Love Tokens: Great Hearts to Give as Valentines Day Gifts
It’s a bit cliché to give hearts as Valentines Day gifts. But no doubt will exist in your recipient’s mind as to the meaning of such tokens.
According to Dr. Armin Dietz, cardiologist and expert on heart symbolism, the heart comes from the ivy leaf, which was used to symbolize eternal love in early Roman, Greek and Christian graves. In the 12th and 13th centuries, these ivy leaves began assuming the familiar heart shape and the color red. The symbol finally solidified into standard red heart in 15th-century playing cards.
In the modern era, you can offer these love icons to the object of your affection through the following options.
© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.
As a material, paper is lightweight, inexpensive and easy to transport, making it the most common way to give hearts as Valentines Day gifts across great distances. Paper cards with handwritten wishes often accompany more three-dimensional tokens of love.
You can ensure that the card becomes the reason for the season by making it the biggest one around, as in this example by BigFunnyCards. It measures 2’ x 3’, comes with its own solid cardboard envelope, and has all-red or chocolate box varieties.
Fabric can fold like paper but is far more flexible and does not tear as easily. You can also sew the material into clothing items, like scarves and dresses, or home accessories, like curtains or pillowcases. If tailoring a heart fabric shirt is beyond your abilities, you can still buy a yard or two of fabric and use it to wrap your Valentines Day Gifts. You can then use a red ribbon to tie the lose corners of the bundle together. Your recipient will be able to recycle the fabric wrapper for future Valentines Day gifts. Hallmark creates several festive varitiees that measure about 44”-wide and are sold by the yard.
Wood is more dimensional, boasts larger sizes for projects, and is more durable than paper or fabric, if treated with paint or stain, and kept indoors. An 8”-inch high abstract sculpture hand-carved by Bali artisans from Suar Wood makes a timeless gift for couples. For something a bit more traditional, a walnut jewelry box measuring 4.2” wide and height, and 2” thick, can store Valentines Day gifts.
Glass hearts express the transparency, delicacy and shine of true love. They can delight as lightweight, hand-blown collectibles best displayed only during special occasions. One such example is the 4”-high Reed and Barton Royal Heart ornament, with hand-painted detail and inclusions of Swarovski crystal. They can also serve a useful everyday function, such as the Waterford Crystal Siren Heart paperweight. It measures 2.5” square, is colored a solid red and is sturdy enough to sit on an office desk.
When used for heart-shaped jewelry, the hardest gemstone can declare the permanence of your unending devotion. Diamond-encrusted hearts decorate necklaces, pendants, and rings, often accompanied by precious metals like gold or other gems. Such jewelry is portable enough to wear, easy to store and sure to delight with their high value.
If you have any other suggestions for hearts to give as Valentines Day gifts, please put them in comments. Links to their sources are also appreciated.
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