it’s likely You’re already that weird cousin flying in from LA over the holidays. If you’re toting home a Vitamix or a suitcase full of adaptogens, you’re going to get some cross-eyed looks anyway. Why not embrace the cliches and gift high-vibing crystals to all of your extended family this year?
We’re only sort of kidding. Giving crystals as a holiday gift kills two birds with one stone — you get points for being a thoughtful and generous family member, and you also get to solve for some energetic issues within the fam. If the idea of sitting across the table from your mom’s neurotic sister or drunk uncle gets you frazzled before even leaving town, hit them with some selenite or phantom quartz and see how the evening goes.
Here’s our list of ideas, infused with a few insights from the pro crystal healers at Energy Muse — match the stone to your own special array of holiday table characters…
8 Perfect Crystals for Every Relative
for The Super-Mom |
She’s frazzled, in the kitchen, underappreciated and deserves the world. Bring the one who’s keeping it all together a gorgeous rose quartz stone to keep close the heart and help her remember to take care of herself and enjoy the moments! According to the crystal pros at Energy Muse, “this stone will open up your heart chakra to every kind of love that you need—whether it’s self-love, familial love, friendship love, love for humanity or romantic love. As a flush of compassion, happiness, forgiveness and peace pulses through you, rose quartz will assist you in ease your grip on toxic emotions.”
The Neurotic Aunt |
Auntie Elsa needs to learn how to self-soothe, but that ain’t gonna happen tonight. She may be fired-up and ready to spill her anxiety all over the place, but pry the Xanax from her palm and give her a calming, grounding selenite rod to cling to instead. These crrystals help reduce anxiety and attract positivity and light. “It is one of the few minerals that has the healing ability to quickly unblock stagnant and negative energy, removing all energy blockages to create a fluid flow of energy throughout the body. This quality makes it especially helpful to those holding onto tension from the past, emotional pain and/or worries. It helps to dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, and thus brings calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.”
The Drunk Uncle |
The midlife crisis is coming in hot. You know he’s going to be dropping drooly cheek kisses all night and rattling off the best dad jokes around as every year before, plus now you’ve got the extra fun of an existential turning point to look forward to. A fat chunk of phantom quartz might be just what the doctor ordered. Phantom quartz is all about growth and helps guide your footing forward even when you feel lost in a transition stage of your life. “As a stone of transition, phantom quartz can relieve the stress, anxiety, fear or regrets that accompany major shifts in your life.”
The Collegiate Cousin |
They’ve reluctantly stepped down from their throne of solo cups to make an appearance at your fam’s festive gathering. When they’re not miles deep into their sorority group chat, they won’t shut up about their adventure abroad next semester. These “carry-on crystals” (including malachite, labradorite, suhngite, rhononite and moonstone) are the perfect bon voyage gift and will give you something a little more interesting to talk about than the latest sorority gossip. Many of these pretty stones also address anxiety and a need for grounding — she might be check-out now, but she’ll thank you for it come finals week.
The Moody Sibling |
You can hear them huffing and puffing from across the house. ‘What’s up with the wonky mood’ you boldly ask after encountering a sassy death stare. Slip your sis a little celestite between tumblr sessions to help them bring in that peaceful vibe and lure that lippy teen into a restful slumber. According to Energy Muse, “if your kids have trouble turning off at the end of the day, celestite is the remedy you need to soothe that mental chaos. Nightmares, fear and anxieties are often what keep children awake — and the same issues keep adults awake too. Ease every mind in your home by tapping into the energy of celestite instead of tapping into the energy of fear.”
The Hyper Niece |
Is she hopped up on sugar? Or just confirming the suspected ADD? Calm that spazzy little nugget down — and give her something productive to do with a soothing sage bundle of palo santo stick. She’ll have a blast with her task and clear any extra negative energy in the process. Get the pro’s guide here. Better yet, keep her busy by letting her make her own purifying sage bundle. We can’t guarantee she’ll finish the project, but it’s worth a shot. Learn how here.
The bougie Mother-In-Law |
Impress your mom-in-law with the gift of something none of her friends have. Give her the gift of a glowy complexion and a bougie self-care activity she’ll thank you for later — if you’re lucky. Her face may barely move from all those finely-tuned injections, but a chunk of beauty-boosting raw aquamarine and this guide to a crystal facial will have her hooked. Aside from being gorgeous, building a beauty practice with “raw aquamarine helps restore tranquility, and also helps to connect you with your true self, making it a useful stone to replenish self-love and confidence.”
The Terrified Boyfriend |
The poor thing has no idea what he’s in for. Give him a crystal that will help nerves over meeting the parents and clear away any negative energy. Apophyllite is a pro fave for calming a chaotic mental state and helping to anchor an anxiety-ridden lover to a sense of sanity. “This is one of the best crystals to use when you’re slammed with a wave of anxiety. Whether it’s the hectic nature of the holidays or life has been dishing out more problems than you’d prefer to handle, you can settle the effects of worry and stress with the calming essence of apophyllite. There’s no better stone to put the mind at ease.”