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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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15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals’ Day
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Without the tireless work of administrative professionals, offices would surely fall apart. This holiday, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is all about showing thanks for their great contributions. It falls on Wednesday, April 26 this year, so there's still time to pick out a thoughtful gift for the people in your office who make life easier for everyone.

1. NESSIE TEA INFUSER; $13

Steeping loose tea is a lot more fun when you can create a cryptid sighting right in your mug. This dishwasher-safe, silicone tea infuser looks just like a baby Loch Ness monster that stores tea leaves in its belly.

Find it: Amazon

2. KNIGHT PEN HOLDER; $30

With this regal display, a good pen will always be close at hand. The resin knight statuette comes with its own refillable black ink pen and works as a nice reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. MIRA WATER BOTTLE; $19

Give the gift of hydration: These 17-ounce bottles are perfect for carrying water, coffee, or tea. The insulation will keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and its leak-proof top makes it a mess-free travel companion.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAFFEINE SOAP; $7

Morning showers can be a lot more energized with bars of soap charged with caffeine. The peppermint-scented soap is infused with caffeine, which can be absorbed through the skin (at roughly 200 milligrams per washing) to give a little pre-latte jolt before work. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. HANDICORN; $8

Downtime at the office can now mean a visit from a friendly unicorn. The five piece set comes with four hoofed feet and a unicorn head that fit neatly over most fingers.

Find it: Amazon

6. SOLITAIRE CARDS; $18

It's just like the computer game, but in real life! This deck of cards from Areaware uses the original artwork of Susan Kare from the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Kare even designed joker cards just for the physical set of cards.

Find it: Amazon

7. RETRO PENS; $7

Note taking is about to go old school with these cute, retro-styled pens. The set of five click-top pens come in satisfying muted colors that would dazzle any '60s corporate employee.

Find it: Amazon

8. PICTURE HANGERS; $11

These paper clips are topped with the recognizable Facebook icon, letting owners give a thumbs up or thumbs down to pictures in real life. Each pack comes with seven clips and a string for hanging up all the best pictures, and perhaps the worst reminders on deadlines.

Find it: Amazon

9. SHEEP PUSH PIN HOLDER; $14

At first glance, this is just a sheep with a lovely wool coat. In reality, this sheep is covered in white push pins that can be easily removed and replaced. The clever pin holder is great for any animal lover with a constant need for thumbtacks.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT POST-IT HOLDER; $6

Here's another helpful animal office product: A cat that dispenses sticky notes. The whiskered feline comes with one pack of Post-Its and can be refilled with any 3-by-3-inch notepads.

Find it: Amazon

11. 30 DAY CHALLENGE; $12

This charming little note dispenser spits out encouraging words and advice. Geared toward self-care, each note suggests one thing the reader can do to slow down and enjoy each day.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

12. SPACE NOTEBOOK; $4

Jot down notes that are out of this world! This astrological notebook has a nice matte cover and an elastic band to keep it shut. The notebook comes with 256 lined pages for plenty of thoughts on the cosmos, extraterrestrials, or conference call numbers.

Find it: ModCloth

13. CACTUS CANDLES; $12

For the coworker who just can't seem to keep a desktop plant alive, these cactus-shaped candles are almost too cute to light. Each box comes with six candles in three different styles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HEAT SENSITIVE PAC-MAN MUG; $11

Pouring hot liquid into this mug is a lot like turning on an arcade game. As the mug heats up, a Pac-Man game emerges—cherries, ghost, and all.

Find it: Amazon

15. SCRATCH OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

This helpful chart recommends 100 different classic books, dating back to 1605. Each book is illustrated and coated with a gold foil design, which proud readers can scratch off to keep track of—or show off—how many tomes they've tackled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess
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Sure, you could just buy another bottle of vino. But if you really want to impress that friend known for their Pinterest-worthy fetes, scan this list for a unique gift they’ll want to put on display.

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1. NEIGHBORWOODS MAP COASTER; $36

Help your pal raise a glass to their beloved hometown or adopted ‘hood! Representing 14 major cities across the U.S. (plus a few in Europe), each cedar coaster in the set of four is etched with a different section of town and serves as a great conversation starter.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

2. BARREL AGED VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP; $20

Consider it a head start on the morning after breakfast. The organic syrup is aged in barrels normally used for rum or bourbon. And while it likely won’t work in a hair-of-the-dog situation, it does make for a delicious pancake topper.

Find It: Uncommon Goods 

3. SUGARFINA 3-PIECE BENTO BOX; $25

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Fill the three slots of this decorative box with a mix of your BFF’s preferred candies—anything from champagne-infused gummy bears to chocolate bacon toffee.

Find It: Sugarfina

4. POETRY MATCH STRIKER; $25

 

They’ll need a way to fire up all the gingerbread- and Christmas tree-scented candles they’re sure to receive. Help them find the light with this glass, apothecary-style jar filled with 120 four-inch matches (there’s a piece of flint on the side for striking) and printed with an inspiring phrase.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

5. ALTER ECO SEA SALT TRUFFLES; $7

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Find It: Thrive Market

6. JANE BAKES COOKIE JARS; $10

Slaving over homemade Christmas cookies not your thing? Save yourself some time and snag a mason jar of these whole grain, high fiber confections. (Read: They’re slightly healthier.) Choose from flavors such as vanilla bean or coconut and caramel.

Find It: Jane Bakes

7. EVERY PERSON IN NEW YORK; $16

Your bestie will make room for this one on the coffee table. The 408-page tome is packed with thousands of artworks Jason Polan sketched during his mission to draw every person in New York. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig provides the foreword.

Find It: Amazon

8. HOMESICK CANDLES; $30

Provide a scent-sational reminder of their hometown. These soy wax candles (burn time: 60-80 hours) are packed with fragrances reminiscent of each state. New York’s candle has hints of the Adirondack forest, apple orchards, and pumpkin, while Michigan’s has notes of cherries and chocolate.

Find It: Homesick Candles

9. VEGA COFFEE HOLIDAY GIFT BOX; $30

A great buzz: This java is roasted, packaged and shipped from Nicaragua, where climate conditions are ideal for coffee growing. The direct-from-the-farm-to-your-cup setup keeps costs down and helps farmers earn more.

Find It: Vega Coffee

10. STATE SLATE CHEESE BOARDS; $20

Let them serve up that triple crème brie with a side of state pride. You can buy these slate boards—naturally cool to keep the fromage fresh—in the shape of any state or Washington D.C. Or take a stab at unity and buy one shaped like the whole U.S.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. VINTAGE BOOKSHELF SCRABBLE; $35

Perfect for your book club host—or just your most verbose pal—this vintage Scrabble game board folds to be stored inside a linen-wrapped book.

Find It: Amazon

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