Tuesday, November 22, 2022

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Witches and Pagans

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And so it begins, the holiday season! If I am being completely transparent, the last few weeks (since my last post) has been very difficult. My partner was suspended from work, my mom has fallen ill, a student I taught passed away suddenly, my publisher had massive layoffs and I am not sure my next book is being published (surprise!), my dad's truck was hit by a massive rock that narrowly missed him, and I was hit by a large piece of metal on the highway which broke my windshield. Everyone I know personally has been having similar occurrences in their own lives. I know this is very likely due to the eclipse earlier this month and that all of astrology is saying great change right now, but it's hard to keep my chin up right now. Needless to say, I am excited about the holiday season because there is nothing like twinkling lights, warm cocoa, and a balsam candle to raise my spirits. 

I actually began decorating for Yule a couple of weeks ago and in my depression have decided that I needed another $500 worth of pink, green, and gold Yule decorations, including a massive new haul of bottle brush trees. I don't know what it is about bottle brush trees, but they bring me so much joy. My collection currently boasts 72 trees which I have joyfully placed in almost every room in my home. I understand that may seem like too many, but I assure you I need 100. Haha! Currently, the two bedrooms in my home are devoid of decorations, so I believe we must remedy this situation with more bottle brush trees. I swear I don't have a problem.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, it's time for this year's Holiday Gift Guide for Witches! This year's list is very different from what I have done in the past. It features 15 gifts, 9 stocking stuffers, and 5 DIY gift ideas that are sure to please the witch in your life. I've even included some free gift ideas that can be found almost everywhere for those of you struggling. I know current times are tough for many of us and the best gifts are not the ones that come from the store but the ones that come from the heart. I own many of the items on this list. For those I do not, they come from a brand I trust or highly reviewed and recommended by other witches. I prefer handmade small businesses over large corporations, but you will find a couple of Amazon items on this list because nothing can beat their two-day shipping. If you are running out of gift ideas or don't even know where to start when it comes to the witch in your life, this list is for you. Heck, this list is even for you witches that aren't sure what you want!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Gift Ideas

1. Green Witchcraft Tea Recipes by Autumn Willow

Yeah yeah yeah, shameless plug, but can you blame me? I am super proud of this book and if the witch in your life is anything like me, they take tea pretty seriously and are likely looking for more recipes and spells utilizing tea. Green witchcraft is all about the power of plants and natural magic—and tea is an essential element of the green witch’s practice. This book combines the timeless ritual of making tea with a collection of spells to help you create restorative, healing, and empowering brews that hone your magical practice. Go beyond other witchcraft books with: A lesson in witchcraft—Explore the philosophies of green witchcraft and tea magic, and discover how they keep you connected to the earth and your sense of self. Your witchy kitchen—Learn the magical properties of individual flowers, herbs, and spices, then find step-by-step guidance on using them to brew powerful teas and tonics. Spells for every intention—Find recipes that are sorted by their desired result, from love and friendship to bodily health and spiritual growth. Heal your body and mind—or just host a magical tea party—with Green Witchcraft Tea Recipes. You can pick up a copy for $10.99 on Amazon!

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2. Spell Candle from Vintage Chic Cauldron

Back in September, I had the pleasure of reviewing one of Samantha's amazing teacup spell candles. Her beautiful work currently adorns my bookshelf, sitting elegantly atop a stack of my book! The magic that radiates from it is one of a kind and one any witch would be happy to receive. There are a variety of candle options available in her shop right now all for under $30. She also sells bath salts, witch balls, witch bottles, charms, and talismans so there is sure to be something the witch in your life will enjoy.

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3. Back Flow Incense Burner from Lucky Incense

This is another product I had the pleasure of reviewing this year. I love incense and have always wanted a backflow incense burner. The physics behind it is fascinating and creates a magical environment perfect for offerings, spell work, and air freshener. Lucky Incense offers a variety of beautiful incense burners featuring animals, mythical creatures, natural environments, and even celestial bodies. Prices vary by size but range from $20-$300. If a backflow incense burners aren't your witch's style, they also sell an array of stick and cone incense holders, as well as incense for every occasion. The incenses are all lightly scented and won't overpower you or your home, unlike other brands on the market. 

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4. Wild Witchcraft by Rebecca Beyer

Wild Witchcraft by Rebecca Beyer is one of the best books I read on witchcraft this year. It is full of folklore, herb craft, herbal remedies and recipes, and how to live more sustainably on our planet. Learn how to cultivate your own magical garden, begin your journey with folk herbalism, and awaken to your place in nature through practical skills from an experienced Appalachian forager and witch. Witchcraft is wild at heart, calling us into a relationship with the untamed world around us. Through the power of developing a relationship with plants, a witch—beginner or experienced—can practice their art more deeply and authentically by interacting with the beings that grow around us all. Bridging the gap between armchair witchcraft and the hedge witches of old, Wild Witchcraft empowers you to work directly with a wide variety of plants and trees safely and sustainably. With Wild Witchcraft, Rebecca Beyer draws from her years of experience as an Appalachian witch and forager to give you a practical guide to herbalism and natural magic that will share: -The history of witchcraft and Western herbalism -How to create and maintain your own herbal garden -Recipes for tinctures, teas, salves, and other potions to use in rites and rituals -Spells, remedies, and rituals created with the wild green world around you, covering a range of topics, from self-healing to love to celebrating the turning of the seasons -And much more! Wild Witchcraft welcomes us home to the natural world we all dwell in by exploring practical folk herbal and magical rites grounded in historical practices and a sustainable, green ethic. A copy of this amazing book will set you back $14.99, but is well worth the price! If you are interested in reading my full review, you can find it here.

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5. Willow Wand from Avalon by Wessex Wisdom

Every witch needs a good wand so why not pick up this one from Wessex Wisdom for the witch in your life? Each wand is hand-whittled using willow gathered locally and finished with a beeswax coat from a local beekeeper. Ruled by the moon, the Willow gives the power of eloquence, prophecy, and inspirational skills through meditation, with a great effect upon the vision-producing subconscious. It has healing properties, and is also a tree of fertility. Each wand is as unique as the wood it was carved from and runs about $40.97.

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Photo from Wessex Wisdom

6. The Witches' Sabbath by Kelden

This is another book I absolutely loved and if your witch is into spirits, folklore, hedgecraft, hedge riding, or astral travel, this is an important book for them to have. Take flight for a mesmerizing exploration of an event long shrouded in fear and mystery―the Witches' Sabbath. Kelden presents an in-depth examination of the Sabbath's historical and folkloric development as well as its re-emergence within the modern practice of Witchcraft. From discussions on the folklore of flight and the events of nocturnal gatherings to enchanting rituals and recipes, you'll find everything you need to not only understand the nature of the legendary Sabbath, but also journey there yourself. Offering impressive research and compelling stories from across Europe and the early American colonies, this book is the ultimate resource for discovering an oft-misunderstood and overlooked aspect of Witchcraft. Pick up a copy for just $16.99.

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7. The Modern Witch Tarot

The strength of traditional tarot symbols combine with diverse bodies, up-to-the-minute fashion, and the strength and power of twenty-first-century witchcraft, where we make our own magic. The 78 cards of the tarot deck are rich with meaning—archetypes like The Magician, The Empress, and The Chariot reflect our lived experience and are a mirror into the ways in which we interact with the world. Acclaimed artist Lisa Sterle takes these symbols into contemporary life with vibrant art that celebrates the diversity, excitement, and energy of the new kind of magic that is happening in this world. The Modern Witch Tarot Deck is the answer to your questions about the past, the present, and whatever the future may hold, and its empowering messages will help you take the next step toward whatever you desire. This deck is wonderfully inclusive, high-quality, and beautifully detailed. It would make the perfect addition to any witch's tarot collection and costs only $21.99!

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Photo from Amazon

8. Kitchen Witch Half Apron

If your witch works their best magic in the kitchen or spends time wildcrafting and gardening, they are certain to love this beautiful half apron from Tamed Wild. I am a huge fan of everything produced by Tamed Wild, including their subscription box, but this is one of my favorite items yet. Designed for collecting and holding all of your herbs, flowers, spoons, and spells, this half apron with our herbal design is a much-needed tool for wild harvesting and kitchen witchery. At only $12, who can pass on it?!

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Photo by Tamed Wild

9. Norse Fur Altar Cloth

Every witch needs a good altar cloth. They pull an altar together, enhance the sacred space, and even lend energy to the spells and workings performed at the altar. While many witches may prefer the flat surface of fabric, I find an authentic, ethically-sourced fur to be the most powerful. As someone whose ancestors hale from Sweden and the northern reaches of Scotland, furs have always spoken to me. These beautiful Norse-inspired, fur altar cloths from Pagan Treasures Studio are sure to delight the heathen witch in your life. The one features below is my favorite, featuring the magical stave in the center of a runic circle on rabbit fur, representing victory, protection, luck, and connection with the divine. Each design is hand drawn and painted on pelts ethically sourced from food production and hunting and most cost no more than $30 plus shipping. If fur isn't your witch's thing, you can also find candle holders, candles, tiles, and even moon water.

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Photo by Pagan Treasures Studio

10. Witchy Mystery Bag Advent

Still not sure what to get the witch in your life or looking to help them get started on their witchcraft journey? Then this is probably the option for you! This mystery advent calendar by The Third Eye Vision Co is filled with lots of witchy items from herbs and spell bottles and spell candles, ritual bath salts, witch balls, crystals, and more. Each box is different and intuitively selected for every order with items ranging in price. You can even request items to be for a specific intention or purpose! Each item is wrapped in kraft paper and labeled with a number for the order to open them on which day. There are two options available: 12-day and 25-day. Currently, The Third Eye Vision Co suggests ordering the 12-day advent if you are looking to surprise your witch this holiday season it will not arrive on time for December 1st. However, why not extend the holiday into January to continue the magic? The 12-day advent runs about $63 while the 25-day advent costs $125.

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Photo by The Third Eye Vision Co

11. Pentacle Tobacco Pipe

While this gift might not be for everyone, it certainly has its place. Traditionally, blends of smoking herbs were burned and inhaled to reach an altered state of consciousness, allowing the witch to commune with spirits, the divine, and the dead. If burning loose incense isn't your witch's thing or they prefer good, sweet tobacco, then this is the perfect gift for them. Each pipe is one of a kind and hand wood burned with love and intention and features a beautiful pentacle, a protection symbol featuring the 5 elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit in perfect harmony. The pipe alone will set you back about $40, but you can opt to get a gift box upgrade for a few bucks more that features a pagan-themed high-definition print, hemp wick lighter, and a set of pipe cleaners. You must be at least 21 to purchase this product. I suggest purchasing the gift set as well as some smoking blends from The Poisoner's Apothecary!

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Photo by Earthen Hearth

12. We Are The Weirdos Mister! Ouija Planchette All Sign

Every witch loves The Craft, so why not surprise your witch with this adorable ouija planchette sign featuring one of the most iconic lines from the film? This cute little witchy decor piece is the perfect addition to your occult art collection or your witchy vibe home. The planchette-shaped wooden sign is 12 inches tall and 9 inches wide (the widest part of the planchette) and painted in black with white painted lettering and sealed with a light top-coat of acrylic sealer. A complimentary hanger has been attached for your hanging ease! At only $35, this sign won't break your budget.

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Photo by Writing On The Wall Design

13. Apothecary Jars

There is nothing quite like a witch's love of a good jar! This set includes 15, 5oz glass jars with cork lids, a cleaning brush, a chalkboard pen, and 40 black labels, which is more than enough to get the witch in your life started on organizing their herb collection. They can also be used to create spell jars, hold sun and moon waters, and so much more and they only cost $15!

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14. Sacred Luxury Skull Candle Set

Embrace the darkness with these beautifully detailed gothic skull candles featuring both a human and raven skull. The black crystal cut glass jar is adorned with black obsidian crystals for protection and rose petals, crafted as a witches cauldron. Shine a light on your darker side. Each candle is made with premium quality black wax and the finest jasmine, rose, and orange blossom essential oils. This candle set is perfect for spell work or to bring a touch of mystery and magic to your home. The set costs just over $30, but is sure to please.

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15. YinYang Tarot

Last, but certainly not least, is the YingYang tarot deck. This unique, Indie tarot features adorable black cats, or as my partner likes to say, little darknesses. Gaze into the eyes of these mystical felines and find out what's in their minds. Yinyang Tarot (BLACK) is a perfect tarot for animal lovers, as well as for all ages. This deck of 78 cards with artwork that is both elegant and cute features Black Cat of the day. It is a unique deck that includes both a general reading and an animal-specific reading. This deck is much more expensive than The Modern Tarot, but if your witch loves black cats, then it's well worth its $70 price tag. Tevada is an authorized reseller of this deck, which is difficult to come by.

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Photo by Tevada

Stocking Stuffers

1. Earings from Silver Cryptid Co

These beautiful, handcrafted earrings make a perfect stocking stuffer! Steph is a Latina earring designer and artist who creates witch and pagan-inspired earrings. A pair of earrings run between $17 and $126, but most fall around $35 a pair. This Friday (11/25/2022), Steph will be launching her Longest Night collection and offering some amazing deals! Between 10am and 11:59am Central, get 40% off your entire order! You can also get 10-20% off after noon on Friday. Unfortunately, she no longer offers clip-on backs so I can not partake in her earrings, but if the witch in your life has their ears pierced, I am sure they would love a pair.

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2. Perfume/Cologne from Black Baccara

This is my favorite perfumer out there by far. "Black Baccara features the olfactory art and mixed media works of artist Kalliope Amorphous. Founded in 2010 as an extension of her work in experimental and conceptual art, Black Baccara is a one-woman operation where each perfume oil is carefully crafted by the artist from beginning to end. From the initial aromatic concept, to the label design, to the final boxing, each perfume is created and hand-poured by Kalliope in either her New York City or Rhode Island studios. Black Baccara blends are unique, complex, original mixed media recipes created by the artist in small batches using the finest perfumery materials to create an evocative sensory experience." My partner and I order scents from Kalliope all the time, and with her ever-evolving collection, there is sure to be a scent the witch in your life will love. Her perfume oils make the perfect stocking stuffer and cost between $15 and $35 depending on size. I personally prefer roller ball bottles as it makes it easier to distribute the scent, but not all perfume oils are available in that size. Unsure what to get? I suggest trying my favorite Midnight Mass or my partner's favorite Baron Samedi.

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Photo by Black Baccara

3. Full Moon Bath Bomb Set

Every witch loves a nice, warm bath every once in a while, especially a ritual bath. These handmade and swirled bath bombs recreate the Full Moon in a beautiful way. Each bomb contains sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, salt, corn starch, sunflower oil, mica for some shimmer, and light fragrance and won't leave you or your bath feeling greasy, oily, or dry! The set costs just $12 and is the perfect addition to your witch's stocking this holiday season.

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Photo by Tamed Wild

4. Ouija Board Infinity Scarf

I don't know about you, but I am a little obsessed with the ouija board. They are just as iconic as the witch's broom and the perfect tool for communicating with the beyond. No, ouija boards are not evil nor are they capable of opening portals to hell or whatever it is movies keep trying to say. Ouija boards are just another divinatory tool, like tarot, runes, or pendulums. Use wisely and they are a fantastic tool! This beautiful infinity scarf features this iconic witch symbol. It's made from 100% cotton flannel and measures roughly 35 inches long when laying flat. It's long enough to wrap around twice and will keep your witch warm this winter season. Pick up your handmade scarf for just $23!

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Photo by Bliss Creative Crafts

5. Crystal Car Vent Clips

I am obsessed with crystals. Part of this is because I have a degree in geology, but the other part is totally because I am a witch. Every witch loves a good rock so why not bring that magic in your vehicle? Lero Lero Custom offers a variety of crystal vent clip options so your witch doesn't continue to lose their crystals in their car. They offer a variety of options including smokey quartz, black tourmaline, amethyst, selenite, clear quartz, lace agate, fluorite, rose quartz, and more to bring protection, happiness, or luck to those within. You can purchase individual clips or sets for between $7 and $40. Just make sure you order the correct clip for the vents in your witch's car.

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Photo by Lero Lero Custom

6. Apothecary Labels Digital Download

Not only do witches love jars, but we also love labels, especially witchy labels! This digital download goes perfectly with the apothecary jars featured above and features 449 herbs, spices, salts, fruits, and nuts labels with their meaning and correspondences. This digital bundle is more expensive than some at $37, but nothing matches its size and quality. Being a digital download, you will need to print and cut out the labels prior to use. If you have a Cricut or Silhouette, this job will be easy. If not, there is nothing quite as meditative as cutting out labels!

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Photo by Magik Charms

7. Vintage Witchcraft Stickers

In the same realm as labels come stickers! Stickers are a great way for the witch in your life to express themselves by decorating their tumblers, computers, phones, and more. These vintage witchcraft stickers can also be used to decorate your Book of Shadows or Grimoire and come in 15, 30, 50, and 100-piece sets for between $5 and $20. Order now though to ensure they arrive on time for this holiday season!

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Photo by Lotus Leaf Altars

8. Quoth the Raven Incense

Last year I featured Sea Witch Botanical's Hermitage Incense on my list. It's still my favorite incense of all time, but this one is a close second. Quoth the Raven incense from Sea Witch Botanicals features a sultry blend of orange, cinnamon, and clove essential oils. It pairs best with deep dark secrets, the glow of yellow street lamps through the rain on your window, or the scratching of a quill pen across an eager page. Use this incense when you need to connect to your personal power & confidence. Release boredom and self-doubt while you feel the flame of passion & inspiration radiate from within. These incense come in a pack of 20 for $12 or 50 for $24.

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Photo by Sea Witch Botanicals

9. Hematite Bracelet

Hematite is a powerful crystal, used for both grounding and protection. These unique properties make it perfect for everyday wear. It helps us to feel grounded and stable, allowing us to access the parts of our mind more in tune with logic and practical thinking. Like a magnet, hematite pulls out any negativity or toxicity you may be harboring in your energetic field, keeping you safe not just from the outside world but also from your own self-limiting thoughts. It has a hardness of 5.5-6.5 which means it can scratch and break if hit against a hard surface, so take care while wearing it. This bracelet from House of Intuition is the perfect addition to your witch's stocking at just $18.

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Photo by House of Intuition

Finally, found items always make wonderful gifts! Ideas include acorns, pinecones, bones, feathers, seeds, shredded skin, rocks, and fall sticks. Always be sure to ask before taking and leave an offering of water, spit, or hair behind as thanks.

No matter what you decide to get your witch this holiday season, make sure the items are chosen with love and they are sure to be surprised. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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