Virgos are born roughly between August 22 and September 22. Also known as the “Maiden” or the “Virgin,” Virgos are the perfectionists of the Zodiac, known for their practicality, persistence, and loyalty.
Like their fellow earth signs Capricorn and Taurus, Virgos are grounded (ha) and present as emotionally stable individuals. Internally, however, they are often tortured by their need for perfectionism.
For their birthday this year, let’s give the Virgos in our life something to satisfy or stimulate part of their innate virgo-ness with an idea off our list.
Look up Virgo personality traits and you’re gonna see “analytical” on almost every list. The desire to label, organize, and categorize their lives is close to universal amongst the bearers of this sign. While it might not sound like a good time to you, a day of rearranging their bookshelf might just be on your Virgo’s list of dream days.
Gift shopping for this sign might be counterintuitive, but it doesn’t have to be hard. What’s your Virgo’s favorite film? Encourage their enthusiastic deep dives with a copy of the screenplay (or shooting script, if you can get your hands on that) to allow them to follow along and see the transformation from page to screen. Whether they love The Royal Tenenbaums, The Dead Poets Society, Network, The Dark Knight Trilogy, or Carol, you can find a copy of the screenplay for your friend to devour.
For the sports fan, analyzing can go in a whole other direction. There’s a field of sports analytics that can help the Virgo take their sporting enjoyment to the next level. Take a look at books like Tim Chartier’s Get in the Game: An Interactive Introduction to Sports Analytics, or (for a more pro-focused work) Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers, by Benjamin Alamar.
To complete the analytic experience, throw in a set of waterproof Field Notes and a Fisher Space Pen (which famously writes underwater) so your Virgo can run calculations anywhere and under any conditions (like water polo).
Looking for ways to help this most organized Zodiac sign keep everything in its place? Small boxes and shelves, my friend. Help your Virgo make a place for everything and put everything in its place with the storage. That might look like miniature wooden crates, French wine boxes, or a faux leather document box.
While designed for storing hand tools, Garrett Wade’s collector’s storage chest could be perfect for just about anything a Virgo might desire to keep organized. Pens? Pocket knives? Sunglasses? Jewelry? We got you.
For those with a little extra wall space, a few shelves might provide the storage space they’ve been looking for. (Pro tip: the hanging towel rod is also a perfect place for things like hanging plants!) Just remember, if you buy it for them, you should be prepared to help them put it up.
If you’ve ever gone hunting for that one document in a stack of boxes, you know how important labeling is. Help a Virgo out with their very own labeling system. That might look like a good old fashioned label maker, a custom stamp (“this box contains ________”), or a personal library kit.
Y’know what’s hard for a lot of Virgos? Just relaxing and having fun with no agenda. How can you be perfect at fun? How? No, seriously, they want to know.
To encourage a bit of personal growth, might I suggest some games that it is impossible to “win?” Like the storytelling prompt game of Story Cubes or the “purpose-driven” card game of We’re Not Really Strangers. These games provide the opportunity to be present in the moment without rating your performance on a scale from 1 to 10.
Note that I say “opportunity.” I can’t guarantee they’ll take it…
Maybe instead what they need is a creative outlet where they can, yes, express their perfectionism, but also participate without an agenda. For some, that might be an adult coloring book (hold the groans, please), for others, perhaps an introductory pottery kit might hit the spot.
You’re looking for a gift that is at the intersection of focus and relaxation. That will look different for different people. For some it might be as simple as a novel after months of only reading nonfiction. (Or, perhaps, a nonfiction book that delves into one of their favorite topics.)
Alright, remember when we said all that perfectionism would get into the Virgo’s head and torture them? Yeah, sometimes what these Virgins are gonna need is a little destress time, if you know what I mean.
No, wait, that sounds like–that’s not what I mean.
What these Virgos–what these Virgos need is destress time. Geez, they have a hard symbol to talk about.
When it comes to picking up a comforting gift for your Virgo, look for the intersection of perfectionism and relaxation. I’m thinking of things like kinetic sand art–each moment is beautiful and particular and perfect… and calming.
If they’re able to connect with their senses (some of us are a little more trapped in the mind than others), go ahead and snag a weighted lap blanket and a variety pack of essential oils. They will be able to combine these for a spa quality napping experience or a moment of sensory reset between tasks.
As always, remember not to get so caught up in the Zodiac sign that you forget your actual friend. Like every other way we think about gifting, their Virgo-ness is a lens through which to think about what they themselves would enjoy. But nothing should overshadow the person you know them to be. Let’s get gifting!