Becki is a wife, daughter, mother, and friend with a passion for astrology. She uses the stars to help her determine the best gifts to give!
What Makes a Gift Great?
Great gifts vary widely depending on the gift-giver and the recipient, but in general, most great gifts share three key qualities:
- First, a great gift is unique. It's something the recipient doesn't see every day, wouldn't purchase for themself, and that nobody else has given them.
- Second, a great gift is personal. It's something that tells the recipient that the giver thought about them.
- Third, a great gift is unexpected. It's something the recipient may not have known they wanted until they had it in their hands.
What all this means is that the best gifts require some forethought. Luckily, astrology provides the tools necessary to help you choose the best gift for anyone on your shopping list. Starting with your recipient's birth date, all the information you need to purchase a memorable gift is written in the stars!
How Can Astrology Help You Choose the Right Gift?
Astrology considers the placement of the celestial bodies at the time of a person's birth to suggest what their attributes will likely be. You can use astrology to determine what a person's personality might be like, how they might present themself to the world, how they might express and experience their emotions, and how they might give and receive love.
With this information, you should have an advantage when it comes to choosing the best possible gift for anyone whose birthdate you know. Astrology can help you choose a gift that is unique, personal, and unexpected. If the only information you have about a person is their birthdate, you can use astrology to gain insight into what sorts of gifts they will most enjoy receiving.
Where Can I Get a Free Solar Chart Drawn?
For the best results, it helps to have a person's full solar chart. Websites like Astrodeinst will draw a person's chart for you for free. For the solar chart, all that's required is the date of birth. To draw a complete natal chart (which includes the twelve houses of astrology as well as the signs and celestial bodies), you will also need the time and place of birth.
What Astrological Information Do I Need to Choose the Best Gift?
If the only information you have at your disposal is a birthdate and you do not want to create a free solar chart to help guide your choices, a sun sign is enough to get you started with choosing a great gift. When someone asks you "what's your sign?" what they mean is "what's your sun sign?" If you're not familiar with the dates and signs, they are as follows.
Sun Sign Date Ranges
- Aries: March 21st–April 19th
- Taurus: April 20th–May 20th
- Gemini: May 21st–June 20th
- Cancer: June 21st–July 22nd
- Leo: July 23rd–August 22nd
- Virgo: August 23rd–September 22nd
- Libra: September 23rd–October 22nd
- Scorpio: October 23rd–November 21st
- Sagittarius: November 22nd–December 21st
- Capricorn: December 21st–January 19th
- Aquarius: January 20th–February 18th
- Pisces: February 19th–March 20th
Knowing your recipient's sun sign will give you some insight into their personality and help you choose something you know they will enjoy. This information alone will help you choose a gift that is personal.
If you want to achieve all three criteria for a truly excellent gift, however, you'll want to know more about your recipient's other placements. Placements are the positions of the various celestial bodies in the zodiac belt at the time an individual was born.
What Other Astrology Placements Help in Choosing the Best Gift?
The sun sign gives you a good jumping-off point when it comes to choosing the perfect gift, but knowing your recipient's other placements will help you refine your choices. In order to determine the other significant placements in their chart, you will need your recipient's date of birth (for the solar chart), time of birth, and place of birth (for a complete natal chart).
You may not have access to all the information you need to create a natal chart, and that's okay. A solar chart will give you the position of all the celestial bodies on the day of their birth, and that's the information you really want, anyway.
This means you can generally create a solar chart for any person, provided you can find out their date of birth. The solar chart will tell you which sign the following celestial bodies ("planets" for the purposes of astrology) were in on a given date. When choosing the perfect gift for birthdays or holidays, you should consider the placement of the following planets:
- Moon: How they process their emotions, including how emotional they are
- Venus: How they experience, receive, and give love
- Mars: How they direct their energy
Is the Rising Sign Helpful in Choosing the Right Gift?
It may also be helpful to know your recipient's rising sign, but to get this information, you will need a full natal chart (with the time and place of birth in addition to their date of birth). Some believe a person's personality is revealed more by their rising sign (or ascendant) than by their sun sign. An example of a natal chart (with ascendant) is provided below.
The rising (or ascendant) sign tells you about how a person behaves, and for many people, the ascendant provides useful tools for choosing the best gift for birthdays or holidays. You can absolutely use astrological tools without it, but if you have the information necessary to find it, you should. It will make a difference!
When combined with the other information you'll be using (sun sign, moon sign, venus sign, and mars sign), the ascendant will help you choose something that is truly unique, personal, and unexpected.
How Does Each Placement Help Me Choose an Excellent Gift?
The sun sign is easy—it tells you about your recipient's personality and gives you ideas about the sorts of things they would probably like. While you should bear in mind that not all Leos are great leaders, not all Aries have terrible tempers, and not all Aquariuses have great social skills, someone's sun sign can give you an excellent overview of what their personality is like and what they might be most interested in.
You would not want to purchase something macabre for a Scorpio who is easily spooked, though, and this is an example of where the other placements come into play. A person is the sum of traits coming from all of their placements (not just those mentioned here). Use the suggested placements in this way:
Use it to help with selecting emotional gifts. A Taurus Moon having a rough day might enjoy it if you brought them a tub of ice cream to eat their troubles away, or a Cancer Moon might enjoy looking through an album of memories in a photograph album. If you want an emotional response to your gift, look to the moon sign.
For romantic gifts, you can't go wrong with looking to the Venus sign! Venus describes the way we give and receive love and can speak to their love language. A Pisces Venus, for example, may respond well to a grand gesture of love (such as a romantic dinner) whereas a Capricorn Venus may prefer something practical from a romantic partner.
The Mars sign suggests what they like to do, and how they spend their energy. If you want to give an active gift, look to the Mars sign. A Libra Mars might enjoy a gift that appeals to a social stance they've taken, whereas a Sagittarius Mars might prefer to be gifted with a day trip to somewhere exciting.
Wrapping It All Up: Using Astrology to Decorate Your Gifts
In addition to helping you choose a gift that is personal, unique, and unexpected, knowing their birth data can help you to choose the best wrapping to put your gift in! Surprise them with a package that is as unique as they are!
Choose Wrapping That Reflects the Essence of Their Sun Sign
You might use bright, fiery colors for the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), earth tones for the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), neutral colors for the air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), or cool, watery tones for the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces).
Select Wrapping That Reflects the Positive Traits of Their Sun Sign
You could use playful wrapping paper for an Aries, or something which reflects the dependability of a Capricorn. They'll appreciate that you recognized something strong and positive about them.
Finish It Off With a Nod to Their Interests
Adding something to your bow or ribbon is a nice touch. Choose a trinket you can tie in (or onto) the package to remind them how much you know what they like and are into! You could choose something nerdy for a Gemini, or something which supports the leadership qualities of a Leo.
Keep it fun and enjoy choosing and wrapping your gift. No matter what their zodiac sign, they will appreciate that you spent the time getting to know what makes them tick and choosing something nobody else thought about.
What's Your Sign? What's the Best Gift You Remember Receiving?
Post in the comments to help support readers in choosing the right gift for someone they care about. What was the best gift you remember receiving? What's your Sun sign?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.