10 Magical Gifts For Anyone Looking To Dabble In Witchcraft

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Note: Vocally might make a little money if you buy anything in this gift guide. All items were in stock at the time of publication. Happy shopping!

Despite the prevalence of witch-related content on the internet these days, it can be hard to know where to actually begin in one's own witchcraft practice. For one, there are a lot of practices to choose from — astrology, tarot, crystals, what's the difference?! — and for another, each practice seems sooo complicated at first glance. 

It can be tempting to give up and leave the witchiness to the experts, but with a SUPPORTIVE friend like you, your friend can totally conjure and divine whatever she likes.

Here are 10 fantastic starter gifts for your witch-curious friend. *rides away on a broomstick*

"Basic Witches" by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
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"Basic Witches" by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

You may know these two funny, relatable writers from the late website The Hairpin. In "Basic Witches," they tackle the topic of witchery. The book is millennial-friendly and does a great job of tackling the general idea of magic — is it real? Why do we love it so much? — while offering specific action items.

Buy it here.

The Classic Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The Classic Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

Does your friend have a tarot deck yet? Does she have THIS tarot deck yet? If not, buy it for her! It may not be the most diverse, flashy or interesting tarot deck ever made, but it's the standard by which most other decks are based, and most tarot books refer to it. Start here, then branch outward.

Traditional lore says that you should never buy your first tarot deck, but should instead receive it as a gift, making this the actual perfect gift of choice. (If your friend *did* buy herself a deck, ignore what I said, it doesn't really matter! She still needs this one.)

Buy it here.

"Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom" by Rachel Pollack

"Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom" by Rachel Pollack

There are a whopping 78 cards in a standard tarot deck. The fact is, you're not going to know what all of them mean off-hand, even after you've been using the deck for a while. It *is* totally fine to quickly Google the basic meanings of cards that you pull — tarot is about intuition more than anything! — but having a book to turn to is really helpful for novices who need a little more structure as they learn.

For this purpose, "Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom" is the handiest resource. It's easy to understand, yet still offers much more than what you'll find for free online. 

Buy it here.

A Boatload Of Candles
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A Boatload Of Candles

If you're going to incorporate any spells or rituals into your witchy life, you're going to need a fuckton of candles. Many rituals require a candle of a specific color, and each color is associated with a different use.

While you can buy specific conjuring candles sold by the witch of your choice (here's an example), you'll also want some plain candles of each color in stock.

Go ahead and buy a ridiculous number of candles for your friend here

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Your friend needs crystals — ALL the crystals. If you need help choosing one, I recommend going with rose quartz. It's gorgeous, and it's a staple in every crystal lover's kit. Other common "starter" crystals include crystal quartz, amethyst, citrine, and green aventurine.

Buy this raw rose quartz here.

Palo Santo
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Palo Santo

Before any ritual or meditation, it's best to burn a medicinal plant to cleanse, purify, and bless the air. Some of the most commonly used plants used for this practice, known as "smudging," include white sage, palo santo, cedar, sweetgrass, and lavender. White sage is extremely popular right now to the point of being over-harvested, so buy your friend some palo santo instead. It comes from sacred medicinal trees in South America, and it both cleanses and heals. (It also smells divine.)

Buy Peruvian palo santo sticks here.

The "Many Moons" Workbook
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The "Many Moons" Workbook

One of the first things that newly magic-inclined folks pay more attention to when starting their practice is the moon — you know, that big thing in the sky that most people ignore unless something extraordinary is happening. Each phase of the moon is associated with a different cycle of growth, and keeping track of its cycles is absolutely essential for magic. The "Many Moons" workbook guides you through them all, with tons of information, rituals, and space for notes. 

Buy it here.

"The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need" by Joanne Martine Woolfolk
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"The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need" by Joanne Martine Woolfolk

Astrology has so many different points of entry that it can be totally overwhelming for beginners. So many signs and planets and retrogrades and squares! What does it all meeean? It's okay; everybody has to start somewhere. 

"The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need" is appropriately named; it covers it all, and it's beginner-friendly. 

Buy it here.

A Subscription Box

A Subscription Box

If your friend wants a more ongoing, gradual introduction into the realm of witchiness, go for a subscription box rather than a single item. Danielle Ayoka from Mystic Lipstick offers a monthly subscription called the Mystic Box, which features a rotating selection of crystals, smudges, and lots of other goodies. Buy the first month for your friend, or if you're a baller, gift her a whole year.

Purchase it here.

Help From A Pro
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Help From A Pro

A little guidance from the pros is absolutely essential, even for the DIY-loving witch. Schedule a consultation with an astrologer or witch, a remote energy healing session, or a one-on-one tarot reading for your friend. 

If you can't afford one-on-one services, which can get pretty pricey, astrologers like Chani Nicholas offer pre-made workshops while healers like Danielle Ayoka offer remote group healing for a low price. Some astrologers, like Mystic Medusa, also offer comprehensive horoscopes and guides for paid subscribers. 

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KIM WONG-SHING

Kim Wong-Shing is a writer, lipstick junkie, and plant mama in New Orleans. She grew up in Philadelphia and went to Brown University. Absent any real hobbies, she has developed a great deal of enthusiasm for highly specific things, such as foxes, moss, and the ending of "Karma Police." Connect with her on Instagram.

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