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Just as balancing your doshas in Ayurveda can improve your health, having the right mix of the five elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—in your home can elevate how you live, says Kathleen Cox, a renowned expert of Vastu (an Indian system of design) and author of Space Matters. People with a lot of airy qualities, for instance, might benefit from a grounding, earthy gift that eases frenetic energy; fiery folks who work and play hard might love a dose of soothing water energy. With Cox’s expert advice, we gathered creative gift ideas for each element that can be offered as medicine for the spirit. Tap into intuition, harness intention, and surprise loved ones with these attentive offerings.
Mandala by Jamie Locke Art
Mandalas represent a sacred geometry designed to trigger a connection between the self and cosmic totality. Place Jamie Locke Art’s Invoke Mandala in any room and stare with abandon.
Tea Tumbler by Sacred Lotus Love
Help a loved one wake up and smell the oolong. The Sacred Lotus Love Tea Tumbler comes with a stainless-steel infuser and is made of double-walled glass, so no plastic chemicals interfere with cozy, morning tea ceremonies.
Magnetic Sand Hourglass by MoMA Design Store
Find eternity in the grains of time with MoMA Design Store Magnetic Sand Hourglass. A hidden magnet at the base creates hypnotizing, stalagmitelike formations as you watch the minutes dissolve.
Palo Santo by Skeem Design
Incense, with its ghostly upward pull, serves as the perfect reminder of the etheric realms. Infuse any room with the citrusy wood scent of Skeem Design’s Palo Santo.
Gold Lotus Teardrop Necklace by Satya Jewelry
Even the woman who has everything will appreciate the Satya Jewelry Gold Lotus Teardrop Necklace. The lotus signifies new beginnings and infinite potential, and gold is believed to connect you back to your true essence.
Buddha Meditation Bell by Sivana
Bells, always used in Hindu temples to awaken the deity, are also said to rouse your soul. Help a loved one get centered with the resonant Sivana Buddha Meditation Bell.
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Speaker by Ultimate Ears
Wireless and delightfully compact, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker in lilac (a color signifying cosmic consciousness) will be music to someone’s ears.
Nectar by Roy Barloga
For those in need of an instant lift, try Nectar Roy Barloga Dotted Feather Print Study 5, a photo printed on handmade Nepalese paper.
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Big Art Set by Xonex
Get creative juices stirring with the Xonex Big Art Set.
Ylang 49 by Le Labo
Handcrafted Le Labo Ylang 49 will help a loved one leave wafts of intoxicating patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang in her wake.
Tetraxis bronze star by KO Sticks
The KO Sticks Tetraxis bronze star is a celestially inspired toy that folds and expands.
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Play House Art Blocks by Wee Gallery
Made from durable paper, the Wee Gallery Play House Art Blocks offer six combinations of interactive fun for babies and toddlers.
Overnighter bag by Birdling
Perfect for the traveler on your list, the cotton Birdling Overnighter bag is spacious with plenty of pockets.
“Am I Blue” mobile by Mark Leary
Bring an airy quality to any room or practice space with the Hanging Mobile Gallery Mark Leary “Am I Blue” mobile.
Heng Balance Lamp by MoMA Design Store
See the light with this clever MoMA Design Store Heng Balance Lamp, which turns on through wooden balls embedded with magnets.
Alchemy Fireplace Match Bottle by Skeem Design
Skeem Design Alchemy Fireplace Match Bottle has a strike-on-bottle design and is silk-screened with a vibrant take on the elemental symbol
Cast-iron Fry Pan by Staub
Exceptional heat retention is one of the hallmarks of the cast-iron Staub Fry Pan, along with durability and rugged beauty.
Bamboo kids’ dinnerware by Love Mae
Made of eco-friendly material with entrancing tableaus, the five-piece Love Mae bamboo kids’ dinnerware in Forest Feast is a win-win for finicky kids and the planet.
See also Yoga for Kids
Salt Rock Candleholders by Hygge Life
Shine a light on a radiant friend with the Hygge Life Salt Rock Candleholders, which provide an almost molten glow.
Marigold Pillow by Block Shop
Infuse any room with a burst of warmth with a Block Shop Marigold Pillow, inspired by the late designer Alexander Girard’s stylized sun faces.
See also Cushion Comfort
Indian Spice Sampler by The Kitchen Imp
Help rekindle your near and dear’s agni—an Ayurvedic term for the fire of digestion—with The Kitchen Imp’s organic Indian Spice Sampler.
Yoga for Healthy Aging by Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow
Help make a yogi’s practice sustainable—and lifelong—with the book Yoga for Healthy Aging by respected yoga teachers Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow. With humor, insight, and maturity, they’ll guide you through a foundational program that’s easy to combine with other practices.
Eau Good Glass water bottle by Box Appetit
Encourage hydration with the Box Appetit Eau Good Glass water bottle, which has a charcoal filter to remove tap water’s chemical aftertaste.
Mod Zafu by Halfmoon
In Vastu, the water element is associated with Shiva, the lord of meditation and yoga. For friends in need of an island of sanity amidst life’s constant churn, this Halfmoon Mod Zafu in shibori becomes the best seat in the house.
Sea Glass Necklace by VivaTerra
The VivaTerra Sea Glass Necklace, with its delicate aquatic palette, becomes a touchstone for beachcombers and water babies alike.
See also Homemade Sea Salts
Bath Bomb Gift Set by Beauty by Earth
Beauty By Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set will transform a bath into a sacred soak. Made from Dead Sea salts, organic butters, and essential oils, this fragrant set will defuse even the most harried.
See also Bathe in the Elements
Wooden Wave Stacking Puzzle by Imagination Kids
Handcrafted from sustainably harvested wood, the Imagination Kids Wooden Wave Stacking Puzzle offers a glimpse of the ocean for the landlocked.
See also Ocean Yoga Meditation
Cascading Tabletop Fountain by Serenity
Bring the soothing murmur of water into a home or office with the Serenity Health & Home Décor Sunnydaze Cascading Pyramid Copper Tabletop Fountain.
See also Bringing Happiness Home
Pocket book by Shambhala Publications
Shambhala Publications pocket books offer inspirational messages on every page to help ground you in the present moment.
Herringbone Flag cutting board by American Heirloom
A tactile, fine-grained wooden cutting board like American Heirloom’s Herringbone Flag is rustic and enduring.
See also Cooking from the Soul
Knit dolls by Blabla
Most kids have the intuitive sense that a stuffed animal can help them feel safe and grounded. Adorable Blabla knit dolls Machu the Alpaca and Hercule the Elephant work particularly well as down-to-earth spirit animals.
Zen Rock Triple Plant Terrarium by Buddha Groove
The stone, metal, and plant trifecta found in the Buddha Groove Zen Rock Triple Plant Terrarium brings an earthy quality to any room.
Corona gray/moss blanket by Lapuan Kankurit
Help a friend enjoy hygge (coziness) with a Lapuan Kankurit Corona gray/moss blanket that’s made from 100 percent lamb’s wool.
See also Comfort with Discomfort
Deeply Rooted Chai by Marble & Milkweed
Marble & Milkweed’s Deeply Rooted Chai is an organic blend of pu-erh tea, quality spices, and adaptogenic herbs (they enhance the ability to adapt to stress) like ginger, turmeric, and ashwagandha.
See also Chai Time
The Wooden Owl by Paul Anker Hansen
The Wooden Owl designed by Paul Anker Hansen has a magnetically revolving head and is a charming totem of the reservoir of wisdom that lives in each one of us.