Ten Great Gift Ideas for Pagans

A reader says, "I have a friend that is Pagan, although I don't know the specifics of what she believes. I'd like to get her a birthday gift that has some kind of spiritual value to her, because I know this is an important part of her life, but I have no idea what would be an appropriate gift. Help!"

This happens a lot when non-Pagans have a friend or family member who is Pagan. You want to get them a special gift related to their spiritual path, but let's face it, sometimes it's hard to come up with something. It's a really nice and thoughtful thing to want to do, though, so here's a list of gift ideas nearly any Pagan will appreciate:

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Most Pagans love candles. Colored ones are best, because they can be used in spell work. Plain white ones are nice, too, because a white candle can be substituted for any other color in magical workings. Taper-style or votive candles are the most practical -- save the giant twelve-pound three-wick for another time. Be sure to select unscented candles, so your friend can anoint them with magical oils if needed. More »

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You can never read too much. Books are always a great gift, and there are a few that are always timeless. Check for the newest releases about Wicca and Paganism, and these might be a good bet. Classics such as and are popular choices as well. If your friend is just beginning to study Wicca and Paganism, you can't go wrong with a title from the Beginner's Reading List. More »

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I love pretty boxes, and I'm not alone in that - many of my Pagan friends do too. We use them to put our Tarot cards in, our herbs, gemstones, and other little trinkets. Chances are if you find one that's decorated, we'll appreciate it. Some are available with specifically Pagan designs, such as a pentacle, a goddess symbol, or Celtic knot work. An even better idea is to find a plain box, and decorate it yourself with beads, fabric, or other goodies. More »

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Annual Almanacs

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If you're not sure about a specific book, consider an annual almanac such as Llewellyn's Magical Almanac or the Witches' Almanac, which all contain useful information about lunar phases, plants, and astrological shifts.

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A Blank Journal

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Pagans read a lot, and because of that, we tend to write lots of things down. It's not uncommon to see us scribbling away when something strikes our fancy. Many practicing Pagans keep a Book of Shadows, which is where we keep information on spellwork, rituals, our gods, and other important topics. Pick up a nice, blank journal. If your friend has a particular interest, try to find a related journal, whether it's Harry Potter or Hello Kitty.

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Music

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Because a lot of Pagans practice meditation, it's great to have music to meditate by. There is an endless list of music available on CD for meditation, and a huge selection to choose from.

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Many Pagans work with stones and crystals. A pretty chunk of quartz, a selection of gemstones, or even a rock tumbler make a great gift. Different stones have different associations, too -- someone who needs love in their life might benefit from a rose quartz, while a person that's been feeling down could use the pick-me-up found in amber. More »

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There are Tarot cards out there for just about every interest, and if you know your gift recipient has a certain hobby or passion, why not get them cards to symbolize that? Whether they're a fan of Tolkien's novels or Celtic artwork, there's a Tarot deck out there for everyone. More »

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A lot of us in the Pagan community are into herbs, and we like them even better when they're fresh. If you've got a garden, bring us a clipping of some of your most aromatic goodies -- in fact, if you've got too many of something, we'd be happy to take some seedlings off your hands to plant in our own yards! Many magical herbs are also culinary -- rosemary is a wonderful seasoning for food, and it's also known as an herb of protection. More »

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Statuary

Make an altar featuring symbols of the god or goddess of your tradition. Image © Patti Wigington 2012; Licensed to About.com

Visit your Pagan friends at home, and you may see that they keep statuary on their altar or in places of honor. If you know which pantheon they follow that makes it all the more easy -- someone who follows an Egyptian path might appreciate a statue of Isis while someone who practices a more eclectic tradition might like a figure of a lunar goddess.