So you want to get someone special some lovely meditation 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 Buddhists and people who meditate.
Some meditation gift ideas are easy.
Everyone 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 meditation gifts for Buddhists and spiritual people (priced high to low)
In this list I’ve included all different kinds of meditation 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 which ever of these options you choose to give them!
1: For an extravagant meditation / Buddhist gift: A Trip To A Buddhist Resort PRICE: $1,500
Here is one of the most amazing meditation gifts imaginable: Take a trip to a meditation retreat.
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. Meditation Altar – One of the best meditation gifts for the home
One of the best meditation gifts to buy for someone’s home is a meditation altar
These small tables are designed to meditate at, and they can also be used as a shrine.
The best things about altars as meditation gifts is that most people do not have one. It’s only just recently that these have become popular. So if you get one of these as a present there is a very good possibility that the person you are giving it to does not currently have one. They’re also a very unique idea and original, so it will show that you put some thought into your present idea!
2: A meditation / Buddhist gift for their garden ($25 to $500) [Thoughtful gift for meditation lovers]
In my guide to DIY Zen Gardens I discussed how Buddhists 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.
If you prefer to give them an activity to do as opposed to an object, you might like to help them create their very own 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.
The reason these are such amazing meditation gift idea is because they actually help people to meditate. Buddhist monks sit and meditate on the sound of these beautiful instruments. The sound itself also helps with sound healing. And then there is the fact that they look simply beautiful.
Tibetan Singing Bowls vary massively in price (around $20 to $1000). However, you probably don’t need to get a particularly expensive one. There are high quality bowls for sale online that you can get for around $50 and that look and feel great.
I’ve written a guide to buying a Tibetan Singing Bowl to help you choose.
4: A new meditation chair (varies) [Practical meditation gift idea]
Are they the type of person that spends hours every week meditating? Then they will definitely appreciate a chair. This is one of the most practical meditation gift ideas because it makes a big different to their practice.
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. This item is particularly good if it’s for someone who is a little older, like your mum, because older people can find it uncomfortable to sit and meditate. Giving them this a chair as a present will help them to be comfortable when they meditate.
Remember, meditation is probably a very important pastime for your Buddhist friends. So a new meditation chair is a great gift idea.
Take a look at my guide to picking a meditation chair. I’ll help you choose the prefect one.
5: Mala approximately $100 (available from $5 to $1000) [Spiritually significant meditation gift idea]
This is my personal favorite Buddhist gift idea. These are arguably the most popular product for people who meditate and for Buddhists too.
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 present 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 (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 stored in a drawer. 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 [one of the best romantic meditation gifts]
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 Buddhist mantra with a deep meaning.
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 but its flowers always point to the sun. Therefore, it represents the strong mind, which endures hardship while remaining positive. If you’re getting a present for your girlfriend, you might like to get this necklace and explain the significance of it (you can thank me later).
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 meditation gifts.
8: Buddhist Wall Art ($50) [Home-Lovers gift for Buddhists]
Most Buddhists I have met absolutely love art. Art can be very meaningful to them. That’s why it makes a great Buddhist gift idea. Meditation lovers will dig it too.
There are lots of art vendors online and a ton selling art on Amazon and eBay.
The best strategy when buying Buddhist artwork as a present is to consider symbolism. What do you want to express? How can you express it through art?
How to choose the right art
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 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 symbol is the Zen circle. This symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void)
Also consider the colour of the art.
The colours means different things:.
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 (they 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.
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 them find their inner peace. Instead of just listening, they will meditate to the music. And for that, only the most beautiful music will do.
Take a look at the link above for some great music they will love.
10: DVDs And Books (varies) [Educational meditation gift]
When buying a DVD or book, 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 tradition in Buddhism, and there are many different uses of incense–the most popular incense are ones that calm the mind.
At just $15 this is a beautiful, inexpensive little Zen present.
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 Your Best Meditation. 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)
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.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 present. 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 is a great present
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 presents for people who meditate.
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 present in genuine love it will mean the absolute world to them)
I hope they absolutely love the present you get them.