It was only about a decade or so ago that mindfulness and meditation seemed pretty out there to the general public — however, nowadays, getting your meditation on has gone mainstream and is pretty much a survival requirement. Maybe it's because our world is so chaotic, but it can be seriously hard to relax without a little quiet introspection. And gifting your loved ones things that can help them get centered is pretty much the most thoughtful thing you can do for them if you really think about it.
Whether you're buying a holiday gift for someone who already appreciates meditation or you just want to spread the word about the wonderful world of mindfulness, there are plenty of appropriate gifts available.
It’s sometimes hard to practice mindfulness at work — but perhaps having this Zen garden (complete with crystals) on a desk could remind someone to stop and relax for a mindful moment during a busy day.
Mini Zen garden, $16 and ZenFoxStudio/Etsy
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 book by Johanna Basford contains a wealth of gorgeous designs to bring to life.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, $11.97 at Barnes & Noble
This isn't 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. It's perfect for hanging at home as a reminder and inspiration to keep practicing.
Lotus art print, $19 at dimensionsofwonder/Etsy
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
Breathe mantra cuff bracelet, $19.80 at Love Libby X/Not On the High Street
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.
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