Is it really possible to buy lovingly-made, eco-yoga products that won't break the bank?
Yes! Not all yoga products have to cost the earth. And not all yoga products have to be mass produced. If you look beneath the surface, you'll find some damn good quality yoga products that make for the most wonderful gifts. And have your yoga-loving partner smiling from ear to ear.
With the holiday season fast approaching, and no window shops to browse (not that many of us do that anyway these days!), if you're looking for gift ideas for your yoga-crazed better half or best bud, then look no further!
I've been delving deep into the world of yoga products and have come up with the top 8 consciously sourced, home-made where possible, eco-friendly, made-with-love products!
Let's support people with a passion to bring the best to you.
The top 8 gift ideas that your yogi buddy will love
1. Homemade Scented Candles (£5-£15)
Everyone loves a candle, especially if it means they can chill out while it burns and flickers in the background. The lights down low and the luscious scents of whatever you pick! I really like Candles by Cuckoo Cottage, luxury hand-poured scented candles made in North Yorkshire. Designed and created with love, they are the perfect addition to a home yoga practice.
2. Organic Eye Pillows (£10)
Eye pillows are a luxury everybody can afford! We all know that savasana is everybody's favourite pose, but did you know that an eye pillow can enhance your relaxation like never before! The gentle weight of an eye pillow will take you to depths of relaxation you may not have even known possible. Inspired by finding ways to promote positive mental health, Claire from Be Mindful Be Happy sells 100% organic cotton eye pillows (and get a free guided meditation to go with it). Gorgeous products with an inspiring story.
3. Organic Buckwheat Bolsters (£45-£60)
Buckwheat bolsters are a wonderful edition to any yoga practice. Especially one that calls for a little extra TLC and some serious rest and relaxation. I love buckwheat bolsters as they are heavy and grounding, solid to support you in a forward fold, and hold you steady in a more heart opening posture. I came across Kylie and her wonderful Barefoot Creations. She produces these beautiful bolsters, made with 100% organic buckwheat hulls and covered with the most beautiful fabrics.
4. Vintage Blankets (£25)
A cosy blanket can take your yoga practice to the next level (especially during the cooler months!). The quieter parts of a yoga class, the opening meditation or the final poses and savasana, can be extra cosy and nourishing with the right blanket. I adore these crocheted blankets sold by the wonderful Ali of Moon Muse Vintage. Part of her carefully curated collection of beautiful Vintage, Pre-loved and Up-cycled clothing.
5. Eco-Yoga Mats (£59-£79)
Sure you can practice yoga without a mat, but having a mat that you love can help create that space you need when it's time for your practice. You build a relationship with your mat like you do a cosy knit or your favourite snuggly socks. And every time you step onto it, it can be like a passage into another world. I came across these eco-friendly mats sold by Will and Malene at Complete Unity Yoga. With a desire for well-made, stylish products made with natural fibres, their love and passion for yoga and their products shines through.
6. The Book Every Yogi Should Have (£27.99)
OK, so not organic or eco-friendly, but this guide to Hatha Yoga is a must-have for any body that takes their yoga practice seriously. The book from the source. The Hatha Yoga Pradikpa by Swami Muktibodhananda guides you through Hatha asana or postures, pranayama or breathing exercises and lots more like working with kundalini energy and the chakras. It will guide you through foundational practices to build strength and confidence in your practice, and then when you're ready, it will guide you to practice advanced postures to take your practice to the next level.
7. The Gift of Yoga (gift vouchers for live online classes £20, £50 & £100)
Live Online classes have become increasingly popular this year. People all over the world are enjoying practicing yoga in real time, with real teachers and a real community. All from the comfort of their own living rooms. Co-founded by Carrie and Martin with the passion of bringing classical no frills yoga to all, The Frog Project offer 14 weekly Live classes, brought to you by 3 wonderful teachers. Pick up a gift voucher for £20, £50 and £100 and put it towards some Live Online Yoga classes.
8. All of the above (£200-£300)
Go crazy and bundle together everything for the Yoga Gift of a lifetime!
Use this guide to make one yoga-loving person super happy this holiday season! All the gift ideas are well-researched and all of the recommendations are quality organic and eco-friendly products produced and sold with love.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.