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I’m always delighted to compile astrologically-informed gift guides, but this month is extra special (and extra delightful). It’s Libra season -- and yes, I’m a Libra. While I often claim to be the Zodiac whisperer of TQE, some might say I was literally born to write this fool-proof guide to pleasing your favorite Libra.
Libras are tricky. Known for their sartorial acumen, exquisite taste, and appreciation for the aesthetically beautiful things in life, the Libra you love probably cites gift giving as one of their primary love languages and shows up to every function with a stunning bouquet and a bottle of natural wine. Still, because they’re people pleasers and social harmonizers, they’ll pretend to love whatever you pick out for them (trust me, we’re all incredibly talented actors). Follow this gift guide to spoil the Libra you love with something they’ll actually love -- no pretending necessary.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses (Or Their Flower Of Choice), price varies
Flowers are an essential component of a good Libra birthday gift. Regardless of your relationship with said Libra, you’ll earn their adoration (and respect) forever if you bestow them with a flower, be it picked from your garden (if you’re on a budget) or selected from the finest floral artist in your city. Because I myself am a Libra, flowers are often my go-to gift for others -- and I’ve become quite the expert in the flower commerce landscape.
I first suggest you look around for nearby options, because supporting your local florist or flower market is one of the greatest gifts of all. If you’re in Southern California, might I suggest Heaven’s Market (for a flower and wine combination), Bloom & Plume, or FORMA Floral? New York, I like Stems Brooklyn. For flowers that deliver anywhere, try Floom (which finds local florists for you), Urban Stems, Bouqs, or Farmgirl Flowers. And now you have no excuse not to shower your Libra with flora worthy of their delightful presence in your life.
A Natural Wine Or Kombucha (For The Natural Born Hostess), from $66
Not only are Libras the life of the party, but they’re also often the host. Gift them a beautiful DTC wine subscription situation, like a natural selection from Primal Wine Club or something more trendy and sleek from Usual Wines, perfect for any fête or park picnic. Because Libras are often also lovers of balance, you might consider sending some Juneshine to their door (the superior hard kombucha brand, according to this Libra) and some fabulous non-alcoholic options like Ghia or Acid League’s Proxies so that they’re well-equipped for any future soirée or romantic dinner-from-home.
Put Your Hands Together For The Libras, $48
As a Libra myself, I’m obsessed with this new DTC brand, Bare Hands, which has developed its own “Dry Gloss Manicure,” an at-home nail care kit designed to nourish and strengthen the nails for a healthy, shiny, and natural look. Libras value beauty from the core -- and they especially love a good DIY pamper ritual. Bestow them with the stunning Bare Hands Gift Set for a present that celebrates self-care, beauty, and indulgence.
Yes, Of Course, Fragrances Galore, from $28
Friends have told me that they can smell the scent of my home before they’ve even stepped through the front door -- not literally, but simply by memory and expectation. I believe this to be true of most Libras: their homes are not just curated exquisitely to their taste, but they are also thoughtfully scented with carefully selected candles and incense. Here, a few brands you might consider shopping (for their aesthetic and olfactory deliciousness):
Diptyque, from $68
Otherland, from $36
Boy Smells, from $32
ROEN, from $28
Birthdate Candles, $38 (bonus points for customizing to their exact date of birth)
Tennen Studio Incense, $58 (my personal favorite)
For The Resident Gallerina And Print Junkie, price varies
The Libra you know is most likely to spend any idle day exploring a gallery or art museum, or obsessing over the pages of their favorite design magazine. For a unique gift they’ll actually use (and cherish throughout the year), buy them a membership to a local museum or art library, or select a print editorial subscription (or three) you think they might like. Might I suggest Apartmento, The Gentlewoman, Dazed, i-D, The Paris Review, or a stack of vintage issues of Vogue or Vanity Fair? You just won “best gift giver ever,” thank me later.
One-Of-A-Kind, Exquisite Jewelry, from $32
By now, you probably get the gist that Libras love well-designed, high-quality, and aesthetically beautiful gifts. What better opportunity to gift a stunning piece of unique jewelry they’ll wear and admire every day? For a Libra you really love, gift Noémie’s new Symbol Ring, made of 18-Karat gold and truly customizable with an icon of your choice (really, anything -- even the Libra scales -- just email your request).
For a Libra with more eclectic tastes, browse Dauphinette’s one-of-a-kind pieces made in New York, which feature pressed flowers, plants, and even butterflies.
A list of gifts for Libras, made by a Libra: finally, you’ll be able to actually please the people-pleasers of the Zodiac. Get to shopping, and check back next month for your complete guide to gifting a Scorpio.