How to choose a crystal for someone else
It is often said that it is better to give then to receive and we all have people we need to buy a gift for now and again and a crystal can be a magical gift to give or to receive.
When purchasing a crystal for a gift I always try to think about the person I am purchasing for. I like to stop and take a moment, to think what they like, colours, food, clothes and then where they are in their lives at the moment. What may help them? What pressures are they coping with?
There are small gifts you can give, like tumblestones or useful gifts like a crystal keyring. You can purchase a heart shaped gift to show someone you love them or a pocket angel to say you are thinking of them. If they are a goth perhaps a crystal skull may suit them better. I have crystal tealight holders that are perfect for the meditator in your life or book ends or the reader.
There is a crystal for everyone. I often make mystery boxes for customers and its always nice to get an idea of the person who the box is for, otherwise I just take a moment and meditate on the person and the intention and choose the stones. I always write a little note listing each stone and its properties and wrap them carefully, usually enclosing a piece of Selenite to make sure they all travel safely.
If they are new to crystals, ask the seller to jot some notes about the crystal and the benefits or write some yourself.
There is a birthstone for each month, which may help:
January : Garnet
October: Tourmaline or Opal
November: Topaz or Citrine
Just make sure you have fun and enjoy the gift purchase and giving and you may always find out something about yourself on the journey.