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Gift shopping is complicated. However, if you’re searching for the ideal gift for the yoga lover in your life, we’ve got you covered. We reached out to our trusted contributors (from around the world) to see what items they would give to the yogis in their life, from the grippiest yoga mat to a soothing candle.
The best yoga mats and rugs to gift
Prana Verde Yoga Mat
Ingrid Yang, MD, says the question she gets asked most often by her students is how to find a yoga mat that doesn’t cause slippage. This durable, grippy mat is her answer. (She’s even gifted it to a few of her friends!)
Manduka Eko Superlite Yoga Mat 1.5mm
For San Francisco-based yoga teacher Sarah Ezrin, this Manduka yoga mat is the perfect gift for any yoga lover. “It fits in virtually any bag and is extremely versatile,” she says. “Mine has traveled the world with me!”
42 Birds 100% Cork Yoga Mat
For those who enjoy a sweaty practice (looking at you, hot yoga lovers), consider a cork mat. New York City-based yoga teacher Sarah Herrington recommends this one from 42 Birds that is sustainable, environmentally-friendly, lightweight, and grippy.
Oko Living Herbal Yoga Mat
Contributor Sierra Vandervort recommends gifting a yoga rug from Oko Living. Made with organic cotton, these hand-dyed rugs give any yogi a stable foundation for their practice.
B Yoga The B Mat Traveller 2mm
Brittany Bryden, an Ottawa-based yoga teacher, says she takes this mat with her when she’s traveling. It’s sticky and easy to fold up and tuck away, she says, making it the ideal gift for the yoga lover who’s always on the move.
Leela Yoga Rugs Organic Mysore Yoga Rug
Every yogi needs a grounding surface. Los Angeles-based yoga teacher Pranidhi Varshney recommends this mat as the preferred alternative to a microfiber towel. Layer it on top on a cushioned mat—or use it on its own.
Suga Mat Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat
“A mat brand that really stands out to me is Suga Mats,” says Jenny Clise, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher. “They use recycled wetsuits and repurpose them into a quality mat for practicing on.”
Manduka GRP Adapt Yoga Mat
International yoga teacher Travis Eliot says this is his favorite all-purpose mat, making it the perfect gift for someone who’s going from restorative to Yin Yoga to power yoga.
The best props and accessories to give any yoga lover
Cotopaxi Kapai 1.5 L Hip Pack Del Dia
Have a yogi whose hands are always full? Help them go hands-free with this pack. “This fanny pack is always packed for yoga, so I just grab it as I’m running out the door to class,” Yang says. “Each one is an original, one-of-a-kind, and made from 100% repurposed materials.”
Leus Yoga Eco Towel
“This comes to every class with me, whether it’s hot or restorative,” Yang says. For the friend who always complains about their sweat, this towel can be their new perfect companion.
Skyway Rainer Rolltop Commuter Backpack
Yang recommends this backpack for anyone who identifies as a “commuter yogi.” When she rides her bike to class, she says this backpack fits her water bottle, mat, change of clothes, snacks, even her laptop.
Shanti Sundays Printed Yoga Bolster
Los Angeles-based yoga teacher Andrew McGonigle says he loves this brand’s printed bolsters. Made with organic buckwheat hull, this bolster shapes to your body, fusing functionality with aesthetic appeal.
Avocado Organic Yoga Meditation Pillow
Shopping for someone who wants to deepen their meditation practice? Consider gifting them a product from Avocado’s meditation collection. Yang says these pillows are the best she’s used, providing the right amount of support and cushion.
The health and wellness products our contributors love
Everyday Oil Mainstay Blend
Gift your yoga lover something that will become part of their regular routine. Varshney says she uses this hydrating oil blend on her hands every night before bed. “It’s 30 seconds of spa time for a tired mom,” she says.
Manta Sleep Mask
Know a yogi who’s in desperate need of some shut-eye or a little help calming down? You may want to consider giving him this sleep mask. McGonigle says he loves to use this mask during restorative yoga.
The Fullest Warm Feelings Sachet Box
For the yoga lover in need of some comfort, give them the gift of a warm, relaxing beverage. “I’m loving The Fullest and their line of Saffron-infused products,” Ezrin says. “My favorite winter treat is their Warm Feelings Saffron Latte.”
Good Time Hair + Body Bundle
Bring sustainability into the shower for the eco-conscious yoga lover in your life. Herrington recommends these shampoo and conditioner bars, which come in plastic-free packaging.
Apotheke Charcoal Candle
Bring some soothing sensations to someone’s life. “It is my ritual to get up in the morning and light this candle before I journal,” Bryden says. “The packaging is beautiful and it smells amazing.”
Banyan Botanicals Mahanarayan Oil
“Every yogi should have mahanarayan oil in their bathroom,” Varshney says. She recommends using it as your daily abhyanga oil for a short oil massage prior to showering.
We’re all in need of a bit of an immunity boost during the holiday season. Varshney recommends this chyavanprash for that purpose. “Athreya Ayurveda makes the best herbal formulations I’ve come across,” she says.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil
“As someone who is incredibly vata, [my skin] tends to run quite dry,” Ezrin says. “This oil is also really helpful during the winter season when all of us need as much moisture as possible.”
Dr. Schulze’s Lung Tonic
Eliot recommends this tonic for the months when the temperatures start to dip. In addition to giving some relief to your immune system, he says it helps support his yoga and pranayama practice.
The best yoga clothing to gift
Bombas Fair Isle Calf Socks
“These socks are always a good idea, but they’re especially [great] for the holidays with these fun patterns,” Ezrin says. She recommends them for chilly mornings or while practicing restorative yoga.
Athleta Transcend 7/8 Tight
Yang says these pants are her go-to pair for any active flow. “They just fit right, don’t roll down like many other pants do on me, and are the right length.” she says. (They’re also one of our editor’s favorites!)
Alo Sleek Back Bodysuit
Looking for something that can take someone from the studio to dinner? Yang recommends this bodysuit for that exact purpose—no post-class changes necessary.
Vuori Trail Short
Eliot recommends gifting these shorts to the active yogi in your life. “Whether I’m practicing yoga, or going on a trail run, these are my favorites,” he says.
Patagonia Women’s Wild Trails Sports Bra
This is the only sports bra Yang uses for yoga sculpt classes. “It provides the coverage and support I need, dries quickly, wears perfectly with no edges that cut into my skin, and is also from Patagonia, which we all love because of its commitment to the environment,” she says.
Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie
“As the weather gets colder, I always start my classes off in long sleeves and this lightweight hoodie moves with my body like a soft second skin,” Yang says. “And it is, of course, perfect for Savasana (love the hood to cover my eyes!) and restorative yoga.”
The best tech accessories and books to give any yoga lover
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
London-based yoga teacher Adam Husler says this device travels with him around the world. In addition to helping him create social media content, it also holds his phone while he streams live classes.
Mindful Mamas App
Need a present for the yoga lover who is a mother (or soon-to-be)? Consider gifting them a subscription, Ezrin, author of The Yoga of Parenting, recommends. “This app has a wide variety of meditations and mindfulness exercises,” she says.
Chakra Rituals: Awakening the Wild Woman Within
Who doesn’t want to awaken their inner goddess? “Beautifully written, fun, and accessible, this book offers readers a tangible path to understanding the most subtle body,” Ezrin says.
Prism Oracle: Tap into Your Intuition with the Magic of Color Cards
Help a yoga lover tap into her soul. This intuitive card deck explores the ‘links between color and emotion,’” Herrington says. “I love pulling a card as another way to check in with my inner self.”
Magic of I. 2023 Astrological Planner
Shopping for a yoga lover who likes to connect with the cosmos? Consider giving them the gift of this astrological planner, recommended by Vandervort.
We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons for Moving Through Change, Loss, and Disruption
We’re all in need of a bit of inspiration—and hope. Bryden recommends this book for someone in need of both. “This is a book that found me when I needed it the most,” she says. “It is a quick read and full of wisdom.”
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