Holiday Gift Guide
An Italian carafe for the sensual Taurus; a heart rate monitor for the energetic Aries; suede slippers for sensible Capricorn—consider your loved one's placement on the zodiac as you shop this season.
(March 21-April 19) Adventurous, Impulsive, Energetic
"Donkey Kong" Mini Classic, $12.95
The notoriously impatient Aries will appreciate this vintage Nintendo game on her keychain, a perfect waiting-in-line distraction. Chances are she's also a video game fanatic because of her competitive streak. But if you can't afford to spend $50-plus on the newest hotness, you won't go wrong with the much-loved "Donky Kong." A "Zelda" version is also available at this old-school gamer nerd shop.
(April 20-May 20) Sensual, Practical, Diligent
New Mexico Rocks! 2008 Pin-Up Calendar, $10
Music is a passion to the point of eccentricity for many a Taurus. Appeal to your bull's love of lyric loudness, ladies, planning and local stuff with the 2008 New Mexico Rocks! calendar. Each calender page shows off Burque's most talented beauties with all the proceeds benefiting APS music education.
(May 21-June 20) Enterprising, Clever, Spontaneous
Variety of Mini-Cupcakes, $7.80 per dozen
Holiday treats are the quintessential, never-fail gift. For the explorative Gemini on your list, an assortment of moist, bite-sized cupcakes will appeal to his fickle taste buds. Pick a cupcake in every flavor or stuff the box with his favorite, then add a few others for taste-adventuring. An assortment of fresh-baked cookies, fancy chocolates, a variety of teas and cocoas, or a selection of pastries from a French bakery are other delectable gift ideas.
(June 21-July 22) Nurturing, Creative, Domestic
If you haven’t already figured it out, Cancerians like to take care of things. They also enjoy communing with Mother Nature. If you know a Cancer with a furry hiking buddy (a dog), this cool, practical gift is right on the nose. This clip-on water bottle snaps open into a water tray when Fifi needs a drink. A plus for eco-conscious Cancerians: it wastes less water than a bottle alone, and it’s much lighter and easier to carry than a bowl.
(July 23-Aug. 22) Generous, Original, Passionate
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $14 each
Whether wild and curly or thick and straight, a lion loves her mane. Spoil your favorite Leo with volumizing shampoo and conditioner or splurge on some styling foam. She'll be grateful for the attention you've paid her hair; every Leo knows good grooming is the key to success.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Meticulous, Craftsy, Analytical
Fortune Tea Flowers, $5 each
It's important that Virgos comfort themselves after long, über-productive days. These "fortune teas" are wrapped in beautifully folded origami paper, which can be hung as ornaments. Inside, there's an affirming fortune and a flowering tea. White, green or black tea leaves are sewn into a ball that, with hot water, "blooms" into a beautiful tea flower. The tea flower makes up to three pots or can be displayed as a centerpiece for up to five days.
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Refined, Artistic, Social
Marvel Superheros Stamps, $8.20 for 20
While stamps are of use to nearly every citizen of our nation, unusual stamps help social Libras engage with others. These graphic, colorful and inexpensive Marvel Comics Commemorative stamps (complete with the ripped cartoon abs of Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner) will make for a red letter X-mas. For an extra powerful gift, pair these with pens, postcards and stationary.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Secretive, Passionate, Exciting
Assorted Perfumes, $10 for 1/8 ounce to $25 for 1 ounce
If you're looking for a romantic gift, sensual Scorpios are drawn to perfumes with intense musk or floral scents. Perfumes of the Desert have been handmade, hand-mixed and hand-labeled in Albuquerque's Old Town since 1948. Popular scents include piñon, yucca and purple sage, but Scorpios might appreciate the exotic "Midnight Cereus."
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Jovial, Inquisitive, Daring
Love Thyself: The Message from Water III by Masaru Emoto, $17.95
Sagittarians are an inquisitive bunch by nature. Driven by a quest for knowledge, they develop an insatiable appetite for the written word. Though they frequently look to the realm of philosophy and science for answers, they stand to benefit from metaphysical exploration. Masaru Emoto's book Love Thyself: The Message from Water III is filled with microscopic photographs of water droplets that have been exposed to words with either positive or negative connotations. Emoto has one foot in the scientific community and one in the spiritually searching realm, much like Sagittarians themselves.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Sensible, Ambitious, Noble
Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook, $10
What could be more prestigious than jotting down thoughts in the same book van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway used? One-hundred-and-ninety-two lined pages of sleekly thread-bound paper, ready to be swathed with ingenious ideas and master inventions, await your Capricorn's most intellectual thoughts. With the security of an elastic enclosure, this nifty gift provides just the right dimensions to slip effortlessly into the her pants’ pocket or a briefcase.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Humanitarian, Inventive, Intellectual
Screech for Peace T-shirt, $15
A lover of social activism with a penchant for unique fashions, your Aquarian is probably already campaigning for a "Screech for Peace" T-shirt. The white design on vibrant purple sends a worthy message. All profits made from this and any other T-shirt sold at the Peace and Justice Center directly fund the efforts of peace projects, putting the ever-aware Aquarian mind at ease.
(Feb. 19-March 20) Imaginative, Sensitive, Intuitive
Little Moon Essentials Blue Moon Aromatherapeutic Mineral Bath Salts and Assorted Bath Beads, 35¢ to $7.50 each
Pisces seldom need an excuse to languish in the tub. A sign closely tied to fish, they find solace in water and will be delighted by these sapphire-colored bath salts and sea horse-, star-, duck- and moon-shaped bath beads. Just don't expect them to leave the suds anytime soon; Pisces will linger in the water well after their toes become pruney.