If you’ve been running out of ideas for what to give family and friends on birthdays or during the holidays, your worries end here: Now you can base their gift on their astrological sign. No more taking a shot in the dark or tucking a gift receipt into the box — now you can tailor your gifts to your loved ones’ Sun signs. Finally, you’ll please your gadget-loving Aquarius brother, your epicurean Taurus best friend, and everyone in between. Get a pen and notepad ready, and read on for great gift ideas based on the Zodiac signs.
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
Fiery Aries isn’t interested in practical gifts or those requiring lots of time to enjoy. Steer clear of items like presidential biographies, household appliances and jigsaw puzzles — this sign just doesn’t have the patience or interest needed to delve into such things. Instead, appeal to the Ram’s on-the-go lifestyle, that Aries yen for instant gratification, or this sign’s love of thrills, physical activity and any type of competition.
Great gifts for Aries: Tickets to sports events or music festivals; new trail-running shoes; a gift certificate for boxing, boot camp or salsa dancing lessons; a new golf club; state-of-the-art sunglasses; a bag of espresso beans and a French Press coffee maker.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
While Taurus is a practical sign, the Bull also has expensive tastes, and can recognize quality by feel, smell and touch. Sensual by nature, this sign loves any gift that can be enjoyed via these three senses. Grounded Taurus also has a special relationship with nature and the earth, so gifts related to these elements will are sure to be a hit.
Great gifts for Taurus: A pashmina scarf; a genuine leather bag; fine perfume; a gift certificate for a massage, facial or pedicure; a cookbook or cooking lessons; a gift certificate to an excellent restaurant; a box of chocolate-covered strawberries; a set of silk throw pillows; a lovely houseplant; new gardening gloves.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
Witty, intellectual Gemini is delighted by all manner of curiosities. In fact, with this sign, it may be all about narrowing down the options! On that note, variety goes a long way for the sign of the Twins, so several smaller items may be even more fun than one larger one. This sign also enjoys gifts that engage the hands and fingers as well as the mind.
Great gifts for Gemini: Knitting needles or a set of crochet hooks with a ball of yarn in a bright, fun color; a set of colored pens or pencils; a gift certificate to a bookstore; a book about enhancing creativity or becoming a writer; a tablet, Smartphone or other mobile device; a bag filled with many small items, such as a keychain, a whistle, a bird call, a book of quotes, or a small notepad and pen.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
Sentimental Cancer is all about family. This sign adores meaningful gifts — items from the past, things found in an antique or thrift shop, or something handmade will all be big hits. Items that appeal to the Crab’s love of comfort and connection will also go over well.
Great gifts for Cancer: A loaf of homemade pumpkin bread; a framed family photograph or a photo album pre-loaded with pictures of loved ones; a pair of throw pillows in silk or velvet; a gift certificate to a home improvement or décor store; genealogy software; a gift certificate to a favorite eatery; cake decorating lessons; a homemade book of family recipes.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
Leo is one of the warmest and most passionate signs of the Zodiac — and also one of the most generous. Thus, it can sometimes be intimidating to try to find a gift bold and splashy enough for this sign, especially considering that most Lions have expensive tastes and a great sense of style. Still, remember that, in the end, Leo just wants to feel pampered and adored.
Great gifts for Leo: Tickets to the theater or opera; a professional photo shoot; a karaoke machine; improv comedy classes; fine perfume or jewelry; a gift certificate to a day spa; a bottle of good wine; a designer scarf, watch or bag; a gift card to a clothing store.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Reserved Virgo can be one of the toughest signs to shop for, since this sign tends to be so quiet about their needs, likes and dislikes. Furthermore, extravagant gifts can make Virgo distinctly uncomfortable. Though their style and self-expression tend to be understated, keep in mind that most Virgos have polished tastes; they like to stay fit, healthy and organized; and they appreciate both quality and value.
Great gifts for Virgo: A gift card to a discount clothing store; a year’s membership at a warehouse club; budgeting software; a kitchen gadget, such as a blender or juicer, purchased at a discount; a well-made bag or watch; a gym membership; drawer organizers; a book about health and wellness; a book about self-improvement.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
Stylish Libra will love just about any gift they receive — at any rate, they would never let on if they didn’t like something you gave them. This can actually make it tough to shop for this sign, since Libra may not be completely open about their likes, dislikes, wants and needs. Still, gifts that play to Libra’s love of art, beauty, harmony and luxury should go over well.
Great gifts for Libra: A bottle of fine wine; a box of assorted gourmet chocolate truffles; a gift certificate to a day spa or a new, hot restaurant; a gorgeous designer scarf or hat; a sentimental item, such as a locket or framed photo, that signifies your love; a box of chocolate-covered strawberries; a gift subscription to a fashion or celebrity gossip magazine.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
Intense Scorpio experiences life on a deeply emotional level. This sign loves delving into all that is hidden; in fact, giving them clues and sending them on the hunt to find their gift is even better than simply giving it to them outright. As for the item itself, play to Scorpio’s love of mysteries, psychology and the occult, or to this sign’s highly passionate nature.
Great gifts for Scorpio: A nonfiction book about some fascinating aspect of human psychology; a true crime novel; a vampire or horror novel; a book about astrology; a deck of Tarot cards; a set of binoculars; a framed photo of the two of you; massage oil; silky lingerie; the Kama Sutra; a framed Gustav Klimt print; an Anaïs Nin novel.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
Sagittarius loves adventure and is naturally athletic, so gifts related to being active or having a thrilling experience are right up this sign’s alley. Sagittarius is also quite philosophical by nature, not to mention a lifelong learner. Make them happy by tailoring your gift to these personality traits.
Great gifts for Sagittarius: New hiking boots; train or plane tickets to a never-before-visited destination; camping gear; tickets to a favorite sports event; skydiving lessons; a travel photography book; tickets to a comedy show; cooking, dancing or horseback riding lessons; a book of philosophy; a subscription to a travel magazine.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
Hardworking Capricorn adores gifts that reflect the status and security this sign is always striving for. Though the Goat tends to have expensive tastes, this sign isn’t very self-indulgent. Thus, pampering gifts are wonderful for Capricorn, as is anything that is visibly well made or high-end.
Great gifts for Capricorn: A fine leather briefcase, portfolio or appointment book; a gift certificate for a massage; a good bottle of wine; golf lessons; a case of artisan beer; a book about strategies for networking, maximizing efficiency or other aspects of success; a biography of someone successful in a field of interest to your favorite Capricorn.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
Aquarius has a well-deserved reputation as the progressive humanitarian of the Zodiac. This unique and independent sign loves any gift that plays to their unique tastes, their individuality, their love of alternative therapies, or their philanthropic side. The Water Bearer is also a natural intellectual who tends to be technologically inclined.
Great gifts for Aquarius: A Smartphone, eReader or other tech gadget; a gift certificate for acupuncture or massage; a yoga mat and DVD; a donation to their favorite charity or nonprofit organization; a book about Zen Buddhism or transcendental meditation; a sci-fi novel; a gift card for their eBook reader; an astrology or science magazine subscription.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
Nurturing, tender Pisces — is there any gift this sign won’t adore? As a general rule, anything heartfelt will make Pisces’s day, no matter whether it’s large or small, expensive or homemade. When shopping for the Fish, think along sentimental, heartfelt, creative or romantic lines, and play to this sign’s love of art and mysticism.
Great gifts for Pisces: A book of love poems; a framed photo; an MP3 gift card; a scarf you knitted by hand; a love letter; a kitten, puppy or goldfish; a book about dream interpretation; a bottle of scented bubble bath; a set of charcoals or paints; an art museum membership; a meditation DVD; a chunky turquoise ring or bracelet; a book of ancient myths.