The 36 Very Best Yoga Gifts They’ll Love On and Off the Mat, According to Yoga Teachers


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If you have a yoga lover in your life, theyโ€™ll likely appreciate a thoughtful yoga gift that supports their personal practice, be it in the studio, at home, or anywhere in between. But unless youโ€™re not a regular on the mat yourself, you may want some guidance on choosing the very unique yoga presents worth giving.

As Maine-based yoga teacher Katherine Englishman says, it’s less about the gear itself, and more about what helps them find and stay in their flow best. “These [gifts] are there to support you, so you can be present in the moment when youโ€™re practicing,” she says. To help you find the perfect gift that’ll enhance their time on the mat and not distract them, we spoke with Englishman and others on the gifts they’dย like to receive. Ahead, find a curated list of yoga gifts that are sure to please new and longtime yoga lovers alike.


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What to look for in the best yoga gifts

If you’re on a mission to find the perfect gift for your yoga-loving friends and family, consider the following:

Ability and experience

Think about where your friend is at in their yoga journey. If they’re a beginner, stuff like yoga blocks or a handy strap can be a game-changer.ย Rebekah Cloud, RYT 200, MS, CCC-SLP, a yoga teacher and aerialist, adds that they can be especially beneficial for people with disabilities, too. โ€œProps are everything because they allow you to get the best benefit out of the pose if youโ€™re not able to execute it like the person that you see in class,โ€ she says and points to AmeriDisability as a resource for more inspiration for adaptive yoga equipment.

Preferred yoga type

As you shop, youโ€™ll also want to consider theyโ€™re preferred yoga typeโ€”whether itโ€™s hot yoga, restorative yoga, or otherwise. โ€œWhat style of asana do they practice?โ€ says Bethany Lyons, founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga and Lyons Den Digital. โ€œIf they practice a gentle, slow flow or Kundalini yoga, the needs in clothing, gear, and props will be different than a student who practices Ashtanga or hot power yoga.โ€

Practicality

Finally, itโ€™s also helpful to think about what they might need. โ€œTaking a look at the person and seeing what could benefit them makes the most thoughtful gift,โ€ says Englishman. โ€œFor instance, if your dad, who practices yoga at home, has an old gym mat thatโ€™s worn out or curling up at the edge, then a yoga mat would be a great gift for him.” Some items, like comfy clothes and a towel for cleaning up sweat, are non-negotiables and therefore make excellent presents.

With all this in mind, hereโ€™s a list of 36 gift ideas recommended by over a dozen yoga teachers and the Well+Good team.

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Best yoga mats

Gaiam Beginnerโ€™s Yoga Starter Kit Set

Gaiam, Beginnerโ€™s Yoga Starter Kit Set โ€” $32.00

If your loved one has talked about wanting to start a yoga practice, give them this beginnerโ€™s kit from Gaiam. โ€œItโ€™s a simple set with the most helpful props for someone getting started,โ€ says yoga teacher and meditation instructor Joanna Rajendran. The kit comes with everything a newbie needs for daily practice: a non-slip yoga mat (available in three different colors), a six-foot strap, and a block. As a bonus, itโ€™s affordable at under $32.

Available colors: 3

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm

Lululemon, The Reversible Mat 5mm โ€” $49.00

Originally $84, now $49

If their mat needs an upgrade, you canโ€™t go wrong with this Lululemon pick. โ€œItโ€™s a top choice among yoga lovers,โ€ says Ashley Iwanicki, founder of yoga studio The Collective Studios in New Hampshire. The mat comes in two colors, and it features antimicrobial additives that help prevent mold and mildew from breeding on the surface. Plus, the mat is reversible.โ€œThe rubberized side keeps you firmly planted during sweaty, hot Vinyasa classes, while the cushioned, natural rubber side is ideal for gentler forms of yoga, like yin or restorative,โ€ says Iwanicki.

She suggests pairing the mat with the brandโ€™s Loop It Up Mat Strap ($24) for ease of transport in and out of the studio.

Available colors: 1

JadeYoga, Jade Harmony Yoga Mat โ€” $92.00

This yoga mat comes with the recommendation of both Englishman and Tara Zinnamon, PhD, LA-based neuroscientist yoga teacher. โ€œJade Yogaโ€™s Harmony Yoga Mat is lightweight and has great grip, but most importantly itโ€™s eco-friendly,โ€ says Dr. Zinnamon. โ€œIts mats are made from natural rubber, which is a renewable and sustainable resource.โ€ Whatโ€™s more? The company also plants a tree for every mat sold.

Available colors: 14

Available sizes: 68โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ and 74โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ

Manduka eKO Yoga Mat 5mm

Manduka, eKO Yoga Mat 5mm โ€” $100.00

According to Kiera Missanelli, a yoga teacher at Yoga Garden in Philadelphia, the Manduka eKO Yoga Mat is โ€œthe best matโ€ to use. The yoga mat is made from all-natural tree rubber and features a sturdy non-slip surface to keep you steady on your hands and feet during practice. Better yet? Itโ€™s PVC-free and made without any โ€œharmful plasticizers.โ€ Englishman also recommends this mat for those looking for a quality option that will last years.

Available colors: 5

Available sizes: standard (71โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ) and long (79โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ)

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

Alo Yoga, Warrior Mat โ€” $128.00

If you want a yoga mat with extra cushion, consider the Warrior Mat from Alo Yoga, which comes with the approval of co-founder of The Pilates Class Jacqui Kingswell, โ€œI was a long-time user of the Alo mat and kept coming back to it because of its durability and grip,โ€ she says. โ€œIn my practice, I spend a lot of time on my hands for specific full-body moves and if I were to slide around the mat that would compromise the workout as well as potentially injure me. The Alo mats are very high quality, making them distinguishable from others, and this is what kept me a loyal user of the mats for years and what continues to impress me about their mats.โ€

Available colors: 7

Available sizes: 74.4โ€ณ x 26.4โ€ณ

Liforme Original Liforme Yoga Mat

Liforme, Original Liforme Yoga Mat โ€” $140.00

This Liforme yoga mat features alignment markers to keep users in proper form during practice, making it ideal for beginners and experienced yogis alike, says Cloud. Itโ€™s also a favorite of W+G Commerce Writer Danielle Calma, who loves it not only for its design but also for its non-slip surface. According to Calma, it keeps her hands and feet firmly in place, no matter how much she sweatsโ€”and she adds that she sweats buckets. As a bonus, it comes with a bag with an adjustable strap for easy transportation.

Available colors: 9

Available sizes: 73โ€ณ x 27โ€ณ

Yoga apparel

Lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 28โ€

Lululemon, Align High-Rise Pant 28โ€ โ€” $98.00

Available sizes: 0-20

Lululemonโ€™s Align Leggings are beloved by Dr. Zinnamon. The epitome of an โ€œeveryday legging,โ€ the seamless design and lightweight fabric make them feel like a second layer of skin, so you can comfortably transition from couch to yoga class. โ€œLululemonโ€™s Align Leggings have been my go-to for years,โ€ she says. โ€œI prefer leggings that feel as if Iโ€™m wearing nothing at all as opposed to compression, so the barely-there material is a dream.โ€

Available colors: 12

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Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In the Midi High Waisted Legging

Beyond Yoga, Spacedye Caught In the Midi High Waisted Legging โ€” $97.00

Available sizes: XXS-4X

Another recommendation from Dr. Zinnamon and athleisure lovers (including W+G staffers) is the Spacedye Legging from Beyond Yoga. โ€œBeyond Yogaโ€™s leggings are so, so soft and move well with the body,โ€ says Dr. Zinnamon. โ€œBoth [Beyond Yoga and Lululemon leggings] have wide and high waistbands that are โ€ฆ comfortable and secure. Neither fall down while I fold forward [nor] cut into my skin.โ€

Read the full review on the Beyond Yoga Spacedye Leggings here.

Available colors: 15

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Splits59 Airweight High Waist Short

Splits59, Airweight High Waist Short โ€” $68.00

Available sizes: XS-XXL

W+G Contributor Avery Matera deemed these high-waisted shorts from Splits59 as one of nine hot yoga pants that stood up to a sweat test. Aside from their ability to take the heat, she also wrote that theyโ€™re the only shorts that she can โ€œactually wear while working out and not feel as though theyโ€™re either cutting off the circulation in my thighs [or] too loose enough to feel as though everyone in the room can see up my shorts.โ€

Available colors: 8

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Beyond Yoga Spacedye Slim Racerback Cropped Tank

Beyond Yoga, Spacedye Slim Racerback Cropped Tank โ€” $68.00

Available sizes: XXS-4X

Like the brandโ€™s best-selling Spacedye leggings, this racerback tank is buttery soft and feels like a second layer of skin the moment you put it on. It even provides extra support for the breasts, thanks to a built-in shelf bra.

Available colors: 17

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Athleta, Solace Bra โ€” $54.00

Available sizes: XXS-XL

Made from a combination of recycled polyester and Lycra, the Athleta Solace Bra offers lightweight support, while the four-way stretch makes it comfortable enough to lounge in pre- or post-workout. Plus, its design is versatile enough to wear outside their practice. They can wear it underneath a T-shirt, a dress, or a flowy jumpsuit.

Available colors: 10

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Lululemon Like a Cloud Longline Bra

Lululemon, Like a Cloud Longline Bra โ€” $68.00

Available sizes: 2-14

Writer Rebecca Norris deemed this Lulemon sports bra as one of the best longline bras she has tried and tested. โ€œMade of stretchy, sweat-wicking, quick-drying nylon and elastane, itโ€™s truly a delight to move inโ€”which is good, because itโ€™s designed for yoga flows and other low-impact activities like stretching and Lagree,โ€ she writes. You can shop it in four classic neutrals and sizes 2-14.

Available colors: 4

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Syrokan Sports Bra

Syrokan, Sports Bra โ€” $32.00

Available sizes: 32B-44F

Yogis looking for more support will find just that in this budget-friendly sports bra from Skyrokan. Beloved by W+G lifestyle associate editor Amelia McBride, she said that this is the only sports bra sheโ€™ll wear during a sweaty workout. According to McBride, itโ€™s ideal for larger breasts thanks to features like adjustable Velcro straps and a wide band, and despite the amount of support it offers, she said that itโ€™s โ€œ surprisingly breathable.โ€

Read the full review of he Syrokan Sports Bra here.

Available colors: 22

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Lululemon Cool Racerback Short Tank Top

Lululemon, Cool Racerback Short Tank Top โ€” $29.00

Originally $48, now $2

Available sizes: 0-20

This Lululemon racerback top offers more coverage in the front but does without restricting movement. Itโ€™s soft and feels super smooth to the touch. Plus, they donโ€™t have to worry about it riding up their torso during practice thanks to a compressive-style fit.

Available colors: 1

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Varley Bradford Active Top

Varley, Bradford Active Top โ€” $55.00

Originally $78, now $55

Available sizes: XS-XL

We love this long-sleeve topโ€™s relaxed fit and functional features. It drapes over the body, making it ideal for restorative yoga and light stretching, while the thumbholes prevent the sleeves from rolling up during practice. Made from a lightweight and moisture-wicking blend of recycled polyester and elastane, this athletic piece is prime for low-impact activities or lounging around the house.

Available colors: 1

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Beyond Yoga, Spacedye Uplevel Midi Jumpsuit โ€” $138.00

Available sizes: XS-4X

Every yoga loverโ€™s workout wardrobe could use a performance jumpsuit. This option from Beyond Yoga is recommended by Iwanicki, and it offers both comfort โ€Œandโ€Œ style. Made with a buttery-soft performance fabric the brand is known for, it truly feels like a second skin. Plus, it provides full-body coverage and light, all-over compression for a secure but comfortable fit.

Whatโ€™s more? โ€œThis jumpsuit can also easily be layered with a sweater or tee and shacketโ€”thatโ€™s a shirt-jacketโ€”to easily take you from studio to street,โ€ says Iwanicki.

Available colors: 5

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TreadBands Non-Slip Headband

TreadBands, Non-Slip Headband โ€” $18.00

The TreadBandsโ€™s non-slip headband will keep sweaty hair out of their face and stay put during any and all movement practices, thanks to the foam-rubber interior strip. It features a tie-back design that is fully adjustable, and itโ€™s made from a combination of moisture-wicking and quick-dry Spandex and polyester.

Available colors: 25

Bombas, Womenโ€™s Gripper Calf Sock (4-Pack) โ€” $61.00

Available sizes: S-L

For those who want more security on the mat, the Bombas grip socks offer a sticky solution to prevent accidental slips and spills. Previously recommended by W+G contributing writer and yoga teacher Angelica Wilson, โ€œthese socks feature a cotton-rich fabric blend and have a cushioned footbed along with a โ€˜honeycomb arch support system,โ€™ according to the Bombas site. Best of all, they come in three different size options, covering womenโ€™s sizes 4-13.โ€

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Yoga props and accessories

Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel

Manduka, Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel โ€” $54.00

Extra-sweaty yogis will appreciate the added grip this Manduka yoga mat towel provides. Each towel features silicone nubs that grip your mat and keep you from slippingโ€”no matter how much you move or sweat. โ€œI cannot emphasize enough how much I love these towels,โ€ says Claire Larson, E-RYT 200, yoga teacher and area manager at CorePower Yoga in Chandler, Arizona. โ€œTheyโ€™re super durable and totally worth the investment.โ€

Theyโ€™re also ultra-absorbent, lightweight, and quick-drying, making them a great gift for hot yoga lovers. Plus, theyโ€™re eco-friendly: Every towel is made from at least four recycled plastic bottles.

Available colors: 22

Available sizes: standard (71โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ ) and long (79โ€ณ x 24โ€ณ)

MyBevi 20-oz. Quatro Classic Tumbler

MyBevi, 20-oz. Quatro Classic Tumbler โ€” $20.00

Give your loved one the gift of hydration. โ€œI love this tumbler for keeping drinks hot or cold because it has all the same features as some of the more popular tumbler brands, but itโ€™s more affordable,โ€ says Michelle Polizzi, RYT-500, a yoga teacher in Denver, Colorado. Like other MyBevi products, this tumbler is vacuum-insulated to keep tea, coffee or water at the right temperature, regardless of how long the yoga session goes or how heated the room gets.

Available colors: 4

Bala Bala Bangles

Bala, Bala Bangles โ€” $55.00

โ€œBalaโ€™s chic and stylish wrist and ankle weights are the perfect up-level to any yoga loverโ€™s practice,โ€ says Iwanicki. Theyโ€™re available in a variety of fun colors and made of recycled steel wrapped in super-soft silicone. โ€œThe bangles add just the right amount of resistance to find even greater strength in your practice,โ€ she says. Select from one-, two-, or half-pound weights (per piece).

Available colors: 7

Available weights: 1, 2, and .5 lbs.

Saje Natural Wellness Yoga Transition Face & Body Mist

Saje Natural Wellness, Yoga Transition Face & Body Mist โ€” $18.00

If youโ€™re looking for an inexpensive but thoughtful gift for under $20, go for this Saje face and body mist. Made with a blend of patchouli, orange, and neroli essential oils, this spray offers a fantastic way to get grounded before yoga class. โ€œThe scent is earthy and citrusy, providing a meditative sensation,โ€ says Iwanicki.

Brentwood Home Buckwheat Yoga Bolster Cushion

Brentwood Home, Buckwheat Yoga Bolster Cushion โ€” $99.00

While pricey at $99, this buckwheat- and cotton-filled bolster pillow is well worth the cost for anyone who practices restorative yoga, says yoga teacher Annelise Piers, E-RYT 200. โ€œSome of my students have it and love the way it supports their practice,โ€ she says. โ€œIt might not be as firm [as others], but [it] meets so many other sustainability standards.โ€

Plus, bolsters are great for adaptive yoga. โ€œIn adaptive yoga, a lot of the modifications are bringing the ground closer to you; if you canโ€™t bend down all the way [or] if your heels canโ€™t go down all the way, a bolster is an easy way to do that,โ€ says Cloud. Whatโ€™s more, itโ€™s rectangular, and according to her, this makes them quite versatile. โ€œYou can sit on them [or] put them under your knees to lift up your legs.โ€

Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Home Yoga Pillow Bundle

Brentwood Home, Crystal Cove Home Yoga Pillow Bundle โ€” $190.00

If youโ€™re really looking to treat your loved one, consider this a luxurious pillow bundle that will take their meditation and restorative yoga sessions to a deeper level of relaxation. โ€œThe cushions are great for a comfortable seated meditation or to place behind your knees when lying on your back for more comfort,โ€ says Larson.

Each Crystal Cove Home pillow bundle includes a yoga bolster, meditation cushion, and Pranayama pillow filled with sustainable buckwheat hulls and made with organic, soft-to-the-touch cotton.

Manduka Lean Cork Yoga Block (2-Pack)

Manduka, Lean Cork Yoga Block (2-Pack) โ€” $38.00

Yoga blocks or bolsters are ideal for just about anyone who partakes in the movement practice, as they help make postures more accessible. If youโ€™re looking for a solid option, this pair from Manduka boasts a primary feature that Cloud typically looks for in yoga blocks: cork material.

According to Cloud, blocks made of cork as opposed to foam are much more stable. (โ€œItโ€™s a denser block,โ€ she says.) Plus, itโ€™s less likely to slip or slide out of place, which also makes it safer to use.

Gaiam Yoga Strap

Gaiam, Yoga Strap โ€” $12.00

Another versatile yoga prop are straps, which is something that Cloud relies on during practice. โ€œI use a strap very frequently,โ€ she says, adding that she prefers ones with a D-ring like this one from Gaiam. โ€œYou can make it whatever size you need it to be,โ€ she says. Plus, this yoga strap comes in two sizes and four colors to choose from, and at only $12, itโ€™s cost-effective, too.

Available colors: 4

Available sizes: 6 ft. and 8 ft.

Novala, Lotus Weighted Lavender Eye Pillow

Novala, Lotus Weighted Lavender Eye Pillow โ€” $22.00

If you want to bring the yogi in your life more bliss, consider giving them a weighted eye pillow, says Englishman, who adds that itโ€™s perfect for savasana. This lavender-scented option will block out light, and its scent might help calm the nerves. Plus, the weighted pillow is microwavable, making it great for heat therapy. (You can also pop it in the freezer overnight and use it cold.)

Available colors: 6

Bucky Neck Wrap

Bucky, Neck Wrap โ€” $28.00

To help relieve muscle tension and soreness, Piers suggests opting for this weighted neck wrap filled with buckwheat. Whatโ€™s more, you can warm it or freeze it as you please. While made to alleviate aches and pains around the neck and shoulders, โ€œI have a student who uses it on different parts of her body in practice,โ€ says Piers, making it quite versatile, too.

Available colors: 10

Epitomie Fitness Muscle Max Massage Ball

Epitomie Fitness, Muscle Max Massage Ball โ€” $25.00

Piers also recommends regular myofascial massage for yoga students, and this massage ball does the job by โ€œreleasing knots and breaking down sticky restrictions to our muscles.โ€ Itโ€™s made from durable rubber and features ridges to loosen knots and soothe sore muscles. Plus, its size makes it ideal for digging into smaller areas of the body, such as the neck and calves.

Available colors: 2

Manduka Wash and Refresh Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Manduka, Wash and Refresh Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray โ€” $16.00

Give them the gift of a fresh and clean mat, thanks to this mat cleaner, which comes recommended by Englishman. It works to keep your mat fresh between uses and free of dirt and stains. Itโ€™s made from 100 percent naturally derived ingredients, and it comes in a couple of scentsโ€”lemongrass and lavenderโ€”and three sizes.

Available scents: 2

Available sizes: 4 oz., 8 oz., and 32 oz.

Elenture Yoga Mat Bag

Elenture, Yoga Mat Bag โ€” $17.00

This yoga mat bag will make traveling with a mat easy. It also has a large pocket for personal belongings, like a phone, keys, and wallet. The bag measures around 26 inches long, which is large enough to carry most standard-size mats, and itโ€™s made from a water-repellent material to help keep moisture and odors at bay.

Gaiam Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling

Gaiam, Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling โ€” $9.00

A more straightforward and less bulky alternative to a yoga mat bag is a yoga sling like this one. Itโ€™s super lightweight and comes with metal slider rings that help secure the straps around their mat so they can carry it hands-free.

Available colors: 2

WorkoutLabs Yoga Cards

WorkoutLabs, Yoga Cards โ€” $28.00

These WorkoutLabs yoga cards are perfect for developing a home practice, โ€œespecially for the student who prefers unplugged learning,โ€ says Catherine Tingey, E-RYT 200, a private yoga teacher in Los Angeles, California. Each card outlines a yoga posture (47 in total) with easy-to-follow illustrations, alignment cues, and benefits. The cards are color-coded and grouped by category (dynamic warm-ups, standing, forward bends, back bends, inversions, seated, supine and breathing), making it easy to find specific poses.

Pick a few cards to create a short sequence or follow one of five suggested sequences, such as a dynamic warm-up or a de-stressing session.

Vivitest, Aromatherapy Diffuser โ€” $26.00

The yoga studio isnโ€™t the only place where yogis can practice in peace. They can recreate a calming and relaxing environment at home with this aromatherapy diffuser. It can fill up a room with their favorite essential oil for up to five hours before needing a refill. The diffuser also features four timer settings and nine color modes to really set the mood.

Available sizes: 100ml and 250ml (in white and black)

Papier Gratitude Journal

Papier, Gratitude Journal โ€” $35.00

Inspire them to keep up their mindfulness routine off the mat with this gratitude journal. Inside it are insightful messages, plus activities and writing prompts to encourage positivity and a general sense of thankfulness.

Available colors: 8

ClassPass Gift Card

ClassPass, Gift Card

Whether theyโ€™re into hot yoga or restorative yoga, a ClassPass gift card will offer the experience of their choice, allowing them to select from a variety of in-studio and online classes. Lyons says you can also get them a class pack or if they prefer to practice at home, an online membership.

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