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The last thing anyone needs during the holiday season is one more to-do item on their list—unless that to-do is meditation. Inspire your loved ones to enjoy a regular practice with the gifts on these pages, and they’ll reap the calming benefits now and for years to come.
Tom Dixon Etch Tea Light Holder
The stunning Tom Dixon Etch Tea Light Holder, shown here in brass, casts a host of entrancing shadows when lit.
Saraswati yantra print by Melissa Forbes
For the mystically inclined,this exquisite Saraswati yantra print by Melissa Forbes, a professional artist and yoga teacher, represents the essence of the self, knowledge, music, arts, and nature.
The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young’
Mindfulness teacher Shinzen Young’s new book,The Science of Enlightenment, is an easy-to- read, down-to-earth primer on why meditation matters and how it actually works.
The Lumio light
Brighten up a friend’s world with the Lumio light, which fans out 360 degrees from a hardcover book. It comes in two size options and can be taken anywhere to illuminate your practice.
Lumio Lamp, $190; mini Lumio+, $125; hellolumio.com
Pema Chödrön’s Compassion Cards
Pema Chödrön’s Compassion Cards break down the practice of cultivating compassion into bite-sized morsels. Loved ones can meditate on a different card each day, and then keep it out as a reminder to pause in the midst of turbulence.
The Original Buddha Board
The blank slate of the Original Buddha Board lets you express yourself with abandon. Paint with water on the board’s surface and watch it evaporate—a playful teaching on impermanence.
Buddha Board, $35; Zen River Rocks to adorn the tray, $6; buddhaboard.com
Barefoot Yoga’s silk eye pillow
Barefoot Yoga’s silk eye pillow delightfully puts the kibosh on a distracted gaze during yoga nidra and Savasana.
Simplysitting Meditation Seat
Perfect for the person on your list who is always on the go, the über-portable Simplysitting Meditation Seat has a pedestal design that easily breaks down and slides into a sleek merino-wool felt sleeve.
Simplysitting seat, $139; sleeve, $35; simplysitting.com
Vintage Sari Shawls
Vintage Sari Shawls, hand-stitched from upcycled materials in India, are each unique in pattern and color, and guaranteed to delight those who like to meditate in both style and warmth.
Beyond Yoga Cozy Fleece Moto Paneled Sweatpants
The loose-fitting Beyond Yoga Cozy Fleece Moto Paneled Sweatpants are amazingly soft and help you sit for extended periods in comfort.
Pendleton’s Eco-Wise Wool Herringbone Throw
Made of sustainable wool fabric that gets softer with each wash, Pendleton’s Eco-Wise Wool Herringbone Throw is a great way to stay warm for winter meditations.
Five Star Hippie’s Jade Stone Mala
Five Star Hippie’s Jade Stone Mala is a gorgeous focus tool for those prone to fidgeting. Plus, jade is thought to enhance love and augment emotional stability.
Samaya Stone meditation cushion
Filled with 100 percent organic buckwheat and millet hulls, plus organic lavender, the soft Samaya Stone meditation cushion invites you to take a seat—and linger.
Koostik Ambrosia Maple Original
A sleekly crafted wooden acoustic amplifier, the Koostik Ambrosia Maple Original naturally increases sound from an iPhone by 2 to 5 times, providing just the right amount of volume for chill-friendly music or a guided meditation.
The Incausa singing bowl and incense set
Incausa is a Brooklyn-based company that helps indigenous Brazilians, Peruvians, and Nepalese by creating a thriving marketplace for their goods. The Incausa singing bowl and incense set comes with a hand-hammered fair-trade Thadobati bowl (from Tibet), a stoneware incense holder, a vegan cold-pressed soap, and a variety of artisanal incenses.
Recognized as Nepal’s premiere flautist, Manose plays the bansuri (bamboo flute) to create a tranquil sound. His latest album, Call Within, is a worthy choice for inviting calm.
Panatea’s Ceremonial Grade Matcha Starter Set
Long ago, Zen monks used green tea to stay awake during extended meditations— and just the act of making and drinking tea was considered inherently meditative. Panatea’s Ceremonial Grade Matcha Starter Set has an updated approach to this ancient tradition, and makes a sophisticated gift for the tea connoisseur.
Lake and Skye’s 11 11 perfume
Lake and Skye’s 11 11 perfume offers a subtle unisex scent that’s inspired by Kundalini Yoga and the color white, and is made with natural fragrance oil.
Noble Therapies’ Meditation and Yoga Balm
Noble Therapies’ Meditation and Yoga Balm attempts to re-create the scent of Vedic spirituality: a blend of ethereal sandalwood with top notes of earthy turmeric. Dab a little on your forehead, nostrils, neck, or abdomen and let the scent transport you.
Lite and Cycle’s Sage Candle
Lite and Cycle’s Sage Candle, made of soy wax and Spanish sage essential oil, is designed to enhance concentration and clear stagnant, negative energy. As an added perk, the underside of the etched neo-mandala lid has a textured surface for striking a match.