To find the best gifts for Cancer signs, it's important to keep their unique personalities in mind. For example, if you're lucky enough to have a caring and nuturing Cancer close to you, you'll already know just how much this Water sign values their friends and family. As Noush Joon (opens in new tab) from Girl and her Moon highlights, "Cancer is a compassionate, sensitive sign. They can be very receptive, kind, nurturing and very loving to the people they care about."
This means that finding gifts for Cancer loved ones can be a difficult task, especially as they appreciate sentimental thought over generic gifts. Senior astrologer for Astrology.com and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Luminary Power Narayana Montúfar (opens in new tab) suggests that Cancers could "appreciate something sentimental", adding that "if you have a family heirloom or a gift made from the heart, Cancer will surely love it!"
But if you haven't got a sentimental antique to hand, or don't have the time to craft a masterpiece, this is the list for you; there are unique, meaningful gifts aplenty in our round-up. Whether you're looking for the best wellness gifts for their precious alone time, or personalized presents designed just for them, these 20 gifts for Cancer signs will be appreciated no matter what the occasion.
Best gifts for each Zodiac sign
Once you're doing shopping for your Cancer loved one, it might be helpful to get some inspiration for the rest of your gift-giving based on Zodiac signs, too!
- Gifts for Aries: statement accessories and activewear for this fiesty sign
- Gifts for Taurus: comfy, thoughtful and luxury gifts for Taurus signs
- Gifts for Gemini: social and adventure gifts for their fast-paced lifestyle
- Gifts for Leo: bright and bold accessories for vibrant Leos
- Gifts for Virgo: stunning stationary and practical purchases for this organized sign
- Gifts for Libra: pampering products and luxury items for charming Libras
- Gifts for Scorpio: deep and thoughtful gifts, and adrenaline options
- Gifts for Sagittarius: fun gift ideas for their jet-setting tendencies
- Gifts for Capricorn: gifts to help them organize and practice self-care
- Gifts for Aquarius: high-tech gadgets and eccentric treats
- Gifts for Pisces: it's all about self-care and travel for this sign
Meet the experts on gifts for Cancers
- Noush Joon (opens in new tab) is an intuitive astrologer at astrology website Girl and her Moon (opens in new tab) who specializes in properties of nature, human psychology, energy healing and self-development
- Narayana Montúfar (opens in new tab) is a senior astrologer for Astrology.com (opens in new tab) who specializes in birth charts
Best gifts for Cancer signs
1. Round photo locket
Cancers often have strong emotional connections with their friends and family and really value those relationships, so help them keep their loved ones close to their heart with this stunning gold photo locket.
It has space for two photos and a lovely floral pattern etched in, making it a great gift for Cancer signs who will always treasure a sentimental gift.
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2. The Oodie
RRP from: $109/£89
It’s quite fitting that the Cancer sign animal is a crab, because this often introverted sign is known to retreat into their shells to recharge and enjoy time spent alone in the comfort of their own space, which is usually the perfect sleep environment.
So, the Oodie—a cozy cross between a blanket and an oversized hoodie, is the ideal gift for Cancer signs who love a comfy night in—plus, if this cute avocado print isn’t quite right, there are a whole range of patterns on offer so you can choose the best one to match your pal’s personality.
3. The Night Sky print
RRP: From $9.61/From £35
Sentimental and big-hearted, the Cancer sign in your life will likely be totally heartened by this stunning gift—a print image designed to look exactly like the night sky of one of your love one's most special evenings.
You might choose the evening they got engaged, married, had their first child, or celebrated something personal monumental for them. Simply enter the date you wish to be commemorated, and the fancy behind the scenes will create a constellation of stars to match the real night sky that day. The designs are printed on museum grade art matte paper, for a really special finish. You can even get the design in jewelry, too!
4. Papier wellness journal
Cancers are known for being sensitive thanks to their lunar alignment, and sometimes this can become overwhelming.
The Papier Wellness Journal is one of the best planners for Cancers who have a lot of feelings; a 12 week overview journal equipped with sleep logs, guided journaling ideas and pages to help your friend check in on their goals, these beautiful notebooks are sure to be appreciated.
You're spoiled for choice when it comes to the cover design, so choose a personalizable option for that extra thoughtful touch—one of the best gifts for Cancer signs who love something sentimental.
5. Miss Patisserie Bath Slab
Self-care is vital for Cancer signs, giving them time to focus on themselves and recharge after social situations.
There’s no better place to do that than when making the most of the hot bath benefits, and this pastel pink bath slab is perfect to add a touch of luxury to their tub-time. It’s vegan friendly, cruelty free and it smells like frosting—what more could you ask for?
6. Mejuri Cancer Zodiac Necklace
For a milestone birthday or someone special, this stunning gold Zodiac necklace from one of our best sustainable jewelry brands is the perfect gift for Cancer signs who want to show off their sign, but keep it understated and subtle at the same time.
With 18 carat gold plated onto sterling silver to make the necklace more durable for everyday wear, this is a gift that your recipient will treasure forever: just make sure they know how to clean jewelry pieces to keep it in top shape.
7. ‘Little Crab’ mug
Whether your Cancer recipient is a coffee, tea or hot chocolate kind of person, this adorable mug is sure to become their favorite.
An homage to their star sign, this mug has cute little crabs illustrated all the way around to make your Cancer sign loved one smile whenever they make themselves a comforting warm drink—whether they're craving the cozy pumpkin spice latte vibes or want a cup of coffee to zap them awake.
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8. Methun Moon Lamp
A thoughtful gift for Cancers who love to embrace their Moon alignment, this 3D printed moon night light adds a dreamy touch to any space but looks especially great in a cozy bedroom.
With adjustable light settings to match your mood and both a warm yellow and white color option to choose from, this lamp is perfect to keep next to the bed for winding down at the end of a long day, for an alternative to the best sunset lamps.
9. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Cancers' connections with their nearest and dearest means they often love cooking for small groups and will always choose intimate gatherings with the people they care about over huge parties; as our expert Noush pints out, they make "wonderful homemakers and wonderful hosts".
With that in mind, every Cancer cook will appreciate this high-end mixer, to make creating those delicious recipes easier than ever.
10. SKIMS Cozy Knit Pullover
If your loved one is a typical Cancer sign, they'll love quality time spent getting cozy at home—and that always calls for some quality loungewear! And we'd highly recommend this soft knit pullover with cozy collar and large front pocket from Kim Kardashian's SKIMS brand, for an evening spent watching movies or a day spent WFH.
It comes in six different color options too, and sizes XXS-5XL, so there should be a perfect fit for everyone. This is also one of the best Christmas gift ideas for your girlfriend, if you're on the hunt!
11. Damselfly Cancer Candle
Scented with delicate notes of white jasmine, amber and fresh fig, this is one of the best scented candles to gift, as it is designed especially as a gift for Cancerians—making it a bit more personal than even the best Yankee candle scents.
It features a pretty illustration and a poem written about their very best traits, from their “childlike wonderment” to their love for their family, and is a thoughtful way to show your Cancer loved one exactly why you love them so much.
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12. Sculpd Dried Flower Vase kit
Flowers are a lovely present, but Cancers appreciate gifts that they can hang on to for a little longer than the lifespan of your average bouquet, to keep that cozy hygge home decor up as long as possible.
This pottery kit, complete with dried flowers and everything you need to make three clay vases, is the perfect way to combine these two traits; join your Cancer friend for a night of creativity and learn how to arrange your dried blooms like a pro for memories (and flowers!) that will last.
13. The Cancer Oracle: Instant Answers from Your Cosmic Self, by Susan Kelly
If there's one self-care book that every Cancer sign needs, it's this one.
Complete with insights on everything from career questions to dating disasters and tailored to the traits of this sign, The Cancer Oracle aims to offer astrologically-informed advice for almost every situation your Moon sign friend could find themselves in.
14. Oliver Bonas Rib Sage Green Knitted Beanie Hat
Just because Cancerians love being cozy, doesn't mean they don't also like to look put-together and stylish—and this sage green beanie will help them do just that.
The simple accessory will work with pretty much any outfit, and is guaranteed to keep your head, ears and face snuggly warm even in the coldest weather. Gifts for Cancer signs don't come much more comfy.
15. Umbra Hangit Photo Display
Cancers take great pride in their personal space and inspirational wall art, and expert Narayana suggests that wall decor could make for great gifts for Cancer signs looking to upgrade their space.
Help them add an extra personal touch with a photo display perfect to take center stage—you could even print some of their favorite photos out to get them started.
16. Nutribullet blender
RRP from: $79.99/£49.99
Alongside a solid stand mixer to help make dinner parties easier, our expert Narayana suggests that quality blenders make great gifts for Cancer signs who are always whizzing up their next smoothie or healthy food for skin to enjoy in the comfort of their home.
17. Crescent Moon Beaded Ring
A subtle nod to their Moon sign alignment, this sparkly ring from Pandora is a delicate and pretty addition to any Cancer's jewelry box—and their capsule wardrobe.
Help them embrace their emotional side and exude some celestial energy with this lunar-inspired accessory.
18. The White Company Faux-Fur Cross Slider Slippers
Cancers are—for the most part—natural born homebodies, so treat your loved one to some of the most uber-comfy home accessories around; a pair of faux-fur sliders!
These White Company creations are made from recycled materials and include an anti-slip patch (handy if you have wooden floors at home). Aside from being cozy, they're also oh-so-stylish, allowing you to stay chic even if you're in your WFH wardrobe.
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19. Papier The Mini Hardback Photo Book
RRP: From £22 (UK only)
For a Cancer, treasuring and reflecting on precious memories in the form of photos is one of the best gifts you can give—meaning this Papier photo album is a beautiful present idea.
Measuring in at 6.5x6.5", the Mini photo book is a hardback, meaning it'll look lovely displayed on their shelves, and inside you'll find glossy, silky paper, to ensure your loved one's photos are expertly displayed.
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Sadia is a freelance lifestyle writer with a love for all things self-care. Previously a staff writer at The Know Media, she left in late 2021 for an MA in World Literature at the University of Warwick, and has been freelancing in between procrastinating her dissertation. She has since written for publications like Stylist Magazine, Delish UK and Mollie Magazine, amongst others.
When she’s not writing (or making yet another excessively colour-coded To Do list) you can find her reading everything from modern classics to contemporary debuts, or else tending to her many thriving plant babies.
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