February brings in the Chinese New Year, and 2021 is the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac is just one example of how humans have associated animals with human qualities over millennia. From indigenous peoples’ totems to the Western zodiac signs, favorite toys or modern sports teams, we’ve chosen to align ourselves with animals we believe make us special: strong, fierce, independent, or just plain cute. 

Most of us have a favorite animal and knowing hers can give you plenty of ideas for gifts. Sometimes, her favorite animal is one she has a relationship with. She might be a fan or an owner of a specific dog breed or cat. She might never pass up the koala exhibit at the local zoo or never miss a television documentary on tigers. 

She might notice that a specific animal is always crossing her path, with her in photos or nature. That may be a spirit animal trying to get her attention. You can always try to find her spirit animal through this quiz. https://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/ 

You can take gift giving to the next level by asking her if she thinks she has a spirit animal, an animal that defines how she feels about her inner self – or how she’d like to feel. A spirit animal can also be defined as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal to bring wisdom.

That means you can also choose an animal that gives her comfort, strength, or determination if she’s going through a tough time or facing big change. A butterfly to represent transformation. A hawk to help her see the path clearly. A tiger to give her courage. A wolf to fight for her freedom and independence.

Or let her choose an animal a day to guide her. Here’s a beautifully illustrated deck of cards she can use to gain wisdom or insight any time she needs it. 

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If she doesn’t know or can’t think of an animal she aligns with, you can assign her one that you feel symbolizes her spirit. Fierce, loyal, free-spirited, graceful, gentle, sensuous, mischievous, mysterious. No matter how you see her, there will be an animal token that will make a great gift.

Here’s a sample of a spirit animal reading – beautiful and romantic, perfect reading over a glass of wine.  (Courtesy: Elena Harris.) 

When you have the deer as spirit animal, you are highly sensitive and have a strong intuition. By affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. The deer totem wisdom imparts those with a special connection with this animal with the ability to be vigilant, move quickly, and trust their instincts to get out the trickiest situations.

The meanings associated with the deer combine both soft, gentle qualities with strength and determination. When you have the deer as spirit animal, you are able to bring gentleness and grace in every aspects of your life, even in the most challenging moments. By inspiration from the deer’s qualities, you can achieve ambitious goals and tackle difficult situation smoothly with a touch of gentleness and grace.

Spirit Animal Gift Ideas

Here are pocket tokens, hand painted with animals. https://tidd.ly/36ACtPi

Here are bracelets with animal tokens. https://tidd.ly/3jcFieu

Or give her the gift of a spirit animal reading by an intuitive: https://tidd.ly/3jfatWL

Whether you choose jewelry, clothing, home décor, or art, you can’t go wrong if you choose a beautiful animal and use the universal mantra of great gift giving: “I saw this and it made me think of you.”