When it comes to buying gifts for friends and family, we can ask for what they want (which is helpful!), but sometimes might not be given a lot to go with. Or sometimes even if given some ideas, it can be fun to add in a little something extra as a surprise. And so for this monthly post, I’ve come up with some ideas for gifts for the person in your life practicing – or who might be thinking of practicing – yoga.
Mat and Props
Mat’s can be a little more than one might want to spend for a gift, especially if this is one of those add on gifts, but here’s where a gift card can be a great addition. But not all mats are, and this is where you may want to do a little research and also find out from that special person what they may be looking for as there are so many mats on the market. Or if this individual is a long-time practitioner who may be in need of a new mat, ask them what mat they use and are interested in getting again (and then decide on the mat or a gift card). And then of course there are props: straps, blocks, towels, mat spray as some ideas (mat spray or a strap could be a great stocking stuffer!).
This is not on my list just because I’m an avid reader! Books may not come to mind immediately when thinking of a yoga practice, but they are invaluable for learning more. If the person you’re shopping for has expressed an interest in diving deeper, there are books on philosophy, anatomy, yoga sequencing (good if they are establishing a home practice). Another idea is if this friend is taking an upcoming teacher training course, find out what books are on the list. While they’re not necessarily on par with college textbook pricing ($100 for a college textbook, anyone?), buying several books at once can add up. Helping out with a required reading list is such a great way to show support for that person furthering their studies.
This last one encompasses two things: studio merchandise like t-shirts and sweatshirts (The Mat often has such soft sweatshirts this time of year!) or water bottles which supports both the studio and offers that friend a way of showing off their support for their studio – or just carry around a reminder of a place they love to spend time in! There may also be other local artisans selling their wares, like candles or jewelry. Not only can these gifts offer a little support to the studio, but also to a small/local business.
This is the part of a series of posts for The Mat Yoga Studio, sharing my thoughts and observations as a student only. The views and opinions are my own experience.