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Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for Every Zodiac Sign

by Jackie Buddie

May 11, 2021

We’ve consulted the star charts and hand-picked the most one-of-a-kind birthday gift ideas for every personality in the galaxy.

A trio of celestial necklaces from Jill Makes
Photo by: Jill Makes

We’ve all been there: You set out on a quest to find a one-of-a-kind birthday gift that feels custom-crafted for your favorite auntie, little bro, or best friend—and before you know it you’re 26 tabs deep in an online shopping sesh. If this sounds familiar, then count your lucky stars, because we’ve got just the astrological assist to help you deliver guaranteed birthday bliss to anyone celebrating another lap around the sun. From exciting new DIYs for adventurous Aries to calming candles for Cancer, each creative birthday gift in this stellar batch is hand-picked to make any zodiac sign feel like the most popular birthday babe in the universe. So go ahead and snag a present or two, and maybe even one for you—we won’t tell! (Ahem, looking at you, Leo).


Pampering birthday gifts for Taurus (April 20–May 20)


A collage of classic birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Taurus
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Moist pound cake from Small Bites Africa, $12; personalized spa kit from Zaaina, $30; custom wood recipe card sign from Rooted and Built Design, from $40; "Hey Handsome" candle from Winston + Pete Co., $22; monogrammed leather wallet from Pegai, $40

Taurus is most content when relaxing at home in all the classic ways—taking a long, spa-inspired soak surrounded by candlelight, or relishing in a well-loved recipe for homemade pound cake. Spoil them with fully-stocked self-care kits and nostalgic soy wax scents, like rustic teak tinged with subtle spice and orange zest. And because they appreciate the tried-and-true, Taurus will also adore any traditional birthday gift with an elevated personal twist, like a monogrammed leather wallet.


One-of-a-Kind birthday gifts for Gemini (May 21–June 20)


A collage of creative, colorful birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Gemini.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Colorful wood statement necklace from Rainbow Rose Makes, $26; hand-painted pot from Pepper Palm, $40; "Stretch It Out" downloadable print from Jenn Kitagawa $11; tie-dyed socks from High Tied Vibes, $12; paint-your-own magnet kit from Jill Makes, $27

It’s all about energy for lively Gemini, so opt for festive presents that dial their birthday celebration up to eleven. Jazzy abstract jewelry in big, statement-making shapes will make them feel like the star of the Zoom party, and colorful pots will add a pleasing pop of sunshine to their succulent setup. One more hot tip: Gemini simply can’t resist a conversation-starter. Our gab-worthy go-tos? Playful illustrated prints and trendy tie-dye accessories.


Wholesome birthday gifts for Cancer (June 21–July 22)


A collage of comforting birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Cancer.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Custom pet portrait from On the Edge Creations, $75; "Do Not Disturb" candle from Cancelled Plans, $32; pebble art portrait from Secret Life of Pebbles, $92; personalized letter blanket from Frankie Print Co., from $159; ceramic herb garden markers from Magpie Mischief, $10

For everyone’s favorite homebody, a few extra-special nesting essentials are in order: a custom hand-written letter blanket that’ll wrap them in your warm wishes, a “Do Not Disturb” candle for cultivating calm—even precious ceramic plant markers for tending their windowsill gardens. And one guaranteed way to Cancer’s sentimental heart? A personalized portrait of their cherished pet, who showers them with licks, lap snuggles, and unconditional love.


Unique birthday gifts for Leo (July 23–August 22)


A collage of vibrant birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Leo.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Gold reticulated statement earrings from Lingua Nigra, similar from $124; abstract punch needle hoop art from By Adeline, $99; oversized initial necklace from Caitlyn Minimalist, $32; teal raffia wristlet from Lush and Thimble, $60; stylish woman downloadable print from Jenn Kitagawa, $11

Let’s face it: Leo loves a good dose of drama, so it’s go big or go home when it comes to sourcing the most creative birthday gifts for these lively lions. An oversized initial pendant is the perfect reminder that this day is all about them, while edgy reticulated gold earrings make a stylish statement that commands everyone’s attention. Or if you want to impress them with wow-worthy wall art, just make sure you choose a boldly-patterned piece that can hold its own on their expertly arranged gallery wall, like a vibrant punch-needle tapestry.


Soothing birthday gifts for Virgo (August 23–September 22)


A collage of calming birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Virgo.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): "Inner Peace" lucky charm from Dodo Toucan, $15; "Be you" affirmation cards from The Lamare, $23; "Inner Peace" affirmation card from Afton by Palm, $4; "Your Best Year" weekly planner from Ruff House Art, $18; sisters throw blanket from The Little Avocado, $160

Chances are the Virgo in your life could use a little self-love nudge, so equip for this hyper-organized sign with some transformational TLC. Positive affirmation cards will help them look on the bright side, while tiny desk-side totems channeling inner peace will keep them calm no matter what their busy week throws their way. And at the end of a long day, a cozy throw celebrating serenity and sisterhood will soothe their overactive minds to sleep.


Luxe birthday gifts for Libra (September 23–October 22)


A collage of romantic gift ideas hand-picked for Libra.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Personalized cologne kit from Arcadia Natural, from $25; macrame feather keyring from Norio Knots, $11; birth flower necklace from Love Always XO Designs, from $38; floral pocket square from W.B. THAMM, $30; cotton scrunchies from Eloise et Moi, $13 each; floral bucket hat from NAMA textiles, $55

Libra loves all the fine little things in life—romantic palettes, luxe textures, and, of course, anything flowery—so they’ll swoon over soft scrunchies in earthy pastel hues, feathery fringed macrame keychains, and blossom-splashed bucket hats. As for the fellas? Charming pocket squares with an all-over floral print and customizable cologne kits will help them present themselves with that extra touch of polish they so crave.


Snazzy birthday gifts for Scorpio (October 23–November 21)


A collage of bold birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Scorpio.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Garnet gemstone ring from Anne Swain Jewelry, from $50; oversized statement hoops from Stamped and Finch, $36; wavy sculptural candle from Cai Cai Handmade, $25; leather bowtie from Holtz Leather, $35; clothesline art print from Nonily Studio, $5; geode bath bomb from SALUS, $24

If the Scorpio you know feels like a bit of a beautiful mystery, don’t fret. Go for a birthday gift that matches them in raw magnetism. Think sizzling bath bombs shaped like geodes, stunning sculptural candles, dark gemstone-studded rings, or any one-of-a-kind design with a surprising edge. And if all else fails? You can’t go wrong with a little leather. Monogrammed cufflinks always look sharp—and boy-oh-boy can Scorpio rock a leather bowtie


Playful birthday gifts for Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)


A collage of fun birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Sagittarius.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Neon patterned exercise shorts from Rochelle Porter Design, $42; handmade striped skateboard from Southpaw Board Co., from $120; embroidered floral sweatsuit from Lint and Thread, $121; "sunny side up" mug from HAH online, $17; lemon-print bamboo socks from Lenonce, $13

Always the life of the party, Sagittarius might be the most fun to pick out a creative birthday gift for. This sporty sign is all kinds of active, and will look fantastic hamming it up on a handmade skateboard, or doing sun salutations in eye-catching neon exercise shorts. Staying good humored is their superpower, so a silly, “sunny side up” mug (with complementary egg illustration on the reverse) is right up their alley, too.


Classic birthday gifts for Capricorn (December 22–January 19)


A collage of timeless birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Capricorn.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Ceramic incense holder from ZZIEE Ceramics, $26; modern dipped-glaze mug from Paper and Clay Studio, $48; hanging cork planter from Mind the Cork, $70; hand-stamped leather keychain from Kingsley Leather, from $28; personalized handmade 3-in-1 chess set from Canarian Canary, from $339

Cool, calm, and collected Capricorns are sticklers for practicality, which explains their love for expertly crafted, built-to-last pieces. Whether it’s a hand-stamped leather keyring, a flawlessly chic ceramic incense holder, or a smooth and sturdy carved cork planter, the functional gifts you pick for them should always exude quality. And for the highly disciplined Capricorn competitor, an exquisite wooden chess set is sure to win them over. 


Edgy birthday gifts for Aquarius (January 20–February 18)


A collage of unique birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Aquarius.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Ankara necktie from Gabe Jade Accessories, from $25; leather envelope wallet from rkitekt, $60; sheer striped socks from Sock Season, $13; "Friends create sunshine" illustrated print from M. Koby Art, from $30; brass sunshine drop earrings from Brazed Brand, $28

A conventional birthday gift simply won’t do the trick for an offbeat Aquarius, who takes great pride in cultivating their signature look. Encourage them to embrace their own eccentric style with head-to-toe outfit enhancers packed with personality, from patterned neckties full of pizzazz to snazzy see-through socks. And for the rebel Aquarian who’s your reliable sidekick in mischief? Surprise them with a frame-worthy print that shows off your fierce, free-spirited friendship.


Dreamy birthday gifts for Pisces (February 19–March 20)


A collage of dreamy birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Pisces
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Embroidered mini fish brooch from Momshoo, $17; heart-shaped earrings from Foe & Dear, from $71; gratitude journal from The Lamare, $24; fish pint glasses from Vital Industries, $30 for set of 2; celestial necklace from Jill Makes, $45; coconut gardenia Pisces candle from FIP Candles, $25

One surefire way to charm the sensitive Pisces in your life? A thoughtful pick-me-up that’s as intuitive and sweet as they are. A vegan leather gratitude journal filled with meditative prompts will give them plenty of space to express their feelings, while a romantic pair of heart-shaped studs is the perfect fit for the sign that famously wears theirs on their sleeve. And if you really want to see them smile, a fish-themed set of pins or pint glasses are on-the-nose in a whimsical way this water sign will definitely appreciate.


Creative birthday gifts for Aries (March 21–April 19)


A collage of creative birthday gift ideas hand-picked for Aries
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Beginner punch needle kit from Studio VerSie, from $61; wooden milk crate from WAAM Industries; from $75; watercolor painter's palette, from $54; soapstone carving kit from Studiostone Creative, $50; laser-etched mountain coaster from Design by SML, $9

As for Aries, this feisty fire sign loves to keep busy, so set them up with a stimulating activity. Whether it’s the joy of discovering a new pastime like soapstone carving or the freedom of facing a blank canvas with nothing but a set of watercolors and some confidence, a hands-on DIY project will let them explore with ease. And if your Aries is not exactly the crafty type, not to worry—any innovative birthday gift will satisfy their pioneering personality. Our top pick? Topographic wood slice coasters inspired by intrepid mountain hikes.


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Jackie Buddie

Jackie Buddie is a writer and wilderness explorer working full-time as a content producer at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.