Just when you think you've found everyone on your list the perfect gift, suddenly there’s a Secret Santa gift exchange at work. The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to show appreciation to these people. The trick is to keep the gift simple, inexpensive and personal -- but not too personal! Knowing the recipient’s Sun sign can help you figure out what to give. Here’s a quick gift guide that will help you shine at your holiday bash!
You’re in luck! These fast-moving and direct associates are good at making their needs known. When in doubt, a gift card towards some sporty hobby or unique pastime is ideal.
Good taste counts with a Taurus, but it’s less about aesthetics and more about well-chosen and well-made things. A basket of gourmet delicacies, especially sweets, is usually a safe bet.
A game or gadget to keep their busy minds occupied is always good for Gemini. Books and magazine subscriptions, whether in print or online, top the list for these avid readers.
These sentimental souls can’t have too many scrapbooks and decorative boxes in which to store memorabilia. When in doubt, kitchenware is a safe bet for culinary-inclined Crabs.
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They love luxury, so a glamorous holiday ornament or centerpiece should appeal to the Lion. Some type of pampering, whether a spa stay or mani-pedi, is always welcome.
These no-nonsense types appreciate useful gifts, like something for the kitchen or car. You might also consider a donation to one of their favorite causes or an eco-conscious handmade gift.
Since they have extremely good taste and are so discerning, gift certificates are often the best way to go. Museum or movie passes help Librans indulge their love of culture.
They're used to being misunderstood, so any gift that reflects their needs is greatly appreciated. Err on the traditional side, as Scorpios aren’t good at trying something new.
These easygoing co-workers usually have pets. Anything like a distinctive dog collar, cat toy or other paraphernalia will be a hit. Travel books and videos also win smiles.
These Scrooge-ish types love to receive practical and useful presents. A basket of gourmet treats they usually won’t buy for themselves also goes over big.
Anything tech-related usually works, such as fancy earbuds or a funky new cover for their state-of-the-art phone. Consider a gift certificate for the latest app or online game, too.
These high-minded types may neglect practical realities, so consider a gadget that helps them find their keys or perform other tasks. A CD of their favorite music would also be appreciated.
Sherene Schostak is a Jungian psychotherapist, author and metaphysician who specializes in helping creative artists transform their addictions and blocks. She has been in private practice in New York City for the past 13 years consulting, writing and... read more