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Choose holiday gifts for friends and family, based on their zodiac signs

Updated Thursday, November 08, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Having trouble figuring out what to give your loved ones this holiday? Maybe the answer is written in the stars.

Zodiac enthusiasts insist that a person’s star sign can tell you much more than just what season they were born, and that each sign has its own distinct set of personality traits.

Of course, there’s no scientific or rational basis for it, but it can still be a fun and creative way to think about the people on your gift list, especially those who take an interest in astrology. Is she a Sagittarius, always wanderlusting over her next vacation destination, who could benefit from a world scratch map to help her keep track of her global journeys? And maybe he’s a Pisces who loves to immerse himself in music. Then a pair of stellar noise-canceling headphones, which can help block out the outside world so he can focus on his favorite tracks, fits the bill.

Not every Aries or Gemini is the same. But still, focusing on a person’s star sign can streamline your gifting process and help you choose a more calculated gift this year, instead of, you know, another gift card. These gifts will show that you put the time and thought into a holiday present that – theoretically, at least – matches that special person on the list.

To help make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we’ve paired up each star sign with an astrology-inspired gift.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and people born under it tend to be bold and energetic and love to bring out their competitive nature. Consider power suits and top business books to help them feel prepared to dominate the workplace, colorful accessories to help them stand out from the crowd, and devices that can help them be the first to get their hands on the newest technology.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taureans love the finer things in life. This includes relaxing spa days and gourmet foods. That being said, they’re also very practical and careful people, so the name of the game is to gift them something that is luxurious, but also can be used every single day, such as bold (but comfortable) socks, cozy bed linens, durable cashmere sweaters they can wear all season long, minimalist timepieces, sleek notebooks or even calming aromatherapy diffusers.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis are the social butterflies of the zodiac. They love being around friends, talking about the latest in culture and news, and generally exposing themselves to a variety of activities. E-readers that can store all their favorite new books, voice-enabled speakers that can read them the news, fun games they can break out at their next party, and even a membership to Classpass, where they can try out new and different classes around their hometown, all fit the bill.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancers are characterized by their tenacity, imaginative minds, passion for life and love of nature. Gifts that bring out their creative side (like DIY projects or art sets), feed into their love of storytelling (such as a DNA kit that can trace their heritage), or encourage them to be one with nature (such as camping and outdoor gear) all pair perfectly with their star sign.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leos tend to be expressive and flamboyant, and this shows in their clothing, social interactions and favorite pastimes. They’re performers, so they love on-trend clothing and designer embellishments that put them in the limelight, as well as enjoying the latest plays and movies. And like Geminis, they prefer the finer things in life, like decadent chocolates, fancy wines or even one-of-a-kind perfumes.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Virgos are the planners of the zodiac. They are very pragmatic and practical, and they also have a well-developed sense of speech and writing. Planners, top-of-the-line laptops, and even language courses are all products they’ll love. And since this sign can also tend to be very overworked, Virgos love all things comfort-inducing, like aromatherapy goodies and cozy bathrobes that can turn a home into a spa.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)