If you are fretting about buying something to one of your friends, the one who always seems to go around talking about karma, crystals and positive energies, the solution may be easier than you thought. Without risking buying something inappropiate due to lack of knowledge, you can indulge your friend's New Age beliefs with simple items that are pleasing for anybody and have that Occult edge that makes them a perfect gift for your friend.
Tarot is a popular theme for many New Age believers and it's worth checking if your friend has an existing interest, as a well chosen tarot deck can be a great Christmas gift for under $20. Tarot decks are often beautiful works of art by themselves, and most New Age practitioners will at least enjoy looking at the cards. If your friend is already a collector you can check his or her collection in advance to see what kind of artwork fits better with them. Otherwise you can guess based on his or her particular style whether a fantasy or traditional deck would be more appropiate. Many Tarot decks come with a booklet with some basic spreads and readings, but if you know your friend is way past the celtic cross tarot spread you may want to find a book with advanced teachings from a well known author specialising on Tarot and divination.
Indoors Water Fountains
A surprising gift that is both beautiful and suitable for those believing in Feng-Shui is a small indoor water fountain. Those fountains have a small engine that pushes water, and a little bowl to gather it. Most people find the sound of running water relaxing, and Feng-shui considers them a cure for water energy, related to wealth and prosperity. Indoor water fountains come in many different models, from simple ones to others that incorporate lights and moving elements. If your friend has cats or small children a fountain may not be suitable, but otherwise the variety of styles and models ensures that you'll find one suitable for any home.
Another great gift, and not only for alternative medicine practitioners, are aromatherapy esential oils or products made with them. If your friend likes making his or her own organic beauty products, a book about essential oils for skin can be the perfect gift, with or without some supplies to get started. You can also buy essential oils bottles or products with a basic theme such as relaxation, meditation or even based around your friend's Horoscope sign, and put them on a small basket with a matching colour ribbon. If you are not familiar with aromatherapy oils yourself you can ask for advice at your local herbalist store, or even spa. They will be able to help you choose the best essential oils for your friend.
If you want to do something different this Christmas and are tired of giving your friend books and DVDs, consider buying some tasteful alternative gifts such as the ones above. They don't need to be expensive, and you can even buy them from major retailers such as Amazon, so if it needs to be exchanged that's not a problem.