Gift giving season is upon us! And while we all know your presence is a gift, not to mention your glowing smile and inimitable charm, you may have a few special people on your list (maybe even yourself? ahem) with whom you’d like to share a token of your gratitude in the physical gift-giving form. If that’s the case, allow us to offer a few suggestions. Presenting 2013’s YogaDork Holiday Gift Guide, inspired by some of the happenings from the past year of yoga news and culture. There are gift ideas for everyone and every budget, highlighting small businesses, and many of which give back to spread the love. Here we go…
Need something to carry Captain Squishy Bliss?
Inspired by our yoga mat’s new name. What’s yours?
Amani Africa Yoga Bag | $24
“Bright African fabrics on this funky bag are your perfect yoga accessory. Handmade by the members of our Liberia center in Yekepa, Liberia.” www.amaniafrica.org
Travel with these soaps and keep your practice squeaky clean and smelling sweet wherever you are.
Inspired by your new favorite yoga studio in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Ayurvedic Inspired Soap | $3 each
Each soap is individually packaged in upcycled, block printed fabric by artisan women working with Handmade Expressions, a group that employs women from all over India. Handmade using the finest, natural ingredients, these eco-friendly freshly scented soaps are free from detergents or phosphates. www.jamiigoods.com
Wear whatever color underwear you like. No bend over test required.
Inspired by Lululemon See-Through Pantscapade.
Anjali Women’s Aurora Ferocity Legging | $59
Contoured waistband, gussetted crotch, and flatlock seaming, these printed pants are made of a combo of recycled plastic bottles and spandex. drishtiyoga.com
Still concerned about see-through pants? Add extra coverage, layer with a cute skirt.
Namaste Yoga Skirt | $36
This skirt is constructed of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled plastic. Made in the USA. Soulflower carries yoga wear promoting a bohemian, eco-friendly and peaceful lifestyle and donates a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations. www.soul-flower.com
Share this DVD to help in healing PTSD.
Inspired by helping veterans with PTSD Through Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation
VetsYoga DVD | $19.99
VetsYoga is an 80-minute instructional DVD led by two war veterans who share their stories of how yoga helped them cope with PTSD. The DVD offers an introductory practice featuring basic, adaptable poses and simple relaxation exercises that focus on deep breathing. givebackyoga.org/shop
Lighten up a young person’s life.
Inspired by: Middle School Kids Stage Coolest Yoga Flash Mob Ever.
Himalayan handmade candles | $36
These soy-based candles are handmade in packaged in Decatur, Georgia in containers sourced ethically from northern India. The scents like Patchouli Ginger (spicy ginger, grapefruit, earthy patchouli, musk and sandalwood) sound good enough to eat. (Note: Please don’t let anyone eat the candles). www.himalayantradingpost.com
These are cool too: they’re recycled and they support fair trade.
Broken Bangle Tea Light Holders | $6
Broken bracelets have never looked so pretty. Working with 38 partners in 20 countries, Global Goods sells items ethically sourced from women artisans in low-income communities around the world. www.globalgoodspartners.org
Handmade charm bracelet for your homemade yoga selfies. Or just wear it as a nice reminder. It’s prettier than a ribbon tied on your finger.
Inspired by Yoga Selfies.
Kimberley Oh Teal Om Bracelet | $25
This bracelet was designed with teal and gold glass beads and features a gold om charm. Handmade in Laurel Springs, NJ. www.etsy.com
Rise from the muck like a lotus flower. It’s not the Super Bowl Championship Ring, but it’s a winning gift!
Inspired by: Seattle Seahawks Changing Future of Football with Yoga and Meditation.
Sterling Silver Lotus Ring | $28
Simply and beautifully stated sterling silver lotus ring handmade by Teri in Los Angeles, CA. www.etsy.com
Crowded Yoga Class? Claim your space…
Inspired by: Crowded Yoga Class Parody is Hilarious and Spot On (VIDEO)
6 Foot Square Yoga Mat | $38.98
Because your personal space is worth 36 square feet of latex-free non-slip yoga matness. It’s about 12 pounds though…you’re gonna need a bigger bag. www.yogadirect.com
Wrap yourself up in a remover of obstacles…
Ganesha Tapestry | $24.99
This 100% cotton screenprinted Ganesha tapestry will unblock your obstacles on your wall, on your bed, at a picnic in the park or a crowded yoga class. Handmade by Manju G in Washington D.C. www.etsy.com
Or just give in and own it.
Hatha Yoga Diva iPhone Wallet Case | $22.99
Not much else needs to be said here, does it? Though it’s worth mentioning there’s room for 3 credit cards – convenient for in-class online shopping…eh? www.cafepress.com
Cross your feet and have a seat, Science says.
Inspired by: Study Find Meditation and Yoga Affect Brain, Body and Genes, In a Good Way, Warding Off Stress and Disease.
Halfmoon Zafu Deluxe | $77
Sit. Savor. Enjoy. These pretty meditation cushions are handmade in Vancouver, Canada and are stuffed with 100% natural buckwheat hulls. www.shophalfmoon.com
Inspired by the Sanskrit nerds, the inner goddesses, the wannabe detectives and the budding yogis.
The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants by Nicolai Bachman | $18.96
Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton | $15.11
Open Your Heart (A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery) by Neal Pollack | $8.97
Happiness Doesn’t Come From Headstands by Tamara Levitt | $14.99
Gifts for the Kanye and Kims on your list.
Inspired by all the celebriyogis this year and that hole burning in your pocket.
Kenzo embroidered cotton sweatshirt | $748
For when you save all that dough from not buying $90 yoga pants…for a decade. www.mytheresa.com
Lotus Ring with Princess cut Pink Sapphire and Diamonds in 14k White Gold | $2,458.00
For that yogini in your life whose $50,000 engagement ring is looking a little lonely all by itself. www.etsy.com/listing/120050363/lotus-ring-with-princess-cut-pink
– Make your own playlist – today’s mixtape. Or just make THE playlist.
– Make your own journal from recycled paper. Lots of how-to ideas here.
– Our favorite idea of the year for kids of all ages. The Meditation Jar: Brilliant Yoga and Art Idea For Kids
Happy gift giving from YogaDork!
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