Sometimes it’s tough to decide on the perfect gift when you know the giftee too well. If you’re privy to every little detail about what a mom friend likes (and therefore you’ve given those gifts to her already) as well as what she doesn’t like, then birthdays and end-of-year holidays can get pretty tricky. The solution? Bring the big picture back into focus by using her zodiac sign as your gift-giving guide. What you give just may leave her starry-eyed.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
What you see is what you get with these up-front, down-to-Earth gals (Earth is their element, after all). They play by the rules, and are known in their mom circles as the reliable, hard-working parent. She’s the one to text if you need someone to organize the preschool teacher’s end-of-year brunch. If you’re lucky enough to have a Capricorn in your life, you know she’s all about gaining people’s trust and respect the old fashioned way—by earning it.
Gifts for Capricorn moms
Slip Silk Pillowcase and Sleep Mask
Since the Capricorn mom goes out of her way for everyone else, she deserves a bit of pampering and R&R for herself. This pillowcase and sleep mask, both made of ultra-smooth mulberry silk, check off both boxes.
Buy it: Slip Silk Pillowcase, $79 Net-A-Porter.cm
Buy it: Slip Silk Eye Mask, $45, Net-A-Porter.com
Venus Et Fleur Custom Arrangement
You may consider sending that incredible January-born mom flowers to thank her for all she’s done, but then think, “Eh, they’ll be gone in a week.” Enter rose atelier Venus et Fleur. They craft stunning customized designs, then put the fresh real blooms through a proprietary treatment that has them looking perfect and smelling lovely for up to a year. The magic doesn’t come cheap—or even moderately priced—but showing 12 months of gratitude may be worth the cost.
Buy it: $469 for large custom arrangement, VenusEtFleur.com
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
The loose canon in the group (and we mean that in the nicest possible way), Aquarius moms rarely back down or give in. Aquarians thrive on standing out in a crowd, and being a bit rebellious. Typically the life of any party, Aquarius girls wouldn’t hesitate to throw her own impromptu bash either.
Gifts for Aquarius moms
Urban Decay Little Vices
Anything fun or edgy will please an Aquarius, and this set of cute Vice lipsticks is both. She’ll be able to switch between brights and neutrals as well as mattes, creams and metallics.
Buy it: $15, UrbanDecay.com
The Holistic Home Company Raw Crystal Napkin Rings
Each crystal is one-of-a-kind, just like her. Available in sets of up to 12, these arrive in a handmade birchwood box adorned with a burnished lotus and a personalized message inside the lid.
Buy it: $100 for set of four, TheHolisticHomeCompany.com
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
The warm and lovely ladies born under this water sign go with their gut and tend to get a little emotional. Genuinely thoughtful and kind, this mom is the one who will be handing out the tissues at kindergarten graduation. They can also be a little forgetful, though—but only because they’re so wrapped up in their feelings that they sometimes lose track of the “mundane” details.
Gifts for Pisces moms
Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera
Armed with this nifty contraption, she’ll have the best time preserving and immediately sharing all those special moments in her life. Waterproof (and therefore tearproof!) images in color or black and white can be printed directly from the camera as well as saved on the included MicroSD card. The camera can shoot while printing, so she won’t miss a single shot.
Buy it: $69.99, Kodak.com
JiyoSpa by Deepak Chopra Aromatherapy Candle
Your Pisces pal will be sweet on these certified vegan, artisan candles that derive their vanilla, patchouli and rose scents from 100 percent pure essential oils. Bonus: The recycled glass vessel holding the wax possesses a second life as a container to hold her most cherished trinkets.
Buy it: $45, Store.jiyo.com
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries is ruled by Mars, the Roman god of war, and so it’s to be expected that the mommas under this sign are always ready to go to battle for their kids, friends and family. Usually outspoken (and well spoken), Aries women prepare themselves for any situation. More than any other sign, they’re doers, not just talkers.
Gifts for Aries moms
Kafé in the Box
Fuel her for the fight with this square coffee and tea traveler with a spill- and splash-proof dishwasher-safe design. It has double walls to keep her beverage hot (or cold) all morning long.
Buy it: $18, Amazon.com
Beauty Brands 16-Piece Haircare Try Me Bag
This bargain of a travel bag is filled with 16 tools and products, including brands like Paul Mitchell, Joico and Wella. Getting a sack of surprises (valued at over $100) is always fun, but it’s especially a treat for someone who prides herself in having every hairy situation covered.
Buy it: $10, BeautyBrands.com
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The symbol for Taurus is the bull, so it’s no coincidence that Taurus women tend to be on the stubborn side. Yet when you get to know them, you’ll quickly find they are gentle, nurturing and patient. They also like nice things and showing them off—which is just fine for the rest of us, since they usually have impeccable taste.
Gifts for Taurus moms
Links of London Sweetie Silver Charm Bracelet
Remember those candy bracelets we loved as kids? This little number has the same stretchy, tactile appeal, but with elegant charms, gleaming in sterling silver. Talk about an upgrade.
Buy it: $245, LinksofLondon.com
Rebecca Minkoff Molly Metro Wallet
Whether carried as a wallet, wristlet or clutch, this designer accessory is as functional as it is dazzling. Custom silver hardware and a magnetic snap closure will make it her go-to for an evening out. Eye-catching yet classy, just like her.
Buy it: $75, RebeccaMinkoff.com
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
That mom at the playground who keeps chatting away, long after the kids have fallen asleep in their strollers? And you don’t even mind, because she’s so funny, well-read and smart? Probaby a Gemini. Late-spring ladies tend to make great pals, with their playful spirit and curious mind. Just don’t take their moodiness personally—that’s just their ruling planet, Mercury, surfacing.
Gifts for Gemini moms
Art Teca Silk Scarf
As dynamic as her personality, this generously sized silk scarf also works well with her changing moods: She can rock it around her neck or waist, or even tie it around her head, just because she feels like it.
Buy it: $85, ArtTeca.com
POP Diamond Bracelet
Here’s a piece of jewelry that strikes the perfect balance between classic and modern. The cord, which comes in a choice of colors, is adjustable and guaranteed not to break, stretch, or fade.
Buy it: $270, PopDiamondJewelry.com
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Consider cancer mothers the original den mothers. They’re generally shy but blossom in the home and in a caretaker role. You can count on them to go out to the drugstore on a cold rainy night if you’re in need of cold medicine. They are also often excellent cooks and eager to pass that skill on to their children.
Gifts for Cancer moms
Chinese Laundry Popcorn Knit Slippers
Being a homebody never looked so cute or felt so good. She’ll love the practicality of the cushiony foam foot bed, non-skid soles and cozy lining, but we love the velour bow with the rhinestone border: It adds the touch of glam she deserves.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Project 62 Serving Bowl
This stainless steel, dishwasher-safe bowl with a snazzy copper lacquer finish sure looks fancy, but it’s also something she’ll actually use. Whether she fills it with her famous tortellini salad or something whipped up on the fly, we’re betting this gets put into service just about every day.
Buy it: $16, Target.com
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Lioness ladies relish being in the spotlight, and that means they always have to be ready to step in it. That’s why she’s the mom who keeps the carpool waiting because her curling wand isn’t cooperating. But in the end, she’s worth the wait, thanks to her natural warmth, generosity and creativity.
Gifts for Leo moms
Easy, Tiger Mornin’ Beautiful Stackable Mug
This flashy porcelain mug is sure to win her over and gets her day started right.
Buy it: $12, EasyTiger.com
Tweezerman Huda Beauty Essentials Kit
Instagram-worthy brows are a must for that beauty connoisseur. This kit includes the award-winning slant tweezer emblazoned with signature lip print design, brow shaping scissors and brush, a 10x magnifying mirror and an adorable cosmetic bag.
Buy it: $65, Tweezerman.com
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Your classic Virgo mom probably had trouble adjusting to the mess and unpredictability that describes life with baby—Virgos love things clean and under control after all. But once adjusted, she’s a wonder to behold, keeping the household as organized and pristine as humanly possible. Virgos are also supremely practical and know how to look good without fussing.
Gifts for Virgo Moms
Richer Poorer Women’s Sweatpant
From binge watching on the couch to running around town, this outfit manages to combine cozy with pulled-together cute. A flattering cut and midweight French terry blocks the typical stretching and sagging of most sweats. We love the navy.
Buy it: $72, Richer-Poorer.com
Erno Laszlo Cocktail Cleansing Set
Virgos respond to blackheads as they do dust bunnies: Not well. Turn her cleaning instinct into a pampering ritual with this clever set (which is valued at $53). The Sea Mud Cleansing Bar draws out gunk without stripping skin, and the cleansing oil—she can choose based on her complexion needs for that day—finishes the job.
Buy it: $38, ErnoLazlo.com
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
True to their symbol, the scales, Libras try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and surely came up with the saying: “There are two sides to every story.” They truly appreciate and try to return any small favor. Devoted fans of stylish, pretty decor, they want their kids to grow up in a beautiful environment and they also want guests to enjoy being in their homes.
Gifts for Libra Moms
MoMA Design Store Mellow Vase
If anyone bothers to keep fresh flowers at home it would be your Libra friend—and she’ll love displaying them in this gorgeous acrylic vase. She’ll also most certainly notice—and appreciate—the exquisite way the colors seem to catch the light.
Buy it: $179, Shop.Nordstrom.com
Nest Liquidless Diffuser
These diffusers are just right for the stylish and sleep-deprived. Plus, they’re no-mess, because the the seven lovely scents come from a special type of paper. What’s more, the cool chrome stand beats those typical fusty-looking diffusers any day.
Buy it: $60, NestFragrances.com
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Intense, passionate and determined, Scorpio women are all-or-nothing. They steamroll ahead toward any goal they set, and yet are quite observant. They notice things others may not pick up on and they often have a knack for detail too.
Gifts for Scorpio Moms
Annieglass Ultramarine Starfish
Perfect for the water-sign mom: This beautiful, sustainably handmade “Wish Upon a Starfish” dish draws its inspiration from the sea life of Monterey Bay, near the Annieglass studio in California. Your Scorpio friend will be sure to admire its special touches, including the realistic texture and vibrant depth of color.
Buy it: $53, AnnieGlass.com
The Giving Keys Dainty Key Necklace
Hand-crafted in downtown Los Angeles, this necklace will inspire the Scorpio mom not just by what it says but how it’s part of the company’s larger mission to fight homelessness. Choose from a variety of inspirational words or create your own.
Buy it: $30, TheGivingKeys.com
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
This outdoorsy mom rarely has a free weekend. No cleaning closets or catching up on Netflix for her; she’s out on a last-minute getaway with her family. And that makes perfect sense, since Sagittarius happens to be the sign associated with travel. As a fire sign, Sagittarius moms also often have a temper that flares up from time to time, but that anger can be extinguished just as quickly.
Gifts for Sagittarius moms
ShedRain e-Motion Motorized Open & Close Compact Umbrella
This compact but super strong umbrella is great when you’ve got kids and bags in tow: It opens and closes it with just the push of a button.
Buy it: $99, ShedRain.com
Kaanas Traveler Cheetah Luggage Tags
Your jet-setting friend’s bag will stand out on the carousel when it’s festooned with these sturdy, stylish tags. They’re ethically sourced, and a portion of proceeds goes to Unicef Colombia.
Buy it: $29, Kaanas.com
Published December 2017