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12 Mindfulness and meditation gifts to put under the tree

Rachel is a freelance writer, editor and blogger, specialising in health, homes and interiors and lifestyle. She runs the popular interior design blogs www.freshdesignblog.com and www.cosyhomeblog.com

Encourage a loved one's soul work with these mindfulness and meditation gifts

In today's busy world, it can be hard to find time to relax and unwind. But doing so can be incredibly good for your mental and physical health. Mindfulness and meditation are two simple ways to introduce a few moments of calm into life — whether at home, work or when out and about — and can be practiced by anyone. If you're buying a holiday gift for someone who already appreciates mindfulness or meditation, or you're keen to spread the word about the relaxing and stress-relieving benefits to be gained, there are plenty of appropriate gifts available.

1. Zen sand garden

Encourage a loved one's soul work with these mindfulness and meditation gifts
Image: MiniZenGarden/Etsy

It’s sometimes hard to practice mindfulness at work — but, perhaps having this Zen garden on a desk, with its hand-painted stones, could remind someone to stop and relax for a mindful moment during a busy day? (MiniZenGarden/Etsy, $22)

2. Secret Garden coloring book

Encourage a loved one's soul work with these mindfulness and meditation gifts
Image: Barnes & Noble

Hooray! Coloring for grown-ups has become mainstream. It offers a time to sit down, put pen to paper and focus your attention on coloring inside the lines. This beautiful Secret Garden book by Johanna Basford contains a wealth of gorgeous designs to bring to life. (Barnes & Noble, $10)

3. Lotus flower wall art print

Encourage a loved one's soul work with these mindfulness and meditation gifts
Image: Dimensions of Wonder/Etsy

Not just a pretty print. The lotus flower is highly regarded in Buddhism and is used as a symbol of purity. The theory goes that as you practice meditation, the heart opens like a lotus. Perfect for hanging at home as a reminder and inspiration to keep practicing. (Dimensions of Wonder/Etsy, $19)

4. Breathe mantra cuff bracelet

Encourage a loved one's soul work with these mindfulness and meditation gifts
Image: Love Libby X/Not on the High Street

Sometimes it helps to have a reminder to, well, just breathe. This hand-stamped aluminum cuff bracelet is a lovely gift for anyone who needs a reminder to slow down and focus on themselves once in a while. (Love Libby X/Not on the High Street, $20)

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