For centuries, across cultures, people have followed the movements of celestial bodies to comprehend the ways they shape our existence. "Even the most cynical of people cannot help but resist looking up at the flickers of light emanating from distant stars and allow, for at least one small, meditative moment, their minds to contemplate the place of humanity in the larger universe," writes author Andrea Richards in the December release, Library of Esoterica: Astrology. These home decor gift ideas are inspired by our enduring fascination with the zodiac, and has much to offer in terms of design, mood, and exploration.
Let zodiac symbols illuminate your shopping list with this collection of metal LED signs. Mounted on a wall or displayed on a shelf, they offer a comforting glow and an easy way to personalize a gift this holiday season.
Wrap your loved one in every astrological symbol with this throw blanket that has an unexpected multicolor fringe trim. May it bring the recipient sweet, star-filled dreams.
The custom-made stunning side table by Yesteryears gives you options to suit your zodiac lover's taste: available in two shapes, round or square, and two colors for the steel legs, black or gold. The birch-wood tabletop has a beveled edge and would liven any area of the home.
It's easy to get lost in the constellations when they're so beautifully illustrated. Whether the recipient is an astronomy or astrology enthusiast, the vintage map reproduction from Encore Print Society would make a nice focal point and conversation starter in the living room or study.
Available for those born in the Year of the Rat or Year of the Monkey, the Coton Colors bowl can be used for decor or dining. The outside of the bowl is equally charming, with characteristics of the zodiac animal written in script, as well as their birth years.
Compacts as decor? Of course! Give a friend's bathroom counter or shelf added character with a limited-edition Estée Lauder zodiac compact. Each sign features a stunningly designed case that is also refillable.
We loved (or still love) the glow-in-the-dark stars that decorated our wall as kids. Well, here's a more sophisticated and nicely framed way to introduce the constellations into the home by artist Ashley Chiang.
We were gifted this candle last year and it makes a small but chic statement whether lighted or not. And we can attest to its pleasant scent as well!
Have a tiger in your life? Consider this illustrated pillow design from Midcentury Magic 94 , which is printed on both sides, available in multiple sizes, and comes with a pillow insert filled with faux down.
For hours upon hours of reflection and zodiac-inspired eye candy — a whopping 400 images in all — bring wonder to your astrology-loving friends' coffee tables with this 520-page beauty. Full disclosure: I worked on this book as a copy editor and caption contributor, and it is indeed a wonderful exploration in text and images.
Author and book editor Teena Apeles is a collector of vintage pieces and untold stories. She writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. She is the founder of the creative collective Narrated Objects, which released the anthology Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a unique exploration of the lives and homes of Angelenos, and We Heart L.A. Parks, an artful and interactive travel guide to the city's public parks.