Symbols are everywhere in our daily lives: we all know the eagle stands for the United States, the Statue of Liberty equals freedom, and roses express love. Symbols speak to us without using words, and can express many meanings and feelings with a single object. They provide richness and meaning, and distinguishing the exceptional from mere routine. Symbols are different from culture to culture–for example, black is the color for funerals in the West; in the East, it is white.
Most of us have so many things–what we really want more of are the intangibles: more peace, more satisfaction, more happiness. We can change our gift giving emphasis from things people want to the qualities people want. Or the quality you would like them to have more of.
By associating your gift with a thought, a wish, or a blessing, you are truly giving a thought that counts.