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The Very Best Yoga Gifts: Thoughtful, Simple, and Loving

No one needs another mug. I promise you. Did you catch that, Andrea?

We are yoga lovers. It's never boring for us. There's no cajoling or coaxing us into rolling out our mats to practice. We're psyched to spend a Saturday night going to a sound bath class or doing yoga with a DJ in black light. If yoga is involved, we are in.

The best yoga gifts are those that enhance our practice

I'm stoked if someone gives me a tiny bottle of essential oil because they said it reminded them of me. That's all it takes. Yoga lovers don't want or need you to spend a lot of money. Hell, if you just come to a class with us, we're tickled.

Keep it simple. How many times in our lives have we heard that? I have Raynaud's Syndrome. So my hands get easily cold and even numb. My partner has bought me 3, count em, THREE pairs of very expensive battery-operated gloves to remedy the sitch. And none of them worked well or even kept working poorly. He finally gave up and bought me a box of HotHands warmers that I could slip in my gloves. Perfection. The best yoga gifts remove a distraction from our lives.

It's so easy to give a thoughtful gift

All we have to do is think about the thing our loved ones enjoy the most. For us, it's yoga. Incense, candles, a dry brush, and a really great mat cleaner all make the list for best yoga gifts. And if you have little to no money, offer to come over with your mat and practice at home with us. Enjoying tea and meaningful conversation is one of the best yoga gifts you can give. Your time is valuable. Your friendship means everything.

What would be the best yoga gifts for you?

I'm so grateful when someone just tells me what they want. Express your desires, needs, and wishes. Make it easy on those who really want to give to you. Both giving and receiving feel mighty nice. As much as we yoga folk are more inclined to give, remembering that by receiving we give that opportunity to another.

Have the happiest and healthiest of holidays, y'all! Thank you for all you give to the world all year long.


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The Unacknowledged Presence in a Yoga Gift Box

Have you heard the joke about the only thing the yoga teacher wanted for their birthday? "Just your presence."

Both presents and presence exist in each adoringly cultivated yoga gift box. There's a whole lot more than the contents inside.

A yoga gift box means all of your shopping is done

I mean, if you dig shopping more than breathing, that might not be great news. But if you're a pretty typical holiday shopper who feels a bit overwhelmed by the whole process, then we've got you. The lucky yoga lover in your life knows when they open your gift that you know them well and you want to remind them every month that they are loved.

Sharing a yoga gift box with others is a delightful part of the joy

Last month, when I opened my gift box and saw the cute purple yoga sox with tread on the bottoms, I knew exactly who would be getting them. Amy, I know you'll be wearing them every practice and it makes me smile to think about how much you appreciate them. There's something for everyone in each yoga gift box. We all know a crystals lover. And each of us has that friend who lives for mala beads.

Give a yoga gift box to a couple of friends to enjoy together

If you have two friends whom you know would love a monthly yoga gift box, you could even purchase one for them to share. It would give them the perfect reason to connect each month and explore the contents of the box together, discussing how best to enjoy them in their practice. They will also undoubtedly find items they can collectively gift to other friends, increasing the web of sharing.

We all love receiving gifts in the mail

Each time the Yogi Surprise yoga gift boxes show up at my door, that dopamine hit never fails. It's exciting to know that you don't know exactly what new interests and passions the contents will provoke. Ever since the boxes started to arrive, our home is never without burning incense. Meditation has become part of our daily life. And self-care is now a clutch component for a day well-spent.

Receiving a monthly yoga gift box encourages positive feelings with far-reaching effects

While you're in the process of exploring your yoga gift box or witnessing a loved one enjoy theirs, excitement, generosity, thoughtfulness, and curiosity come alive. These feelings are so contagious. The first time I opened a box, I immediately made a list of others whom I knew would really appreciate it. It feels thrilling to give loved ones something we know will bring them joy and elicit the above-listed feelings in them too.

I was discussing The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman with a student yesterday. These love languages include (in no particular order): time spent, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and physical affection. The student remarked that gifts are her number one love language. She said when she receives a gift and it's clear someone really thought about her interests and passions, it fills her cup to an overflowing level. It's a lovely way to feel and observe in others.

You have many gift box options

Yogi Surprise offers 3, 6, and 12-month subscription options to meet your budget and gifting desires. Or consider our self-love box as a one-time gift if a subscription isn't what you're looking for.

We also have a specifically curated box for men. The number of men practicing yoga in the United States continues to grow yearly. And we see you men and want to support your specific needs within the wide lens scope of the practice.

We are so looking forward to enjoying the holiday spirit of giving and receiving with you this year.


It Feels So Good to Give

Don't you love a win/win situation?

I sure as hell do. I seek them out and aim for that mathematical equation to make up the majority of the circumstances in my life.
Everything can't be even. Sometimes you are simply the receiver. When it's your turn to give, the only pay off might be that you feel good about what you're doing and offering. And that's most certainly no small thing. In fact, I believe it's the entire point

It feels incredible to give to others. The giver benefits as much if not more than the receiver

 There is no shortage of ways to give. Giving is ubiquitous and everyone has something wonderful, helpful, and insightful to offer. It's so cool that the way it works is the more we give, the happier we are. Win/win baby!
When we feel a deficit in our lives, often the inclination is to feed the well. And it's a great instinct. The distinction is in how we go about doing that. We inherently know we've made a great choice in the way giving makes us feel. If you feel good, super decision. If you feel uncomfortable, regretful, begrudging, insincere, or anything along those lines, the motivation for giving comes from a place that's not genuine or honest. Have you ever given an insincere compliment? So have I, and it felt icky. The motivation was manipulative, and that's never going to do anyone any good.
Let's further discuss motivation.  It's always the launch pad from which we give. Each time we chose to give something to another, checking in with what exactly propelled us to do so is a useful strategy. If the motivation comes from a loving place, we again arrive at a win/win finish line.
Many of us consider our dharma to be of service to others. That's one of the most beautiful ways to provide love to the world.
Looking for ideas on how you can give today? Here's a not so short list to jump-start your day and feed the well that provides us with balance and a sense of connection to others.
  • Offer someone a ride to work whom you know doesn't have transportation.
  • Buy art from someone selling their creations on a street corner.
  • Call a friend whom you know struggles with finding childcare and tell them to name a date they'd like you to come over and babysit.
  • Give that friend who loves handcrafted soap some handcrafted soap.
  • Tell someone whom you admire the reason you look up to them.
  • Hug at least 10 people today.
  • Listen to a stranger who really needs to be heard.
  • Volunteer at a shelter, even if you only have an hour.
  • Purchase a book you love and give it to someone whom you think will benefit from reading it.
  • Move your mat in a crowded yoga class to offer space for a late-comer.
  • Smile at everyone.
  • Text or call someone to tell them you're thinking of them.
  • Invite someone to see a concert with you, your treat.
  • Buy a broke friend lunch.
  • Give blood if you can.
  • Offer to walk someone's dog if they have to work late.
  • Offer to dog sit for a loved one who doesn't feel comfortable with just anyone taking care of their baby.
  • Basically, do something that involves helping dogs or any other animals.
  • Braid someone's hair for them.
  • Paint a friend's nails.
  • Give someone your favorite crystal and tell them why it means so much to you.
  • Remind someone they are loved.
  • Teach a class for a sick yoga teacher looking for a sub.
  • Give a friend some incense to infuse her new apartment or home with a glorious scent.
  • Bake someone a cake.
  • Make someone a mala bead bracelet.
  • Help a stranger who dropped their belongings pick them up.
  • Dispose of liter as you see it on your walk today.
  • Buy the person in line behind you a coffee or juice.
  • Send a card to a loved one.
  • Visit with sick kids in the hospital.
  • If you're gifted with a lovely singing voice, sing for someone today.
  • Help someone move.
  • Buy someone a gift simply because you saw something you knew they'd like or that they need.
  • Check on a sick or injured friend.
  • Clean the bathroom so your partner doesn't have to.
  • Donate clothing you no longer wear or need to Goodwill or some similar organization.
  • Laugh. It's contagious.
  • Make someone else laugh.
  • Offer advice and wisdom if it would be helpful to another.
I could keep going, and I bet you could too. Make your own list and enjoy knowing you will positively impact someone today. Enjoy how that feels and own the knowledge you have so much more to offer than you probably realize.