The 10 Best Birthday Gifts for a Taurus or a Gemini
We’re almost halfway through this yearlong series (ICYMI: We’ve been asking astrologers to help us put together the ultimate shopping guides based on people’s zodiac signs) and a trip around the sun, and I’m starting to wonder how we ever shopped for birthday gifts before consulting the stars? This month, Theresa Reed, aka The Tarot Lady and author of the forthcoming book, Astrology for Real Life — A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious, gave us her picks for May signs, Taurus and Gemini. As it turns out, she’s a Gemini herself, so you know these ideas are going to be spot-on.
Here’s your cosmic shopping guide for everyone with a May birthday.
1.Cutting Board Style Wood Recipe Cookbook Stand, $26
“Taurus loves security,” says Reed. “They want to feel safe and pampered.” Comfort should be high on the list when choosing a gift for a Taurus. A vintage-style cookbook stand will help her follow along as she cooks from one of her favorite cookbooks. Plus, it’ll most likely fit in perfectly with her decor.
2.Indian Spice Sampler, $38 at Etsy
For a Gemini, variety is the spice of life. “A spice kit with flavors from around the world allows them to experiment and get creative,” says Reed. “Remember: They are curious, so you’ll want to search for unique spices that they have never tried.” Casually ask what cuisine your Gem has been into lately, so you can hone in on the right flavors. Or get something that covers the spectrum.
3. Bianca Napkins, $58 for four at Anthropologie
“Because they are ruled by Venus, Taurus also enjoys luxury items,” says Reed. “High-quality table linens indulge their love of beauty.” Try this set of fringed linen napkins — they come in a matching set of four.
4. Boska Raclette Party Set, $58
Because Gemini is the sign of “the Twins,” they appreciate interactivity. “A raclette set is the perfect Gemini kitchen gift,” says Reed. “Not only is this a way for them to enjoy a meal with a bunch of friends — and the opportunity for exciting conversations — but raclette also offers endless variety, as everyone at the table gets to custom make their own cheesy masterpiece.”
5.Exotic Truffle Collection, $48 for a box of 16 at Vosges Haut Chocolat
“A fancy box of chocolates delights Taurus’ sensuous side,” says Reed. She recommends one of Vosges’ truffle boxes.
6.Marcato 8320 Atlas Pasta Machine, $77
A gemini is sure to love kitchen gadgets that keep their hands busy. Reed suggests a manual pasta maker that will have your Gem holed up in the kitchen for hours. Ideally, you’ll get to benefit from it, too.
7. Double R Ranch Co. Rib-Eye Steaks, $150 for a set of 4 at Williams-Sonoma
Steak is a great gift choice for Taurus. “After all, they are born under the sign of the bull,” says Reed. Give yours a pack of big, gourmet rib-eyes and offer to help cook them up for a birthday meal. Pair with a baked potato slathered in butter. “This is heavenly fare for these down-to-earth folks,” says Reed.
8.Instant Pot DUO 60, $135
Gems can be busy, so for days when they’re too tired to stand at the stove, Reed suggests an electric pressure cooker. Gift your bestie the Instant Pot if she doesn’t already have it. Then send her this link. She won’t be disappointed!
9. Antique Oak Wall Shelf, from $60 at Etsy
A taurus loves shiny things, but still appreciate being grounded to the earth. This shelving unit, which would make a perfect accent in the kitchen for plants or go-to glassware, has copper brackets and a rustic wood perch, making it a sweet and thoughtful gift.
10. Bento Matte Black Appetizer Plates, $14 for eight at CB2
A gemini loves tapas-style meals, says Reed, so gift them a set of appetizer dishes. This way, they can throw their own small plate party.