The Holistic 20-Something on a Budget’s Winter Gift Guide

My junior year of college my friends and I created a tradition: order in Indian food and watch Love Actually the week before Christmas. Luckily, I am living with one of my friends from college and we are continuing the tradition across the country.

So there’s that and…I freaking love Christmas. And I refuse to miss out on any of the joy just because I have a broken leg. Which leaves me a lot of time to check my email, peruse other blogs and go cray cray on Pinterest. Because of this, I have been researching holiday gift guides like it’s my day job.

Here are some great ones:

Well & Good


Be You Media Group Books for Writers


However, some of the gifts in these guides I adore are on the expensive side. My list is a compilation of the cheapest gifts in those guides, combined with my own finds and personal preferences/ideas. I’m doing the budgeting work for you. Now, enjoy the holiday merriment with these Spotify playlists as you shop.

And without further adieu, here is my holiday gift guide for the holistic 20-something on a budget!

Yoga U: The College Student’s Tools for Balanced Living


I would be remiss if I did not include my own e-book on this guide, but for real: the holidays are coming up real soon and this book is an inexpensive buy that gives immediate delivery. And that’s only one aspect of the practicality of it. My ex’s mom bought this book two years ago for her daughter for Christmas (I know, the relationships in that sentence are complicated), printed it out, and had it bound. All in one day. Remember that no matter how much you pay, there is nothing cheap about giving the gift of yoga!

Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot

I essentially swear by everything Meg Cabot writes. And this is a gem of a book filled with humor that describes what to do and when to go through the holiday season feeling like a princess rather than burnt out. Read a really helpful excerpt here.

Agent Cali Yoga Tank

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Fellow yoga teacher Maxine Kozler Koven’s awesome teenage stepson founded Agent Cali, a brand debuting their yoga tanks! You can even pick out the gift based on the recipient’s favorite pose!

Gratitude Journal

Create or buy a small journal (and even decorate it!). Provide instructions for how to use it and use the first page to tell the person how grateful you are for them!

Goddess Cards

These cards, gifted to me at the end of a yoga teacher training, have been a major game changer for my practice and my life. Plus, they make the best gift to wrap because they’re already pretty and come in a box and won’t cost more than $20. Here’s my favorite type.


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Candles are simple, inexpensive, can be DIY or purchased, and ignite spiritual fire.


image via pinterest via laughing lotus nyc glitter bar

image via pinterest via laughing lotus nyc glitter bar

Buy an assortment of glitter – maybe even body glitter. The holidays are a great time to shine!

Yoga Sequence

This year, I am making my mom a personalized yoga sequence for her Hanukkah gift. Because I know her well and know her practice well, I am – diagrams and all – creating a gift for her that suits her body and her yogic desires.

DIY Packet

This holiday gift requires a gift to Rite Aid. Pick up a beautiful bag, tissue paper, washi tape, stickers, construction paper and markers. This is for the creative person on your list!

Homemade Granola

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Use this formula to create delicious granola. Bake. Put in mason jar. Tie a ribbon or two around it. A great gift for coworkers!

Kind or Lara Bar Holiday Gift Packs

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I adore these two food companies and their products. Kind has holiday packaging with a do-good message and Lara has holiday flavors. I know that at least I would love to receive this for Christmas and I’d bet many others would too!

Yoga Class Gift Card

Buy a friend one yoga class. Just one. But that hour, as you’d know if you’ve taken a yoga class, can mean so much.

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