As 2018 has been dubbed the “new age of astrology,” more and more people are turning to their horoscope for information about themselves and their future. And while it’s not an exact science, sometimes decision-making—like, what gift to buy your friend who has everything—can be made easier by consulting the stars.
Vogue turned to Vanessa Montgomery, a professional astrologer based in Australia and the author of Star Power: A Simple Guide To Astrology For the Modern Mystic (Quadrille Publishing) for her recommendations on what to get the Fire, Earth, Air, and Water signs in your life. Whether your recipient knows her birth chart like the back of her hand or reads her horoscope only on occasion, giving a sign-based present is a thoughtful gesture. Below, Montgomery's ideas for what to give each sign, and a few related objects that will complement her home.
Montgomery says this sign is fearless in the way she dresses, embracing bold colors (like red) and design. Why not gift a statement piece that she will truly treasure? "Get her something that complements her leadership qualities and tough girl trait."
This Earth sign is in touch with sustainable design and living. "She appreciates items built to last and hates to see waste," Montgomery explains. The key gift is one that is beautiful, useful, and will stand the test of time. Taurus also loves to indulge her senses. Think: scented candles, perfumes, and oils.
Whatever you give the Gemini in your life, make sure it’s up to date, trend-wise. "Get her gadgets that amuse her quick mind, books that entertain, or puzzles she can outwit," Montgomery advises. "She wants it yesterday, so send her a subscription thats satiates her desire for immediate gratification."
It's no secret that this sign is a homebody (and nostalgic and sensitive), so a present for the kitchen, couch, or bathroom will work well. "Even picture frames to remember special time; that will warm her heart."
Montgomery calls this sign "the showgirl," as she's flashy, glamorous, and dramatic. Get her something bold to complement her bright style. "Leo also loves to play, so fun design will appeal."
This sign considers her impact on the environment, so Montgomery suggests getting your Virgo something sustainably, ethically sourced. A practical yet refined gift is the ticket for this minimalist.
Ruled by Venus, Libras tend to lean into their feminine side. "She loves beauty and art, as well as feeding her intellect since she's an air sign," Montgomery says. Art books, old-fashioned candles, and anything pink goes.
This water sign is "attracted to anything shrouded in mystery," Montgomery explains. "She's ecstatic about esoteric design so get her something new age, magical or mystical." Metallics and dark colors are the way to go, as well as a gift that could bring the two of you closer, since what she wants most is "loyalty, deep connection and trust."
Your jet-setting friend loves to learn, expand her mind, and of course, travel. Get her a gift that supports her spontaneity or anything around exploring new places.
Montgomery says that this sign is the traditionalist of the Zodiac. "Capricorn knows she doesn't have to reinvent the wheel, just upgrade it! She cleaves to quality and tradition, and honors the enduring respected brands." This sign also loves things she can use at work—Montgomery suggests adding to her book collection.
If it's cutting edge or different, chances are your Aquarius friend will love it. She's also ruled by her intellect and "has a passion for humanitarian causes and social change. Feed her intellect with books or subscriptions that resonate."
Anything colorful, metallic, or sparkly will qualify for Gift of the Year. Montgomery says Pisces types want to transcend the mundane world, so anything mystical or fantastical will appeal to her sense of otherworldliness.
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