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Gaiam Gift Guide: Something for Everyone on Your List
Give something that matters. Our gift guide makes it easy to give each of the beautiful personalities in your life a more thoughtful, meaningful gift that's good for people and the planet. We've hand-picked 60 great gifts from our eco-friendly home and apparel lines, home-spa store, fitness and yoga favorites, and fair trade marketplace.
The Gift of Yoga
Share the power! Shakti is the Sanskrit word for power, which is what this best-selling mat from our new pro line provides. It’s made of 100% natural rubber, so hands and feet don’t slip, even in hot or flow yoga classes. Sandwiched between the outer layers is a stabilizing core — no stretching out or bunching for this baby! And at 4mm thick, the Gaiam Sol Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat cushions without sacrificing steadiness. If your favorite yogi is ready for a more professional, technical mat, then this is it!
Silly name, seriously good gift. The beauty of a unitard is there’s no top to ride up, no waistband to accentuate things that are better left unnoticed, no gaps — just comfortable, smooth-fitting performance. The beauty of this unitard is that it’s crafted from recycled polyester with spandex to give it body-skimming support. Sweat-wicking, quick-drying and flattering on all sizes, it will quickly replace all of her other yoga outfits.
Like a gym membership, only better (and cheaper), a subscription to GaiamTV.com brings hundreds of streaming yoga workouts wherever she is. At home or on the go, she can watch the largest library of award-winning online yoga, fitness and wellness videos instantly from her computer, iPad® or smartphone. What an amazing way to help even the busiest person find time for herself! Learn more and get a 10-day FREE trial.
Thin and light, this technical-grade travel mat doesn’t skimp on perks. Like its thicker cousin, above, the Bhakti Yoga Mat is made of textured, all-natural rubber for uncompromised traction. It’s the same length as all of our Gaiam Sol Yoga Mats, but at 1mm thickness and just under 2 pounds, this little wonder makes on-the-go yoga a practical solution to stressful schedules.
The enso, which means “circle” in Japanese, traditionally is painted with a single brushstroke. When she uses this feature-laden little clock as a timer for relaxation pose, the impression of a sweeping brushstroke rounds the screen in a serene arc. Lovelier still, the countdown “gong” gently chimes with the soothing sound of Tibetan singing bowls.
This aah-some bolster helps the body relax into stretches with gentle support. The cylindrical shape allows it to fit perfectly under the shoulder blades, along the spine, under the knees ... anywhere that needs a little unkinking. It can be inflated to whatever level of support is needed, then deflated for travel or storage. Every yogi needs this accessory!
Our best-selling yoga mat, bag and water bottle set, hands down(!), the Tree of Life Yoga Kit is a gorgeous, eco-friendly gift for any yogi. The mat is latex and 6P free; the mat bag is made of organic cotton and features an embroidered design; and the water bottle is lightweight aluminum. Matching accessories make people happy!
It’s not just a Headstand helper — it’s a confidence machine! This three-in-one tool builds confidence by making Headstand and other yoga inversions available to even beginning yoga students. It includes resistance bands for weight training and can even be used as a meditation chair. Just take a look at the reviews; everyone loves the Yoga Lift!
Luscious! There’s no other way to describe how silky-soft this yoga cover-up, made of rayon from bamboo, feels. It’s such a great piece to slip on after class, but she can wear it in the studio, too — the banded bottom keeps it from riding up. Quick-drying, breathable, sustainable material comes in a rich royal blue or go-with-everything gray.
The Gift of Relaxation
No self-respecting spa day is complete without a facial! She'll love this gorgeous gift-boxed set of an all-natural exfoliating scrub and soothing facial soaps. They're crafted by fair trade artisans in Thailand using traditional remedies of antioxidant-rich plants, spices, clay and healing oils. The kit even includes a loofah, ceramic soap dish and lidded pot and wooden spatula for the scrub.
Turn her bathroom from ordinary to oasis with the surprising addition of this beautiful little chair. Hand-hewn of teak wood that's sustainably grown on a family-run fair trade plantation, this simple seat is a comfortable foot rest for shaving, a place for painting toes or just a pretty spot for guest towels.
These towels are unlike any others. She'll feel the difference at first touch: They're made of 800-gram-weight cotton that's grown organically, then dyed with gorgeous low-eco-impact color for a sumptuously soft experience that just gets better with time.
As if the waterfall-like spray weren't enough, this showerhead also removes chlorine and other health-compromising contaminants to leave her feeling supremely pampered with peace of mind. Learn more about the health of your water here.
A robe is the one item she'll wear every day. Transform her mornings from functional to fabulous with this sensuously soft kimono-style robe in a soothing palette of purple silk. It's handmade and pieced by fair trade craftspeople from Vietnam's famed Ha Dong silk district.
Give her a gift she'll use daily and thank you for for years to come. This eco-friendly hairdryer uses half the energy of a conventional blow dryer, thanks to a ceramic heating element. Our buyer says it leaves her hair silky smooth, with lots less frizz and flyaways. Best of all, though, is that this hairdryer emits significantly less electromagnetic radiation than traditional coil-heated dryers — a fact she'll appreciate morning after morning.
Yes, it's another robe, but we couldn't help ourselves! She'll want to live in this plush robe made of 100% organic, long-staple, absorbent, cozy cotton terry. It's like the sumptuous robe she'd envelop herself in at a hotel spa ... only better, because it's the next best thing to au naturel.
Put the "ahh" in "spa" with an FDA-approved massager that will de-stress her, head to toe. Everyone who uses this therapy massager swears they feel the percussive pulses relaxing their neck, shoulders, back and legs, even though the massage is being delivered to their feet. A remote control lets her choose from 6 settings and 7 auto programs for a customized experience that feels soooo good.
The Gift of Fair Trade
Practical gifts should be beautiful. This laptop tray goes one better: It gives back. Topped by wood that's ecologically harvested and hand-polished by fair trade artisans from HOPE in Thailand, the base is woven by hand in a traditional Thai design. It's just the right size for even large laptops. Also the perfect tray for serving breakfast in bed!
Cuddly comfort doesn't get more luxurious than this — hand-quilted velvet on one side, sumptuous silk on the other. Together, the throw and shams give any room a splash of snuggle-right-in, sumptuous warmth. Created by Au Lac artisans in Van Phuc, a famed Vietnamese weaving district.
Give a one-of-a-kind gift to everyone on your list. Every single one of these address books is totally unique because the covers are cut from used product packages, making the front and back of each book a wonderful, colorful surprise! The inside pages are printed on recycled paper, too. Thanks to fair trade group Mitra Bali for coming up with this economical, ecological gift.
This should top your have-on-hand gifts: Who wouldn't want something this cool? Four pieces — cut from sustainably grown plantation teak — fit together to form a 15" x 22" tray. Or your friends can separate it into individual serving pieces for cheese tastings or tapas. It's fair-trade crafted by Mitra Bali in Indonesia.
She'll like knowing that her stunning scarf was created by a Fair Trade Federation-certified artisan co-op, and she'll love the way it feels. Pure silk and soft velvet are pieced in stripes of rich solids and patterns that turn an outfit into a statement. Crafted by Au Lac artisans in evergreen, hollyberry or ebony.
Your Worldly Giver deserves the gift of relaxation. Give them a meditation chair, woven by hand of water hyacinth reeds into a simple shape that's remarkably comfortable; they'll so appreciate having a spot for quiet reflection. Water hyacinth is a fresh take on natural furniture construction, and it's rapidly renewable. From Mitra Bali.
HOPE, Fair Fashion in Action, turns real leaves into works of art using dyes derived from spices! Send this amazing quartet to your hard-to-buy-for mom, or split the set and give each wall hanging individually as a gift that will be treasured.
The Gift of Green Gear
Perfect for the outdoorsy dude who's prepared for anything. This go-everywhere solar charger combines a powerful lithium battery with a built-in PV cell to charge cell phones, MP3 players and even digital cameras. Works sunup to sundown by storing eco-juice — a gearhead must-have!
Rarely do you find an eco-friendly, solar-powered weather station, let alone one created by industry innovator Oregon Scientific. A detachable solar panel charges the rechargeable batteries for a readout that's moment-to-moment accurate. He'll dig having the forecast, indoor and outdoor temperatures, and temperature and humidity for up to three locations at his fingertips.
As seen on Oprah! Perfect for camping, backyard barbeques and everyday "green" cuisine, our portable solar oven is light yet rugged and cooks up gorgeous grub quickly and easily. He'll find a million and one uses for this easy-to-use eco-oven. Solar cooking is "hot"! Learn more and get recipes.
If your guy takes forever to turn from Grumpy Bear to Teddy Bear in the morning, you'll both appreciate a clock that wakes him with natural light instead of a jarring alarm. The light brightens gradually over 30 minutes to gently remind his internal clock it's time to start the day happy. Cooler yet: It's got a motion-activated snooze button and MP3 jack.
Stop wasting (and paying for) electricity you don't use. This is every Gadget Guy's must-have gadget! Household electronics draw electricity all day, even when they're off. Slick sensors in this power strip can tell when electronics aren't in use, saving up to 72% of the energy they draw. Learn more about other easy, low-cost ways to go green.
Dudes dig stuff that keeps the electricity bills down, and this is the most economical, ecological way to maximize the heat from a woodburning stove or other source. The hotter the stove gets, the faster this efficient little fan goes. Toss the word "thermodynamics" around when you give this to him and really make him warm all over!
Sore muscles and achy joints are a thing of the past when he zaps them with penetrating infrared light. This "magic wand" sends natural LED red light and infrared light deep into tissue to help make aches and pains go away — especially welcome relief for arthritis sufferers. Travel-sized version of our larger Deep Penetrating Light Wand is FDA approved for peace of mind as well as peace of body.
The Gift of Sustainable Style
What we love: gorgeous mini cabling texture, elegant and very now dolman sleeves, super-soft organic cotton and wool blend, rich purple (or classic antique white) hue, every-body perfect fit, and statement-making style. What she’ll love: all of the above. What you’ll love: It’s 20% off now through Dec. 5!
Your eco-fashionista will adore this dress-up or dress-down scarf. It’s unlike anything she’ll see anywhere else. This organic cotton and wool scarf with a delicate pointelle pattern is finished with a froth of sheer organza for pure joy!
Keep her hands cozy — and her fingers free to text on her smartphone or (the ultimate dexterity test) get a child safely in and out of a carseat. Sumptuous organic cotton knit fingerless gloves feature an organic cotton lining with a bit of spandex to maintain their shape.
Leggings are in, and so is being green, so give her the best of fashion and earth-friendliness with our organic cotton jegging, a slim-fitting legging with the look of denim. Gaiam is one of (if not THE) only place you can find these! So cute under dresses, sweaters and swingy tops, with just enough spandex to keep them in shape and in place. Available in dark-denim blue or black.
She's unconventional, so give her a versatile tote that shows how truly unique she is. Crafted by hand by fair trade artisans, each purse is one of a kind, adorned with hand-stitched embroidery, ribbons, even pom-poms. Our best-selling bag!
Forty strands(!) of hundreds of beads each come together to create this singular, stunning piece. Made by fair trade craftspeople from Indonesia. Support fair trade artisans and give her a piece of one-of-a-kind handmade art.
Mmmm ... merino wool gives this wardrobe staple its structure, style and warmth, without weighing her down. And it’s blended with polyester from recycled bottles to give this open cardigan an eco edge.
What’s truly great about pajamas like ours is that they are both supremely comfortable and still manage to look great for early-morning coffee when company’s visiting. Better yet, these PJs are made of silky rayon from bamboo, a wonderful wicking fiber that keeps her cool all night for better sleep.
Textural florals are at once trendy and timeless, particularly when they’re rendered in eco-conscious silk and crafted by fair trade artisans. So not only will she look stylish, she’ll help women in Vietnam make better lives for themselves and their families. Pretty, smart!
The Gift of Green Living
Taking out the recycling won't feel like a chore if you give her these colorful recycling bags. Three waterproof, plastic-coated bags separate paper, cans and glass to make recycling easy on your family — and the planet. Strong enough to handle a week's recycling but light enough to carry to the curb, these clever totes even Velcro® together to keep them in a tidy row. Get more tips to make recycling easier in our FAQ.
New homeowners on your gift list? Give them everything they need to keep their newfound nest clean and green, from recycled paper products to non-toxic cleaning supplies. Find out why it's so important to switch to planet-friendly products.
Help her face cold and flu season with the CleanWave UV-C Sanitizing Light Wand. Moms especially will love knowing that the powerful UV-C light eliminates up to 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, germs, mold, dust mites and flea eggs from everything from kitchen and bathroom surfaces to bedding to toys.
After a day of saving the planet, doesn't she deserve to rest in the world's comfiest organic bed? You can make her eco-dreams come true with silky, 350-thread-count organic cotton sateen bedding in rich colors like aubergine and lemongrass.
The perfect gift for culinary queens and garden goddesses! Our stylishly simple composting essentials turn kitchen trash into gardening gold. Composting turns everyday kitchen waste — like coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit and veggie scraps — into fabulous food for your garden and cuts landfill waste by 25%. Learn how simple composting can be!
Spin your way to faster, beautiful compost in just one month. Our spinning composter is perfect for city-dwelling container gardeners as well as suburban eco-queens with two green thumbs!
An indoor composter that can handle it all, including meat, fish and dairy. This amazing "hot" composter creates nutrient-rich goodness for your garden every two weeks.
The perfect gift to streamline and simplify composting. Just plunk this bucket under the sink or on the kitchen counter and collect compost throughout the day. The activated-carbon filter keeps odors at bay.
The Gift of Eco Decorating
Give your eco decorator something to shine about. Mirrors are very trendy in home decor, particularly when they're as elegant and versatile as these trays, available in two sizes. She'll want one for the end table, her vanity, the bathroom counter, the guest room ... better buy two sets! They're even more compelling when you tell her they're handmade by fair trade artisans.
Give the gift of blissful sleep with these super-soft organic cotton flannel sheet sets. What sets Gaiam flannel apart is (1) it's 100% organic, (2) it weighs a luxurious 6 oz. per square yard — that's 1.6 to 2 oz. more than most! — and (3) it's brushed on both sides for sumptuous softness. Irresistible!
Craftsmanship like this is a rare and wonderful find. Green decorating queens and book lovers alike will appreciate book ends that are truly conversation pieces. Hand carved from rich sono wood, also called East Indian Rosewood, that's sustainably harvested by a fair trade family business, this pair makes a thoughtful gift.
This all-natural rollaway room divider defines space, making it one of her future favorite room accessories. It's crafted from rapidly renewable bamboo, and its undulating curves provide architectural-like structure that's sturdy, yet flexible. Every home can use an instant privacy-maker like this!
Warm up the cocoa and throw another log on the fire! Our organic cotton fireside throw is cashmere-soft and delightfully plush. Made with 100% pure organic cotton in 7 beautiful low-impact hues. And it machine-washes beautifully!
Fair trade, all-weather and made from reclaimed soda bottles? What's not to love?! With an exotic Turkish pattern, this reversible all-weather floor mat looks great inside and out, and can stand up to the heaviest of foot traffic.