Holiday Gift Giving Guide Through the Zodiac Signs
Most of us look forward to the holiday season; after all, there are so many great parties, eventss and opportunities to eat our faces off while celebrating with the people we love most. There are those who seem to give the best presents year after year, consistently dazzling their Secret Santas and even making people cry when they open their gift and see how much thought was put into it.
Then there’s the rest of us who continue to be stumped year after year. The worst is when you become predictable, “Oh, I bet you got me a fruit cake and a (insert generic store) gift card again! Thanks Jim!” Instead of just heading to your local convenience store and loading up, or re-gifting last year’s presents you never opened, look to astrology for ideas and suggestions!
Each zodiac sign has innate qualities that can be translated into awesome gift ideas - why not try something new and see how you shape up against Perfect Polly’s amazing powers of gift giving this year? Let’s look at some sun sign inspired possibilities and see if anything inspires your inner Santa.
Fast-moving Aries likes to be in the know and at the head of the pack when it comes to life. Rams are impetuous, and love to take on new challenges to collect experiences. The hard thing is to keep up with them, when they can be very spontaneous and likely buy whatever they want as soon as they see it.
They are not known to walk away from something they fall in love with to think about it and come back later. This holiday season, get ahead of them with an, “...of the month” club to truly wow the Aries on your list. It’s really twelve presents in one and every month, Aries will be delighted and surprised by the bevvy of options that come straight to their door.
With selections ranging from cheese and beer, to clothing, salsa and even jam, you’ll keep them on their toes and excited for the next round.
Earth sign Taurus is a sensual creature who loves the finer things in life. They enjoy comforts of any kind and this can be the way to their hearts! Ruled by the planet Venus, our bull friends are very aware of all five of their senses and will likely be drawn to at least a few of them when it comes to their top picks.
Touch and taste are the more obvious choices, especially if you don’t know them well enough to go for perfume, artwork or music. Look for something with a pleasing texture - soft and cushy, fuzzy, smooth or tactile, it should prove to be a hit.
On the other hand, Taurus loves to eat! Keep in mind they are a fixed sign, so going out to try a new, hot bistro probably won’t be as meaningful as heading to their fave Italian restaurant where they know exactly what they are going to get.
Geminis have brains that won’t slow down for anything - and that can be exhausting! Adaptable Gemini is a mutable sign, so they are used to making swift changes, really welcoming them as part of their usual routine. In this case, how do you shop for the sign of the twins?
They’re constantly jumping from one idea to the next, seeming to almost chew up every piece of information as it comes to them. They key is to get slightly ahead and keep feeding them knowledge! Take a page from your Gemini and look to the internet. When it comes to finding information fast, it’s as simple as searching Google - in this case, to look for some helpful ideas.
Does your Gemini love sci-fi, but they have a short attention span? Look to a Top 10 Sci-Fi Short Stories list and round them up for your gift idea. Horror movie fan? Comics? American historical films documenting conspiracy theories?
It sounds simple, but you can find some amazing and creative gift ideas by simply finding two key things your Gemini loves and combining them to see what comes up. They’ll wonder how you ever found such a perfect gift!
Crabs are very proud of their homes and spend ample amounts of time cultivating gadgets, pictures, decor and doodads to fill their beloved space with comfort and love, creating a welcoming environment for those they love best.
Romantic and sensitive Cancer wears their heart on their sleeve, seeking out deep and meaningful relationships - they will not be concerned at how much you spend on them, and are likely to shed a few tears if you really put some thought into your gift.
Home is definitely where the heart is for Cancer, so this year, look to give them something from your heart, touching them with sincerity and offering a token they can treasure for years to come. If you are artistic or crafty, there are many pottery shops where you can throw a bowl or vase and paint it in your own style, creating a lovely keepsake.
(Even if you stink at crafts and it looks like a melted football, Cancer will still appreciate the effort.) There are many online shops like shutterfly.com that will take your photos and make calendars, individualized books or prints. The key to the crab is to be thoughtful.
Excitable fire sign Leo needs to be inspired and feel vibrant, vital, like the king or queen of the jungle they truly are. Lions love to be the center of attention and really want to feel as though they are special, admired and desired by others. In other words, make a big deal about them, spoil them as they would generously spoil you in return and make it count.
One of my best friends is a Leo and I made her a 3 foot gold spray painted trophy with multicolored bedazzles and a lion fighting a Pegasus on top for Christmas last year for getting a sweet new job and going through some tough family issues. I wanted to show her she was a champ to me and to remind her of all of her accomplishments.
She absolutely loved it. At the end of the day, you can shower Leo with jewelry, expensive clothing, concert tickets - they’ll like that too, but deep down, Leos just want to know that they are special and you recognize it.
Picky, picky Virgo has exacting tastes, which can make it tres difficult to shop for them! Don’t run straight for the gift card section, there are other ways to approach this very particular sign.
We can almost guarantee your Virgo keeps some kind of organization tool in their arsenal, maybe a secret wish list on their IPad, a couple of bookmarks in some fashion magazines, or even better, a well thought out and crystal clear Pinterest page. Bingo! It’s not cheating, that’s the whole point of Pinterest, sharing, collecting and re-posting!
Don’t knock it til you try it - this can be a great way for you to get ideas, either by scrolling through and picking up on favorite colors or designs, or finding a book list or some recipes. You can get a sense of their taste and style this way and if you’re really lucky, they might have an actual “Wish List,” for you to check out!
They’ll be impressed at how much research you did and probably be touched by how much thought you put into finding the right gift for them! Even if you feel like you nailed it, be sure to include a gift receipt - you never know.
Relationships are vitally important to Libra, they do not like being alone and are only able to really relax into their best selves when they are in fulfilling, harmonious and satisfying partnerships.
Whether this means a tight circle of friends, a companion, a spouse or a combination, when it comes to Libra, great gift ideas start with considering things you can do together, or items that represent your commitment or memories. Planning a special date or friends weekend getaway is a great way to go.
If you’ve been together a long time, come up with a memory lane kind of item, a photo collage from when you were in school, or a denim jacket that looks just like the one they lost years ago and reminded them of your first date.
Showing them how much you care will warm their hearts and win you points. Ruled by Venus, Libra will also appreciate anything luxurious, so perfume, cologne or some kind of fancy product should appeal to their fixation on beauty and being attractive, while still being personal to them and reflecting your knowledge of their taste.
Scorpios are discerning - they tend to have very specific taste and they enjoy receiving meaningful gifts, it doesn’t always matter how much you’ve spent on them. The first thing to consider when thinking of giving gifts to scorpions is to make sure you DO NOT forget to give them something. Even if it’s just a gift card, you still thought about them.
Forgetting a Scorpio could ensure you don’t need think about a gift next year - or ever again. To really wow the Scorpio on your list, consider how important those deep connections are to them. Scorpios seek out and hold close the intimacy they create within their relationships, so think about that quality when planning their presents.
Just like Libra, look for something that will show them how much you know them, as well as how much they mean to you. It could be as simple as planning a night in with their favorite food and movie, recreating your first date, buying concert tickets for their ultimate fave band, even taking them axe throwing with a group of friends.
Whatever you choose, if you’re making memories and recognizing how critical they are to your life, they’ll love it - and love you!
Curious Sagittarius wants to learn, to collect experiences and to feel like they are on a constant path of discovery and wonder. Eternal optimists, they believe everything holds a wonderful possibility, we need only try it to find out. While Sagittarius certainly enjoys traveling and adventure, your pocketbook may not be able to accommodate in the way you would like.
This holiday season, consider a similar idea, but take a different route! A weekend away could be a fun and less expensive adventure, or do some research on the restaurants and little neighborhoods in your town. Hit up a delicious, themed Vietnamese or Cajun restaurant, a tucked away Italian bakery, or a food festival or market that celebrates multiple cultures, food, decor and dress.
You’ll get points for creativity and can make up your very own adventure for a fraction of the cost. You’ll likely make some new friends and learn a little something along the way.
Practical Capricorn appreciates authenticity in all things. Being an earth sign, it would be a smart choice to find a natural gift - no plastic or poly blends - something made with a quality and attention to detail, but carrying a sense of elegance and simplicity at the same time. Capricorns have excellent taste and likely don’t want to collect things just for the sake of it.
Remember when you were a kid and you had $3 to your name, so you made coupons because you wanted to have something special for your folks to open? Believe it or not, this could really work for hard-working Capricorn.
The adult version could be closer to hiring a maid service for an afternoon, or if you are short on dough, offering to pick up the kids for a week or giving them a handful of foot massages. Anything time saving will be priceless to the goat, so you don’t have to dig into your pockets to please them, just be willing to give of your time and your heart.
Our water bearer friends are known for their cerebral approach to life. They have supreme analytical powers and love puzzles of all kinds, enjoying the challenge of untwisting problems and figuring out people who say one thing, while their body language says another.
There are all kinds of fun brain teasers, extra tricky jigsaws and mind busting word games out there to tangle the wiliest Aquarius this year. Another road you could go down for this air sign is to take a hard turn into weirdness. Aquarius is a unique character, and they appreciate the odd, the daring and the futuristic.
Alarm clock on wheels? Perfect! Sudoku toilet paper? Sounds great! You can go crazy with gift ideas, they’ll be tickled by anything that isn’t boring. Tech products will bode well also, just make sure they don’t already have it. Avoid anything sentimental, it will not go over well.
Pisces often spends a lot of time helping others and displaying their selfless compassion, which can be really draining over long periods of time. This water sign is very creative and has a lot of imagination, but they may often put off their own interests in order to come to someone’s aid.
This holiday season, give them an excuse to escape to their more artistic pleasures and to really feel free to take on something they truly love and can be inspired by. It is the thought that counts with Pisces, who can be very sentimental and tends to wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Look up concerts in the coming months and see if any of their favorite artists are about to hit the town. Do the same for nearby museums, galleries or art house movie theaters - maybe one of their topics of interest or favorite artists will be on display. Even a lovely, oversized book full of delightful pictures on a topic they love could knock them over.
Get some clues from your conversations and really give them something they’ll find meaningful for years to come.
We all stress about gift giving - we so very much want to wow everyone on our list, but sometimes it seems like there are just too many options. For the most part, a little creative thinking, snooping and risk taking can really pay off when it comes to garnering gifts - and for the majority of the zodiac signs - we all appreciate when someone goes out of their way to make us smile.
Try to remember the whole point of why we celebrate the holidays by sharing presents - we are recognizing the important people in our lives during a time reserved for the nearest and dearest. Now get out there and enjoy that shopping!
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