This year, we could all use breathing exercises.
It has been the year of the yogi, and it makes a whole lot of sense. Studies have shown that yoga can help ease coronavirus-related depression, and now that the colder weather is setting in, it’s a great blood-pumping exercise that doesn’t require you to leave your cozy home.
Whether you’re a guru or a novice to the time-honored practice, yoga is an activity for all ages and ability levels. During the 2020 holiday season, take a deep breath and invest in some Zen with these unique yoga accessories. Perfect for saying thank you to your e-yoga instructor for guiding you through these past few months or for your spouse (to convince them to join you in a daily sun salutation), we have a pick for everyone on your holiday list.
Add some feng shui to your home yoga studio with this stylish and functional storage display.
From Uncommon Goods, this wooden mountable or free-standing shelving unit can turn any room in your home into the ultimate yoga space. It features a bottom compartment to fit a yoga mat, a middle shelf for yoga blocks and straps, and a top shelf for anything else that channels your inner Zen. A perfect gift for organization lovers and yogis everywhere.
A great gift for anyone that needs a breath of fresh (and relaxing) air.
The Vitruvi essential-oil diffuser is at the top of its class for adding soothing scents to your whole home. Place the white or terracotta-colored diffuser in whichever room you do your practice and enjoy any essential oil you prefer. To make it even easier, Vitruvi sells its own kit of four scents, including lavender, spruce, eucalyptus and grapefruit.
The diffuser itself comes with a 6-foot-long power cord and a one-year warranty. It also comes with free shipping and returns on the Parachute website.
“Release and recover” sounds like a great mantra for this upcoming holiday season.
Do just that with these post-workout tension-release balls from Lululemon. The set of three varies in size to best target any muscles, big and small. They are made of rubber and have unique indentations to work out even the most stubborn knots.
Perfect gifts for those who need a great DIY massage from the comfort of their own home.
Get in touch with your body this Christmas — and we mean your whole body.
A perfectly giftable book for the yogi that embraces the beauty of the practice, Alo Yoga’s “Naked Beauty” features the stripped-down images of men and women in a variety of black-and-white poses.
“ ’Naked Yoga’ is the book that will redefine how you see yoga — the artistry of each asana, whether familiar or pushing the boundaries of what is even possible, paired with the grace and physicality brought by every yogi’s unique expression of their practice. Elevated [and] artistic . . . this 343-page oversized hardcover coffee-table book is perfect for inspiring your favorite yogi — even if that yogi is you,” reads the product description on the Alo Yoga site.
Help your friends find their center with a unique round mat from Manduka.
The yoga mat combines fashion and function with two beautiful circular patterns and a 3-millimeter thickness for superior comfort. The top layer is made from a durable microfiber fabric that reacts with sweat to keep you cool, dry and slip-proof during intense workouts and poses. When done, leave the mat out as yoga studio decor; a perfect gift for an instructor or someone furnishing their own home studio.
Don’t trip, this is a great gift for women on your list that love yoga, and each pair comes at a great price.
From Nike, these toeless socks have anti-slip yarns that prevent falling out of a pose or stretch. The open heel and toes let you grip the mat, and the nylon collar securely hugs your ankles for a great fit.
The socks come in a variety of women’s shoe sizes and are a thoughtful stocking-stuffer for the woman that loves barre, yoga or pilates classes but hates having cold, bare feet.
An activity for yogi and baby, and a perfect gift for a yoga parent-to-be.
This Sun Salutations yoga floor puzzle is a great introduction to the world of yoga for your little ones. The 49-piece puzzle, once assembled, depicts an array of fun and easy yoga poses for the whole family. The kit is great for practicing motor skills, yoga poses and spatial thinking, and it’s suitable for ages 3 and older.
For the yogi that wants to shake up their routine, we have a gift for you.
Yoga Dice from Chronicle Books is a great solution to a boring home workout. The set of seven wooden dice feature a different pose on each face. Simply roll them out near your mat and engage in a new lineup of poses each time. The set also comes with an instructional booklet to help explain each pose and offer variations.
Did someone on your list ask for a yoga mat for the holidays? Get them one, and please be as literal as possible.
This “Yoga Mat”-printed yoga mat is sure to result in a sarcastic smile when it’s opened. From Objectivity on Society6’s website, these simplistic designs match any studio’s aesthetic and are sure to be a conversation starter.
An option for those who have their studio in order but need a monthly reminder to meditate, this subscription box is for them.
From Cratejoy, the Chakra Box is a nine-month journey to spirituality and wellness all wrapped up and delivered to their doorstep. Each box comes with nine to 12 vegan and cruelty-free items that range from essential oils to herbal teas to gemstone jewelry. Meditation music is also available to download each month to listen to during their unboxing and practice, and other goodies like stickers and cards make each monthly box an exciting gift that keeps on giving.
A great choice for yogis of all ages and ability levels, this scratch map is an activity, a gift and an aspirational bucket list all in one.
From Uncommon Goods, the poster features 100 unique yoga poses to choose from for their daily practice. Once completed or mastered, your recipient scratches off the corresponding tile to reveal brightly colored illustrations of the pose. When all the squares have been scratched off, they can enjoy their newly completed poster and revel in a sense of accomplishment every time they glance at their home-studio wall.
It’s never too early to strike a yoga pose.
From Alex Toys, this interactive activity mat includes 24 foam puzzle tiles that mix and match to create their very own yoga-obstacle course or routine. Perfect for cabin-fever kiddos, the set can be rearranged in endless combinations for a new session every time. The kit comes with the pieces, a carrying bag and easy-to-use instructions for parental set-up.
Raise your glass as you lower into tree pose with this 21-and-older take on the traditional practice.
This card game from Urban Outfitters is the perfect gift for beer lovers and yogis alike, and a great quarantine activity for the whole gang in your apartment pod. The set comes with 54 game cards, each with a pose-drink combination and some wildcards thrown into the mix. The set also comes with chips, a die and instructions to read before you get too Zen — or too tipsy.
Balance every aspect of your life, including your Christmas tree.
These yoga-pose ornaments make the perfect memento to send to your classmates or instructor this season — and, of course, to deck your own halls at home. Each of the four poses is made by hand by one of Free People’s artisan partners and comes on a golden-colored chain for easy hanging and removal.
Align all seven chakras in style with this rainbow beaded bracelet.
Sold at Walmart, the unisex style features seven unique colors to represent each of your body’s chakras from your red-colored root to your purple-colored crown. The colored beads are made from natural gemstones and the black beads are made from an absorbent lava stone. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to those, and spend the rest of your day enjoying the sweet scent of relaxation.