Astrology Gift Giving: Aries

March 21- April 19

Illustration: Meghann Stephenson

Aries has a young, carefree fun approach to life. This is a strong, independent and fun loving sign, so if you are in love with an Aries, you already know that she or he like to be first in their crowd to try new trends.

One of the most identifiable qualities of Aries is a ‘take charge’ approach, which often has them leaving the employ of others in favor of starting their own business. They are very competitive and they enjoy continually testing their physical, mental and emotional strength.

Passionate, intense, sexy, spicy and saucy, the Aries man or woman will enjoy the thrill of the romantic chase. You are competitive and enjoy being considered the ‘prize’. Why, you say, would you make it easy for your suitor to win your heart? Why end the best part of courtship when that’s the fun? You are not prone to wearing your heart on your sleeve as some signs, such as Pisces or Cancer, would be prone to do. If two suitors vie for your attention at the same time, say all the better!

 

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— Gifts for Her —

Star Sign:

VICTORIA BECKHAM

April 17th

 

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Chances are your Aries woman has a fit, toned body, so get her a La Perla red lace demi-bra and panties, as boy shorts or a lacy thong. Don’t know her size? A short nightgown in the derivative f red or pink that drapes beautifully and might come with a matching robe would be appreciated too—for she would be able to use it at home or on her travels. Or get her diamonds, in any shape or form—a ring, a pendant, bracelet or stud earrings—because the diamond is Aries’ birthstone. And diamonds are lucky for her. The diamond symbolizes brilliance, purity and unbreakable, unending love, a lovely and fitting symbol for romance. If she already has diamonds, get her a ruby ring or pendant, as red is her color.
If these precious gems don’t quite fit your budget, a well-made cubic zirconium would delight her too. Aries is not overtly materialistic, so she’ll focus on your sentiments rather than on what you spend.

Not into jewelry? Aries rules the head, so you could give her a fine hairbrush set from England or possibly the best gift of all, a fabulous makeover from a top Fifth Avenue hair salon.

To cater to her need for excitement, give her a ride in a hot-air balloon, complete with a champagne picnic. Or get her a pair of Rollerblades because she loves fast sports. A mountain bike would also be appreciated. You could also get her lessons on a sport she’d love to learn and promise to help her buy the gear she’ll need.

Hot and spicy foods are ‘her’ so choose a pretty Tex-Mex restaurant for dinner, one with tablecloths and a cozy atmosphere. If you choose to send her flowers, ask your florist to make a creative, unique arrangement—Aries prizes individuality over something more common. Call Mille Fiore, a favorite florist with the chi-chi publishing crowd (featured on Martha Stewart’s Apprentice show). Ask for the owner Rene. He will whip up something extraordinary. Aries rules all flowers with thorns, so send a dozen classic American Beauty roses. Choose red, the color of verve and passion. It’s her color.

 

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— Gifts for Him —

Star Sign:

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

April 5th

 

Your Aries man is quite a warrior. Chances are he works out at the gym and engages in competitive sport—Aries men are very macho. Aries is a fire sign that rules sharp instruments and iron metals, surprise your Aries man with an outdoor barbecue grill. Or, buy him a dart game for his study or office.
A handy gift for a whole variety of purposes, whether traveling or not, is a Swiss Army knife. He will find so many uses for it; he’ll never be without it.

Your Aries man likes to be active. Get him a puffer vest—perfect to wear on his rounds around the city, or if you can spend more, get him a beautiful black or brown leather bomber jacket.

Did he just move to a new city? Order a helicopter ride of the city so he can see it from an amazing vantage point. Are you feeling VERY generous? He wants his own motorcycle! Aries also likes excitement, so surprise him with tickets for a weekend in Florida or California at your favorite amusement park. Go on the scariest rides with him—he’s fearless and continually wants to test his strength and courage.

Aries is the dealmaker sign, so he may need a new briefcase in the finest leather you can find. Buy it in tan, and if the quality is truly top notch, the briefcase will get more handsome with age.

He also enjoys competitive sports, so get him tickets to the Super Bowl or season tickets to his favorite baseball, basketball or football team. Speaking of games, secretly, your Aries man wants an X-box. Has he ever dropped hints? Gently probe, perhaps through one of his friends, to be sure and to know exactly what to get. Another idea: buy an old and valuable illustration of a famous battle scene and frame it for his study.

If your man likes books, give him Steve Kaufman’s bestselling interpretation of the ancient book The Art of War: The Definitive Interpretation of Sun Tzu's Classic Book of Strategy. If you think a book about war or a movie about battles is an odd choice for a holiday gift, remember your Aries lover is a warrior and sees himself as one. It will bring out his protective instincts of you. You would be acknowledging his courageous, determined side, and that’s perfect for this Mars-ruled sign.

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