The great thing about mindfulness and meditation is that you can implement it any time and anywhere. It keeps you calm and relaxed. And connects you to your inner wisdom.
We all make the choice whether to be present. However, the other kind of presents are also very welcome! To keep you inspired (for Christmas or any time!) here are some ideas:
My Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts
1. Meditation Stool: Sitting on chairs is fine but if you suffer with back-ache or neck-ache, this meditation stool is a great way of keeping an upright posture more comfortably. You can even get fitted cushions on them too.
2. Aromatherapy Diffuser such as this Ayan Ultrasonic Aroma Water Diffuser, Humidifier, Ioniser and Air Purifier with Colour Changing Light. This is great for filling the room with beautiful aromas, for meditating or any time.
Word from Yvette: There are many diffusers on the market, this happens to be the one I have and found it’s very good.
3a Aromatherapy oils for use with your Diffuser (see 2) and for so many other uses. Lavender is a great all-rounder. Other uplifting oils are Bergamot, Lime, Geranium and Ylang ylang. Build up your own favourite aromatherapy oils!
3b I also love to use Aromatherapy Room Mists that are made with oils. Examples include Cornwall Soapbox Lavender, Rosemary & Patchouli.
3c More aromas: Incense Sticks such as Nag Champa Agarbatti from Holistic Shop.
It is a MINDFULNESS BELL that gives a single ring at random times during the day. So it works as a present-moment reminder.
Another practical app is Insight Timer – to time your meditation sessions so you don’t over-run. Give this as a gift to yourself or ask a family member to help you download them.
Keep these packs of cards in the kitchen to dip in and be inspired whenever you like.
Word from Yvette: Louise Hay’s beautifully illustrated Cards are great as daily uplifting reminders.
6. Candles – beeswax or soy candles make great mindfulness gifts.
Light a candle before you sit to meditate. It becomes a wonderful ritual as you set your intention to focus and meditate.
Word from Yvette: Votives and holders can be special and make great gifts too. I love my rose quartz candle holders which give off a beautiful rose-pink light when lit.
7. Himalayan Salt Lamp – read here about the benefits such as the fact that they are good for keeping the air fresh. I especially like their lovely source of cosy light, particularly good in the winter months.
8. Any creative art or craft can allow you time to be calm, focused and mindful.
Colouring Books, Felt-tip Pens, Pastels, Watercolour Paints. The list is endless. It may be a lovely way to pick up on something joyful you enjoyed as a child.
Word from Yvette: I’ve recently been experimenting with watercolour paints. A relaxing mindful activity with plenty of Youtube videos to help you as a beginner.
Word from Yvette: Blankets are beautiful things, bringing comfort and warmth. They can become part of your calming ritual when you meditate. They may also hold good memories if you’ve bought a hand-made blanket on your travels.
10. Books – here are a couple of great reads, not new, but ones I have read this year that I’d like to share with you:
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza
Loveability by Robert Holden
Word from Yvette: My Top 10 Mindfulness Gifts have not been sponsored – they are simply my suggestions.
I can’t reiterate enough that no items are necessary in order to become more mindful or to meditate. But I hope you find among the list some enjoyable helpers as you give yourself time to relax and nurture your own personal peace!
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
This updated blog post was first put together in November 2015