When I set out to write this article, I had a certain set of ideas about what would be deemed good Christmas gifts for hippies. All those stereotypes aside, I married a hippie and still think a good part of who I am as a person emerged from that thinking as well. But it’s funny, while lots of people are convinced the movement died out long ago, the truth is that so much of what the hippie culture once represented, is now firmly entrenched in our modern life. From gender bending music and clothes, to our love for organic foods and meditation, much of it came to the forefront as part of the hippie movement. After all, where would Whole Foods and hot yoga be without us? And while lots of people still try to define the hippie culture as nothing more than an affinity for “sex, love and rock ‘n roll“, a huge part of the movement was about protesting constricting social norms, politics and war. In the 60s and early 70s, dissent might have seemed the the best way to go, but honestly, it doesn’t feel much different than today’s social scene to me.
Possibly the best part of the hippy counter-culture was that it had millions of us trying to find our own sense of inner peace and harmony, with the Earth, and with each other. I think a lot of us Boomers are still working hard on that. Well, and let’s be honest here, recreational pot smoking in states where it’s legal, and some of the best music ever produced, weren’t too shabby of outcomes either. So, how does one pick out great Christmas gifts that don’t seem cliché, but DO fit the basic hippie mentality? It’s not so hard, especially with our very handy list of gift ideas. Whether you feel more comfortable buying the hippie on your list a spice grinder, knowing it’s actually to grind weed, or you opt for a more modern hippie gift like a solar charger, (yes, we hippies own lots of devices,) there are plenty of options for great stuff, and at a huge range of prices that will fit your budget too. Worst case scenario, get the hippie on your Christmas list an inappropriate Christmas sweater, because everyone could use a good laugh during the stressful holiday season. Otherwise, just check out this awesome list of the Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts for Hippies 2017.
1. Hippie Print Hobo Shoulder Bag
This versatile and stylish hippie hobo carryall is made of durable but lightweight cotton fabric. If you’re looking for the perfect gifts for hippies, this has to be one of them. It’s easily tossed over the shoulder, or worn as a crossbody bag, for all day comfort and security. The bohemian print fabric bag features a zippered main compartment, as well as a zippered inside pocket, and it has a cool wooden button clasp on the main compartment. Great for farmers’ markets or carrying around every day, this pretty bag comes in tons of different prints to choose from. If the hippie on your Christmas list is particular about fair trade products, (which they probably are), this fair trade hobo bag is a beauty. If you’re specifically buying for someone who frequents markets and purchases the majority of their produce and other products from organic growers and producers, a beautiful handled fair trade basket might be the right Christmas gift idea for them.
2. Silent Mind Tibetan Singing Bowl Set
If you’re looking for a gift for your modern hippie friend or loved one, a Tibetan singing bowl is a perfect Christmas gift idea. This lovely Christmas present can help to reduce stress, initiate healing, and welcome inner peace with a single strike. This is the perfect singing bowl for school teachers, yoga instructors, parents, beginners, and seasoned collectors alike. Its beautiful design is as attractive and calm-inducing, as the rich, authentic tones and vibrations it emits when played. Perfectly sized to fit in the player’s hand, this singing bowl is great for on-the-go mindfulness, creating sounds as vibrant and resonant as many larger bowls. It is ideal for meditation, sound therapy, spiritual gatherings, or any moment when the person on your gift list wants to create space and generate positive energy. For thousands of years, singing bowls have been lauded for their ability to generate enhanced creativity and mental clarity. If you’re getting this singing bowl for a beginner, and you’re not sure they’ll love the concept, the Ohm Store Tibetan Singing Bowl a bit less expensive, but equally popular option. If you’re buying for someone who will more highly value an artisan piece, the larger Hand Hammered Tibetan Meditation Singing Bowl delivers an incredible meditative experience.
3. AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
Organic food and organic gardening have been tradition in the hippie culture, so when you’re on the hunt for the perfect gifts for hippies, this one is a winner. This amazing hydroponic garden allows them to grow fresh herbs and vegetables in their home, year-round. This smart countertop garden uses water and patented nutrients to naturally grow plants of all kinds without herbicides and pesticides. They can grow up to nine different plants at a time, and the plants grow in water – not soil. Energy efficient LED lights are tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests. The easy-to-use control panel has a touch screen display that utilizes simple prompts to guide them from setup to harvest, and provides helpful gardening tips. It also creates optimal conditions for plants by automatically turning the lights on and off, as well as prompting users when they need to add water and nutrients. A slightly smaller version, the AeroGarden Ultra, allows your favorite hippie to grow up to seven plants at a time and takes up a bit less counter space. If your hippie happens to live in a tiny house, The AeroGarden Sprout handles up to three plants at a time, and it’s under $70. Keep their growing season abundant with the AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit. And, since every true hippie still wants an outdoor garden in the summer, the Culinary Herb Heirloom Seed Collection is a fun surprise for any avid gardener.
Price: $345 (18 percent off MSRP)
4. Sensari Trough Incense Burner Gift Set
It may seem cliché, but hippies really do love incense. And despite what you might be thinking, it isn’t just to mask the scent of pot smoke. The aromatherapy of incense is serious business, and it’s great for relaxing, meditation, or anytime the house seems stuffy. The problem with incense is the resulting ash, that can be messy or even burn furniture or window sills. (I once marred the sill in my bedroom as a teen, and it was not a happy moment when my dad found out.) This terrific burner is like a small piece of furniture itself. It’s made of wood, and has been hand-stained and buffed to a beautiful finish. Because it’s made of wood, each burner is completely unique and natural, and the deep holder catches every last ash. It’s made to hold two incense sticks at a time, and this set comes with 20 sticks for your hippie to mix and match. The other thing that makes it appealing as one of our favorite gifts for hippies is that it’s handmade in the USA. Of course 20 sticks of incense won’t go very far, but since this gift is so affordable, consider the Satya Gift Set with 12 different scents, from Sandalwood and Jasmine, to Nag Champa and Rain Forest. Another fragrant option is Hosley’s 240 Pack of Highly Fragranced Incense Sticks, which are infused with essential oils that provide lots of healing properties.
Price: $22.97 (8 percent off MSRP)
5. On Trend Women’s Paris Bohemian V-Neck Dress
Casual and comfy maxi dresses, filled with Bohemian style, are a mainstay for any real hippie woman. This pretty boho chic dress features easy wrap styling and a classic print that would be a favorite for women large and small. This pretty dress has a surplice v neckline, tie belt with loops at the waist, and is made with an easy care poly/spandex fabric blend that can be simply handwashed if the hippie lady on your list is living off the grid. We also love the Risesun Women’s Bohemian Vintage Printed Casual Tunic Dress, that’s great over leggings or well-worn Levis. Naturally, hippie chicks love Bohemian jewelry to wear with everything from tee shirts to tunics to dresses. The Bohemian Multi-Colored Sequin Gold Cuff Bracelet matches nearly everything with it’s multi-colored stones and beads, plus you can get some awesome hoop earrings to match. The Tree of Life Picasso Jasper Beaded Wrap Bracelet has natural stones, and gem theory tells us that jasper is the perfect stone for an earth mother and nurturer.
Price: $21.99 – $52.00 (Up to 67 percent off MSRP)
6. Birkenstock Arizona Birkibuc Sandal
Few things define the look of the hippie generation like Birkenstocks. Sure there were Earth shoes, and chukkah boots, (which you can still get, by the way) but the style that’s lived on for decades is the classic Birkenstock sandal. Perfect Christmas gifts for hippies, Birkenstocks are year round footwear for many. Great for padding around the house in winter, while their tootsies are snuggled in warm wool socks, and of course worn outdoors from the first sunny day of spring until the snow flies, Birkenstocks are a hippie favorite. Why? It’s all about comfort. The contoured cork footbed conforms to the shape of your foot and features pronounced arch support, with an extra layer of super soft foam cushioning, a deep heel cup and roomy toe box, lined with suede. They are also an equal opportunity shoe, beloved by both men and women. For more toe coverage in poor weather, the Birkenstock Unisex Boston Slip-On Clog is another hippie favorite that features a rounded toe and single buckle strap. For those that prefer a heel strap instead of a slide, the Birkenstock Unisex Milano Sandal is a great option this Christmas.
Price: $73.98 – $116.85
7. Anker 21W Dual USB Solar Charger
Self sufficiency and self reliance are an integral part of the hippie code of ethics. While they sound like one and the same, they’re actually not. Self sufficiency is more about living completely autonomous, while self reliance may refer to producing as much as one can with the materials they’ve got. Either way, this intelligent high speed charging panel is a fit. Its ultra-thin, lightweight design is great for camping, hiking and living off the grid. Its fast charging technology delivers charging speeds of up to 2.4 amps per port, or three amps overall under direct sunlight, providing enough power to charge two devices simultaneously. It’s also incredibly durable – the industrial-strength PET polymer faced solar panels are sewn into a rugged polyester canvas that’s weather-resistant and portable. It’s fitted with stainless-steel eye-holes on each corner that allow easy attachment to backpacks, trees, or tents. If your hippie needs more power to charge a 12V car battery, boat or RV, the ALLPOWERS 60W Foldable SunPower Solar Panel can do that, plus it features five USB ports for simultaneous charging. For simple solar phone charging, the BESWILL Solar Charger features three USB ports, and is a #1 Amazon Best Seller for under thirty bucks.
8. Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More
The year was 1969. The war in Vietnam raged on, while the angst of a generation played out at home. Woodstock, both the festival and its music, signaled an end of the status quo for young American activists and hippies. The artists who played there, and their music in the years that followed, was emblematic for millions who eschewed their parent’s conservative lifestyles, American politics, and the lack of self-expression allowed in the 60s. It made a statement then, and it still does today. That’s why this three record set makes the perfect gift for hippies, and anyone else on your Christmas list who loves great music. No real hippie could forget Richie Havens’ three hour performance, as he stalled for other artists from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, to Canned Heat and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to arrive. In fact, there are few more iconic albums of the time than Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà vu. This LP, on vinyl, would be an awesome gift for those who might still have a turntable as a part of their music system, and in fact, many music aficionados claim that vinyl is the best way to hear it. Just in case you’d like to give the hippie on your list a blast from the past, you can still get a great stereo turntable with built in speakers for just a little over $100.
9. Sunshine Joy Tie Dye Hippie Bandana
Don’t even laugh that we’ve chosen a tie dye bandana as one of our favorite gifts for hippies. Since I own a couple myself, and still consider myself a bit of a hippie too, these are my favorite headgear for doing all things in nature. They’re great for what they’re intended, but they have also acted as a compress for an unexpected ankle gouge while hiking. Your hippie might also use these bandanas to carry those fresh huckleberries or wild morel mushrooms they found in the forest, or they might want to just wear one because it’s super cool. And every self respecting hippie loves a good tie dye tee, like these Koloa Surf Co. Colorful Tie-Dye T-Shirts. Get them in 17 different color options, each for under twenty bucks. And if you’re shopping for a hippie chick, we love the Kate Kasin Women’s Casual Tie Dye kaftan style maxi.
10. Herb Grinder with Pollen Catcher
You can joke all you want about those “pot smoking hippies”, but the reality was, and still is, that marijuana is very much a part of the hippie sub-culture. Check out the sales in any state that’s legalized weed, and you’ll see that the prime customers are baby boomers. If the hippie on your Christmas list still lives some of the lifestyle, there’s plenty of scientific evidence that pot smoking has lots of advantages over other legal stuff, like booze and opioids. Pot smokers who want to grind their weed into the perfect fluffy pipe load, will love this weed grinder. It delivers the perfect grind every time, with razor sharp cutting teeth. With a stainless steel pollen catcher, this multi-part grinder also doubles as a nifty stash can. If the hippie on your list prefers culinary cannabis, the Magical Butter MB2E Botanical Extractor Machine makes it easy to infuse extractions into oils, butters, tinctures and more. For an awesome stocking stuffer for your pot smoker, grab the 20 pack of Juicy Jays Double Wraps to keep it simple and add a flavorful flair.
Price: $29.97 (50 percent off MSRP)