Give the Gift of Ayurveda:
10 Holiday Gifts Under $25
By Andrea Foster, Education Director
Holiday Spice Stack
This is one of the cutest, most useful stocking stuffers I’ve ever seen! Take three fantastic spices — cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg — that are so delicious, so good for warming, so great in so many dishes. Then stack them in a reusable, adorable tiny tiffin that fits in the palm of your hand. We also offer a stack of Digestive Regulators, featuring amchur, coriander, and sumac. Buy one for your favorite chef and one to introduce someone to the healing power of herbs. And you can refill the tin with your own spices to take with you whenever you need!
Ashram Brass Window Cuff
This is simply gorgeous in so many ways. The hammered brass evokes firelight and warmth while the window design immediately calls to mind the sacred arches of exotic Eastern temples. This piece is hand-made by artisans working with an organization dedicated to improving working and living conditions in rural regions of India.
Ashram Brass Window Necklace
A stunning companion piece to the cuff. The delicate brass nestles between your third and fourth chakras and draws instant notice. I find this brilliant against a single color or a pattern. This would be a very special gift for a loved one or a new friend.
DeAnna knows skin care from her early work as an esthiologist. She’s combined this knowledge with her Ayurvedic wisdom to craft an exceptional cream that saves your skin. Smooth under eyes, on cheeks and forehead, everywhere that needs soothing. This would be a fantastic addition to a self-care gift basket or a treat just for yourself!
White Sage Ointment
This ointment has a secret. You may know white sage as an energetic cleanser, the bundle of dried herbs used in smudge ceremonies to clear out any lingering negativity before entering sacred ritual. But white sage is also excellent as an anti-inflammatory for skin. So, this gift can’t help but shine with a sumptuous scent that supports skin and it keeps energy clean and clear around you – truly a gift to treasure.
Tend Eye Pillows
I’m lying in savasana after a great yoga class and the instructor offers an eye pillow. Deeper level of relaxation achieved! This simple, soft pillow of soothing herbs is just the thing to give you a getaway wherever and whenever you need it. These pillows in particular are locally made with organic herbs from the area. It’s a little bit of West County heaven!
Medicine Buddha Tibetan Prayer Flags
Who couldn’t use a few more blessings, a few more prayers in their life? How about eight feet of good wishes? These Tibetan prayer flags feature the Lord of Healing inked onto sturdy paper flags at a handy size that would sweetly grace a doorway, a hall, or even a cubical. We have a string of them here in our self-care sanctuary. They’re neatly folded into a small package that’s just the right size for a stocking or “just a little something extra” tucked under a gift ribbon.
I snapped up one of these bells within hours of their arrival. They’re copper and rustic and have a fantastic sound. We offer them in two sizes. I use mine at home as an awareness bell, suspended from the ceiling. I give it a tap to bring me into awareness and to signal that I am in the present moment. Consider bringing the gift of awareness and sound to someone you know.
Small — $12.50, Large — $16.50
This is an essential self-care tool. The friction of the salt and the massaging action of your hands moves lymph and the rich, aromatic oils within deliver balancing nutrients tailored to your need. The feel of your skin afterward is luscious. We offer scrubs for cooling, nourishing, warming, and cleansing in handy, wide-mouth jars that make it easy to scoop out what you need. This brings the power of a lymphatic treatment into your hands.
Comfrey & Calendula Oil
This is the time of year that’s absolutely brutal on skin. Comfrey and calendula are known for their soothing, healing qualities. Both of these oils feature sun and moon infused herbs steeped in gentle sesame oil that’s suitable for all doshas and skin types. Here’s another great gift to add to a basket or tuck into a stocking for your favorite gardener, artisan, or truly anyone with skin to nourish.