20 Gifts that Encourage Mindfulness and Meaning

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mindful-giftHoliday shopping can be stressful; there’s no doubt about it—especially if you don’t plan ahead. Our culture has put such pressure on us to buy and consume around the holiday season. Unnecessary stress can come from financial pressures and finding the perfect gifts, to fighting crowds and traffic.

But the holiday season does not have to put such a heavy strain on your wallet, your schedule, or your sanity. Consider these gift ideas this year—they promote relaxation, a mindful state of being, and will have a positive impact on the giftee’s life (even just in some small way). These recommended gifts range from $6 to $50 in price, so they won’t break your bank either.

Whether you’re shopping for your sister, brother, parents, boss, in-laws, neighbor, teacher, friend, coworker or hairdresser, you’ll be sure to crack a smile and heartfelt “thank you” when you gift something more meaningful this season. Check out these handpicked gifts—from small stocking stuffers to larger presents—for your people this holiday season.

The Five Minute Journal

Use the science of positive psychology to start your day—a powerful way to increase overall happiness levels in your life.

Power Thought Cards

One side is a beautiful illustration, the other side is a powerful affirmation—this deck of 64 cards will help you find your inner strength.

Zen Sand Garden

A mini version of the traditional Japanese meditative garden, perfect for the office or home.

Wood Pallet Wall Art

Inspirational phrases designed on a 21″x18″ piece of pinewood.

Master Your Mind Meditation Course

An in-depth, 5-week meditation course perfect for the new meditator. Learn five techniques and get practical tools to design a daily practice.

A Pack of Blank Notecards

It’s always great to have notecards on-hand for birthday, hellos, thank yous, and everyday messages.

The Life Manifesto Poster

“This Is Your Life” motivational manifesto poster in word wall style. 13×19 poster.

Mindful Coloring Book

There are tons of adult coloring books on the market today that encourage mindfulness. This one, filled with animals, nature, and a forest-like theme, is my favorite.

A Plant

Hit your local farmers market, flower shop, or nursery and pick up an indoor plant. Succulents, orchids, Philodendron, and English ivy are my favorites. 

Mala Beads

Mala beads make great gifts for the spiritually-minded giftee. Choose a stone, color and style that suits them best.

Small Scented Candle

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day scented soy candle comes in a variety of fresh scents and burns for 25 hours.

Tea

Numi tea is my favorite, they use the best flavors and ingredients, and their teas are chock full of health benefits. Their flowering gift set includes tea and a glass teapot.

Besides this, any tea set or collection would make a great gift, especially if you select flavors and spices that the giftee especially likes.

Wind Chime

Simple wood chime with capiz shells, great for the garden.

My Intent Jewelry

Create a bracelet or necklace with a meaningful word or phrase (an “intention”) for your giftee.

Tree of Life Journal

160 lightly-lined writing pages, perfect for personal reflection, sketching, note-taking, and jotting down your favorite quotes and poems.

Mindful Magazine Subscription

A one-year subscription of my favorite magazine.

Inspirational Books

I always get excited when someone gifts me a new book. Here are 13 of my absolute favorites in the mindfulness realm.

This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the book I wrote! A perfect gift idea for the busy person who wants to learn to meditate, The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People.

Yoga Class Pack

If your giftee practices yoga, find out their favorite studio and gift them a class pack. This is the time of year many studios offer discounts and sales, so take advantage!

Homemade Gift

Make someone a tray of cookies. Design a necklace. Write a poem or letter. Create a homemade tea with special ingredients they would especially like. Draw a picture. Put together photos to make a scrapbook or framed photo. Get creative and make something with thought and intention—who doesn’t love thoughtful, homemade gifts?!

Make a Donation

Find out if your giftee supports a particular non-profit and make a donation on their behalf. If they don’t have a particular non-profit they support, consider these ideas:

  • COMPASSION IT: A non-profit focusing on inspiring compassionate actions and attitudes. Make a donation to support compassion education around the world.
  • Plant a Tree: The Nature Conservancy is focusing on restoring forests around the world. Support the environment by planting a tree on your giftee’s behalf.

If you’re shopping for someone special and want to give them the gift of a lifetime, consider gifting them time with a certified coach! Professional coaches can help you define and reach goals, learn to better manage your stress, and find more clarity, confidence, and purpose in your life. Learn more about the coaching process — and schedule a free, 30-minute coaching session with Melissa to see if coaching might be a good fit for you or your loved one.

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Melissa Eisler

Melissa Eisler is an ICF certified leadership and career coach, certified meditation and yoga instructor, and author. She created Mindful Minutes to offer practical, relatable anecdotes and tips on how to bring mindfulness into the busyness of the digital age. Her intention is to share what she learns about overcoming her own challenges with meditation, mindfulness, and life balance while maintaining a challenging schedule and career. Learn more about Melissa here.

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