10 Smart and Unexpected Gifts for the Yoga Lover in Your Life

They won't see it coming.

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Given that you don’t really need anything to be able to practice yoga — besides, perhaps, a good sense of balance — yogis can be hard to shop for. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a million and one things out there that you could buy them. To help weed through all the options, we reached out to our network of fabulous Philly-area yoga instructors and asked them: What are your favorite yoga accessories for sale right now?

Below, find ten of their gift picks — from the smart (the yoga mat a yoga pro can’t live without) to the unexpected (a milk frother for matcha lattes). Happy shopping!

Girlfriend Collective Crop Top and Leggings

Girlfriend Collective is my new favorite yoga apparel brand to practice in and feel good about it while I do. Their line of high quality wear is ethically made from recycled water bottles and comes in sizes from XXS to XXXL in a range of adorable colors that are flattering on all different skin tones. The leggings have a little compression, which I love since they mold to my body, and stay put will I practice. I’ve been eyeing the Topanga Bra ($38) and high waisted leggings in Sand Dollar ($58) myself.” —  yoga instructor Adriana Adelé 

Jade Yoga Mat

Jade ($75) is my favorite yoga mat. Non-slip, eco-friendly, non-toxic, and long-lasting. I recommend them to all of my yoga students, and love giving them as gifts to newbie yogis.” — certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Melissa Weinberg

Crystal Water Bottle

Each Glacce Exclusive crystal water bottle ($108) is made with a one-of-a-kind crystal, intended to cleanse negative energy. “Beautiful and beneficial. Suddenly my normal water bottle just doesn’t seem enlightened enough.” — certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Melissa Weinberg

Pranamat ECO

A mat, but not a yoga mat! “The Pranamat ECO ($135) is on my list this year! It is an acupressure mat that helps relieve muscle tension, improve sleep, and alleviate stress.” — Maria Terry of Yoga for Y’all

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

“For the matcha and turmeric latte lovers in your life, this [Nespresso machine] ($99) makes the best frothed nut milk that takes healthy hot and cold drinks to the next level! I use it every day.” — certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Melissa Weinberg

Amber Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamps

Transform your living room into a soothing yoga zone. Stacia Nero of Stacia Yoga and Wellness can’t get enough of these fair trade, handmade Himalayan crystal salt lamps ($199 for set of four).

Manduka Pro Yoga Mat

Manduka’s yoga mat ($110) is the only one she’ll ever need. “It does a take a minute to break in (but hey, that just another excuse to practice more) and once you do it’s both super grippy and supportive, plus it lasts forever (they come with a lifetime guarantee!)” – yoga instructor Adriana Adelé 

Outdoor Voices Cozy Set

These Outdoor Voices sweats ($150) are perfect for chilling around the house, pre, post, or during yoga. “As the name suggests, these are the coziest sweats. I wear the Catch-Me-If-You-Can-Hoodie almost every day (I have three colors!) while seeing clients. It is so comfortable and great for movement. The Running Woman Sweats fit like a dream, and are a great alternative to leggings.” — certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Melissa Weinberg

Crystal Cove Yoga Bolster

When your done doing yoga, this cute bolster doubles as an attractive throw pillow. “You can really buy from anywhere online, but this one ($80) is actually really pretty as well as functional.” — Stacia Nero of Stacia Yoga and Wellness

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless Speaker

Bring the studio jams to your home. “This little speaker ($200) produces surprisingly big (and high quality) sound that’s perfect for workouts, yoga sessions, retreats in the middle of the jungle (seriously, it’s waterproof!), or just relaxing to your favorite music. Plus, it’s super portable, durable, and cute.” — certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Melissa Weinberg


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