Shopping for meditation gifts can be a challenge for lots of reasons. Maybe you aren’t into it yourself and don’t have a good feel for what others would find truly useful or enjoyable. On the other hand, maybe you’re a serious zen student and can’t think of a good gift that will fit your budget. I mean, have you seen the price on some of those gorgeous singing bowls?
Either way, we’re here to help! Our list below offers choices that range in price from under $25 up to no more than $100. You’re sure to find a unique gift that will please anyone on your list, and while you’re at it you’ll probably be tempted to treat yourself too!
1. Meditation Shawl
Pictures do not do justice to the intricate pattern and colors of this Superior Kani Shawl. Besides being beautiful, it’s 100% wool and measures a generous 40 x 80 inches so it can keep you warm without being heavy. Perhaps the most special aspect is that its jacquard woven pattern is inspired by designs dating as far back as the Mughal Empire. Anyone who receives this meditation shawl as a gift will feel wrapped in pure luxury.
2. Singing Bowl Set
If you think singing bowls are too expensive for gifting, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover a bowl of this quality for under $50. Pictured is the Tibetan Singing Bowl Set from Silent Mind, complete with a mallet and silk cushion. The bowl has an attractive antique design and produces a lovely resonant sound. In fact the quality is outstanding considering its very reasonable price.
3. Nebulizing Oil Diffuser
You can find plenty of less expensive oil diffusers, but if you want a gift for someone special, this is a great choice. The Nebulizing Pure Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser uses no water, only pure undiluted essential oil, which enables it to quickly cover a large area with concentrated fragrance. It requires no heat, and it is made of hardwood and glass, with no plastic to leech chemicals. Customers love it for both quality and performance, and have made it a bestseller on Amazon.
4. Tabletop Fountain
This Namaste Buddha is one of the most popular, and it comes in 4 sizes from 10″ up to 19″ in height. The style of each size differs slightly, but they all give you the beautiful calm of flowing water in a fountain with that classic zen appeal. (And if Buddha doesn’t suit your recipient’s personal taste or décor, there are hundreds of other styles – see them all on Amazon.)
5. Meditation Cushion
Crystal Cove Meditation Pillow from Brentwood Home. Customers love the comfort of this pillow, and it’s practical too. The embroidered soft knit cover is removable and washable. The inner liner is GOTS Certified Organic cotton, and it is also replaceable to allow for keeping your cushion fresh and sanitary. The filling consists of all natural buckwheat hulls, which provides a base that’s firm and supportive yet can adjust to your body. A cushion is a must-have for anyone who meditates, and chances are that this one will become the recipient’s new favorite pillow.
6. Incense Set
Incense is always a welcome gift, and if you don’t have a favorite consider this 7 Chakras Root to Crown Incense Set. It includes 140 sticks that are free of accelerants, charcoal and other chemicals, all in environment friendly packaging. There is a primary aroma for each type of stick and a mantra printed on the packaging for each chakra. Incense is an excellent meditation aid as the scents can help you come back from distractions and remain focused.
7. Eight Auspicious Symbols Protection Bracelet
Jewelry is another good gift choice for the meditators in your life, and there’s a great selection for men and women in most any price range. This piece from Buddha Groove is the Eight Auspicious Symbols Protection Bracelet. It’s handmade in Nepal of black knotted cord with metal discs etched with the 8 auspicious symbols for blessings. On opposite sides of the discs is an image of the double Fajra for compassion and protection. It’s a nice little gift with a big powerful message.
8. Candle Garden
Many people use a candle as a focal point during meditation, so feel free to choose anything that will look nice in their space, even a single pillar candle. For a coffee table or even a small meditation corner, this Sentiments Candle Garden from San Miguel is a very nice choice. It measures only 8.75 inches in diameter, which makes it perfect for a small touch that makes a big impact.
9. Meditation Music
The cover may not look impressive, but this Oceans of Vows boxed set is a rare treat. Its inspiration comes from the poems of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and excerpts from the Avatamsaka Sutra. This concert length piece of music, (2 hours) is performed by Alex Cline and his Flower Garland Orchestra. It has been described as no less than “brilliant”. When you buy this from Amazon you also get immediate access to the MP3.
10. Guided Mindfulness Meditations
For mindfulness meditation you can’t do better than Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is because of his work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that mindfulness is at last being recognized as highly effective in the treatment of stress and even some illnesses. For an excellent giving idea check out his Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program. This set includes four meditations designed for any intensity level, with guidance that is especially helpful to those new to meditation. Anyone who enjoys the benefits of meditation will be delighted with this offering from scientist, writer, and teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn.