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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Yogi In Your Life

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Any good yogi knows that the practice is all about the body, the breath, and finding your Zen. And nourishing all of that requires some quality gear. Here are a few items that are sure to please all the yoga practitioners in your life—from those who just did their first downward dog to those who hop into a Scorpion pose whenever they have a free moment.

1.NAMASTAY IN BED SWEATSHIRT; $24

Namaste is a respectful greeting, but even the most loyal yogi can get cranky when the alarm goes off for an early morning session. This cute and cozy sweatshirt with make rolling out of bed and into your sun salutation that much easier.

Find it: Etsy

2. THIRD EYE YOGA TOTE, $78

Fitting yoga into a busy routine is hard enough before you even consider logistics. This large and stylish tote makes it easy to haul everything you need for the day, plus your mat, with exterior straps and adjustable rings. It’s super roomy, and contains two large slip pockets on the outside plus an interior zip pocket so every little item has its place.

Find it: Free People

3. MOON DANCE BLACK HOT PANT; $72

With an seemingly endless supply of yoga pants to choose from, your beloved yogi will appreciate that you chose apparel spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices. Plus, the apparel is elastic-free, meaning the waistband won't feeling like it's cutting into your loved ones' hip area.

Find it: Teeki

4. GAIAM YOGA MAT CLEANER SPRAY; $7

Yoga might be all about cleansing the body, but it can leave a bit of a mess. Help your giftee stay hygienic with this yoga mat spray made from tea-tree extract. It’s 100 percent natural and USDA-certified organic, and keeps the surface clean without wearing away at the fibers or degrading the mat’s grip. Plus, it’s good for a little peace of mind when it's time for those facedown poses.

Find it: Amazon

5. YOGO TRAVEL MAT; $69

This “ultralight” and compact mat makes it convenient to take your practice on the go. Weighing under 3 lbs, the Yogo product can fold to the size of a newspaper but still provides enough traction and cushioning so that your yogi doesn't sacrifice quality for transportability. It also stays cleaner than a rolling mat as the top never touches the bottom, is easily folded up with straps and buckles, and is made from biodegradable tree rubber.

Find it: Amazon

6. BUDDHA BOWLS; $30

After nourishing the mind and working muscles, it’s time to feed the body. Whether your loved one is sipping tea or filling up with an oatmeal bowl, these uniquely shaped containers are just what the mindful eater needs. They nestle in the user's palm and offer a soothing palette that will fit right in with any yogi’s design aesthetic.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

7. ZOTO BOTTLE; $18

Staying hydrated is important in yoga and in life. This travel-friendly sleek bottle features double-walled stainless steel designed to keep a beverage at just the right temperature. It’s BPA free and eco-friendly, and designed to be easy to open with one hand, so a yogi can grab a sip with one hand while side planking with the other.

Find it: Amazon

8. YOGITOES SKIDLESS MAT TOWEL; $64

This one is especially good for all those Bikram babies and Hot Vinyasa loyalists. Designed to work in tandem with the mat, the super absorbent towel will make sure that the user stays balanced and slip-free during every lunge, twist, and crow pose. The lightweight, eco-friendly towel also ensures that gear stays in place.

Find it: Amazon

9. YOGA COOKIE CUTTERS; $15

The yogi who’s ever-loyal to their practice deserves a little indulgence every now and them, and what better way than with these yoga cookie cutters. Available in five different poses, yoga enthusiasts can see their moves reflected back in delicious pastry form before taking a bite. Perfect for a festive sugar cookie party or as a stocking stuffer.

Find it: Sweaty Betty

10. CHAKRA OM NECKLACE; $79

Keep the spirit of Om with your giftee all day and outside of class with this 18k gold plated necklace shaped like the symbol of the sacred sound of the universe. 

Find it: Satya Jewelry

11. UV HEADBAND; $15

The last thing anyone needs while working out is to distracted by a bead of sweat or flyaway strands, which makes a great headband a must-have for yogis. These are designed to stay put, keep moisture away, and stay odor-free even after an hour-long 100-degree class. The breathable designs also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you can pick one that’s just right for your pal.  

Find it: Buff USA

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Warm Up With These 15 Heat-Sensitive Mugs
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With the cold weather, you’re probably going to be drinking a lot of hot cocoa. Get your drink on in style with these mugs that change when filled with hot liquids.

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1. CONNECT THE STARS; $15.95

What seems like a normal night sky is actually filled with constellations. Some hot water will reveal them to you—since constellations never look like anything without the drawn lines.

Buy on Amazon.

2. MASS EXTINCTION; $15.95

Some hot coffee turns these dinosaurs into fossils, just like that comet did.

Buy on Amazon.

3. WAKE UP; $7.32

This cup will mirror your own face as you drink your morning coffee.

Buy on Amazon.

4. WE’RE ALL MAD HERE (ABOUT THIS MUG); $13.95

Pour in your drink, and the feline from Alice in Wonderland disappears to just a grin, in typical Cheshire Cat fashion.

Buy on Amazon.

5. RECHARGE YOUR MUG; $16.54

This mug tells you when you need to recharge (reheat) your drink.

Buy on AliExpress.

6. FULL HEALTH; $10

Video game lovers will be soothed by the appearance of a full red heart. Just don’t get injured sipping on that hot cocoa.

Buy on Amazon.

7. PAC-MAN; $14.99

Filling up this mug is a lot like putting a quarter in the classic arcade game.

Buy on Amazon.

8. TETRIS; $10

Perfect for video game lovers who have a hard time looking away from their console.

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9. TRAVEL THE GALAXY; $15.95

The TARDIS never stays in one place for long—as you’ll soon discover with this mug. Add hot liquid and your time machine will transport it from an English street to deep space.

Buy on Amazon.

10. PICK A BEAR; $14.02

Empty, this sleepy bear is all black. Full, it becomes an alert panda.

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11. SWITCH TO PROTESTANTISM; $15.95

Once you fill this cup, Henry VIII's wives fade away, leaving only their cause of death.

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12. WINTER IS COMING; $15.94

The Starks know cold, but they also know how to keep warm. Cuddle up with your mug and the Starks' house words of warning.

Buy on Amazon.

13. CAPED MUG CRUSADER; $19.99

What seems like an unassuming black mug is actually a super cool Batman mug in disguise.

Buy on Amazon.

14. SAVE CHRISTMAS; $14.75

Santa can’t navigate his sleigh until you’ve had your morning coffee.

Buy on Amazon.

15. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS; $14.99

The aurora borealis can be elusive in real life, but it just takes some hot coffee to make the lights appear on your mug.

Buy on ThinkGeek.

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11 Gifts for the Cyclist
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In some ways, having an avid cyclist in your life makes holiday gift-giving simple. Obviously, they could use something for those four-hour-long Saturday morning rides. But if you aren’t a cyclist yourself, you may not know where to even start when you walk into a bike shop. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 gifts to help the weekend warrior nearest and dearest to your heart hit the road in style.

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1. ROAD RUNNER BURRITO HANDLEBAR BAG; $40

A tattooed cyclist rides a bike equipped with a small blue bag under the handlebars.
Road Runner Bags

This handy bag slips under a bike’s handlebars to provide a little extra storage without getting in the way. It’ll give your beloved cyclist a water-resistant spot to stash their keys, phone, snacks, or extra clothes while they ride.

Find It: Road Runner Bags

2. THE FRIDGE NECK GAITER; $20

A man's face is covered by a light blue striped gaiter.
The Fridge

A neck gaiter is a great way to keep warm, and a great gift, if your cycling aficionado commutes by bike in the winter or loves to ride in chilly weather. The versatile, tube-shaped cloths can be used to keep the neck, the face, the ears, and the head warm, depending on how they’re worn. The Fridge’s stylish gaiters come in a variety of different colors and patterns, so you can find one that matches your cyclist’s personal style. Even if they already have one, it’s one of those accessories that no one can have too many of.

Find It: The Fridge

3. LIZARD SKINS BAR TAPE; $40 AND UP

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Metal handlebars can be hard on the hands, so most cyclists use some sort of tape to pad their paws and give them a little extra grip. Colorful tapes like the ones offered by Lizard Skin will give a touch of personality to your cyclist’s ride, and protect their hands, too. If you’re not quite sure of their style, though, you can’t go wrong with a classic black.

Find It: Amazon

4. SHIMANO TRANSIT SHORT FINGER CYCLING GLOVES; $18 AND UP

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These fingerless gloves will make your loved one’s bike commute a little safer, and more comfortable to boot. They not only improve grip, but they’re made to be highly reflective to keep cyclists visible in low light. Plus, they are designed to absorb vibrations, making long periods of time on the road easier on the hands.

Find It: Amazon

5. OOPSMARK BICYCLE WINE CARRIER RACK; $34

A bottle of wine strapped to the frame of a bike
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A good bike ride doesn’t always have to be a serious, Lycra-clad affair. Give your loved one a great excuse to take a leisurely picnic jaunt on their bike with this rack, which will allow them to safely strap a full bottle to their ride. The handsome leather straps and antique brass fasteners will no doubt make them feel classy while they do it.

Find It: Amazon

6. DRAFT ANIMALS; $12

The cover of a book shows a cyclist riding next to a car.
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Recently-retired pro cyclist Phil Gaimon’s memoir Draft Animals: Living the Cycling Dream (Once in a While) explores the ups and downs of life at the highest levels of the professional cycling world. In addition to the intrigue of going behind the scenes (including frank discussions of doping), its honest tales of some of the less glamorous aspects of being a professional athlete—the stresses of living on the road, long-distance relationships, and the nightmare that is negotiating contracts with teams—may make your favorite cyclist even more content with staying in the amateur lane.

Find It: Amazon

7. PEDRO'S MINI PIT KIT; $50

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This miniature cleaning kit packs a powerful punch in one 1.8-gallon bucket, making it perfect for cyclists who live in small apartments and don’t have a ton of space to clean their bikes after a ride. It comes with a bag to separate wet and dry items, and separate brushes for larger parts of the bike like the frame and wheels and for small parts like cogs and chains. It also includes tire levels and other tools, and comes with a cleaning guide full of expert advice on bike maintenance.

Find It: Amazon

8. THE STICK; $42

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After a long ride, any cyclist is going to be a bit stiff. The Stick can be used both pre-ride as a way to warm up muscles and afterward to boost muscle recovery. The scientifically-validated muscle roller massages away pain and works out knots, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Go ahead, give your favorite biker the gift of pain relief.

Find It: Amazon

9. DONATION TO SCHOOLCYCLE

Give your dearest bike lover the chance to help someone else get behind the handlebars. In 2014, the UN Foundation’s GirlUp charity launched SchoolCycle, a project to help more girls stay in school by giving them the means to get there. A $125 donation gives a girl in Malawi—where some have to walk up to 10 miles to get to school—a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training so that they can get to class easier.

Find It: SchoolCycle

10. BAMBOO BIKE WALL CLOCK; $64

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Uncommon Goods

This handsome bamboo clock is made with reclaimed bike parts, making it the perfect addition to any cyclist’s living room. What better way to remind them it’s time for a ride than with a bike-chain pendulum?

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. GARMIN VÍVOACTIVE 3 GPS SMART WATCH; $250

The screen of a Garmin smartwatch shows a clock and activity statistics.
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Garmin’s latest GPS smart watch makes a great gift for any athlete that loves to quantify their hard work. The vívoactive activity tracker uses GPS, an accelerometer, and a wrist-based heart rate monitor to automatically track activities like biking, detailing the distance, time, and speed of a ride along with updates on cardio levels. The full-color touchscreen device (easy to read in direct sunlight) is water resistant enough for swimming, so it can definitely withstand the sweat of a bike ride. It also features smart notifications, so they can see when you’ve texted them, even if they’re on their bike. (No excuses not to respond now!) And with the new touchless payment system Garmin Pay, they won't have to bring their credit card on their ride if they want to stop for coffee.

Find It: Amazon

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