The Best Gifts for the 12 Zodiac Signs: Shop by the Stars—and Totally Nail It

Not sure what to get that picky Aries in your life or the shopaholic Cancer? Take the confusion out of the process with our handy guide to the best gifts for every zodiac sign.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could crack the code on what your MIL likes? What to get your Secret Santa at work? Or maybe you’re fresh out of ideas for the person you’ve had on your list for decades. Astrology can help!

Some signs pounce on the opportunity to wrap things in paper and ribbons (ahem, Leo). Others freeze like a possum in headlights at the idea of shopping on demand (Capricorn rising raises hand). What if they don’t like it? What if you get a reputation as a bad gift giver? What do they even like these days?

Before you throw in the towel and send a generic gift card, we’ve got guidelines to make your holiday shopping easier. Read on!

The best gifts: ideas for every zodiac sign

Get to know the traits of every person on your list, by the stars, to make gift giving easier than ever!

Best Gifts for ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Aries are the influencers and innovators among us. As the first sign of the zodiac, they love to be the first ones to premier a cutting-edge style or gadget.

When selecting the best gifts for these true originals think:

  • limited edition
  • customized
  • one-of-a-kind
  • exclusive
  • wait-list items

Treat Aries to a top from an indie label designer or get their name engraved on the back of a watch or necklace. You could also personalize the gift with a symbol that is meaningful to them.

Since Aries rules the head, they’d happily rock a statement chapeau or a colorful pair of headphones or earbuds.

The more future-forward Aries can be gadget geeks and daredevils: Who wants VR glasses this holiday season? (Aries raises hand).

Red—or some variation like violet, orange or magenta—are signature colors for this this fire sign, so anything with a pop of crimson will bring them joy.

You can learn more about Aries traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Understated elegance is the hallmark of Taurus taste. Regale them with quality goods that are built to last.

Skip anything too trendy or that edges on kitsch. Plastic is so NOT fantastic with this crew.

As an earth sign, the best gifts for Taurus include anything made with natural materials, like stone and reclaimed wood, or delicately tooled leather. Fine aromas always go over well, like a luxe scented candle or fragrance.

Taurus are associated with the neck and throat, so stuff their stockings with a decadent cashmere scarf or tiny, twinkling charm necklace.

They’re also homebodies so they’ll appreciate anything that helps them entertain in style. Since they like to build collections of fine “objet,” you might get them a starter piece of stemware or baking accouterments from a high-end line that they can add to over the years.

You can learn more about Taurus traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Let’s give them something to talk about! That could surely be the Gemini motto.

As the zodiac’s effusive communicator, this sign craves a gift that doubles as a conversation piece.

  • Does the designer have a fascinating backstory?
  • Were the goods sourced from a far-flung corner of the world and crafted by the finest makers in the region?

The best gifts to give a Gemini are those that arouse curiosity!

Friends are everything to a Gemini and their phones are never far from reach. Help these gadget freaks deck out their devices with custom covers—if they’re not into wild colors, pick unusual textures like faux fur, embossed leather and snakeskin.

Geminis rule the hands and wrists: A set of stacked rings, beaded bracelets or a statement watch only makes their dramatic gesturing more fun to witness. A wristlet and easy-to-spot keychain could be the gift that keeps on giving if the Gemini in your life gets distracted and loses them!

You can learn more about Gemini traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for CANCER (June 21-July 22)

This family-oriented sign adores an intimate gathering—give them first dibs on hosting for the holidays: always a win-win.

Then, bless their nests with classic accoutrements that will stand the test of time, like a cashmere throw for their couch-cuddling, a bedside reading lamp (they love their literature!) or a set of copper-bottomed pans if they’re the epicurean types (many are).

Cancer governs the chest area so they might appreciate a tie with a cool graphic pattern, a long pendant necklace or a jacket with a shearling collar to keep them all bundled up.

As water signs, the bathtub is another favorite place you’ll find a Crab. Treat them to a set of scented salts and bubbles for their soak, artisan soaps, or a relaxing hydrotherapy treatment at an elegant spa.

You can learn more about Cancer traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for LEO (July 23-August 22)

Proud, regal Leo is a big kid at heart. While Leos adore the finer things in life, they’ll take their luxury with a playful twist and a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust.

Leos are the life of the party. They’ll always appreciate:

  • fun going-out clothes
  • chic, colorful serveware
  • a pair of tickets to the theater or a live concert

If your Leo has accomplished a major milestone, turn the photos and press clippings of their journey into a bound, hardcover scrapbook. Or have one of their awards professionally framed to hang in their office.

Lights, camera, action! The lens loves a Leo, so treat your lion to a photo shoot or upgrade their phone to a model with the latest best camera for premium selfies.

Leo rules the back so a spa certificate for a massage is always appreciated!

You can learn more about Leo traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

The devil is in the details when it comes to curating for best gifts for a Virgo. Forget generic!

This sign notices everything and has an appreciation for the handcrafted, sartorial and unique.

Quality is a must, as Virgos can be perfectionists. But they also have a sense of humor! A hint of cutesy and kitsch will go over well, as long as it’s done in a savvy way. (Now you know what to do with that set of 50s tiki glasses.)

As an earth sign, Virgos appreciate natural materials and have an affinity for objects in pure, “virginal” white, like cotton tees and undyed wool sweaters, or crisp linens in taupes and grays.

Crafty Virgos love making things by hand. Wrap up a DIY kit and they’ll be entertained for hours. They also love analog toys like vintage film cameras and old school typewriters.

Ruled by raconteur Mercury, presents that have a history behind them give chatty Virgos even more to talk about. Pop by an estate sale or antique market for a storied stocking stuffer to go along with their bigger, brand new gift.

You can learn more about Virgo traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Libra is the astrological aesthete so the best gifts for this sign have to be pretty. They can’t help themselves—they are ruled by romantic, artistic Venus! These are the zodiac’s Material Girls and Guys and their tastes tend towards the impeccable.

Stimulate their senses with:

  • an aromatic candle
  • gorgeous art prints
  • colorful crossbody bag
  • luxury brand apparel
  • art supplies (for creative Libras)
  • ingredients to prepare a decadent feast

Be sure to add a sampler of artisanal chocolates too—the Libra sweet tooth is unparalleled.

Are their tastes a tad too rich for your budget? As the sign that rules justice, make a charitable donation in their name.

Libras have keen minds and are big literature nerds. A gift certificate to a bookstore—or even an oversized coffeetable art book—would also make this sign swoon.

Since relationships are this culture vulture’s raison d’etre think in twos: a pair of tickets to a concert, a themed-performance at a gallery or a dinner for two at a fine restaurant.

You can learn more about Libra traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

It’s “all noir, all the time” for simmering, mystical Scorpios. Reach for leather jackets, nail polish, shoes and accessories in this smoldering hue when shopping for Scorpio.

Style-wise, think understated, with a sexy twist like lace or sheer panels. They also treasure one-of-a-kind pieces, rare finds, and indie labels that make them stand out from the pack.

This 007 sign knows that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they only show theirs selectively. Gift them a pair of high-end sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat for their undercover missions—or their daily, under-the-radar coffee runs.

Private Scorpios treasure time at home and their abodes are always well appointed. If you can figure out their rarified style, a throw pillow, scented candle or Moroccan tea set might be just the thing. Throw in a deck of divination cards or a book about decoding different personality types. They love to learn about what really makes human beings tick.

You can learn more about Scorpio traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Globetrotting Sagittarius is always on the move. Whether they’re bouncing around the local scene or exploring far-flung corners of the world, help Saggittarius travel in style with:

  • a chic passport holder
  • luggage set
  • oversized tote bag that holds their gym clothes, work materials and evening gear all in one!
  • headphones or earbuds

As the cultural ambassadors of the zodiac, they love anything with an international flair, like embroidered throw pillows, tunic tops, or jewelry with ancient, meaningful symbols.

Sagittarians love to learn so gift them a beautiful book—even a cookbook or cooking class since they are ruled by the planet Jupiter, god of the feast.

These truth-seekers are always down to grow and improve. Pay their tuition for a self-development workshop and they’ll never stop thanking you for enriching their lives.

You can learn more about Sagittarius traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)

Quality over quantity is the Capricorn rule of gift giving!

Skip the tiny stocking stuffers and save up for one big gift—you might even pool funds with friends and relatives to pull it off.

Since their careers largely define them, they’ll appreciate a high end “tool” that is appropriate for their industry like a camera bag or a skillfully designed (and useful!) object that gives them instant office cred…and inspires a little envy too, as they are the sign of status. A haute business card holder, mahogany leather chair or luxe pen will also wow.

Just opt for understated elegance instead of bling!

As an earth sign, Capricorn leans towards healthy living and would appreciate a nice blender or juicer to keep them vital and radiant. Rumor has it Caps age in reverse!

If you’re buying for a Capricorn who is over 35, you’ll have an easier time pulling from the fun category. Treat this athletic sign to sports equipment, especially skis or hiking/rock climbing gear or the latest phone with the best camera to record the magic moments of those vacations they’ve worked so hard to finally enjoy.

You can learn more about Capricorn traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

Originality catches the Aquarius eye and you’ll score points for appealing to their wacky senses of humor.

Nothing wrong with dropping a light-up hat with kitten ears or a unicorn beer koozie in the Aquarius stocking. If it brings the laughs when they put it on display they’ll rock it regularly.

They have a serious side, too, so reach for books on philosophy, metaphysics, or anything sci-fi. Life is a magical lab and an endless journey for this future-forward sign!

Humanitarians, you might also donate to one of their pet causes in their name.

Sharing is caring for team-spirited Aquarius—it’s just more fun if their friends can play along! Opt for interactive gifts like:

  • a bartop mixology set
  • chemistry set
  • a mind-expanding self-development workshop
  • a block of concert tickets
  • music instrument or accessories (like a guitar pedal)
  • a weekend rental of a ski house or an Airbnb where they can enjoy a getaway with their squad

As the zodiac’s techies, digital devices really do go over well: video game consoles, tablets, DJ equipment or anything to customize their devices. Whatever hot toys emerge from the annual Consumer Electronics Show—maybe just consider that a checklist.

You can learn more about Aquarius traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)

Best Gifts for PISCES (February 19-March 20)

This sign leans toward the dreamy, ethereal and otherworldly.

The best gifts for a Pisces are those that provide a fantastic voyage. Anything that transports them will be a hit!

You might find yourself:

  • floating into a crystal store for their gift
  • at a heavenly spa to pick up a certificate
  • buying them dinner at their favorite oyster bar
  • in a luxe body shop for scented bath products (always good for a water sign)
  • with them at a weekend yoga and meditation retreat

Music is major for this sign. Create playlists for your Pisces and wrap up a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so they can flow through their days in a sonic bliss bubble.

Since Pisces rule the feet, they know that the shoes make the outfit. Spring for chunky-soled sandals, chic ankle boots or squishy slippers in their size.

This sensitive and artistic sign also loves a DIY project. Wrap up a kit of supplies and you’ll keep your Pisces so busy!

You can learn more about Pisces traits here in case you want to go a little deeper on what this sign is like (and might like!)


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