Just because Mercury Retrograde isn’t really as big of a deal as we thought (sorry), it doesn’t mean that astrology isn’t worth paying attention to. After all, think about your Zodiac sign. Chances are, its description resembles your own personality to at least some degree. Right? So why not consider the star signs of your friends and family when shopping for them. From sexy Scorpio to chameleonic Gemini, we’ve got the best gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Aries are hypercompetitive and love (read: need) to win, so get them a game you know they’ll best everyone at. Is your Aries pal a wordsmith? Go for Scrabble. Are they funny? Try What Do You Meme? or Cards Against Humanity. Just be prepared for them to want to keep kicking your butt at it all night. If you’re looking to spend a little more money, consider tickets to a sporting event so they can live vicariously through the athletes.
Taurus’s are loyal dependable and ambitious, but also stubborn and persistent to a fault (they are embodied by a bull, after all). This is the exact personality type one needs to care for a houseplant (it’s a surprisingly big responsibility, you guys), so consider buying them a cool cactus, a sweet succulent, or an ever-popular snake plant.
Geminis are chameleons who need to constantly change it up. If your Gemini is a girly-girl, consider gifting her a fancy eyeshadow palette, like this one from Pat McGrath, so she can go from zero to vampy at the drop of a hat. With their impulsive nature, pretty much any Gemini would also love tickets to a last-minute concert or play.
Cancers are emotional, pensive, and very sensitive to their surroundings. They feel a deep need to express themselves and their many thoughts, so consider buying your Cancer friend or family member a beautiful journal or sketchbook from a beloved brand like Moleskine. Giving your Cancer friend an outlet for their many feels also means they might be less likely to take it to heart next time you need to cancel brunch.
Regal, attention-loving Leos are the life of the party, which means yours is probably already looking forward to the New Year’s Eve festivities you have planned. Gift her some sparkly earrings that will complement her probably already over-the-top outfit, or consider investing in a set of fancy shot glasses.
Virgos are list-making, house-cleaning, plan-honing control freaks, so consider getting yours a tool that will help keep their home in tip-top order, just the way they like it. A Roomba will (maybe) prevent them from sweeping the floors every single day, while a pretty jewelry tree or magazine rack will help mitigate the clutter they so loathe.
Charismatic yet non-committal Libras are all about balance, but they somehow tend to get embroiled in all the worst friend group drama, even when they’re desperately trying not to. Give your Libra a place to relax with a colorful (and funny) yoga mat and a gift certificate to a local studio.
Sexy, intense Scorpios are often told they need to lighten up, but that’s easier said than done for them. Their minds are busy pondering heady topics like sex, death, and the universe so get them a copy of the last truly great book you read (bonus points if it’s something thought-provoking and dystopian), so they can devour it obsessively. And maybe also a bath bomb to try to chill them out a little.
Sagittarius’s are adventurous, forever embarking on a new, inevitably Instagram-worthy journey to some far-flung locale. If you can’t afford to get them their next plane ticket, consider a roomy camping backpack to hold all their stuff while they’re trecking through the jungle or scaling a mountain or doing whatever it is Sagittarius’s do.
Capricorn’s are notorious overachievers, working tirelessly to ensure perfection in their careers, relationships, and bodies. If your Capricorn friend is a gym rat, consider upgrading their workout wardrobe with new gear from Outdoor Voices. If they’re a tunnel-vision workaholic pulling 60-hour weeks, consider a heated back massager that they can attach to their chair at the office.
Eccentric, independent Aquarius’s are known for marching to the beat of their own drum. Get your Aquarius friend something that speaks to their quirky personality, like a candle shaped like a skull or a pair of crazy sunglasses. Aquarius’s are also known to be fascinated by gadgets, so if they don’t have a drone or a Google Home yet, consider springing for it.
Empathetic, emotional Pisces can be total space cadets, and many of them live for things with a spiritual or otherworldly allure. Consider an aromatherapy kit or an evil eye necklace to help indulge their new-agey side.