Does this sound familiar: you’ve got a yogi friend who is trying to reduce her overall carbon footprint. She’s been working towards becoming a more conscious consumer as well as living more minimally.
You’re stumped thinking: what is there to get her?
I’ve compiled a gift guide today packed with both tangible and intangible gifts that supports a more mindful approach for both you and your loved ones. Before we get started, I want to mention some things to remember:
- It’s the thought that counts, period.
- Gifts don’t have to be physical objects, they can be experiences.
- There are tons of gift ideas that don’t cost a lot and won’t make you cringe when looking at your bank statements.
- Recycling lightly-used items are ok, especially if your friend has mentioned to you before she/he wanted what you had on hand.
The obvious gift ideas
- Reusable Hydroflask Bottle $ – I love mine due to its long lasting insulation properties and the bottle is one of the most heavy duty bottles I have. Side note: please stop using plastic bottles already.
- Liforme Yoga Mat $$ – This mat is PVC free and lasts for a few years even for the sweatiest yogis who use it. And if you get the purple special edition mat, 5% of proceeds go towards the Friends of the Earth charity.
- Girlfriend Collective Leggings $ – Made from 36 recycled water bottles and fishing nets. One of my favorite leggings that is high in compression and durability. You can use my code for $10 off your first order of $95 or more.
- prAna Elixir Bra $ – I respect prAna for their mission on producing more ethically and sustainably clothing that is also made of higher quality materials. This will help keep me from having to repurchase constantly.
The not so Obvious gift ideas
- Karst Stone Paper $ – A notebook is a necessity for the friend who is a yoga teacher or someone who likes to jot her sequences, reflections, and ideas down. Karst does not use any trees, water, wastes, acids or bleaches during production; instead, they use calcium carbonate. They will also plant a tree when you buy one of their notebooks.
- Saalt Menstrual Cup $– For the friend who doesn’t want to use tampons or pads and is looking for something that is both reliable and leak-proof for her active lifestyle.
- Foldable Clothes Drying Rack $ – This will remove the reliance of the dryer altogether which saves on electricity and money. It also extends the life of the clothes which contributes to buying clothes less frequently.
- DIY Yoga mat carrier $ – I’ve seen some really cool personalized mat carriers that were made from old jeans or leftover odd fabric sizes. Check out this site for more ideas that only cost a few bucks.
- DIY Yoga Knee Pads $ – Have an old yoga mat laying around and you don’t know what to do with it? Cut out 8×8 squares that are easy to transport and will protect your friend’s knees during Anjenayasana or any kneeling poses.
The GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS
Now, the ultimate test: to keep waste to a minimum with gift wrapping.
Look around your house. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative, make it one-of-a-kind, and reduce your waste flow. Try using:
- Old cardboard boxes (looking at all those online orders)
- Recycling paper (newspaper, paper bags, magazines)
- Cloth napkins or extra fabric pieces (LOVE this idea taken from a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth technique called Furoshiki)
The Experience Ideas
- Donate to a charity of their choice a feel good, win win for both parties.
- Membership or class package to a studio which can also be a fitness studio that offers yoga or other activities, like rock climbing.
- Join in on a yoga workshop or intensive that your friend is highly interested in attending.
- Photoshoot adventure to make your friend feel extra special.
- Subscription to online yoga classes so your friend can practice at the comfort of her own home and at time of her convenience.
- Thrive Market membership for 25-50% off retail prices for healthy food and wholesome items.
- Personalized Spotify playlist for you and your friend that will remind you of one another because music does the soul so good.
- Share an outdoor activity together like practicing yoga at the beach or going on a hike.
- Cash money – some may think this idea isn’t personalized enough; however, I find this to be one of the least wasteful gifts because it allows your friend to spend it on whatever she wants. Whether it is towards a teacher training she’s been saving up for or a big trip she wants to take, the money will go towards her cause.
Most important thing to keep in mind when gift-giving is to consider what that person will truly enjoy having and using. Gift buying can be a pleasant experience that doesn’t have to be wasteful or stressful.
Remember, it’s the thought and intention that count when it comes to giving someone a gift.
Feel good about your choices and make it a time to celebrate. What are some of your favorite gift ideas for the conscious consumer?