How about writing a self-indulgent blog post about the material possessions I covet most this holiday season while stuffing my face with red and green M&Ms?
I'm kidding, of course. (Truth be told, I have an irrational fear of red M&Ms. I don't mind green ones, but the reds seem unnatural to me. Do I realize that this is a thoroughly ridiculous assessment? Yes. Yes, I do).
Back to the indulgence and materialism part . . . While the following Om Gal Wish List does contain some items I might not mind seeing under the family tree this year (ahem, Om Bro), I've compiled this collection of gift ideas with the finest yogi readers in the blogosphere in mind (that's you). My intention is that this list inspires a few holiday shopping solutions for all the om guys and gals out there who are looking to spread some holiday cheer-- of the smart, soulful, and stylish variety. The selections below range in price, whimsy, wearability, and overall wellness-inducing affect, so there's something here for everyone. Enjoy!
Give the gift of Ganesh . . . or Lakshmi . . . or Saraswati . . . I love giving tiny trinkets of inspiration to my om pals. To learn more about the symbolic meaning of the gods and goddesses often depicted in yoga iconography, click here. The above mentioned deities summon protection, prosperity, and creativity, respectively. Colorful stickers or mini statuettes make perfect mementos for friends and are modestly priced. Boston boasts several small boutiques with vast collections of these items. A few worth noting include Tibet Arts, Utso, and Prem La. (Photo: A colorful sticker depicting Saraswati; goddess of creativity, learning, and literature; watches over my laptop as I write).Confession? I'm a cheap date. A $5 gift card to Starbucks buys me two mornings worth of happiness. And, by "happiness," I mean a venti Awake tea topped with steamed soy milk. For this, you've bought my love. Yet, somehow, I don't think I'm alone in this.
Before the days of iTunes, my version of downloading music was laying on my bedroom floor, listening to the radio, and waiting for the DJ to play my favorite song, at which point I would frantically hit "Record" on my tape deck. (It's sad- but true). Today, even with so much music at my fingertips, I still relish homemade compilations. My friend, Chanel of YogaThree, makes killer play lists, and, in general, I think sharing music is a treasured gift. Try it! Your friends will appreciate your creativity, thoughtfulness, and mad DJ skills.
Unlimited yoga, a personal training session with your local version of Jillian Michaels, or several classes at a swank Pilates studio would make any yogi swoon. Know your audience though, and notice I said "yogi." Don't go giving fitness-related gifts to someone who might take offense. Capiche? Moreover, be sure to do your research on which studio or health club is the gift recipient's favorite.