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YogaDork Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Yoga Gifts of 2012

in Holiday 2012, YD News

It’s the holidays! Once again, tis the season to enjoy happy greetings and mirthful merriment, and cheesy festive graphics, cozy like a reindeer sweater and spiked egg nog. And because they haven’t yet figured out at-home 3-D printers for making custom yoga mats and melted hearts, here are a few gift ideas for your lovies and loved ones, whether they’re seasoned practitioners or just dipping their toes into the ebbs and flows of the yogi wave pool.  Always remember, your presence is a gift! Love each other.

First, our annual YogaDork Holiday poll:

 

Crafty, D-I-Wild and Free

No need to break the bank. These gifts ideas come from the heart with little or no money to spend.

  • Custom playlists – Who doesn’t love a mixtape? Create a personal mix for your favorite yogster.
  • Yoga mat bags from old sweatshirts or jeans – Get out your needle and thread! (or a sewing machine, might be faster.) Try this how-to.
  • Relaxing scented eye pillow – While you’re in the sew-y mood. Try this DIY smelly-in-a-good-way eye pillow how-to.
  • Personalized inspiration journal – Many yogis are inspired to write post practice, or keep a daily journal of affirmations. For the super crafty, try this make-your-own journal. Add your own quotes or drawings for an extra personal touch.
  • Coupon book – You know the old classic. For the yoga version include yoga time outs – great for moms and dads, husbands and wives. ahem.

YogaDork Backpack: These are the 1-2-3 yogadork essentials and a few of our suggestions.

1. MAT – your footing
  • Black Mat PRO by Manduka – super sturdy mat comes with lifetime guarantee. 71 inch | $84.82
  • Encore Yoga Mat  by Jade – eco-friendly mat, made from recycled rubber. 68 inch | $63.58
2. PROPS – your support
  • Cork blocks and Strap by Hugger Mugger | $17.95 + $12.95
  • Traditional Mexican Yoga Blankets by Yoga Accessories | $14.49 each
  • Custom Yoga Bolster by Inner Space Yoga | $70
 3. LIBRARY – your foundation
  • Bhagavad Gita: a New Translation by Stephen Mitchell $11.20
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar $12.05
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda $17.95

Moving on!  Check out our slideshow of gift ideas for yogis on the go, yogadornments, yogart and gifts that give back. Make it count. (hint: click on the image to shop for that item.)

Handpainted Flower Leg Warmers - CloudberryFactory etsy shop | $41

Handpainted Flower Leg Warmers - CloudberryFactory etsy shop | $41

Cute and functional leg warmers keep your limbs warm to and from yoga. These extra long warmers are constructed of 50% wool and handpainted to match your personal style.

Joe Birds Yoga Bag  - JoBird | $139

Joe Birds Yoga Bag - JoBird | $139

Yogi's got a brand new bag. Designed and made in the USA it is eco-friendly, water resistant and stylin'. The exterior fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles (RPET), and is printed using an AirDye water and energy conservation print technology. The lining is treated with a fungus retardant finish.

Maya Yoga Bag – I.AM | $69

Maya Yoga Bag – I.AM | $69

These roomy, waterproof bags generate high wage weaving work and empower women living in impoverished communities in the highlands of Guatamala. Each bag is signed by the women who wove it and contains a QR code to connect you with your weaver.

Healing Turquoise Mala – Jewels of Saraswati | $79

Healing Turquoise Mala – Jewels of Saraswati | $79

Healing Mala. Turquoise is a stone of healing, regeneration, purification and protection. Crystal quartz is a stone of clarity and focus. This mala was created with 108 6mm wood beads, crystal quartz spacers and faceted onyx beads strung on strong wire and can be used as a mala for japa or simply as a necklace. A handmade pouch is also included for safe-keeping.

Wool Triple Loop Scarf -  Indego Africa | $60

Wool Triple Loop Scarf - Indego Africa | $60

Accessorize beautifully and give back generously. Knitted by the women at Ingenzi Knit Union, this versatile scarf is a cosy, wool-acrylic-nylon blend. Like all Indego Africa products, these scarves come with a tag signed personally by the artisan who created it (bios and photos about the artisans can be found online).

Om Chakra necklace – Tulaa Jewelry | $70

Om Chakra necklace – Tulaa Jewelry | $70

Coral and Ruby for the Root, Carnelian for the Sacral, Citrine for the Solar Plexus, Chrysoprase for the Heart, Amazonite for the Throat, Iolite for the Third Eye, and Amethyst for the Crown. All are dangling delicately on Sterling silver chain beneath a Thai silver OM. Tulaa designer and founder Dana Phillips is a yogini and Reiki Master.

Tiny Om necklace – sevigicharms etsy shop | $28

Tiny Om necklace – sevigicharms etsy shop | $28

An adorable and simple sterling silver Om–written in Devanagari (ॐ)–hangs from lightweight sterling silver chain. Solid sterling silver charm is 12mm x 8mm.

Om Wood Box – tanjasovaetsy shop| $85

Om Wood Box – tanjasovaetsy shop| $85

A unique keeper! The box: 5×4.5″ in diameter and 3″ high is an unusual and earthy gift for the yogi with many doodads.

Yoga Super Pop I & II  by Rob Osborne 11×17 print  - etsy shop| $20 (each)

Yoga Super Pop I & II by Rob Osborne 11×17 print - etsy shop| $20 (each)

Super Yogis! This is the second print (of two) in the Super Collected Edition. THE STORY: Yoga Super Pop thrusts yoga into popular culture and plunges pop culture into yoga. Zombies are getting stronger. Pirates are getting more flexible. Robots and ninjas are enjoying the benefits of yoga. From superheroes to spacemen, all of geekdom is into yoga. Printed on archival fine art paper.

Day & Night Yoga Poster – artractions etsy shop  | $22

Day & Night Yoga Poster – artractions etsy shop | $22

Need a cute reminder to salute the sun and the moon? This is a high quality print of an original illustration done with watercolor. Print size: 32.2×46.4 cm / 12.6×18.2 in.

The Yoga Poster - theyogaposter.com  | $34

The Yoga Poster - theyogaposter.com | $34

This 24 x 36 in (609.6 x 914.4 mm) poster is the first work of its kind to place the major concepts, types and history of yoga together in a single, visual overview of the practice. printed locally using 100% wind-power on 100% recycled, post-consumer waste and vegetable-based inks. Even the packaging is 100% recycled. Use code 2012DORK for a discount! Valid thru December 25.

Grody Yogi Mat Spray 4 oz  - funkoffbrand etsy shop | $7

Grody Yogi Mat Spray 4 oz - funkoffbrand etsy shop | $7

Freshen up the funk. Made with witch hazel, organic tea tree oil, willow bark extract, and a refreshing blend of essential oils this mat spray is also antibacterial and antifungal. A perky blend of eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary.

Animal Eye Pillow - Drishti Yoga | $17

Animal Eye Pillow - Drishti Yoga | $17

Adorable savasana friends! Choose from a dog, cat, leopard, bunny or polar bear filled with flax seed chamomile and lavender. Chill for tired/puffy eyes, or warm for a cozy, soothing calm.

Kumare | Rent or buy $3.99-19.99

Kumare | Rent or buy $3.99-19.99

You kinda have to see it. Plot Summary: In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi went to Phoenix and posed as Kumare, a spiritual guru. With a Bollywood accent, far-out proclamations, and a tiny legion of followers at his side, yogis and novices alike embrace him with open arms. As the line between what’s fake and what’s real blurs and Kumare gets more deeply involved with his disciples’ enlightenment, it gets harder and harder to give up the adoration of the masses.

Organic Chai Tea Vegan Lip Balm - twobloomsds etsy shop | $5

Organic Chai Tea Vegan Lip Balm - twobloomsds etsy shop | $5

A unisex lip balm to spice up your lips. Ingredients: [Organic: Olive & Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter], Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Candelillia Wax, Organic Shea Butter, Coffee Seed Butter & Vegetable Oil, Carnuba Wax, Organic Castor Oil, essential oils, mica.

Yogi Bones Salve – quinntessentials etsy shop | $22

Yogi Bones Salve – quinntessentials etsy shop | $22

Perfect for use on yogi sore muscles or every day injuries, pain, inflammation, bruising and swelling. Ingredients: 100% Organic arnica herb steeped in olive oil, comfrey leaf powder, lemon balm, beeswax, and a custom essential oil blend.

Warning: I’m a Pitta t-shirt – Karma Warrior Clothes | $38

Warning: I’m a Pitta t-shirt – Karma Warrior Clothes | $38

Using eco-friendly and organic materials, indie getup Karma Warrior Clothes creates cute and funny t-shirts with a mission to give back. For each item you purchase 12% goes to a charity of your choice.

Yoga Burst – 8×10 Print – greengirlcanvas etsy shop | $15

Yoga Burst – 8×10 Print – greengirlcanvas etsy shop | $15

This is a high quality print of the original painting created with acrylic, ink, and pastel on bristol board. The Hoboken NJ based artist will donate 100% of profits of the sale of this print to Hurrican Sandy relief efforts in NJ.

Buddha Bowl - uncommongoods | $25

Buddha Bowl - uncommongoods | $25

Created by designer Elan McPherson these specially molded bowls will help you hold you yums in order to fill your buddha tums. Several colors available.

YogaDork Mug | $14.95

YogaDork Mug | $14.95

You thought they had it all. Not to toot our own horn, but this mug gets lots of compliments. Our dad especially loves it. (other goods like stickers, Ts and such available, too.)

Cute and functional leg warmers keep your limbs warm to and from yoga. These extra long warmers are constructed of 50% wool and handpainted to match your personal style.Yogi's got a brand new bag. Designed and made in the USA it is eco-friendly, water resistant and stylin'. The exterior fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles (RPET), and is printed using an AirDye water and energy conservation print technology. The lining is treated with a fungus retardant finish.These roomy, waterproof bags generate high wage weaving work and empower women living in impoverished communities in the highlands of Guatamala. Each bag is signed by the women who wove it and contains a QR code to connect you with your weaver.Healing Mala. Turquoise is a stone of healing, regeneration, purification and protection. Crystal quartz is a stone of clarity and focus. This mala was created with 108 6mm wood beads, crystal quartz spacers and faceted onyx beads strung on strong wire and can be used as a mala for japa or simply as a necklace. A handmade pouch is also included for safe-keeping.Accessorize beautifully and give back generously. Knitted by the women at Ingenzi Knit Union, this versatile scarf is a cosy, wool-acrylic-nylon blend. Like all Indego Africa products, these scarves come with a tag signed personally by the artisan who created it (bios and photos about the artisans can be found online).Coral and Ruby for the Root,  Carnelian for the Sacral,  Citrine for the Solar Plexus,  Chrysoprase for the Heart,  Amazonite for the Throat,  Iolite for the Third Eye, and Amethyst for the Crown.  All are dangling delicately on Sterling silver chain beneath a Thai silver OM. Tulaa designer and founder Dana Phillips is a yogini and Reiki Master.An adorable and simple sterling silver Om–written in Devanagari (ॐ)–hangs
from lightweight sterling silver chain. Solid sterling silver charm is 12mm x 8mm.Om Wood Box – tanjasovaetsy shop| $85Super Yogis! This is the second print (of two) in the Super Collected Edition. THE STORY: Yoga Super Pop thrusts yoga into popular culture and plunges pop culture into yoga. Zombies are getting stronger. Pirates are getting more flexible. Robots and ninjas are enjoying the benefits of yoga. From superheroes to spacemen, all of geekdom is into yoga. Printed on archival fine art paper.Need a cute reminder to salute the sun and the moon? This is a high quality print of an original illustration done with watercolor. Print size: 32.2×46.4 cm / 12.6×18.2 in.This 24 x 36 in (609.6 x 914.4 mm) poster is the first work of its kind to place the major concepts, types and history of yoga together in a single, visual overview of the practice. printed locally using 100% wind-power on 100% recycled, post-consumer waste and vegetable-based inks. Even the packaging is 100% recycled. Use code 2012DORK for a discount! Valid thru December 25.Freshen up the funk. Made with witch hazel, organic tea tree oil, willow bark extract, and a refreshing blend of essential oils this mat spray is also antibacterial and antifungal. A perky blend of eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary.Adorable savasana friends! Choose from a dog, cat, leopard, bunny or polar bear filled with flax seed chamomile and lavender. Chill for tired/puffy eyes, or warm for a cozy, soothing calm.You kinda have to see it. Plot Summary: In 2010, Indian-American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi went to Phoenix and posed as Kumare, a spiritual guru. With a Bollywood accent, far-out proclamations, and a tiny legion of followers at his side, yogis and novices alike embrace him with open arms. As the line between what’s fake and what’s real blurs and Kumare gets more deeply involved with his disciples’ enlightenment, it gets harder and harder to give up the adoration of the masses.A unisex lip balm to spice up your lips. Ingredients: [Organic: Olive & Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter], Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Candelillia Wax, Organic Shea Butter, Coffee Seed Butter & Vegetable Oil, Carnuba Wax, Organic Castor Oil, essential oils, mica.Perfect for use on yogi sore muscles or every day injuries, pain, inflammation, bruising and swelling. Ingredients: 100% Organic arnica herb steeped in olive oil, comfrey leaf powder, lemon balm, beeswax, and a custom essential oil blend.Using eco-friendly and organic materials, indie getup Karma Warrior Clothes creates cute and funny t-shirts with a mission to give back. For each item you purchase 12% goes to a charity of your choice.This is a high quality print of the original painting created with acrylic, ink, and pastel on bristol board. The Hoboken NJ based artist will donate 100% of profits of the sale of this print to Hurrican Sandy relief efforts in NJ.Created by designer Elan McPherson these specially molded bowls will help you hold you yums in order to fill your buddha tums. Several colors available.You thought they had it all. Not to toot our own horn, but this mug gets lots of compliments. Our dad especially loves it. (other goods like stickers, Ts and such available, too.)

There’s more! Check out YD pal Jenn the yogadealer’s 12 yogadorky picks for the season.

Share your faves in the comments!

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