The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here, and you probably already have a pretty good idea what to get all the members in your family. However, one of them may have you stumped – she loves anything and everything paranormal. But the paranormal realm is so expansive – where do you begin?
At a loss? Let me help.
While my intention wasn't to promote amazon.com in this blog, I found some of the best prices at that site, and since I was looking for the least expensive options, you'll note that most of the links will take you to amazon – directly to the page where the item appears.
Without further ado, here is a list of some paranormal gifts sure to please the paranormal lover who doesn't already own the items listed.
Not to be confused with ouija boards, the Guiding Light Angel Board (available at amazon for $32.95) is supposed to invite only good clean spirits. If you decide to go this route, make sure you say prayers prior to using this gift – or have the board blessed, because these boards look very much like ouija boards to me and I wouldn't want any uninvited spirits to accidently find their way into your home.
Oh, yes – who can resist Sam and Dean from Supernatural – wouldn't your paranormal lover love to look at these faces on days other than just Thursdays (when the show airs): Supernatural Sam & Dean Adult Black Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (under $30)
Ghost Hunting Equipment
What every ghost hunter wants – a Starter Kit Ghosthunting Kit (under $100). And if you want more than just a starter kit, for a list of other ghost hunting devices, read 13 Halloween Must-Haves For Ghost Hunters.
Every good wannabe psychic needs a crystal ball, right? The color purple is supposed to invite highly spiritual entities, so I chose this one: Purple Crystal Ball (under $15).
Learning how to harness the power of Extra Sensory Perception is beautifully illustrated in the book, How to Make ESP Work For You, by Harold Sherman. He offers step-by-step instructions for learning to use the gift you were born to learn. (Links to Barnes & Noble – book is priced at $23.62 – but it is also available at amazon at various prices.)
Though Tarot cards come in various shapes and sizes, one of the most simple decks to learn (because numerous instruction books abound for this brand) is the following: Rider-Waite Tarot Cards (available for under $15 at Amazon)
Linda Goodman's Sun Signs (under $15 at Amazon) is a fun read for the novice astrologer. It was my first astrology book, and it entertained me, my family, and my friends for hours. Every time I met somebody new, I read about him or her and determined that the book was at least (according to my perception) 85% accurate.
The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need (available at Amazon for $12). The title is not completely accurate. If your paranormal lover decides to cast charts, this book will only serve as an introduction to the various elements of a chart. However, these days, chart casting programs create charts in seconds (compared to hand casting which can take up to an hour).
Astrology Software Programs
Why spend hours computing math in setting up a chart when software programs can cast the charts for you in a matter of seconds? For a fairly comprehensive list of software programs available for the budding astrologer, go to Find Astrologer. The program I use, TCR (Time Cycles Research), is listed on this site.
True Ghost Story Books – "Ghosty Girl" Leslie Rule has written numerous true ghost stories. This link brings you to all of her books (between $10 & $15 each at Amazon).
(If you are interested in reading my interview with Leslie Rule, "Ghosty Girl," author of the books listed in the True Ghost Story Books section listed above, click her name.)
Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society ($10.20 at Amazon). This book recounts stories of the group's favorite investigations. You can also watch them on one of my favorite television programs, Ghost Hunters.
If your paranormal family member is interested in UFO activity, read UFOs and the Alien Agenda ($26.50 at Amazon).
Another book that captured my attention in the early years, was Communion by Whitley Strieber. It was the first book I read about alien abduction. I found it years after my own alien encounter, which I detail in an article entitled, Aliens In My Life – True UFO Encounters.
Because so many paranormal movies exist, I won't list them separately. One of them isn't even out on DVD yet – Paranormal State. But who knows? By Christmas, it may already be on DVD.
Instead of listing various movies you might want to purchase, I went to lists of the top 50 scariest movies of all time. In my search I found boston.com that includes a variety of horror flicks, such as Arachnophobia, Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, Halloween, and The Thing, along with some surprising movies that wouldn't have made my list as one of the top 50 horror films. Check them out and see if you agree, then run over to amazon (my favorite inexpensive site), to purchase them.
If you find gifts not listed here that you think your paranormal lover would like to own, I invite you to add your own paranormal gift finds in the comments below.