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The transitional weeks from January to February bring many beautiful things: blades of grass emerging beyond snow; love in the air (imagined or real, crushes are harmless – don’t fact check that); and, best of all, Aquarius season. Aquarians are dreamers and creators, lovers of all things whimsical and inventive. Finding them the perfect birthday gift is, frankly, delightful. From now until February 19, consider it your full-time job to shower this one-of-a-kind air sign with adoration.
Aquarians have singular tastes, but countless passions. Above all else, Aquarians value their community – so the gift you choose should reflect how much you know and care for them. Easy, right? Don’t worry. With my guide, it can be.
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For The Architectural Digest Aquarius
This sign governs all things related to technology, innovation, and humanitarian endeavors. Most Aquarians also possess a unique design eye, and take pleasure in curating a home (or a personal aesthetic) that’s at once eclectic and uniquely their own. Satisfy each of these sectors with a beautiful light from Gantri, the brand leveraging 3D printing to minimize waste and bring unique lights from independent designers to your home. Each light is manufactured on-demand with proprietary plant polymers, so they’re as beautiful as they are environmentally sound. If your Aquarius is a design devotee, splurge on a piece of true art from MUHLY (I’m not an Aquarius, but each lamp, hanging light, and clever wooden box from this studio is at the top of my wishlist).
For some items that are less financially threatening but still reflect a great deal of care, browse the MOMA Design Store – the Gemini Espresso Maker is a timeless classic for a reason (throw in some glass mugs to complete a well-caffeinated gift). As long as the SSENSE sale still lives on, you’ll find delightful gifts for empty counterspace and coffee tables, like vases that play tricks on the eye, or Janie Korn’s Cracked Egg and Olive Candles.
Pantry Delights That Make Every Meal A Treat
Any true Aquarian loves to play with their food. Start with a pancake breakfast that revives a sense of childlike wonder: make it naturally gluten-free and vegan with Partake’s Classic Pancake and Waffle Mix ($23). Satisfy their experimental aspirations with Rainbo’s Forest Juice, a decadent Canadian maple syrup super-charged with Reishi, Chaga, and Turkey Tail mushrooms ($31). Send along the Moon Juice Cookbook ($30) and a Spirit Dust or two ($38) for the Aquarian who’s whipping up waffles and chocolate bark for lively new-age brunches.
The Aquarian you know is most likely to be brewing (or overpaying for) functional adaptogenic matcha lattes on the daily. Make their at-home morning ritual extra delicious – and simple – with a Starter Kit from Clevr Blends ($59) and a bulk supply of Táche’s Vanilla pistachio milk ($54). Spoil them with a crunchy Ghianduja ($32 per 2-pack) and a few tins of Fishwife ($33), both of which are seriously habit-forming but also seriously good for you. You will be responsible for some new addictions, but isn’t that what friends and birthdays are for?
Bathing Rituals For The Water Bearers Of The Zodiac
While Aquarius is undoubtedly an air sign, it’s visually represented by the Water Bearer, symbolizing the sign’s important role in bestowing spiritual growth and imagination unto the world. It’s no wonder I love Aquarians. Honor this duality between air and water with some gifts that touch on both of the elements. Bathing Culture’s Mind And Body Wash ($35) and Big Dipper Mineral Bath ($30) make for the perfect bathing ritual, scented with natural essential oils and packaged in refillable rainbow glass for a gift that checks every box on an Aquarius’s wishlist.
Pamper them with some bodycare that smells like heaven itself. You can’t go wrong with Baude’s new scent-centric bodycare (from $36), or any of OUAI’s delicious body scrubs and lotions (from $18). Extend their hour-long bath routine with NERRA’s complete Body Cleansing Ritual, which will keep them occupied for a blissful Sunday evening ($175).
For Their Birthday (Or Any Day) Soirée
Never one to shy away from the experimental, your Aquarius will love a smattering of non-alcoholic beverages and mind-opening treats to enhance their birthday month festivities. Send over some truly delicious Delights from Rose Los Angeles – CBD or THC, the choice is yours (from $40). If the Aquarian you know and love is observing a strictly dry January, commend their efforts with a pack or three of Ghia’s Le Spritz (the Lime & Salt tastes like a perfect sun-tired afternoon by the sea) (from $51). Hiyo’s variety pack is sure to thrill – and secondarily, relax – any adaptogenically-oriented Aquarius ($45).
Sure, Aquarians Are Humanitarians – But That Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Like Sparkly Things, Too
One of Aquarians’ most remarkable qualities is their innovative drive to change the world for the better. On their birthday, however, you’d be wise to remember that they love sparkly, shiny objects, too. For jewelry that’s as unique as this air sign, shop Misahara’s mini gemstone earrings, Haus of Jewelry’s unique charm initials, and Susan Alexandra’s customizable pieces. Throw in a very Aquarian Spiral Hair Clip from Emily Dawn Long just because it’s beautiful ($90).
Encourage Their Curiosity With All Things Community-Oriented And Experimental
If you haven’t gotten the gist by now, this sign leans towards the curious and experimental. For the Aquarian seeking to expand their mental wellness practice, gift a year ($150) or month ($12.50 / month) of membership to Open, a digital mindfulness studio teeming with daily programming that explores meditation, breathwork, music, and movement. If they’re more into high-energy movement and not afraid to make a little noise, introduce them to The Class, a somatic practice involving dance, breath, and vocal release to help your Aquarius connect to their body (and spirit).
For the real experimenter who dreams of homesteading, gift Gardyn’s Indoor Kit ($799), complete with everything they’ll need to kickstart a complete farm-to-table operation before their next birthday.
Get to gifting – and I’ll meet you back here next month to talk all things Pisces.