16 Gifts Perfect For Strong (But Sensitive) Cancer Signs

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Summer is here and she brought Cancer season with her. In honor of all you crustaceans, we consulted astrologer Lisa Stardust on the most sensible buys for this intuitive sign: "It's time to embrace a new season and cosmic voyage into the emotional waters of the crab," Stardust shared. "If you’re buying a present for your sensitive crustacean BFF’s birthday, then you will have to find gifts that suit their tough, tender, and sentimental energy."

Even if it's not your birthday, in particular, a sign-mindful prezzie for your closest Cancer (whether friend or family) will go far to brighten their day. "Most importantly, don’t forget their birthday because it’s important that their crew remember them on their special day," Stardust cautions: "If you forget, they’ll pinch you with their claws forever." Ahead, discover 16 unique gift ideas that were tactfully selected with this strong-but-sensitive star in mind.

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<h2>Parachute Waffle Towel</h2><br>"Crabs feel at home in the water — it is their ruling element! — so get them a fancy towel to feel extra comfy and luxurious after a relaxing bath," suggests witch, tarot reader, and curator <a href="https://www.instagram.com/iamsarahpotter/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sarah Potter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sarah Potter</a>.<br><br><strong>Parachute</strong> Waffle Towels, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.parachutehome.com%2Fproducts%2Fwaffle-bath-towel%3Fopt-color%3Dterra" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Parachute" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Parachute</a>

Parachute Waffle Towel


"Crabs feel at home in the water — it is their ruling element! — so get them a fancy towel to feel extra comfy and luxurious after a relaxing bath," suggests witch, tarot reader, and curator Sarah Potter.

Parachute Waffle Towels, $, available at Parachute
<h2>Heretic Dirty Vanilla<br></h2><br>"Appeal to Cancer's sweet, emotional side with a fragrance that indulges in romance," says Potter. "Look for anything with notes of vanilla."<br><br><strong>Heretic</strong> Dirty Vanilla, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstandarddose.com%2Fproducts%2Fheretic-parfum-dirty-vanilla" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Standard Dose" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Standard Dose</a>

Heretic Dirty Vanilla


"Appeal to Cancer's sweet, emotional side with a fragrance that indulges in romance," says Potter. "Look for anything with notes of vanilla."

Heretic Dirty Vanilla, $, available at Standard Dose
<h2>Teva Original Universal</h2><br>"A nice pair of sandals like these pretty Tevas are perfect for cancer to walk around town (or ride their bikes)," says Stardust.<br><br><strong>Teva</strong> Original Universal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fteva-original-universal-90s-multi%2Fproduct%2F8149494%2Fcolor%2F842135" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>

Teva Original Universal


"A nice pair of sandals like these pretty Tevas are perfect for cancer to walk around town (or ride their bikes)," says Stardust.

Teva Original Universal, $, available at Zappos
<h2>Madewell Indigo Tie-Dye Sarong Scarf</h2><br>"A tie-dye sarong is ideal for any crab to wear during their favorite activity: luxuriating at the beach solo or with friends," recommends Stardust.<br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> Indigo Tie-Dye Sarong Scarf, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Findigo-tie-dye-sarong-scarf-MD495.html%3Fdwvar_MD495_color%3DBL7003%26cgid%3Daccessories-scarevescapes%23start%3D2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>

Madewell Indigo Tie-Dye Sarong Scarf


"A tie-dye sarong is ideal for any crab to wear during their favorite activity: luxuriating at the beach solo or with friends," recommends Stardust.

Madewell Indigo Tie-Dye Sarong Scarf, $, available at Madewell
<h2>Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper</h2><br>"This lip gloss will allow cancers to grow up and illuminate good vibes this season during their solar return," says Stardust.<br><br><strong>Fenty Beauty</strong> Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffentybeauty.com%2Fproducts%2Fgloss-bomb-heat-universal-lip-luminizer-plumper" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fenty Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fenty Beauty</a>

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper


"This lip gloss will allow cancers to grow up and illuminate good vibes this season during their solar return," says Stardust.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper, $, available at Fenty Beauty
<h2>Sephora Sweet Picks Summer Essentials Set</h2><br>"This sweet gift set reminds us of watermelon sugar and summertime goodness, which your crabby BFF will appreciate," Stardust recommends.<br><br><strong>Sephora Favorites</strong> Sweet Picks Summer Essentials Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fsephora-favorites-sweet-picks-summer-essentials-set-P469877%3Ficid2%3Dvalue%2520sets%3Ap469877%3Aproduct" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Sephora Sweet Picks Summer Essentials Set


"This sweet gift set reminds us of watermelon sugar and summertime goodness, which your crabby BFF will appreciate," Stardust recommends.

Sephora Favorites Sweet Picks Summer Essentials Set, $, available at Sephora
<h2>Everlane The 100% Human Tote Bag</h2><br>"A cool beach bag isn’t just for beach days," says Stardust. "It’ll be cancer’s go-to bag when shopping or walking around town,"<br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The 100% Human Tote Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Funisex-human-tote-bag-canvas-marigold" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>

Everlane The 100% Human Tote Bag


"A cool beach bag isn’t just for beach days," says Stardust. "It’ll be cancer’s go-to bag when shopping or walking around town,"

Everlane The 100% Human Tote Bag, $, available at Everlane
<h2>Flora Nikrooz Floretta Pajama Set</h2><br>"Cancers like to chill at home, which is why a cute PJ set is the perfect gift for them to lounge around at home in," says Stardust.<br><br><strong>Flora Nikrooz</strong> Floretta Pajama Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Ffloretta-pajama-set%3Fcategory%3Dsleepwear%26color%3D105%26type%3DSTANDARD%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Flora Nikrooz Floretta Pajama Set


"Cancers like to chill at home, which is why a cute PJ set is the perfect gift for them to lounge around at home in," says Stardust.

Flora Nikrooz Floretta Pajama Set, $, available at Anthropologie
<h2>Vintage Gold Frame Oval Sunglasses<br></h2><br>"Make sure your BFF’s eyes are protected with these super chic shades that will shield the sunlight," Stardust says. "After all, crabs only come out at night."<br><br><strong>JustPerfectCo</strong> Vintage Gold Frame Oval Sunglasses, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F777956276%2Fvintage-gold-frame-oval-sunglasses-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Vintage Gold Frame Oval Sunglasses


"Make sure your BFF’s eyes are protected with these super chic shades that will shield the sunlight," Stardust says. "After all, crabs only come out at night."

JustPerfectCo Vintage Gold Frame Oval Sunglasses, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Studs Tiny Moon Stud<br></h2><br>"Cancers are ruled by the moon, so invoke that lunar energy with a tasteful piece of silver jewelry," Potter says.<br><br><strong>Studs</strong> Tiny Moon Stud, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstuds.com%2Fproducts%2Fmini-moon-stud%3Fvariant%3D30234651820141" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Studs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Studs</a>

Studs Tiny Moon Stud


"Cancers are ruled by the moon, so invoke that lunar energy with a tasteful piece of silver jewelry," Potter says.

Studs Tiny Moon Stud, $, available at Studs
<h3>Olive & June The Summer Set<br></h3><br>"Your Cancer bestie’s favorite nail shades are all in this set," Stardust explains. "It even has the color lilac, which is your lovable moonchild’s ideal shade for their zodiac sign."<br><br><strong>Olive & June</strong> The Summer Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foliveandjune.com%2Fcollections%2Fmani-sets%2Fproducts%2Fthe-summer-set" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olive & June" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Olive & June</a>

Olive & June The Summer Set


"Your Cancer bestie’s favorite nail shades are all in this set," Stardust explains. "It even has the color lilac, which is your lovable moonchild’s ideal shade for their zodiac sign."

Olive & June The Summer Set, $, available at Olive & June
<h2>Cancer Art Print<br></h2><br>Show your crabby pride with this retro-inspired art print, which shows off your Astro sign while amping up your home décor game.<br><br><strong>Society6</strong> Cancer Art Print, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsociety6.com%2Fproduct%2Fcancer2691676_print%3Fsku%3Ds6-13546571p4a1v1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Society6" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Society6</a>

Cancer Art Print


Show your crabby pride with this retro-inspired art print, which shows off your Astro sign while amping up your home décor game.

Society6 Cancer Art Print, $, available at Society6
<h2>Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp<br></h2><br>"It's important for Cancers to know they're being thought of, and with this two-way light system you'll be able to glow and grow your friendship," Watt explains. How does it work? "Simply touch your lamp and your bestie's lamp will glow at the same time, allowing you to send messages of love and let them know you care!"<br><br><strong>Uncommon Goods</strong> Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncommongoods.com%2Fproduct%2Flong-distance-friendship-lamp-wood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uncommon Goods</a>

Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp


"It's important for Cancers to know they're being thought of, and with this two-way light system you'll be able to glow and grow your friendship," Watt explains. How does it work? "Simply touch your lamp and your bestie's lamp will glow at the same time, allowing you to send messages of love and let them know you care!"

Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $, available at Uncommon Goods
<h2>Lunya The Short Robe<br></h2><br>"Everybody knows that your Cancer pal can be a homebody at times," Stardust says. "Treat them to this sweet robe to slip on while lounging at home during the hot summer nights."<br><br><strong>Lunya</strong> The Short Robe, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lunya.co%2Fproducts%2Fthe-short-robe%3FrefSrc%3D1051954642987%26nosto%3Dproductpage-nosto-v2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lunya" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lunya</a>

Lunya The Short Robe


"Everybody knows that your Cancer pal can be a homebody at times," Stardust says. "Treat them to this sweet robe to slip on while lounging at home during the hot summer nights."

Lunya The Short Robe, $, available at Lunya
<h2>Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set<br></h2><br>"Cancers notoriously cancel plans to stay home in bed, so if we know they are going to do it anyway, let's make sure their bed is extra cozy," Potter says.<br><br><strong>Brooklinen</strong> Linen Core Sheet Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooklinen.com%2Fproducts%2Flinen-core-sheet-set%3Fvariant%3D43437480981" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooklinen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooklinen</a>

Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set


"Cancers notoriously cancel plans to stay home in bed, so if we know they are going to do it anyway, let's make sure their bed is extra cozy," Potter says.

Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set, $, available at Brooklinen
<h2>Slip Sleep Mist<br></h2><br>"Many Cancers have fluctuating sleep cycles since their sign is ruled by the moon," Watt explains. "The lunar cycle can sometimes affect their ability to wind down and fall asleep, especially around the Full Moon. Help your buddy get the rest they need with this self-care kit that aids with drifting off to dreamland."<br><br><strong>Slip</strong> Sleep Mist, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fsleep-mist-P446864" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Slip Sleep Mist


"Many Cancers have fluctuating sleep cycles since their sign is ruled by the moon," Watt explains. "The lunar cycle can sometimes affect their ability to wind down and fall asleep, especially around the Full Moon. Help your buddy get the rest they need with this self-care kit that aids with drifting off to dreamland."

Slip Sleep Mist, $, available at Sephora
<h2>JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker<br></h2><br>"There’s nothing Cancers love more than crisping under the Sun," Stardust says. "This speaker will be the ultimate gift to accompany their favorite activity at the beach."<br><br><strong>JBL</strong> CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2V8JqnM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker


"There’s nothing Cancers love more than crisping under the Sun," Stardust says. "This speaker will be the ultimate gift to accompany their favorite activity at the beach."

JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at Amazon

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