If you're lucky enough to receive a party or dinner invitation, it's best to not show up empty handed. Bringing a small gift for the host signals you're thankful to be there, but it can be tough to decide what to bring. And while it's usually welcome, another bottle of wine isn't exactly groundbreaking. But just as in so many other areas of our lives, astrology can provide a fun way to determine which small token of entertaining-related gratitude would be most appreciated by every zodiac sign as a host gift.
By using your host's sun sign (which is their birthday), it's possible to identify gifts that highlight some of their personality traits. "You can then be more connected to their needs, what they value, and what they appreciate," says Stephanie Gailing, astrologer and author of The Complete Guide to Living By the Moon.
Belowm Gailing and astrologer and psychic intuitive coach Alex Caiola give intel into each sign’s main characteristics and likes. Then, we used their insights to pick out some fun products that’ll make any host smile. Read on for the best host gifts to give each zodiac sign.
The best host gift to give each zodiac sign, according to astrologers
A cardinal fire sign and the beginning of the zodiac, Aries likes to initiate things, which makes them great hosts and partiers. They’re also known for their assertiveness and enjoy experiences. A beautiful match cloche and striker is a home-specific way to honor their fiery nature.
Another great gift for Aries is a play on those sharp edges that’s both funny and useful—a knife sharpener. “They also have senses of humor where they’d think that’s funny and cool,” Caiola says.
Not enough people realize that a sharp knife is the gateway to kitchen triumphs. Make it easy with this compact, handheld sharpener that’ll help Aries make quick work of any ingredient.
Taurus, a fixed earth sign, is practical and nature-oriented, but also very in tune with their senses, which makes anything scented and food-related a good bet. Because of their nurturing nature, Caiola says “they’re easy for a host gift.”
For savory-minded Tauruses, consider a gift that comes from the earth like this beautiful carafe of rich olive oil produced in Puglia, Italy. And for those with a sweet tooth, opt for the gift of luxury with a fancy set of high-quality vanilla extracts from baker’s favorite Nielsen-Massey.
Hand-made and hand-painted in Italy, this elegant pitcher houses fresh and smooth olive oil from the Mediterranean that’ll make pastas and salads sing. The ceramic carafe can be used to display flowers or herbs long after the oil runs out.
This set of specialty vanilla extracts will impart richness and gourmand to any baked goods. It includes bottles from three of the most sought-after vanilla growing regions in the world: Tahiti, Mexico, and Madagascar.
An air sign, Gemini is the life of the party and a conversation starter. They may not need your help getting everyone talking, but a fun party game that can ease conversations along would make a great gift so everyone else can match their oratory speed. According to Gailing, Gemini also rules the hands, so a beautiful and useful set of salad tongs could aid in their entertaining endeavors, too.
Meant to create a cozy environment for deeper relationships like its name implies, this set of conversation starting cards is sure to get everyone talking and connecting so Gemini can relax a bit at their own event.
Cancer is the zodiac’s consummate host because of their nurturing and giving nature, so a great gift is something that allows them to make others feel nourished. “Something that everyone eats from,” like a beautiful serving platter or deep wood salad bowl, taps into this need, Gailing says; a subscription to a cooking website or magazine that they can use to prepare dishes for their friends is a great idea, too.
The zodiac sign associated with royalty and confidence, Leo loves “anything that’s gold, lavish, or in a luxurious color,” Gailing says. For something useful and elegant that's sure to be the center of any room it's in, gift a beautiful and ornate tray. Another option? A luxe scented candle with richly layered notes that honors Leo's status as a fixed fire sign.
Hand-carved from birchwood and painted with gold leaf, this tray made in the Venetian tradition is a head-turning piece for Leo to show off.
Contained in a red, jewel-like vessel, this double wick candle’s luxe scent is inspired by Jazz-age icon Josephine Baker. The soy vegetable wax ensures a clean burn and serves as a vessel for the layered and rich blend of rose, jasmine, warm amber, tonka bean, and sandalwood.
As the sign most associated with the harvest, Virgo has a particular closeness to the earth and anything botanical that comes from it. "They're usually really good with plants, so I feel like an herb to have in their kitchen that they can use would be great," Caiola says. For the Virgo who lacks a green thumb, a beautiful chest of herbal teas would be a welcome substitute.
A sign that appreciates beauty and style (Venus is its ruling planet), Libra appreciates art and fashion, plus luxury and indulgence. You wouldn't go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book aligned with the host's interests, or a sweet and indulgent treat. Gailing says they're also very social, so a set of beautiful champagne flutes or coupes would be welcome, too.
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The house of Valentino has been having a moment lately thanks to its shocking pink ensembles seen on celebrities like Zendaya and Lizzo, but the legendary Italian fashion house has long been known for its haute couture. This comprehensive zeroes in on that rich history and includes a chapter from the founder of the brand himself. It’ll provide fashion-forward Libra hours of entertainment and would serve as a beautiful display piece on a coffee table.
This sparkly set of lustered coupes is a handsome addition to Libra’s beverage cart or cabinet. Each piece in this set of four has a gold rim and is painted to reflect light.
A water sign, Scorpio is fascinated by depth and "likes to get to the bottom of things and solve mysteries," Gailing says. Sultry and passionate, they appreciate well-made items and are "very much at home in the dark," so a set of sumptuous dark chocolates would be a great gift to share. Black obsidian stones are associated with this sign too, so something in that rich material would also be welcome.
This box of 12 nutty pralines and truffles, made by beloved Swiss chocolatier Laderach, speaks to Scorpio’s appreciation for quality. The dark, rich chocolate will be a welcome gift to share with their guests or on their own.
This inky black coaster is made from black obsidian quartz and is a useful nod to Scorpio’s affinity for mystery and darkness. Sold individually, the coaster is made from Brazilian Agate stone.
Worldly and wise, Sagittarius people are curious about what's happening around them. "They like the bigger picture and freedom, but there's this edge of possibility," Gailing says. "They're very glass half-full kind of people." A collection of spices from around the globe helps them visit those far off places and dive into new dishes.
This knack for being out and about and desire to see beyond themselves makes them great photographers; a high quality instant print camera helps Sag bring the fun and makes it so guests can take a piece of it home with them, too.
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Gift adventurous Sag with a symphony of global flavors that’ll transport them through cuisine. This six piece set that features big flavors from Turkey, Guatemala, and Afghanistan. Supporting Burlap & Barrel’s sustainable and local supply chains is a bonus.
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Keep the party going forever with this instant print camera. Help Sag send their guests home with high-quality color prints that’ll become new mementos.
According to Gailing, Capricorn, the zodiac's cardinal earth sign, appreciates anything timeless and practical. Gift them with an adjustable vase that can be attached to their existing vessels to make something new. They also have an affinity for wood, Caiola says.
An ice bucket is a practical but fun way to ensure all of Cap’s guests will have chilled drinks. This insulated one, which holds 68 ounces, has a teakwood exterior and is vacuum-insulated so condensation won’t spoil its look.
Two of Aquarius' most positive qualities are curiosity and vision, so a host gift that tickles that would be fitting. They tend to enjoy technological items, so a useful tool is a great gift. "They're super innovative so they love to explore things that really make them think, and they love a gadget," Caiola says.
Give them gadgets that'll make hosting easier and more joyful: Petite portable lanterns can be used indoors and out, and an 8-in-1 stackable kitchen tool will make whipping up apps and mains a delight.
Aquarius loves tech, and these cute and functional mini lanterns deliver. Smaller versions of a popular larger lamp model, these little pieces can be used indoors and out and offer three dimmer settings.
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This playful contraption does more than meets the eye—it contains eight different kitchen tools, including: a funnel, juicer, grater, and can opener. But wait, there’s more! All this fun comes stored in a large bottle resembling a wine glass. Get ready for Aquarius to show this off nonstop.
Think of the sea and great blue beyond for Pisces' host gift, Gailing says. A set of beautiful finishing salts and something with the symbol of the fish are great ways to pay tribute to this water sign's traits when they host.
Harvested in the Pacific Northwest, these infused salts will give Pisceans motivation to experiment with seasonings while paying homage to the sea. This set of eight vials includes flavors such as black garlic, smoked cherrywood, and habanero.
This set of sustainably caught tinned seafood is a welcome addition to any cracker or baguette, and would look great on a cheeseboard alongside some olives. Included in this set of three fishes smoked over hardwood are Norwegian Atlantic salmon, albacore tuna from the Pacific Northwest, and smoked rainbow trout from Idaho.
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