10 Ways to Give the Gift of Zen
We know that the right gift can lift people up, inspire them and even give them a much needed break. And for months we’ve been putting together a list of our favorite feel-good finds. Finds that would make for the perfect holiday gift. So, this holiday season don’t just give stuff. Give the gift of zen!
1. Puppies Wine and I’m Fine Tank
Knowing what makes you smile is the first step toward happiness. Letting the world know what you need? Even better. This tank ($30) not only does that (because, really, what else do you need?), but the company (appropriately named Puppies Make Me Happy) makes all products in the USA and consistently gives back to great causes, like The Young & Brave Foundation, Wags and Walks and more. And, speaking of causes …
2. Donation to Their Favorite Cause
What is your loved one most interested in? No matter if it’s animals, the environment, health or civil rights, pair your donation with a nice note and boom! You’ve got a gift that really gives.
3. Healing Crystals
Crystals are amazing for improving energy and physical and mental health. Therefore, they make for the perfect gift for zen. Not sure what exactly to buy though? We suggest the Karma Bliss Bliss Bag With Healing Crystals ($45). You can pick from four different bags of crystals from dharma to love. Just select the one you think you’re loved one would enjoy boosting most!
4. Yoga or Meditation Class
Shopping for the person who needs nothing is always tough, but a gift certificate to a yoga or meditation class (or even a month or year of classes!) can be the gift that keeps giving and giving. And many studios offer them. Plus, it’s a great way to shop local!
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils have so many uses. Dab ’em on, use them in a diffuser, make your own cleaning products with them — the list goes on and on. Selecting one or two that you know a friend will love (either a pure oil or a blend designed for, say, focus or relaxation) is a great option, but if you want to give a gift that’ll keep on giving, you might want to consider something like the Simply Earth essential oil recipe box ($39-$49). You can buy just the one box, opt to have one sent every three months or do a monthly subscription, and each box comes with five oils, several recipes and DIY craft ideas (like, for the holidays, they have an awesome DIY Christmas Air Freshener recipe that uses baking soda and a small mason jar, which is included in the box).
6. Massage or Energy Session
We all know how good a massage or energy session or really anything at a spa can be for helping you feel good. And with sites like Spafinder, it’s really easy to give the gift of zen to anyone, pretty much anywhere.
7. Yoga Subscription Box
Monthly subscription boxes are fun because it’s not just one gift — it’s a gift every month! And boxes like the BuddhiBox (starting at $34.95 a month) and Yogi Surprise (starting at $24.99 a month) offer all kinds of fun goodies that bring even more om to your loved one’s practice.
8. Feel-Good Apparel
No matter if you’re gifting someone of the crass variety or the fuzzy variety, there’s a little something for everyone on your list in our online store.
9. 35 Yoga Mat Spray
Got a yogi on your list? This yoga mat disinfecting spray ($19), made with tea tree and lavender oils, not only does a good job of clearing most bacteria and germs, but smells like a treat. Because who wants to find bliss on a mat that smells like traditional cleaning products, right?
Whether it’s a gift card to an airline, a hotel or simply a homemade card that says “good for one weekend girls’ trip on me,” can you beat a good trip? We think not.
What will you be gifting this year? And which items on this list do you hope to receive? This year, we’re all about the donations! (Spoiler to all getting a gift from us!) —Jenn & Kristen