Think of Aquarius Season like a chaser for hard-assed Capricorn Season. Famous real-life Aquarians include Yoko Ono, Angela Davis, the kinds of go-getters who always seem to be functioning on a higher, groovier intellectual vibration. Unofficial Aquarians include Jules from Euphoria, pterodactyls, Janice from The Muppet Show, and that hot person with a tooth gem that keeps losing your lighters; as well as pixelated cursive fonts, the Pantone Color of the Year, and The Four Agreements. Being in the Aquarian orbit is electrifying, so it’s no wonder that shopping for them is fun.
Born between January 20 and February 18, Aquarius is positioned as one of the most eccentric, engaged signs of the zodiac because it’s ruled by Uranus, a planet of change and continual awakening. Aquarians can be very socially expressive air signs, but have a hard time opening up about their deeper feelings and tend to act like a human encyclopedia, because everything intrigues them. They also dabble in a broad range of hobbies and interests that are often humanitarian, niche, and might make you blush. Their eclecticism is also why they have such a hard time settling down with one person—not that they’d ever say they’re loners. They just enjoy their own company.
The best gifts for an Aquarius should dazzle and challenge them on an aesthetic and intellectual level. They should be functional and symbolic, but also lighthearted and playful. Get the Aquarius in your life something as classic as a beautiful art book, and as specific as a custom-made neon sign. Whether you’re shopping for a lover, friend, or family member, here are the best gifts for everyone’s favorite air sign.
Pay homage to their astrological symbol
Aquarius is an air sign with the symbol of a water-bearer—which makes zero sense, but still looks cool, just like your sweet, chaotic Aquarius. The two streams of water that also symbolize the sign are meant to represent the embodiment of both Uranus and Saturn, with the former encouraging a more rule-based mindset, and the latter being a little more freewheeling, which is definitely what they’ll be thinking when they over-water their pothos with this beautiful, modernist ceramic watering can.
A perfumed oil with real amethyst
Does your Aquarius have some astrological water placements? Do they love crystals, Arca, and conspiracy theories? If so, they’ll love the sensuousness of a body oil perfumed by warming amber, tuberose, creamy ylang ylang, orange, and herbaceous petitgrain, all anchored by real, purple amethyst crystals and an amethyst roller ball for application.
They already skate, so teach them to roller boogie
Aquarius was definitely the kid at the skatepark in a neon flannel, rolling joints like a pro and reading a graphic novel about Karl Marx. Now, it’s time for this pair of vintage-inspired roller skates to enchant them and everyone else at the disco roller derby.
Sparkling CBD gum drops
Almost too beautiful to eat, the CBD gumdrops by Bay Area confectioner Molly J. come with a little extra sparkle, just like Aquarius. The citrusy, elderflower-grapefruit blend makes for a delicious little nightcap for your busy Aquarian at the end of an action-packed day, and the packaging looks regal enough to make a Leo jealous.
A rare USSR lamp
Of course they listen to Belarusian post-punk and smoke both herbal cigarettes and Lucky Strikes—which, of course, means they deserve a 1970s USSR Aleko space-age lamp to light up their life.
This vibrating octopus sex toy
We crown the entire Cute Little Fuckers sexual wellness line as an Aquarius, based on the descriptions of the brand’s sex toys alone. “Princette Puppypus comes from a planet that is entirely covered in water,” the good people at Cute Little Fuckers write about this vibrating anal plug. “They make a great stand-alone vibrator with a ring of independently buzzing legs on one side and a larger curved vibrating head on the other. Both the legs and the head make this Royal We easily grasped by all hands, and can slide between fingers for an open-handed explorative grip.” Wowee.
One of their niche interests is antiquity
A chunky percentage of your Aquarius’ personality comes from their niche childhood obsession with the lore of Greek gods and goddesses, which means that the art book that lives on their Very Adult™ coffee table should be this illustrated collection of seminal Greek myths. It’s smart, horny, and enchanting.
A custom neon sign
Aquarius loves novelty trinkets, because they’re so naturally playful. But that also means they’ve probably done/seen/read every unique gift idea open in your tabs—due to their curious nature—so give them a custom neon sign that spells out a line of their favorite poem, song, or mantra of the week.
They bring the circus to town
BONBONWHIMS makes jewelry for Aquarians, no question about it. The pieces are eclectic, lighthearted, and make our inner clown go weak in the knees with rings that look like translucent jelly candy and necklaces that belong at a mermaid rave.
A luxurious scratch and sniff
Candles are cool, but Aquarius will be intrigued by the concept of an adult scratch-and-sniff/air freshener by D.S. & DURGA, whose best-selling Big Sur After Rain scent captures the aroma of eucalyptus groves off California’s Highway 1, young green shoots, and russet underbrush. It’s a clean, bright scent that’s perfect for the closet/restroom/car of an air sign.
A chaotic button-down
Greco-Roman and bandana motifs on a deep-purple, button-down shirt is peak Aquarius. This is what they’ll wear to the wedding, the first day of school, and the karaoke night where they surprise everyone by knowing all the lyrics to “99 Luftballons”—in German, of course.
Well, that was fun, but exhausting. See you during Pisces season—don’t forget to bring your tissues.
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.