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Trying to find the perfect present for your nearest and dearest can sometimes be a little stressful, especially when you don’t share the same interests. If that special person in your life is an avid yogi, but you don’t know much about the practice of yoga, you might be feeling a little stumped about what would qualify as a good yoga gift. Fortunately, the Giftology Gift Guide is here to help! We have curated the ultimate collection of the very best yoga gifts, from the obvious yoga mat to the less-obvious yoga wheel, to ensure that you find the perfect token to show the yoga lover in your life how much you care. Namaste.
By Lisa Blake • Published Jan 2 2023
Whether for a yoga teacher who trains others or just a yoga lover who practices on their own, a set of yoga dice offers the inspiration they need to maintain an interesting and varied routine. Featuring a wide range of poses, including seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more, the seven wooden dice in this set offer the perfect way to add creative variation to their time on the mat.
Although one can practice meditation without being a yogi, the reverse is not true. Meditation is one of the eight limbs of yoga and plays a significant role in the practice. Headspace is a mindfulness app that offers hundreds of meditations, calming sounds to improve the quality of sleep, and mood-boosting workouts and yoga classes. Not only will a subscription to Headspace improve the meditation skills of your yogi friend, but it will give them the gift of less stress, better focus, and increased happiness.
Help create a calm and peaceful space to practice yoga or meditation in your loved one's home with an essential oil diffuser. We love this option as it is not only compact and offers various aromatherapy misting modes, but it has a dimmable light in eight soothing colors to create the perfect relaxing atmosphere.
A water bottle is a necessity to stay hydrated during any physical activity, and we especially love this option as a top gift choice for any avid yogi. Each side of this BPA-free reusable water bottle is time-stamped with positive affirmations, providing motivational reminders and good vibes not only during their practice but for every hour of their day.
Whether a yoga newbie or an advanced-level expert, this book is the perfect gift for all yoga lovers. Written by world-famous yogi B.K.S Iyengar, the pages are filled with detailed descriptions and illustrations of breathing exercises and asana (or yoga poses), making it the ultimate guide to master the art of yoga and meditation.
A yoga mat might seem a rather obvious gift choice, but this bit of rubber really is essential to the practice. Someone who is just starting out might be satisfied with a mediocre mat, but once they start practicing yoga on a regular basis, they will see the value of upgrading to a top-quality yoga mat. The Alo Warrior Mat is not only larger than most mats, but the ethically sourced, all-natural rubber is anti-odor, slip-free, and moisture-wicking, ensuring that your favorite yogi is kept cushioned and secure throughout their routine.
A meditation cushion will not only make sitting for long periods far more comfortable, but it is also useful as a prop for a variety of yoga poses too. We love this large soft velvet option as the ergonomic design lessens stress on joints, relieves lower back pain, and promotes better posture. Plus, when not in use as a meditation and yoga aid, this beautiful mandala cushion doubles as a floor pillow, a stylish décor piece for the home or yoga studio, or even as a sleep aid for spine, neck, and limb support.
It goes without saying that grip is essential when practicing yoga. Whether balancing in precarious poses or just stretching out in downward dog, one sweaty slip could mean falling on your face. Protect your favorite yogi’s grip (and face) with a pair of toeless non-slip yoga socks. Not only do these absorbent socks boast targeted traction zones, but the open design allows for a better tactile feel and increased balance.
Staying with gifts options to improve your yoga lover’s grip and balance, a non-slip yoga towel is especially beneficial for practicing extra sweaty hot yoga. This soft suede microfiber towel is super absorbent and can be used in place of a mat, to provide additional non-slip grip on top of a mat, or as a hygienic protective layer when using a communal yoga mat.
Sweat happens. Whether during extra strenuous hot yoga or more slow-paced yin yoga, that mat is inevitably going to get covered in odor-causing bacteria, and, unfortunately, keeping a yoga mat clean is not as easy as just throwing it into the washing machine. Fortunately, you can help your favorite yogi to keep their mat hygienic and smelling fresh with a spray cleanser. We love this plant-based cleanser from Lululemon as it contains odor-reducing probiotics, non-toxic cleaning agents, and an uplifting blend of 100% natural essential oils.
Burning incense has long been associated with yoga and meditation and is known to induce calming feelings of warmth and relaxation. This unique ceramic burner comes with 10 incense cones, and the beautiful lotus flower design produces a waterfall-like illusion that will not only fill your loved one’s space with a fragrant scent but is also mesmerizing to watch.
This beautiful sunstone gemstone bracelet is a great gift choice because it is so much more than just a trendy piece of jewelry. The bangle doubles up as a mala, which is a powerful tool to help guide and enhance meditation and mindfulness practices. Not only does the repetitive movement of fingers across the beads promote calm and relaxation, but the sunstones in this bracelet are associated with the warmth, strength, and openness of the sun, and are believed to help remove negativity and promote happiness in the wearer.
“I have too many pairs of yoga pants,” said no yogi ever. Spoil the yoga lover in your life with these soft, lightweight, and breathable loose jogger pants, perfect for a yoga workout or just casual lounging around at home.
Give the gift of wellness with a one-year membership to the Alo Moves online platform. This digital card gives the holder unlimited access to thousands of online yoga, fitness, and meditation classes, allowing them to practice yoga and advance their skills from the comfort of their own home.
Take their savasana to the next level with this weighted eye pillow. While the flaxseeds deliver gentle pressure to the eye area to help relieve tension, the dried lavender buds release a subtle natural scent that induces deep relaxation. A weighted eye pillow also blocks out ambient light, making it a great aid for meditation or just more restful sleep.
Every yogi can benefit from a set of yoga blocks, whether to support beginners while they ease into a new pose, or to challenge the more advanced as they perfect more complicated positions. This Uplifting Yoga Block duo is the perfect gift set, offering just the right level of firmness to maintain stability, increase flexibility, build strength, and advance their yoga practice.
If your yogi friend is carting their mat to and from yoga class, consider a mat bag as a practical and thoughtful gift. We love this beautiful high-quality canvas and fabric option with an expandable front pocket for safely storing personal belongings.
For a yogini (a female yogi), a supportive sports bra is always a great gift to keep the "girls" comfortably secure. The Energy Longline Bra from Lululemon is designed for yoga, offering low-friction support, breathable sweat-wicking materials, and four-way stretch for a full range of motion.
A soft cotton wide headband is a clever gift idea for the yoga lover in your life, as it not only keeps their hair out of the way but helps to absorb sweat at the same time. This pack of eight beautifully-designed bands is our top choice, as the natural cotton and stretch fabric is light, breathable, soft and comfortable, and is machine washable.
A bolster is a handy prop to support the body during yoga and meditation. We love this Gaiam Rectangular Pillow as it is filled with all-natural cotton batting, features a sturdy handle for hassle-free transport, and the cover can be removed for easy machine washing.
Another savasana essential is a 100% natural cotton blanket to keep your favorite yogi warm and comfortable during the final resting pose at the end of their yoga practice. These handwoven blankets are incredibly versatile and can be rolled up and used as a bolster or a pillow, folded and used to align the spine in seated poses, or used as extra padding to support and cushion the knees, elbows, and wrists.
We previously mentioned the many benefits of mala beads and how they help the wearer to remain focused during meditation. The length of the mala, or the number of beads, allows for longer or shorter meditations. This mala necklace, or Japa Mala, consists of 108 Labradorite gemstones and traditional rudraksha beads and is the perfect gift for the more advanced yogi. Labradorite is often called the stone of magic and is strongly associated with the journey of self-discovery.
An aromatherapy spray is a great way to set the tone of a yoga practice. The calming blend of essential oils is spritzed onto the mat at the start of the session to melt away the stress of the outside world and focus the mind on the present moment. Treat your yogi friend to this plant-based, cruelty-free formula infused with natural essential oils, and help them to transform their yoga mat into a space of complete calm and relaxation.
Another nifty prop that any yogi will love is a yoga strap. We love the Duality Yoga Strap from Alo, as the design not only offers support during deep stretches but the strap doubles as a means to easily carry their mat.
The seven chakras are considered important energy centers within the body, and chakra gemstones, or crystals, are believed to balance and heal these centers of energy. This beautiful Tree of Life feng shui décor is a meaningful gift to bring positive energy, physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, abundance, and prosperity into the home, and life, of your loved one.
You can’t go wrong spoiling the yoga lover in your life with a pair of high-rise leggings from Lululemon. The InStill Tight is designed for yoga, offers a high front waistband and a super-high rise band in the back for extra coverage and support. The quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric feels like a buttery soft second skin and stays put so the wearer doesn’t have to pause mid-practice to yank them up mid-practice.
A personal towel is necessary to wipe away sweat during any physical activity, but it has a number of other benefits during a yoga routine, including providing extra padding under the knees and additional grip during a flow. We love this charcoal-infused eco-friendly sweat towel as the fabric is super absorbent and free of harmful microfibers, and the activated charcoal naturally detoxes the skin during use.
Singing bowls have been used for centuries by monks during meditation, as the vibration and rich, deep tone that is produced when the bowl is played is said to promote relaxation and offers powerful healing properties. More recently these bowls have gained popularity as a tool for sound therapy and healing in meditation and yoga. We love this Nepalese hand-hammered brass singing bowl as it fits comfortably in the palm of the hand as it is played to calm the mind and relax the body.
A lit scented candle creates a peaceful ambiance in a yoga or meditation space to encourage relaxation and set the mood. This gift box includes four richly fragranced non-toxic soy wax candles, which will not only provide soothing aromatherapy but also burn for up to 30 hours each.
A yoga wheel is a relative newcomer to yoga practices and is used to deepen stretches, enhance flexibility, offer a more challenging balance practice, and provide additional support during difficult poses. Although not yet widely used, your favorite yogi will love this essential prop for how it helps to improve their practice.
A handy tote bag is always a great gift choice for carting around yoga props, and we love this option as it has a useful shoe compartment and a convenient mat holder.
Our final gift choice is another essential yoga prop for any avid yogi. These light and supportive foam cushions suction to the mat to stay firmly in place during poses and can be stacked to add height or for extra cushioning under the palms, elbows, knees, and hip bones.