Are you looking for some great gift ideas for Buddhist friends?
If so, the best bet is always a Buddha statue.
But they may already have one (or several) of those. That’s why THE DAILY MEDITATION has created this list.
We’ve collected the best Buddhist gift ideas to make life easy for you. Whether you’re looking for Valentines Day gifts, Birthday gifts, or any other type of gift, we’ve got you sorted.
I know how difficult it can be to choose a Buddhist gift for a spiritualist.
Chocolates are probably a no-no on account of empty calories. Flowers are better left in the ground. And there simply aren’t that many vegan restaurants around. So how are you supposed to find the right gift for your Buddhist friends?
Well, here are a few excellent ideas for Buddhist gifts ideas for spiritualists.
I’ve started from the most expensive and gone right down to some very economical ideas–not that price will matter to a Buddhist, it’s the sentiment that counts.
Best Buddhist gifts (priced high to low)
1: A Trip To Golden Buddha Beach Resort PRICE: $1,500
Golden Buddha Beach Resort is a tropical resort in Thailand that is perfect for anyone who is into Buddhism and meditation.
Here’s what one reviewer had to say:
“We stayed in Baan Chang which is right on the sea front, perfect for the cool sea breeze. Food in the clubhouse was wonderful, really tasty and not too expensive. If you are looking for a peaceful island paradise away from the tourists and you don’t mind forgoing a few mod cons then this is definitely the place for you. Absolutely beautiful.”
Imagine the look on her / his face when you pull out a pair of tickets to this stunning paradisal resort. It will make their year.
Of course, this present is probably just for that significant other in your life. Well, unless you’re a millionaire in which case you can give me a ticket too, thanks 🙂
2: A gift for their garden ($100 to $500)
Buddhists love nature, and many are avid gardeners.
One of the best gifts you can get for a Buddhist is an item for their garden.
Take a look at this guide to Zen gardens and consider picking one of the items mentioned.
Alternatively, if you live with the person, suggest actually creating a Zen garden together.
Creating a Zen garden isn’t as hard as it sounds.
I’ve written a complete guide to creating a Zen Garden for you. You’ll need the basic tools and items, including pebbles and a bonsai tree, but you can easily get the job done with $100 and about three hours of work.
3: JASMINE & YLANG YLANG
Jasmine and Ylang Ylang is an exotic blend of antioxidant oils that calm the skin and lift the spirits.
Buddhist will love this item.
This oil is perfect for a relaxing and romantic massage, so if you’re looking for a gift for your Buddhist partner, this is perfect.
I recommend this one on Amazon.
4: Lotus Flower Necklace Price: $90
Lotus flowers are very important to Buddhists.
Buddhists will recognise the Lotus flower from the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.
The lotus flower is a symbol of divine beauty and purity and is one of the Ashtamangala (auspicious sign) in Buddhism. It represents creation and cosmic renewal. It is also symbolic of the Dharmachakra.
There is symbolism in the lotus flower. It grows in the mud buts it’s flowers always point to the sun. Therefore, it represents the strong mind, which endures hardship while remaining positive.
Why not get a lotus flower necklace and explain that you choose it for its symbolism (they will love you for this).
4: Spiritual Protection Bracelet ( $22.99)
If you’re looking for a spiritual gift for your partner, tell them that they are so precious to you that you want to know that they will be protected always, even when you’re not around.
Then hand them this Spiritual Protection Bracelet.
Tell them it will protect them when you’re not there.
5: Buddhist Wall Art ($50)
Most Buddhists love art. And art can be very meaningful to a Buddhist. That’s why it’s a great gift.
There are lots of Buddhist art vendors online and a ton selling art on Amazon and eBay.
The best strategy when buying art for a Buddhist is to consider symbolism. What do you want to express? How can you express it through art?
The safe bet is to get art that has either Buddha or Zen stones on it (all Buddhists will love both).
6:Buddhist music ($15)
Take a look at this collection of the best meditation music.
Buddhists love music.
Eh. Everyone loves music.
But Buddhists and spiritualists have a slightly different relationship to music. You see, Buddhists and spiritualists use music as a way to enter nirvana.
A beautiful piece of music will help a Buddhist to find their inner peace. Instead of just listening, they will sit there meditating to the music. And for that, only the most beautiful music will do.
Take a look at the link above for some great Buddhist-friendly music.
7: DVDs And Books (varies)
You can find lots of great gift ideas in this selection of DVDs and books.
You really can’t go wrong with a good book or DVD, can you?
DVDs and books are the go-to presents for … well, everyone. The only safer present than a DVD or book is a pair of socks.
But when you’re buying a DVD or book for a Buddhist you’re not looking for Bourne or The Hunger Games. You’re looking for a divine viewing / reading experience that delves into philosophy.
There are an infinity of books available. I would personally choose Awakening The Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das (it’s the book that got me started). But there are so many beautiful choices
DVDs are also in plentiful supply. I personally recommend Kundun by Martin Scorsese.
Kundun is actually available on Youtube for free, but it still makes for a fantastic Buddhist gift.
8: Lotus Flower Incense Burner PRICE: $16.99
This pretty little incense burner is carved into the shape of a lotus flower (see above). It comes with incense sticks and holds candles.
Burning incense is a Buddhist tradition, and there are many different uses of incense–the most popular Buddhist incense are ones that calm the mind.
At just $15 this is a beautiful, inexpensive little gift. It is very highly rated too, with 4.5 stars from over 100 reviews.
9: Mala $5.88
A mala is a piece of Buddhist jewelry that is used when meditating. You can view our choices of the best malas here.
The mala is used for counting breaths and mantra recitations during meditation. It is one of the most important items in any spiritualist’s collection.
This is a very important gift.
To give you an idea of how important a mala is, I ordered my first mala about 15 years ago. I wore it for over a decade. It finally broke. Today, I have all the piece of that mala lovingly stores in a locket. And honestly, it is probably the most sacred piece of jewelry I have ever owned.
But please, if you get a mala choose wisely. Consider the symbolism of the material and the design (the link above explains all this and more).
10: Our books
What does a Buddha want more than anything? They want to connect to Buddha. That’s why I’ve created the ultimate guide to finding Buddha within you. It’s called Journey To The Buddha Within You. Take a look.
11: Take A Zen Walk With Them (Free)
I’m joking, aren’t I?
No. I am very serious.
I wish I had more people who were willing to go to my favorite spots with me to walk.
Specifically, I wish there were more people who would go for a Zen walk with me. And if they did, I would consider it a most precious gift.
But what is a Zen walk exactly?
Take a look at this guide to Zen walking.
A Buddhist gift must meet these criteria
Ultimately, you can buy a Buddhist any gift you like. But make sure it meets these criteria:
- Environmentally friendly
- Means something (symbolic)
- Represents you as an individual
- Represents your relationship to the person
- Is genuinely bought in love (they will know, trust me, and if you buy a gift in genuine love it will mean the absolute world to them)
I hope they absolutely love the gift you buy them.