Updated: Nov 29, 2019
By Morgan Perry, Founder, Vino Vinyasa
As the holidays approach, it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping. I wanted to share recommendations in the two categories we know best (wine and yoga) from myself and our team of Vino Vinyasa teachers.
WINE & YOGA LOVERS
First of all (shameless self-promotion) our new Vino Vinyasa tank tops have been very popular and are available for $30, including shipping in the continental U.S. They make a great gift for anyone who loves wine and yoga. We also sell gift certificates in all three markets (Austin, New York and Los Angeles) so you can purchase someone a ticket to a future class! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
FOR WINE LOVERS
For the serious wine drinker in your life, NYC Vino Vinyasa teacher Rafaella recommends Lehman Champagne glasses, which are hand blown from a family company based in Reims (in Champagne). These glasses are very high-quality and we love the shape!
Rafaella also recommends cocktail plates with an opening to hold your glass, leaving you a hand to hold and hand to sip easily with. I especially like this wooden version.
NYC Vino Vinyasa teacher Tara recommends Cheers Restore after-alcohol aid pills. "I've been using them and I really think they help how I feel the next day after a few glasses of wine," says Tara. These would make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.
Tara also recommends wine glass charms, which are a brilliant way to keep track of whose glass is whose at larger gatherings. There are a ton of options out there, but some of the less cheesy ones I have seen are these flower ones or simple silicon ones.
New York and New Jersey Vino Vinyasa teacher Samantha recommends the Arctic Pole, which is an easy way to keep bottles chilled when you don't have access to a fridge and don't want to lug around a cooler. The perfect gift for wine lovers on the go!
Check out the fun and cheeky wine glasses and apparel that Lushy Wino has to offer. Amanda from The Real Housewine is wearing her favorite Lushy Wino shirt below. (You can also use the code RHWLUSHY25 for 25% off your purchase for a limited time!)
Finally, DRINK PINK, an un-intimidating and educational book about rosé is the perfect gift for those who want to learn a bit more about wine (and love rosé, obviously) without being overwhelmed. The illustrations are super fun, too. Oh, and it was written by my friend and badass Beverage Director & Sommelier, Victoria James.
FOR YOGA & MOVEMENT LOVERS
Los Angeles Vino Vinyasa teacher Jen recommends this Massage Ball Kit (can someone get this for me, please?). Everyone should spend more time rolling, releasing and stretching and this kit has a ton of amazing tools. A TriggerPoint grid foam roller would be a great addition to this as well.
My favorite brand of yoga mats are Jade yoga mats, which are environmentally-friendly and, as it turns out, VERY sticky so you won't slip around. Their mats are made from natural rubber, which is a renewable resource. They're made in the U.S. in compliance with U.S. environmental laws and contain no PVCs—making them the first "green" and non-toxic yoga mats as well (win win win!). Like them on Facebook for a discount, but trust me—this mat is worth every penny.
Every year my sister-in-law gets our family members calendars, and last year she got me a Yoga Dogs calendar and it is gives me so much joy each month to see the new dog doing their yoga pose. There is also a Sloth Yoga calendar which is pretty amazing.
One of those stereotypes that is usually true is that yogis like essential oils. Who doesn't like something that smells good AND can benefit you in many different ways? A tried and true brand is DoTerra and they actually have a Yoga Collection that would make a great gift—or order their Deep Blue products for anyone with sore muscles (it works, I'll take them all) or their Breathe line for anyone who suffers from a stuffy head (it also works; I keep this bedside).
For someone who wants to practice at home, Alo Moves offers a $20 a month online yoga video subscription. What I like about it is the ability to search for specific flows at specific levels. For example, "heart openers," or "beginner yin flow." Plus, you get to experience a ton of different teachers under one service at a really reasonable cost.
Finally, yoga clothes are expensive—if you want to give your yogi friend a pricier gift, find out their favorite brand and get them a $75+ gift cart to that store (I would make sure the card can get them at least one pair of full-priced yoga pants at whichever store they chose). They will love you forever because they can pick out whatever they want that will make them look and feel their best, and they'll think of you every time they wear it! Fan favorites include Sweaty Betty, Alo, Outdoor Voices, Spiritual Gangster, Athleta and of course lululemon.
Happy shopping. Namaste home and order all my gifts online.