Ever feel like you're experiencing deja vu every holiday season as you wander through stores, with absolutely no idea what to buy for whom? Based on the qualities of all 12 Sun signs, these gift suggestions are geared toward each sign's unique personality. Discover the perfect gift for everyone in your life -- with a little help from the heavens!
Rams are fiery, impulsive and active, so any gift that saves time or enables an athletic hobby will go over well. Aries are playful, so try a fun gift such as a game, or an 'experience gift' such as sky-diving lessons -- or for the tamer set, a gift certificate to miniature golf. Don't give the Ram anything too practical; the gift that challenges them, initiates a new project, or utilizes some of their intense physical energy will stoke their spirit!
For the Aries men in your life:
A durable watch, the latest digital camera, sturdy sunglasses, shaving kit (nothing too fancy), sky-diving lessons, tickets to the Super Bowl, fireplace tools, a book about their latest hobby, a workbench or tickets to a rock concert.
For the Aries women in your life:
A bold watch, a serious snowboard, a tomboyish hat, sexy sunglasses, chunky earrings, an espresso maker, tickets to the U.S. Open (tennis), a gift certificate to a spa or a weekend horseback-riding trip.
The key word when buying a gift for Taurus is 'luxury.' Financially and sensually, the Bull relishes the good things in life. Taurus is a physical sign, so massages or other body-pampering gifts are a huge hit. Culture and beauty are way up on the Bull's list, so treat them to theater passes, fine art, jewelry or flowers. Taurus rules the neck and throat, so the best kind of accessories or clothing will center around those areas. Taurus also rules the House of Possessions, so you can't go wrong with gifts such as money, a gift certificate, or a wallet. Remember this: 'overindulgence' does not exist in Taurus's vocabulary!
For the Taurus men in your life:
Designer aftershave, a long massage, a spa treatment, a state-of-the-art barbecue, season tickets to the theater or opera, a sculpture or piece of fine art, dinner at a gourmet restaurant, wine-tasting classes, a classy tie or gardening equipment.
For the Taurus women in your life:
Exotic bath salts, body oils and soaps, a long massage, a silk scarf, silk sheets, diamond earrings, unique flowers, long-burning candles, gardening gloves, season tickets to the opera or theater, a sculpture or piece of fine art or a superb wine.
Gemini examines the world through intellect, so find gifts that stimulate their imagination, such as a book, DVD or subscription to their favorite magazine. Keep in mind that Gemini rules the collarbone, arms, hands and lungs, so gloves, shirts, rings or watches also make good presents. Whatever you do, variety is key, so mix and match totally different kinds of presents and you'll make your versatile Gemini happy.
For the Gemini men in your life:
A gift certificate to his favorite bookstore, a ring that makes a statement, hip shirts, a no-fuss jacket, a classy pen, a travel journal, a watch with all the bell and whistles, any documentary, flying lessons or a hot-air balloon ride with an elegant picnic included.
For the Gemini women in your life:
A gift certificate to her favorite bookstore, the latest in lingerie, a ring that makes a statement, vogue gloves, stationary with attitude, a pewter pen, a travel journal, a choker or necklace, a watch with all the bell and whistles, any documentary, flying lessons or a hot air balloon ride with an elegant picnic included.
Cancer rules the House of Home, which makes the Crab a cinch to shop for. Cozy slippers, a published book of their photos, a cookbook -- anything they can enjoy in their home, or improve it, will go over big. Family is a strong focus for Cancer as well, so family-tree software would rock their world. Being a water element, Cancers are quite emotional, so sentimental gifts are key. Be creative and make them something that represents your relationship to them. The Crab also has a strong association with food (Cancer rules the stomach), so anything to do with cooking will be adored.
For the Cancer men in your life:
Homemade fudge, a bundle of books, a gift certificate to a home improvement store, a weekend in the wine country, a photo album, a journal, a cookbook, a gourmet knife, family tree software, a trip to his favorite kitchen store, a spa massage (next to you) or an aquarium full of tropical fish.
For the Cancer women in your life:
Sumptuous chocolates, flowers for the garden, a bundle of books, a gift certificate to a home improvement store, a weekend in the wine country, a photo album, a journal, cooking lessons, a gourmet knife, family-tree software, a trip to her favorite kitchen store, candles, a spa massage (next to you) or sibling kittens.
The Lion loves to be the center of attention, so give them something that inspires the performer in them and nourishes their creativity. Keep in mind that Leos are a bit extravagant and dramatic, and they possess bold, yet classy taste, so anything from opera tickets to extravagant jewelry to one-of-a-kind fashion statements will go over well. Leos adore living on the edge and taking chances, so a lottery ticket or trip to Las Vegas will be right up their alley. The Lion is the King/Queen of the Zodiac jungle, so give them a present that honors their cosmic royalty!
For the Leo men in your life:
A sophisticated watch, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, top-of-the-line clothing, season tickets to the opera or theater, a work by their favorite artist, wine-tasting classes, a night at their favorite gourmet restaurant or fancy cuff-links.
For the Leo women in your life:
Classy jewelry, gourmet chocolates, a day at the spa, a silk scarf, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, an extravagant flower arrangement, long-lasting candles, a makeover, crystal or silver, a painting class, season tickets to the opera or theater or a surprise trip to Tiffany's.
Virgos love simple elegance, so whatever you give them, make sure it's classy! Try giving the Virgos in your life something that will help them get organized, such as a calendar. Virgo rules the House of Health, so they would be thrilled with a gym membership. Or you could go with a map of local hiking trails, or perhaps a two-hour massage. Last but not least, people born under Virgo have a love for animals ... so if you're feeling brave, give your Virgo that kitten they've been pining for. No? Then perhaps a one-year pass to the local zoo will do the trick.
For the Virgo men in your life:
A jump rope, a spa treatment, a wallet, a pet, a gym membership, a leather-bound journal, designer aftershave, tennis lessons, a subscription to National Geographic, passes to the local zoo, a thriving plant, fine wine, or a classy watch.
For the Virgo women in your life:
A gym membership, a spa treatment, a designer purse, a silver key ring, a pet, a jump rope, a leather-bound journal, lavender bubble bath, passes to the local zoo, a subscription to National Geographic, a thriving plant, fine wine, or a classy watch.
Libra rules the House of Partnership, so they tend to be socially inclined, and often more interested in other people than themselves. Give your Libra something that reminds them of your relationship -- perhaps a disc full of pictures of the two of you and your experiences throughout the year. Or, try organizing an intimate gathering where they are the center of attention, whether they like it or not! To quell their intense interest in other people's lives, a good biographical book or DVD would please them. Libras also appreciate sensual things, so you can't go wrong with sweets, a massage, flowers or art.
For the Libra men in your life:
A digital camera, a biography book, a subscription to Life, a spa treatment, a scrapbook of photos, an engraved pen, a shaving kit, a picture frame, a trivia game or a hot-air balloon ride with an elegant picnic included.
For the Libra women in your life:
Flowers, a digital camera, a biography book, a subscription to Life, a spa treatment, a friendship ring, a scrapbook of photos, an engraved pen, a cosmetic case and make-up mirror, a trivia game or a hot-air balloon ride with an elegant picnic included.
There's nothing a Scorpio adores more than a juicy secret or a serious challenge, so an Agatha Christie novel, state-of-the-art binoculars, or a book of crosswords would all make stellar gifts. Cater to their extremely competitive nature with any sort of sporting equipment. And though they may want to beat you at any game you're brave enough to play with them, Scorpio is a water sign, so gifts from the heart are especially appreciated. Scorpio is also a very sexual sign, so whether it's your partner or just a friend, don't be shy about getting them anything of the sensuous kind.
For the Scorpio men in your life:
Mystery books and DVDs, a telescope, state-of-the-art binoculars, long-lasting candles, a sex journal, a book on investigative reporting, a gadget a spy might use, a volleyball net, an astronomy book, kayaking lessons, silk boxers or an aquarium full of his favorite fish.
For the Scorpio women in your life:
Erotic perfume, scented bath oils, flowers, long-lasting candles, mystery books, a sex journal, telescope, a Halloween mask, a book on the Kama Sutra, a tennis racket, kayaking lessons or silk lingerie.
Sagittarius is the Sign of Philosophy, so people born under this sign are avid learners. Sagittarians are also an impulsive lot who like to take risks, so a surprise trip to Las Vegas would delight them to no end. Sagittarians are great explorers, so get them plane tickets to somewhere they've never been, or take them out for a night on the town in a district they never visit. Or, for something less pricey and more athletic, take them camping, or buy them hiking boots. Sagittarians are natural comedians and love to laugh, so tickets to a comedy club would really make them smile.
For the Sagittarius men in your life:
A backpack, binoculars, a globe, a joke book, tickets to a comedy club, a kite, a magazine subscription, windsurfing lessons, tickets to a lecture series on philosophy, skydiving or a trip on a deep-sea fishing boat.
For the Sagittarius women in your life:
A travel hairdryer, a globe, a joke book, hiking boots, a kite, a magazine subscription, a telescope, windsurfing lessons, tickets to a lecture series on spirituality, belly-dancing lessons or a safari.
Capricorns are disciplined and determined to achieve their goals, so any gift that helps them in their career or personal aspirations would be most fitting. A classy computer bag or a book on their favorite topic -- be it music, deep-sea diving, geography, whatever -- would suit them well. If the Capricorn in your life is too serious and organized, go the opposite route and pamper them with luxurious lotions or a spa visit. One-on-one competition also appeals to Capricorns, so golf or tennis equipment will spark their spirits.
For the Capricorn men in your life:
Simple aftershave, a wallet, a wall clock, golf or tennis equipment, a classic business suit, fine wine, tickets to the theater, a country club membership or ballroom dancing lessons.
For the Capricorn women in your life:
Long-lasting candles, scented bath lotions and oils, fine champagne, a wall clock, a tennis racquet, a trip to her favorite designer's store, a crystal flower vase, tickets to the theater, a fine art wall calendar, a country club membership or ballroom dancing lessons.
Aquarians are the visionaries of the zodiac, and they have an affinity for progress, technology and anything radical, so any fun gadget will be a no-brainer of a gift for them. Aquarius people also love to learn, so any book related to their current interest or latest obsession will be a big hit. The key to getting a gift for an Aquarius is novelty. Think scuba diving lessons, yoga classes or Chinese herbs.
For the Aquarius men in your life:
A subscription to Wired, a diver's watch, CDs, scuba diving lessons, heavy-duty socks, yoga classes, anything to do with science fiction, windsurfing lessons, rock-climbing gear, incense or an Alfred Hitchcock DVD set.
For the Aquarius women in your life:
A diver's watch, CDs, a subscription to Wired, scuba diving lessons, heavy-duty socks, yoga classes, anything to do with science fiction, windsurfing lessons, rock-climbing gear, incense, an acupuncture session, a Federico Fellini DVD set or vintage clothing.
Pisces is interested in everything that isn't quite real: illusion (and disillusionment), fantasy, drama, emotion, art and spirituality. They also swoon over things that feed these interests, such as oil paints, tickets to the theater and books of poetry. In their leisure time, Pisces may alleviate their emotional stress through exercise, and they especially enjoy sports that bring them in contact with their own element of water: Gifts such as sailing lessons, a new swimsuit or a cruise are ideal choices. And keeping with the water theme, scented bath oils, floating candles and spa treatments are much appreciated.
For the Pisces men in your life:
Oil paints, a musical instrument, fine wine, a foot massage, passes to his favorite theater, practical shoes, comfortable socks, a picnic at a lake, Shakespeare's complete works, a book on dream interpretation, an aquarium full of colorful fish or a coffee table book about a favorite subject.
For the Pisces women in your life:
Floating candles, exotic perfume, scented bath lotions and oils, a gift certificate to her favorite theater, designer shoes, a Federico Fellini DVD set, colorful socks, oil paints, a musical instrument, fine wine, flowers, a book of poetry, a book on dream interpretation, a swimsuit, an aquarium full of colorful fish or a coffee table book on Salvador Dali.