A mala—which means “garland” in Sanskrit—is a strand of beads used as a prayer and meditation tool. It can also be worn as a necklace or wrapped around the wrist, making it a versatile piece of handmade jewelry. Mala beads make great gifts, especially for people who incorporate spiritual practices into their lives. Here are a few factors to keep in mind when shopping for mala beads to give to a loved one.

What to Consider When Gifting Mala Beads

1. Intention

Think about how your loved one is most likely to use the mala beads. Will they wear it as jewelry alone, or will they also use it for prayer, meditation, and other spiritual pursuits? Also, consider the recipient’s tastes, such as colors they like to wear, as well as the style of mala that will best fit their lifestyle, whether it be a necklace, a bracelet, or both.

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2. Energy

Mala beads are typically made of healing materials, such as gemstones or crystals, that emit various vibrations and energies. If there’s an aspect of life that your loved one is currently struggling with or hoping to improve, choose a string made with beads known to help in that area. For example, if they’re dealing with work conflicts, select a mala with turquoise beads, as this stone is thought to release negative energy, and foster a sense of inner peace.

3. Intuition

It’s also important to follow your intuition, especially when the gift will primarily serve as a piece of handmade jewelry. If you spot a string with colors that immediately makes you think of your loved one, get it! You can also ask an expert for recommendations based on your loved one’s personality.

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