Read our tips and ideas for sustainable and green gifts for your yoga friend or favourite yoga teacher – Christmas or not!
Check out our low-impact gift ideas and make your next gift a green gift that gives without taking so much! [ Branded content ]
Give a great book a second life
What about gifting a book that you´ve bought for yourself and you find inspiring? Share the good with your friend, write a little note on the first page and make it personal. Your friend will get a good read and the book a great second life!
A Class pass to yoga studio
Magazine Subscription, print or online
Give the gift of a magazine subscription (online version most eco-friendly option!) and help your friend enjoy their favourite hobby. A magazine subscription makes the perfect gift as it’s the gift which keeps on giving.
Washing bag against microplastic pollution
Guppyfriend is a washing bag developed by STOP! Micro Waste which is a nonprofit initiative and is dedicated to raise awareness about the (micro)plastic problem. They aim to explore and initiate great ideas on how to avoid, replace and re-use plastics in every day life and beyond. Must respect their work! From now on you can buy a Guppyfriend also at Arctic Flamingo online-shop.
Gift a self-curated music playlist on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music for the dear person in your life. The playlist should only be relevant to the person receiving and that person alone. When making your selection, focus on tracks that come with stories and personal memories – and how about writing down your reasons for selecting these songs and getting it printed?
Yoga Headstand Stool made in Germany
Headstand stool is great for easy inversions without pressure on neck and spine. If you decide to purchase a headstand stool as a gift, choose an eco-responsible manufacturer like SIYA from Berlin. All Stools are made by a small family businesses in Germany from sustainable resources and are very durable. Show your support for small transparent manufacturers!
Yoga and mindfulness jewelry
Yoga mala can be a tool for meditation, a reminder of an intention or a beautiful piece of jewelry that simply gives inspiration. Choose to support your local artisan mala maker like Coco & Lime who make mala jewelry with lots of love and passion!
Subscription for online yoga classes
For a friend who has an interest in yoga but starting a yoga practice feels overwhelming, a subscription for online yoga classes would be a great gift! Streaming yoga videos at home is an easy way to start with yoga.
Recycled Yoga Leggings
For someone who loves to stand out from the crowd a pair of bold coloured yoga leggings is a great gift! Arctic Flamingo has an online shop with unique colourful designs which are all a real eye-catcher. The best part is that all Arctic Flamingo leggings are made from recycled materials and manufactured in Germany. Can´t decide which leggings to choose or you need to get the present delivered fast? Buy an electronic gift card and just pick the value of the card and let the person choose her/himself!
Give a gift that keeps growing – Plant a tree
By offering a tree as a gift, you are making a real gift for the planet! There are plenty of organizations focusing on planting trees around the world. We are using Tree Nation, a non-profit organization based in Barcelona, for planting our trees. You can choose your budget and how many trees to plant and where. What about planting a tree in Brazil?
Sweatshirt made of textile waste
Perfect for a yin yoga class where you want to stay warm. Pure Waste from Finland manufactures sweatshirts made of 100% textile waste. They have perfect loose fit and great quality. Great tip also for men yogis!
Closed-loop yoga mat
If your friend is in need of a new yoga mat, the yoga mats from hejhej-mats is a must! Have you ever thought what happens to your old used yoga mat after its so called life? Hejhej-mats has developed the closed-loop yoga mat, which means your used hejhej-mat do not have to end up as waste but can be used as a resource for new products. Designed and made in Germany!
Yogapillows (or Meditation pillows) from Goldwerk Schliersee are handmade in Bayern, Germany. Meditation pillows come in many cute prints it would be a perfect gift for a friend who wants to make meditation a daily habit!
Other tips for an eco-friendly gift
– Use newspaper as gift wrapping or reuse gift wrapping papers you have saved from last year. Decorate the presents with things you can find in nature, like pieces of wood or rye straws
– Recycle the wrapping
Written by Inkeri, the founder of Arctic Flamingo