Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Jun. 30, 2011
Mar. 12, 2012
Class A Common Stock
Mar. 12, 2012
Class B Common Stock
Document Type 10-K      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2011      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011      
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY      
Entity Registrant Name GAIAM, INC      
Entity Central Index Key 0001089872      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No      
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes      
Entity Voluntary Filers No      
Entity Public Float   $ 81,985,731    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding     17,297,844 5,400,000