any yogi’s practice. Check out Yoga Journal, which focuses on poses and sequences for all yogis, or a subscription to one of the many yoga websites that feature unlimited video yoga classes for streaming.
Tickets to a yoga workshop
A lot of studios provide onsite workshops to help yogis kick their practice up a notch. Do a little research on studios in your area and search for yoga events that are nearby.
Smoothie recipe book
Yoga is about more than gentle movements; it is also about a lifestyle. A simply made book of healthy recipes would be a welcome gift. You can find some yummy holiday smoothie recipes here.
Yoga cookie cutters
You may get the prize for the most unique gift of the season when you give yoga cookie cutters! Amazon has several different sets to choose from.
Basket of green teas
Green tea is known to be good for you. Tea also varies widely in flavor, so an assortment of teas would provide a variety of choices for different tastes. Including biscotti biscuits would make a comforting gift.
Wide yoga headbands
Yoga headbands have taken over the fashion corner that yoga pants used to occupy. For $10 or less a decorative headband could be a great option for the gift exchanges that have a monetary limit.
Liforme yoga mat
We asked Group Fitness and Yoga Instructor Aundra Anderson of Fit With Aundra what her favorite gift would be and she told us a Liforme yoga mat. Wider than most yoga mats, cushioned and marked with lines for different poses, she said this mat would provide a solid foundation for any yogi. The mat comes in different colors and can be purchased at many yoga studios and also online.