You’re not alone if you’ve ever struggled to come up with meditation-themed gift ideas for friends and family. Though there are a great deal of accessories out there, there’s not that many essential items (excluding perhaps a cushion and a timer).
So we’ve done some research and come up with a little list of potential ideas. It’s quite broad in its scope, covering everything from CDs and Books to Baoding balls (keep reading…).
We’ve decided to focus on specific products. That said, if you don’t like one particular design or style then you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a similar one. Please enjoy our selection of meditation gifts…
CDs & Books
There are hundreds of books out there, so we’ve chosen these three because we think they work especially well as gifts. They’re not just deeply insightful, but also have a lot of charm too.
Thich Nhat Hanh has a uniquely poetic writing style. He demystifies complex ideas in a way allows us to root them in our own experience. You can almost sense that the words are being spoken by a voice of true compassion and wisdom. It’s a slim (just over 100 pages) and well-presented book that also includes some illustrations.
Although Mindfulness with Breathing is subtitled For Serious Beginners, it’s an in-depth look at the sixteen stages of Anapanasati practice, by what could easily have been considered on of the most experienced teachers in the world. The book itself is beautifully made: everything from the cover image, to the quality of the paper, to the typography itself. It’ll make an excellent addition to any meditator’s bookshelf.
Meditation CD: Guided Meditations for Busy People by Bodhipaksa
I’m a big fan of the work of Bohipaksa. He’s an experienced Buddhist monk with an uncannily soothing Scottish-accented voice. Both of these qualities combine to make an excellent collection of guided meditations.
If the person you have in mind for this gift suffers from stress or constant busyness, then the simple practices contained on this CD will allow them to instantly experience more calm and connectedness in the midst of their hectic days.
Cushions & Mats
Visit Best Meditation Cushions
This is my gift of choice. It’s not too expensive (it’s not inexpensive either, but it’s not over-the-top), it’s supremely practical so it’s bound to get used and, finally, it’s nice and big! So it’ll look perfect wrapped up.
The cushion and mat themselves are well-made and the buckwheat with which they’re filled is very supportive. The cotton coverings come in a wide range of colours.
Another practical (and slightly quirky) item. This cushion is also cheaper (at only $35.00) than the full set. It has three separate compartments so can easily be adjusted to suite the size/height of the user and it also, apparently, doubles up as a travel cushion.
You’ll notice the difference in design between this item and the one above. The crescent moon shape is meant to provide extra support for the thighs. A cushion like this tends to be better for taller people.
You really can’s go wrong with incense as a gift. I recommend the Nag Champa brand.
A good shawl can also make a superb gift. Because of the myriad range of styles and colours available, you’re certain to find a suitable piece. Visit our guide for some best picks.
Also called a japa or mala. They’re usually composed of between 18 and 108 beads and used to count the number of mantras recited during a meditation session. Whether or not they’ll be used for their intended purpose, they make a pleasant and inexpensive gift.
Meditation, or Baoding, balls make superb little gifts. The theory goes that, when they’re rotated in your hands, they build manual dexterity and restore the flow of chi in your body by stimulating certain “acupressure” points. They’re an absolute joy to use. You can buy solid balls or ones with a little chime in the middle. For smaller hands, don’t exceed 38mm (1.5-inches) of width.
See also Best Indian Meditation Music
In the OM Zone by Stephen Halpern
In the OM Zone is a wonderfully soothing CD. Each track of “OM” chanting is slightly different and sets the mood perfectly. It can be easily chanted along to or used as a relaxation aid.
Whilst the music is beautiful, you may see that there is a certain intensity to it. If you think the person for whom your buying has a preference for something a touch lighter you may want to go with the choice below.
Singing Bowl Meditation Music by Joseph Feinstein
The recordings on this CD are deeply calming. The sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl have an intensity that affects you on an almost physical level. There’s a lot of “Tibetan Singing Bowls” CDs out there, but (in my humble opinion) this one trumps them all (or at least all the others that I’ve heard).
So there you have it! A little guide to some excellent meditation-themed gifts. If you have your own suggestions please do get in touch ([email protected]) and I’ll include them in this “reader section.”