Zero Waste. Green. Fair Trade. Cruelty Free. Life Giving!
That’s how we run our retreats, products and company at Yoga Soule, and that’s how we give ‘dem holiday presents! I don’t want to gift an item made by the oppression of other humans, of animals, or the Earth, and I am dedicated to giving gifts with meaning that won’t cause needless clutter. But, it can be dishearteningly difficult to find gift material with all of these qualifications. This year I’ve been gathering resources and product ideas to share with you, like-minded soule kindred, maybe for your loved ones or maybe for yourself!
FOR SISTERS: BE GIRL UNDERWEAR
Be Girl is a social enterprise that sells washable menstrual underwear (yes, you read that right), and donates each pair purchased to a needy girl in East Africa. Their mission is bomb, their design is genius, and their impact already deep. They also sell a regular pair of undies if the idea of period panties would freak the recipient out, and the sales still go towards their great cause. Hear the full inspirational story of their creation on Acumen’s interview with the creator to really get on board.
FOR BROTHERS: DIGITAL MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION
"It’s the gift that keeps on givin’, Clark!" (Name that Christmas movie line… ok it’s Christmas Vacation). An annual subscription to Spotify keeps your . Also great for yoga teachers who can save their playlist offline for their classes and find new music inspo through following other teachers.
FOR YOGI BESTIES: GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE LEGGINGS
I love this company because they are based in Seattle, dedicated to paying all of their workers (who are local to the US) high wages, and each pair of leggings uses recycled material from 25 water bottles. Plus, right now they’re giving them away for only the cost of shipping- just $20! I got one for me too.
FOR MAMMAS: ONLINE YOGA MEMBERSHIP
Squeeze in a home practice at nap time . My favorites are:
- Namastream for your favorite local teacher.
- One O Eight for its class length and style variety and recipe section.
- Cody App for my fave yoga teacher influencers (think Meghan Currie, Briohny Smith, Yoga Girl).
- Meditate 4ever for comprehensive but approachable meditation classes.
FOR DADS: DIGITAL VIDEO SUBSCRIPTION
It’s really a gift for the whole family, but . I find the best bets are Netflix or Amazon Prime or their great new original series, documentary selections, and access worldwide. Plus, you can get free trials on both platforms, and leverage that to get a better deal for an annual subscription later.
FOR NONNI: DONATION TO CHARITY : WATER OR CHARITY ORGANIZATION
charity: water addresses a need that is the foundation of health, education, and economic development—access to clean water. They received the highest rating an NGO can receive on impact and transparency, and raise all of their operating costs from corporate sponsors so that donations from people like us can go directly to their well work. Donations to important and impactful philanthropic organizations like this one contribute to Grandparents' legacy. Learn more about Charity:Water's work through founder Scott Harrison’s interview on the Liturgists podcast.
FOR LOVERS: GENTLY USED BOOKS
What’s sexier than a gently used book on self-love and sensuality with a sweet inscription (and maybe even a spritz of perfume)? This year, my top 3 faves for both men and women have been:
- Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashaur
- Silent Compassion by Richard Rohr
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
FOR GALLIVANTING GAL PALS: E-TRAVEL GUIDES
Gigi Guides from our friends over at Italian Fix has digital travel guides to all of the hottest visiting spots in Italy-- Rome, Florence, Venice and our neighboring Cinque Terre. They cover all of the basics on where to stay, sleep, eat, and play, plus provide unique tips from locals and expat sin the region. If anyone you care about is planning on visiting Italy in 2017, these beautiful downloadable booklets, audio, and video are a perfect pick that won't take up suitcase space or lead you to the tourist traps.