6 Gifts for Beginner Tarot Readers

Tarot reading is an ancient practice of using tarot cards (a deck of 78 cards) to tell the future. At least, that’s most people’s understanding of it. However, tarot involves much more than that. It provides insight into your past and present, too. It also can provide a new perspective on life and your choices, allowing you to continue on your path or alter your ways. The future is never set in stone.

If you have someone in your life who is starting to learn to read tarot, there are dozens of great gifts out there that speak to their new hobby. Learning how to read tarot can be time-consuming as it takes a lot of practice to adequately read the symbolism of each of the 78 cards and interpret them in reference to someone’s life. 

But, investing in a great gift like tarot card candles, cool tapestries, or unique crystals can help your friend or family member set the right mood when reading tarot. There are also plenty of practical tarot-related gifts that can aid them in their journey. Check out some of our favorite tarot card gift ideas:

A New Set of Beginner Tarot Cards

Any beginner tarot card reader needs — well — tarot cards, of course. If the person you’re shopping for hasn’t yet invested in a deck of cards, consider purchasing a beginner-level deck for them. It’s important to buy a deck that speaks to an individual, but when first starting out, it’s also important to have a deck that’s easy to read. The Rider Waite deck is typically the recommended beginner deck because it’s traditional and easy to learn the interpretations. But, there are hundreds of unique options by various artists.

Tarot Card How-to Book

Besides a deck of cards, every new tarot reader also needs an explanation of the symbolism behind the Major and Minor Arcana cards. Some tarot sets come complete with a how-to book; others don’t. Seek out the perfect beginner’s guide that can help your friend master the art of tarot.

Tarot Card Candles

When reading tarot, it’s important to set an intention and create a sacred space. This helps the reader to be more in tune with the cards, the intention, and the overall purpose of the session. Tarot card candles are the ideal addition to any tarot reading session — plus, they make a great gift. Though these candles are excellent to use during a mystical experience, they’re also beautiful decorations for around the house. Each candle includes a gold-plated charm providing insight into your past, present, and future. This is a gift your friend will never forget.

Astrological Birthday Book

Many people don’t realize that astrology and tarot actually have quite a bit in common. Astrology focuses on planetary moments and constellations’ impact on our personalities and lives. Tarot, on the other hand, is a method of cartomancy, or predicting the future with playing cards, but it does much more than that. It offers insights into our lives and how we make choices. In astrology, each constellation is actually ruled by one of the 22 cards in the Major Arcana (cards that represent big life events). Understanding the relationship between astrology and tarot can help readers better interpret cards as their skills progress. 

Giving your friend an astrological birthday book is a great way to help him or her learn more about their own individual zodiac and how it connects to tarot. This book is made-to-order with gorgeous illustrations and more than 70 pages of detailed horoscope analysis for your friend’s specific birthday. 

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Incense and Unique Crystals

For more mystical items that can help set the mood for a reading, try getting your friend or family member some unique crystals or pleasant-smelling incense. Certain fragrances in incense are said to awaken people’s psychic tendencies, making them more attuned to the occult. Lighting incense before a tarot card reading can help the reader get into that mindset. 

Crystals also possess their own unique abilities that can contribute to the ambiance and outcome of a reading. Look for crystals that you gravitate towards when thinking of the gift recipient and check their meanings to see if these crystals can help. For example, clear quartz is known to help people reach their higher selves, amethyst promotes psychic abilities, and fluorite can block negative energy.

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A Special Bag or Cloth for Cards

There is no one specific way to store tarot cards. However, many people like to find unique, customized ways to keep their decks safe. If you’re looking for a gift, this is a great idea as you can make it as personal as you want. Some people use special fabrics or silk scarves to wrap around their cards; others use velvety bags. You could opt for a small box decorated to represent the recipient of the gift. Get creative and fun with this one and find a special piece for your friend to use as tarot card storage.

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