Knowing someone's sun sign will never tell you
their , but, during the holiday season, when all you want is to avoid being the person who gives everyone gift cards, even a sliver of astrological info can help you pick the perfect gift.
That is not to say that every Cancer wants the same, exact scarf. Rather, knowing that someone is a Cancer can streamline your search process. For example, their Crabby identity suggests that they probably want something cozy that encourages them to spend the day indoors — and not some newfangled gadget.
Regardless of your sign, the holiday shopping season can pose all sorts of challenges. It doesn't help that Mercury will be entering its last retrograde of the year on December 3. In other words, get your shopping done early, stargazers, and save yourself an online ordering mixup or five.
Ahead, find out what you should be gifting to every member of the Zodiac.
Aries Get them: Something that lets them embrace their inner mall rat — in a grownup way. Aries hate being called the "younger sibling" of the Zodiac, but they secretly harbor a nostalgic desire to just be a teen sometimes. This fuzzy, pink wristlet would look at home with jeans and a T-shirt or a throwback-worthy Juicy sweatsuit.
Faux Fur Triangle Wristlet,
Aries Another pick: Your Ram friend will love proudly announcing that their subdued, rather grown-up poncho is actually from Abercrombie, home of jean skirts, layerable polos, and the remnants of our youth.
Abercrombie & Fitch
— PAID — Aries Another pick:
Featuring notes of mandarin, gardenia, and caramel, the original Viva La Juicy EDP fragrance is perfect for the adventurous Aries who never shies away from trying something new. Plus, the decadent bottle will surely indulge her inner show-off — in the best way possible, of course — when she displays it on her vanity.
Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Spray, $96.00, available at
Taurus Get them: Something they'll delight in Instagramming. Taureans are visual creatures and crave filling their everyday lives with beautiful, shiny things. This floral water bottle is sure to make their hydration routine worthy of a snap or two.
Taurus Another pick: The gold-tinted accents on this mug are sure to attract any luxury-loving Bull. Plus, shouting out their sign adds a pleasantly personal touch to this gift.
Astrology Chart Mug,
Taurus Another pick: Believe it or not, this is a yoga mat that, yes, you can and should sweat on. If the Taurean you have in mind has been on the fence about joining their local studio, this mat is just pretty enough to finally convince them.
Gemini Get them: Something with plenty of room for customization. Gems are quick to change their minds, and their gift should be able to keep up with them. For the shutterbug Gemini, this set of four lenses is perfect. They can create four different effects, from fisheye to macro, by clipping these right onto the back of a phone.
4-in-1 Lens Set,
Gemini Another pick: You can tell a Gemini by how many books they've started and abandoned halfway through. Save them from an overcrowded shelf with an e-reader (and leave the content up to them). Doesn't get more customizable than that.
Kindle E-reader - Black, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers [Black, With Special Offers],
Gemini Another pick: They can taste and sample to their heart's content with this grab-bag of snacks from Mouth. When they get sick of the kettle chips, the salted almonds will be right there, waiting.
Cancer Get them: A gift that enhances their downtime. Cancers look forward to those completely blank weekends on their calendars, marathon nesters that they are. If the Cancer in your life is sick of getting candles, this light-up orb subtly changes colors to set the mood to "chill."
Verliux ORBit LED Calming Relaxation Mood Lamp ,
Cancer Another pick: Then again, some Cancers can never have enough candles. This one fills the room with notes of white grapefruit, bamboo, and rose musk.
ROSE WATER + RED CITRUS | BRASS,
Cancer Another pick: No day spent indoors is complete without a good book — and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo gets our vote as just feels-centric enough for any Crab. They'll come for the ghosts. They'll stay for the moving reflection on death.
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel,
Leo Get them: Something luxe that won't break the bank. Leos are a funny bunch: They love flashy accent pieces, but hate knowing you spent a ton of money on them — they're the generous ones. A gift like this candle holder walks that line glamorously.
The White Company
Mercury Pillar Large Candle Holder - Silver,
Leo Another pick: These dark-tinted sunglasses will let the Lion in your life live out their movie-star-incognito dreams. The lifetime warranty guarantees you'll never have to worry about getting them another pair.
Leo Another pick: The timeless combination of white and gold will be hard to resist for any regal Leo. For added points, throw in an orchid or two before you deliver it.
Modern by Dwell Magazine
Stoneware Metallic Vase - Large,
Virgo Get them: A gift that's polished enough to satisfy their proper side, but still appeals to their ruling element, earth. Virgos are drawn to the great outdoors but have a standard of cleanliness and practicality to uphold. Simultaneously rugged and streamlined, these boots will be great for your Virgo pal's next snowbound trek.
Virgo Another pick: A sweatshirt riddled with slashes and holes might not fit the prissy Virgo stereotype, but plenty of them have an edgy side that's dying to be outfitted for a quick trail run.
Virgo Another pick: With vacuum insulation and a rose-gold finish, this travel cup is a perfect addition to a picnic set. Grab one for yourself and make plans for a boozy hike with your Virgo friend.
Arctica 12 oz. Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler - Rose Gold,
Libra Get them: Something for their entertaining repertoire. When they aren't flitting from event to event, Libras are probably hosting their own social gatherings. This air sign craves variety, so they'd love a new game to replace their worn-out Cards of Humanity. This board game was created with women in mind and hinges upon original, thought-provoking questions.
Libra Another pick: Few things are more Libran than an eye-catching bar set — even better if you gift it in time for their notorious NYE bash.
Mirage: Rainbow Barware Set,
Libra Another pick: If your Libra friend prefers movie marathons to night-long ragers, they need all the cushions and floor pillows they can get their hands on.
Ruthie Velvet Floor Pillow,
Scorpio Get them: A gift that will bring out their softer side. Believe it or not, Scorps are more than doom and gloom. Water signs that they are, many can be warm and nurturing when they want to be. Start small and give them a set of hardy succulents. If they can't keep these babies alive, downgrade to a pet rock next time.
Holiday Jewel Garden,
Scorpio Another pick: If there ever was a sign that needed to vent, it's Scorpio. Giving them a journal can be a gentle invitation to let them do just that. And it's not your fault if they just use it as a personal Burn Book.
High Quality Paper Hard Cover Notebook A6,
Scorpio Another pick: We know, Scorps aren't known for their sentimentality. But they'll quietly love a framed photo, especially one from a shared experience. Just ignore their eyeroll; they don't mean it.
Ivory Coast Bone & Horn Picture Frame,
Sagittarius Get them: The practical items they're always forgetting to buy for themselves. We'd never call Sags absent-minded, but they certainly can overlook essential needs when they're busy planning for the next adventure. If the Archer in your life has yet to prepare for the winter months, this knit hat will send them a timely reminder.
Shit That I Knit
Gunn Beanie in Heather,
Sagittarius Another pick: It might feel overly parental to worry over your friend's linens, but you can't help but cringe at the sight of the ratty towels they've had since college.
L.L.Bean Egyptian Cotton Towels,
Sagittarius Another pick: A wallet that looks grownup but isn't gaudy is a great choice for this bells-and-whistles-adverse sign.
The Post Wallet,
Capricorn Get them: Something that will take years to replace. Most Goats prefer investment items to anything too trendy, and gifts are no exception (bonus points if it's something they use on the regular). This maple-wood cutting board should withstand the test of many a chop.
John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board, 20" x 15"x 1.25 Inch [20" x 15"x 1.25 Inch],
Capricorn Another pick: Minimalist? Check. Made from sturdy materials? Check. These marble and wood coasters were made for the Capricorn in your life.
Marble & Dark Wood Coasters, Set of 4,
Capricorn Another: A stylish pair of gloves that will actually keep their hands warm. Sure, most practical Caps already have a pair for every bag and coat, but these are sure to be their new favorites.
Mieke Women's Sheepskin Leather Glove,
Aquarius Get them: Something that's arty yet low-key. Aquarians know they have good taste but rarely enjoy flaunting it for all to see. This collection of the best Instagrams taken in cities will be right at home on a Water Bearer's shelf, alongside that coding manual and dusty self-help book.
Insta Grammar: City,
Aquarius Another pick: This streamlined piece is both a sculpture and speaker. Its birdsong sound effects will brighten up any room.
Storm King Art Center
Aquarius Another pick: Your Aquarian friend will proudly display this limited edition plate, featuring the work of artist Nari Ward. If they aren't already familiar with his work, they will be the next time you meet up.
Nari Ward Plate,
Pisces Get them: A gift that lets them embrace their mystical side. Every Pisces is a spiritual healer — even if only deep, deep down. Their budding interest in the esoteric may need a little nudging (and a side of aesthetic appeal) to get them going. This essential oil diffuser is so gorgeous even the staunchest skeptic would happily use it.
LIMITED EDITION ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER,
Pisces Another pick: If they're dipping a toe into the deep waters of crystal healing, make sure they have something to guide them. Energy Muse's book will set them up for success.
Crystal Muse Book,
Pisces Another pick: A deeply intuitive sign like Pisces will delight in tapping into their intuitive side with the help of divination gift box. Prepare to have your tarot cards read every time you come over.
Olive and Cocoa
Golden Fortune Crate,