Cancer zodiac gift ideas for their birthday

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Welcome to Cancer season! Ruled by the moon, sensitive, complicated Cancers are the comforting — and sometimes tough-love-administering — mothers of the zodiac. Highly devoted to friends and family, Cancers will welcome any gift you give them, including and especially thoughtful gestures, no matter how big or small.

Lisa Stardust, an astrologer and the creator of The Love Deck, says, “Nostalgic, sentimental, and emotional are words I’d pick to describe Cancer. They do have hard hearts due to their tough exterior, and they’ll let people in after time and trust has been earned. This means that they’re loyal — even though their moods change with the lunar cycle.”

With birthdays from June 21 to July 22, the sign of Cancer is symbolized by the crab. Drawn to stability and the familiar, they are homebodies who seek out comfort. They’ll appreciate items for the home, gifts to encourage self-care and coziness and anything relating to water and the ocean. Ahead, with Stardust’s help, we’ve picked out 35 birthday presents the Cancer in your life is sure to love.

ws french press

Le Creuset’s newest color, Shallot, is a muted and beautiful pale purple that gives the ultimate coastal grandmother vibes, making it perfect for the home-loving Cancer.

brooklinen towels checked

With a symbol that is literally of the sea, Cancers typically are drawn to water. If your pool- or beach-loving Cancer missed out last year, the Brooklinen checkerboard towels that made a splash last summer are back again this year. But hurry and snap them up before they sell out again!

cancer stanley cup

The viral Stanley tumbler is everywhere, so it’s possible that the Cancer in your life already has one! But with two new colorways — Pool and Tigerlily — a 40-ounce capacity, double-wall insulation, ergonomic handle and narrow base, maybe it’s time for a second one?

cancer mood pod

The Moon Pod, a favorite among our staff, is a cloudlike chair designed to mimic the sensations of flotation therapy. Sensitive Cancers tend to be homebodies, and even those who aren’t will appreciate a gift that helps them unwind and relax. Use code CNN15 to get an extra 15% off in addition to any of Moon Pod’s sitewide sales.

cancer a cooks tour

Cerebral, emotional Cancers are likely to be big book lovers. For their birthday, a thoughtful gift idea is a book written by a fellow Cancer, like Anthony Bourdain’s “A Cook’s Tour.” For more ideas, Goodreads compiled a list of books written by Cancers that you can scan to pick out the perfect title for your favorite crab.

cancer led reading light

Of course, picking out books for someone else can be a challenge to get right. You can always give the gift of your favorite book, but another way to go is to give a book-adjacent present, like this LED necklace-style reading light. For more ideas for the bookish Cancer in your life, check out our gift guide for book lovers.

cancer weighted pillow

Gifts of self-care will play well with Cancers, making anything that provides a soothing vibe a great choice. Our editorial coordinator, Rachel Dennis, says of the Quiet Mind weighted pillow, “As a side sleeper, I love curling up to this pillow at night. I find the weight of it relaxing and comforting.”

cancer eye calm masks

Because they are so sensitive, Cancers love gifts that promote self-care and relaxation. If you’re looking for something that looks more luxe than its price tag would suggest, this set of five self-warming eye masks makes a great present.

cancer heart serving board

Underneath that hard shell lurks a tender heart at the center of every Cancer. A heart-shaped serving board makes a great gift for the hostess who is always on-trend — after all, charcuterie boards and their offspring, like butter boards, aren’t going away anytime soon.

cancer fishwife pack

Speaking of being on-trend! In case you haven’t noticed, tinned fish is having a bit of a moment. Fishwife’s set of three smoked tinned fish makes an elegant and unexpected gift of the sea for your favorite crab.

Nordstrom Nest Diffuser

As a water sign represented by the crab, Cancers tend to love anything having to do with the ocean. Picking scents out for someone else can be tricky, but if you’re looking to buy a gift like linen spray, a candle or a reed diffuser, go for something sea-inspired to bring the ocean into their home.

Etsy Crab Card

More than is perhaps true for any other zodiac sign, when it comes to celebrating the sentimental, emotional Cancer’s birthday, do not skimp on buying a birthday card. “It’s important to remember their birthdays,” Stardust counsels, “as this giving and tender sign takes offense if their friends forget — because they would never due to their sincerity.”

Anthropologie Victoria Frame

This 4-by-4-inch metal scrollwork picture frame is absolutely perfect for your sentimental, emotional Cancer BFF. Put a photo of the two of you in it and tuck a hankie in your pocket for when they inevitably tear up at the thoughtfulness of your gift.

Amazon Slim Aarons Journal

Cancers have a lot of feelings, making a journal a wonderful gift for your favorite crab. This lined journal features the photography of Slim Aarons, which will appeal to the nostalgic, history-loving Cancer, and it comes in a seafoam green that the ocean-loving Cancer will adore.

cancer grievance journal

Like their fellow water signs, Pisces and Scorpios, Cancers tend to get lost in their feelings, and journaling can help them sort through complicated emotions. However, while Pisces tend toward earnestness and Scorpios lean darker in their expressions of emotions, Cancers typically break one way or the other. If your Cancer is more cynical, skip the journals emblazoned with inspirational messages and give them this hilariously dark Grievance Journal.

Etsy Pencil Set

We love this cheeky pencil set for a Cancer who is big on journaling or prone to doodling. The colorway was chosen to reflect the Cancerian love of “vintage, feminine colors, but also colors that represent the water,” and each pencil is embossed with a gold foil message that captures the unique spirit of our crabby friends.

Amazon Stemless Glasses

Nostalgic homebodies, a Cancer will appreciate a special occasion gift for the home, like these pretty stemless flutes. They will be sure to cherish this delicate set and think of you fondly when they break out the bubbly. Pair them with a bottle of Champagne to elevate the gift.

Maryland Store Maryland Gift Basket

It is not universally true, of course — shellfish allergies and aversions aren’t based on the zodiac, after all! — but in my own life I have observed that Cancers really love to eat crab. If you’re shopping for a crab-loving Cancer, a crab-themed gift basket filled with everything from Old Bay to cream of crab soup is sure to please!

Amazon Crab Sauce

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly crab-themed food item to give the Cancer in your life, there is a wide variety of crab-adjacent condiments and spice blends to choose from. This stone crab sauce, for example, is a mix of honey mustard and horseradish that can be used as a dipping sauce, or mixed into dishes like seafood salad to give them extra zip.

Amazon Crabs

Of course, you could go really big — and really literal! — and buy a bushel of crabs to celebrate your favorite Cancer’s birthday! Female crab meat is sweeter and more dense, and will have crab roe, or eggs, unlike their male counterparts, whose flesh is flakier.

Bushwick Spicy Bees Knees Honey Sauce

We love food gifts in general, but especially for a Cancer, the zodiac sign that rules the stomach! If your little crab isn’t a fan of shellfish, hot honey is a fantastic gift, especially for a romantic partner. After all, what better way to crack a Cancer’s tough outer shell than telling your “honey” that you think they’re “hot stuff” and the “bee’s knees” with Bushwick Kitchen’s Bees Knees Spicy Honey?!

cancer birthdate pendant

Perhaps you are shopping for the lone Cancer who truly hates crabs and never wants to see another crab motif on anything, ever! We’re obsessed with this take on zodiac jewelry that incorporates gemstones and crystals into the design based on the recipient’s specific birthday. The backside of the pendant can also be customized with their birthday, initials and zodiac glyph.

Cotton Napper

“Cancers like to get cuddly,” Stardust says, “so a comfy and fluffy blanket will help ease them into their comfort zone.” The Cancer in your life will love receiving a gift of a weighted blanket, which can help reduce anxiety by mimicking the feeling of being held, which signals the brain that it is safe to release tension. Our reviewer calls the Bearaby Napper “among the best weighted blankets we’ve ever tried.”

Buffy Wiggle Pillow

Another way to encourage a Cancer’s cuddly side is with a body pillow. Buffy, the maker of those cloud-like duvets, took the pregnancy pillow and redesigned it for the masses. The Wiggle Pillow is a floppy yet supportive, tie-able pillow that offers full-body support for sleeping or lounging. A removable, machine-washable cover is available in three colors: cream, Puff and Toast.

cancer sijo sheet set

We love a practical gift for practically any occasion, and this is especially true of Cancer birthdays. “Cancers aren’t about the flash,” Stardust explains, “they like gifts that they can use and are thoughtful.” As their birthdays fall in the summer months, finding ways to give a Cancer a warm-weather version of a cozy classic is a great approach to gift-giving, like a set of cooling sheets so they can snuggle up in bed in July without dying of heatstroke.

cancer solar tea sun jar

Here’s a different take on the warm weather version of a cozy gift: a sun tea pitcher! A nice cup of tea is a staple of self-care routines, but who wants to grip a steaming mug in July? Swap hot tea for iced — the DIY nature of sun tea will also appeal to the Cancer’s homey side.

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Cancers are ruled by the moon, so “a book about their lunar signs is ideal,” Stardust says. She recommends fellow astrologer Annabel Gat’s latest book, “The Moon Sign Guide,” for zodiac lovers who want to go beyond simply understanding their sun sign.

cancer pangaia hat

“Being that they love to luxuriate by the sea,” Stardust says, “a bucket hat to protect their skin is great for hot sunny days.” Pangaia’s organic cotton bucket hat comes in four summery colors.

cancer nordstrom floppy sun hat

Maybe the Cancer in your life has more of a coastal grandma vibe — this floppy sun hat by San Diego Hat is pretty and practical, sturdy and delicate, and would make a great gift for the Cancer who loves to lounge outdoors with a good book.

Amazon Taxcaic Ankle Socks

Are you shopping for a Fourth of July baby? It must be annoying to have to share a birthday with America, but on the other hand, you’re guaranteed to get a fireworks display on your big day, so that’s nice! This set of ankle socks has a star-spangled vibe without being over-the-top patriotic, making them a cute gift for the person born on the Fourth of July.

cancer bath kit etsy

“A nice bubble bath or bath bomb is perfect for this water sign, who finds comfort in the water,” Stardust says. We love a bath set for a Cancer birthday present, like this one that features a lavender candle, bath salts and two bath bombs.

Amazon Omysyle Bath Pillow

Bath products like bath bombs and bath salts are one way to go when picking out a birthday gift for water-loving Cancers, but for a true bath-lover, this full-body tub pillow is a gift that keeps on giving.

Amazon Keenray Bucket Warmer

When they get out of the bath, treat the Cancer in your life to the gift of a warm towel. This standalone towel warmer has a built-in timer, and the extra-large capacity can accommodate two oversized towels, and can also be used to warm robes.

Amazon Tarot Cards

Like the crab that symbolizes their sign, Cancers typically have a hard exterior, but they are all tender flesh inside. “They have unconditional hearts,” Stardust says, “so a love deck can help them attract the relationship that works best for them and can last through time.”

Urban Stems Amethyst Bouquet

Flowers are always a safe choice for birthdays, but they can feel a bit impersonal. Online florist Urban Stems solves that problem by offering a birthday bouquet designed for each zodiac sign; the jewel-toned bouquet for Cancers includes fluffy mums and crimson leucadendrons that are meant to evoke the stress-relieving properties of amethyst, the gemstone that inspired the arrangement.


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