15 Best Pagan Gifts for Yule: Your Ultimate List

If you’re sure about good pagan gifts this the Yuletide season, a nice gift for a pagan is anything that particular person tends to like. It doesn’t need to be witchy. But if you’d like to get them something that shows that you support and accept them, then check out these best pagan gifts for Yule that will make for a very pleased witch.

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Christmastime can be complicated when you're not Christian.

Minority religions tend to feel out of place in a season when Christmas is everywhere you look. This is especially true for folks like me because even though acceptance of religious diversity is making strides, being pagan is still considered odd. 

Witchcraft is just another path of spirituality and if you've ever felt moved by standing on a mountaintop or sat very still because an iridescent dragonfly landed on your leg, you know that honoring our earth is the most natural thing in the world.

If you're here because someone you love has told you that they celebrate Yule and you want to buy them something for the holidays--thank you. It's pretty awesome of you to take their spirituality into consideration as you get into the holiday spirit. Your loved one is going to be super touched that you put in the effort to respect their beliefs.

This article is for you to give you some ideas of gifts that any pagan would be excited to receive, but also to give you a quick Yule run down and answer some of the questions you might have been afraid to ask.

Is it "Witch," "pagan," "Wiccan," or what?

Just like the many denominations of Christianity, earth-based religions have hundreds of different traditions--Wicca and Reclaiming would be two examples and some are more organized than others. Like Christianity, while they may have significant differences, fundamentally pagan traditions tend to have more common than not. The best thing to do is use the language your loved ones use to describe themselves.

If you don't celebrate Christmas, what do you do?

Just because we don't celebrate Christmas doesn't mean we're not in the mood to make merry this season. We pagans have an excess of holiday spirit. I mean, Christians have two major holidays and pagans have eight. We're always up for celebrating.

Yule, which falls on the winter solstice, is a big deal. It marks the longest night of the year--the time when the days finally stop getting shorter and begin to get longer again. All across the colder climates, people have always marked midwinter in some way going back thousands of years. And it makes sense. It's cold, dark, and our ancestors couldn't get cozy with hot cocoa and Netflix to wait for spring. Humans needed to come together, make cheer, and remember that it won't be dark forever.

Because there are so many traditions, I can't say how your friend celebrates. I can only tell you about my traditions. We ring bells on the longest night to call back the sun. Yule is the rebirth of the sun and the rebirth of our sun god. So you could say it's the birthday of a light-bringing god. You might have more in common with your loved one than you think.

Why do they have a Christmas tree?

They probably have a Yule tree. I'm looking at my Yule tree right now, all lit up and decorated with pine cones and glittery ornaments. The tradition of bringing evergreens into the home at midwinter and decorating them is an ancient, pre-Christian practice honoring the tree that stays green even when all other trees look dead.

Plus, lots of non-religious folks have holiday trees and exchange gifts simply because it's part of the culture.

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