Susan Miller's Guide To Holiday Gifts

Still haven't figured out what to get all of your best buds for the holidays? Relax: This year, we're waiting for the stars to align. And, Susan Miller is here to help us.
As one of our favorite astrology experts, Miller has curated a set of can't-beat ideas for each of the 12 sun signs, taking all the personal traits and symbols into consideration. With a list of sparkling necklaces, printed infinity scarves, decorative journals, and stationery, she's broken down the perfect eye candy each astro sign will instantly love. Plus, with the release of Miller's own vibrant 2014 astrological calendar, which will keep you on top of retrograde dates and new- and full-moon nights, you're pretty much all set for anyone on your gift list — yourself included. Jump ahead for a look at all of Miller's picks, and shop the entire list at the Paramount Hotel Brika x Coveteur pop-up through Jan 5th.
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Aries
If there is one thing that Aries does well, it’s make a statement when she chooses to do so. Nothing about this sign is wishy-washy or tentative, and that’s the reason Aries make such superb, confident leaders. This ability to be brave and self-assured extends to her fashion sense, too. She’s not a "me, too" girl, and that's why this necklace is so perfect for her. The sparkling jewels will bring flattering light and brightness to her face, the part of the body Aries rules. Choose gray, mint, or chocolate-colored — any of these would be right.

George & Laurel Winston Necklace, $160, available at Brika.
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Taurus
This elegant floral circle scarf would be the dream of a Taurus woman. Born in late April or May, the time of year that is the quintessential expression of spring, the tender blossoms depicted on this scarf might have been plucked fresh from a country garden. Taurus rules the neck, and the Taurus woman usually has a beautiful one. She'll enjoy wearing her circular scarf and bringing some soft femininity to her look.

Ash & Anchor Reverie Scarf, $79, available at Brika.
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Gemini
Gemini women usually have beautiful hands and a masterful command of the English language. She would run rings around anyone who would dare challenge her thinking on any subject. Gemini has an uncanny ability to choose just the right word and precise fact at the very moment she needs it — it's the reason others need to think twice before trying to trump her in debate. She reads a lot, and she writes often.

A journal to jot down her ideas, goals, things to do, people to see, and daily appointments is the very best gift for a Gemini woman. She will love it, especially one so beautifully hand-crafted as this one by Native Bear.

Native Bear Golden Swan Journal, $15, available at Brika.
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Cancer
Instead of giving the more boring salt and pepper shakers, these tiny, look-alike mini bowls are much cooler to hold your Cancer’s condiments on the guest's table.

Cancers love home and family above all. Nothing makes the Cancer woman happier than to set a table for a crowd, often spontaneously. But, no one said she had to slave over a hot stove. There’s nothing wrong with ordering out — what matters is the love she provides along with the food she serves. And, no matter what her preference, a dash of salt or pepper never hurts a dish. Delight your Cancer woman and favorite host with these flake mini bowls.

Wind & Willow Flake Mini Bowls, $16, available at Brika.
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Leo
In ancient Egyptian days, scarabs were a symbol of rebirth or regeneration. The Egyptian god Khepri, Ra, was symbolized by the rising sun and often depicted in their art as a scarab beetle or a scarab-beetle-headed man. The ancient Egyptians believed that Ra renewed the sun every day as it majestically rose above the horizon at sunrise. And, as darkness fell, they believed that the sun would travel down into the underworld. Ra would renew the mighty sun, giver of life and strength, each day at sunrise.

The sun rules the sign of Leo, so it is hard to imagine a more fitting gift for your Leo woman than a scarf with the sacred scarabs. She is also very sophisticated, and this chic design is right up her alley. Trust: This is the one she wants.

Snoozer Loser Black Scarabs Scarf, $42, available at Brika.
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Virgo
Virgo is wise in the ways of social graces and never fails to send a handwritten note after someone has done something kind. As a sign, Virgo loves to use her hands and feel the pen as it glides over the smooth paper. But, Virgos are choosy about the stationery they use — it has to be of quality and special in every way. The gold-foil-snake stationery set is an ideal choice. Elegant, smooth, pure white, with gold foil — she’ll be admiring her new stationery on her desk before she ever puts pen to paper.

Rabbit Foot Fern Gold Foil Snake Stationery Set, $30, available at Brika.
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Libra
Venus rules the sign of Libra, bestowing elegant taste and a love of all things that are embellished or appeal to the senses: art, perfume, flowers, and jewelry, for starters.

Libra, an air sign, is considered the arbiter of taste. So, when you want to know the best new restaurant, the to-be-seen-at club, the latest runway look, just go to her. She will be delighted to tell you, for air signs are communicators. If she doesn’t go into the law field or work as a curator of an art gallery, she will often go into fashion. These professions seek perfect balance and proportion.

Similarly, these Art Deco earrings are tiny but add the right note to any Libra woman’s wardrobe. Other girls may pick round studs, but the Libra woman quizzically asks, "Why?" Like everything else, Libra chooses carefully and deliberately, always using exquisite taste. She’ll be impressed that you showed such sophistication in choosing these Deco shell earrings for her.

Upper Metal Class Silver Deco Shell Earrings, $55, available at Brika.
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Scorpio
Scorpio, a water sign, is born at the time of the year when nature is about to settle down for a rest. The leaves have fallen and now cover the earth in a soft blanket. When the rain comes, the leaves serve as a soft mulch to nourish the land. The colors of the November sky are dark and brooding, with heavy clouds that create a beautiful moody sky of navy, purple, black, and burgundy.

Scorpio rules all that happens unseen under the ground, including the root vegetables that grow, like carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, radishes, and potatoes. This sign is therefore associated with all things that need investigation — to trace the roots of a situation, so to speak. They are master detectives and often expose all that needs to be seen and discussed by society.

Scorpios are subtle, and this scarf would be perfect for her. Scorpio is never flashy and prizes functionality. This scarf is soft and comfy and would be perfect to wear for any season.

Little Minnow Badges Infinity Scarf, $32, available at Brika.
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Sagittarius
Tassel necklaces are on trend, and this one seems more striking than most. The Sagittarian woman likes a dramatic look — nothing dainty or fussy — to wear with equally theatrical, classically handsome clothes.

Tassels have a deep, rich history, too. Tassels first show up in Egypt and Mesopotamia, regions where astrology was born and flourished. Children wore them on their hoods or caps to protect them from bad spirits and to ward off demons. The Renaissance brought small tassels into vogue, while the Victorian period used large tassels quite extensively in home decor.

Sagittarius, the most international of all signs and the one most associated with advanced degrees and university education, would enjoy having this necklace with such a rich and varied history through multiple cultures.

Reason To Be Pretty Tassel Necklace, $80, available at Brika.
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Capricorn
Capricorn loves anything vintage. You'll find her on Saturdays looking through antique dress shops or deliberating about which piece of heirloom jewelry she will buy from a fine estate retailer. Capricorn rules all things historic, so she’d appreciate this beautiful iPhone case that depicts hot air balloons floating in bygone days.

Capricorn is the sign of the wise leader, and her iPhone rarely leaves her well-manicured hands. Give her this special gift, and she’ll think of you often, whenever she makes a call.

Maybe Sparrow Design Vintage Hot Air Balloon iPhone Case, $40, available at Brika.
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Aquarius
Tell an Aquarian that she needs to do something a certain way, and she’ll do just the opposite. She’s not necessarily contrary (although she enjoys being that way, too), but the Aquarian woman never stops experimenting with new concepts. To follow the tried-and-true is not “her,” for she knows that something new and exciting can be born the next minute. She is an innovator and iconoclast, so you’ll never quite know what she’ll say or do next. It's the reason everyone finds her so lovable.

When it comes to fashion, she’s never a victim, but rather she starts the trends you see first and that suddenly get picked up by editors and street-style stars. These bold, architectural earrings fit the bill for the confident Aquarian woman who celebrates being an individual. She loves the Steve Jobs credo “think different” — it’s her mantra, too.

Lab By Laura Busony Shield Studs, $98, available at Brika.
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Pisces
The Pisces woman is deeply imaginative, artistic, and sensitive and finds beauty in places others often miss. She understands that dreams spark new, creative ideas, whether those occur at night or as daydreams. Without dreams, there cannot be new creations and advances in any field.

The twelfth house of the horoscope — which is considered Pisces' natural house — rules dreams, the subconscious mind, intuition, as well as symbols that stem from the right brain. This is why the arts — painting, poetry, music, ballet, literature, etc. — are associated with Pisces. Give her this necklace that simply says “dream,” for it will speak to her and acknowledge her enormous capacity to create.

Carma Collection Exclusive Dream Necklace, $68, available at Brika.
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Bonus: a gift that any astrology buff will love.
Susan Miller's annual calendar is not only decked out in the artwork of Gloria Vanderbilt, but it's also the only calendar that will help you use your time wisely this year. Track when Mercury is in retrograde, stay on top of those all-important astrological dates, and let Miller help you navigate 2014 a little wiser and better prepared for whatever the stars have in store.

Susan Miller The Year Ahead 2014 Astrological Calendar By Susan Miller, $17.99, available at Brika.