ThSo you want to get someone special a lovely Buddhist gift? We’ve got the 10 best Buddhist gift ideas. They’re going to love you for them.
A a meditation teacher I’m often buying gifts for Buddhist.
Some Buddhist gift ideas are easy.
Everyones love a Buddha statue, for instance.
But what if they’ve already got one? Well then you can use my list below to help pick the perfect gift for a Buddhist or a meditation lover.
Whether you’re looking for anniversary gifts, Birthday gifts, or any other type of gift, we’ve got you sorted.
Best gifts for Buddhists and spiritual people (priced high to low)
In this list I’ve included all different kinds of Buddhist gift ideas.
There are romantic presents, practical presents, spiritually significant items and much more.
I’ve priced them from super-pricey to free (yup, free).
They will love any of these gifts.
1: For an extravagant Buddhist gift: A Trip To A Buddhist Resort PRICE: $1,500 [Extravagant gift]
Probably the very best Buddhist gift ideas is a trip to a resort.
Okay, we’re looking at the very high-end presents here. But if you have the money to splurge and you really, really, really want them to be mega happy, you cannot go wrong booking a vacation to a Buddhist resort or a meditation resort.
Personally this is about $1000 out of my price range, but if you’re rich and kind, well, why not go nuts?
Just imagine how wonderful it would be to stay for a week in a Buddhist resort.
Or, take them on a vacation to India, the home of Buddhism.
2: A Buddhist gift for their garden ($25 to $500) [Thoughtful gift for meditation lovers]
In my guide to DIY Zen Gardens I discussed how Buddh love these indoor (or outdoor) Japanese rock gardens.
Buddhists love nature, and are generally avid gardeners. So on their birthday, why not go horticultural.
One of the best gifts for Buddhists is an item for their garden.
And there are tons of great Buddhist gift ideas that involve the garden. These also make excellent gifts for meditators.
Even better idea: help the create a Zen garden.
My guide to creating a Zen garden (see the link above) shows you everything you need to know. Why not get some gardening items and spend time creating a garden together.
Creating a Zen garden isn’t as hard as it sounds. 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.
Or get them a Bonsai Tree (pictured), which costs around $25.
(note: this might not be the ideal Christmas gift due to weather, but is perfect the rest of the year)
3: Tibetan Singing Bowl (perfect meditation gift idea)
Tibetan Singing Bowls are Buddhist instruments that we meditate on. And they make wonderful gifts for Buddhists. And it’s a great meditation gift idea too.
These make fantastic gifts for Buddhists. They look absolutely beautiful. They are fun if you just want to play with them. But they are also powerful tools for healing, which is why they are a good gift for meditation lovers.
Tibetan Singing Bowls vary massively in price (around $20 to $1000).
I’ve written a guide to buying a Tibetan Singing Bowl to help you choose.
4: A new meditation chair (varies) [Practical gift for meditation lovers]
Are they the type of person that spends hours every week meditating? Then meditators will definitely appreciate a chair as a Buddhist gift.
Here’s a pro-tip: The vast majority of meditators do not have a proper meditation chair. And it is a big deal.
A proper meditation chair prevents injuries, improves meditation, and looks great as home decor.
Remember, meditation is probably a very important pastime for your Buddhist friends. So a new meditation chair is a great gift for birthdays… all actually, occasions.
Take a look at my guide to picking a meditation chair. I’ll help you choose the prefect one. Definitely one of the best meditation gifts.
5: Mala approximately $100 (available from $5 to $1000) [Spiritually significant gift for Buddhists who meditate]
This is my personal favorite Buddhist gift idea.
A mala is a piece of Buddhist jewelry that is used when meditating. You can view our choices of the best malas here.
These beauties are the best jewellery-themed Buddhist gift idea.
The mala is used for counting breaths and mantra recitations during meditation. It is one of the most important items in any Buddhist’s collection.
This is a very important gift and even though they can be purchased quite cheaply, they should be given serious consideration because the material the mala is made of holds significance (again, see the link above for more info).
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 stords in a locket. And honestly, it is probably the most sacred piece of jewelry I have ever owned. That’s why I personally recommend a mala as one of the best gifts for Buddhists.
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). This is probably the best Buddhist gift idea ever.
6: Lotus Flower Necklace Price: $90 [Meaningful /romantic Buddhist gift idea]
If you’re looking for romantic Buddhist gift ideas, try a lotus flower necklace.
Buddhists will recognise the Lotus flower from the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, which is a meaningful Buddhist saying with a deep meaning.
Lotus flowers hold very important spiritual significance to Buddhists.
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, the wheel which represents Buddha’s teachings.
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). Definitely on of the most romantic Buddhist gift ideas.
7: Spiritual Protection Bracelet ( $22.99) [Caring Buddhist gift idea]
If you’re looking for a romantic Buddhist 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.
This is one of the most sensitive and caring gifts you can give.
8: Buddhist Wall Art ($50) [Home-Lovers gift for Buddhists]
Most Buddhists I have met absolutely love art. Art can be very meaningful to a Buddhist. That’s why it makes a great Buddhist gift idea. Meditation lovers will dig it too.
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?
How to choose the right art for a Buddhist gift idea
When it comes to picking the right wall art (or other art) for a Buddhist, consider the symbolism.
Here’s a quick guide to the most important symbols used in Buddhist art, so you know what to get:
Buddha touching the Earth: Art that shows Buddha touching the earth represents Buddha attaining enlightenment. This would be a good choice for a Buddhist who is passionate about developing their spiritual life.
Lotus flower: As mentioned above, art of a lotus flower represents creation and renewal, so this is a good choice for someone going through a spiritual rebirth.
The wheel: Buddhist Art that shows a wheel (the “dharmachakra”) represents the Noble Eightfold Path. This is about right-living. Good for someone who believes in following “the path”.
Zen circle: Perhaps the most popular Buddhist symbol is the Zen circle. This symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void)
Also consider the colour of the art.
Colours have specific meaning in Buddhism.
Green: Peace and protection
Yellow: Wealth and beauty
Red: Love and compassion
Black: Death, specifically the death of ignorance, which leads to enlightenment.
The safe bet is to get art that has either Buddha or Zen stones on it (all Buddhists will love both).
9:Buddhist music ($15) [Cute little Buddhist gift idea]
Here’s one of the Buddhist gift ideas that can’t go wrong. Actually, this is a pretty cool meditation gift too really.
Take a look at this collection of the best meditation music.
Buddhists and spiritualists have a slightly different relationship to music than most people. They 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 meditate to the music. And for that, only the most beautiful music will do.
If you are looking for a little birthday gift, this is perfect.
Take a look at the link above for some great music they will love. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with music as a meditation gift idea.
10: DVDs And Books (varies) [Educational gift for meditation lovers and Buddhists]
When 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. Take a look at the link above for my top picks.
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.
11: Meditation Crystals
If you want to give them something that is both beautiful and practical, give them some meditation crystals.
Meditation crystals are objects that we meditate on. Different crystals have different spiritual properties, so you can choose a type of crystal that means something to them.
12: Lotus Flower Incense Burner PRICE: $16.99 [Relaxing gift for Buddhists]
This pretty little incense burner is carved into the shape of a lotus flower (see above). It comes with incense sticks and holds candles. This is a thoughtful romantic Buddhist gift idea
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.
13: Our books [Educational gift]
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. It’s a beautiful Buddhist gift idea. And it’s full of different meditations. So it makes a pretty cool gift for meditation lovers too.
14: Take A Zen Walk With Them (Free gift)
I’m joking, aren’t I?
Honestly, I wish I had more people who were willing to go to my favorite spots with me to walk. this is a great Zen Buddhist gift idea.
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. On their birthday morning go for a nice long Zen walk with them and they will truly appreciate it.
Honestly, anything to do with mindfulness makes a great Buddhist meditation gift
The vast majority of new meditators in the East are mostly interested in the meditation part of Buddhism.
Meditation is immensely popular, and there are a lot of fantastic presents for meditators.
Take a look at my picks of the top 9 meditation tools. All make great gifts for Buddhists.
To Choose The Best Buddhist Gift Ideas for people who meditate Meet These Criteria
Ultimately, you can buy a Buddhist any gift you like. But the best Buddhist gift ideas / meditation gift should be:
- Environmentally friendly
- Meaningful / 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 get them.
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation