Irish Good Luck Gifts

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Irish Good Luck Gifts
A four leaf clover symbolises faith, hope, love and luck. (Michael Hitoshi/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Irish good luck gifts are a tradition that is embedded deep within ancient Irish folklore. An Irish good luck gift is most appropriate as a celebratory gift at an event such as a graduation or a wedding. A good luck gift is given to ward off evil spirits that might interrupt the graduate's future, or to keep a newly married couple happy with each other for years to come.

Four Leaf Clover

In the Middle Ages, people thought that a four leaf clover not only brought the receiver good luck, but would allow him to see into the spirit world. Each of the four leaves is a symbol: The first leaf represents faith, the second is hope, the third is love, and the fourth is luck. Today, a four leaf clover is still one of the most common symbols of good luck. Giving a gift of a four leaf clover in the form of a necklace, bracelet, pendant or rock lets the lucky recipient know you wish him the best of all four of the symbols.

Irish Lucky Horseshoe

The lucky horseshoe is a symbol of good luck in Irish folklore. A couple who was getting married would often receive a horseshoe for a present. After the wedding the couple would hang the horseshoe outside their front doorway with the "U" facing up. They did this to keep the luck they might receive from draining out. To give a lucky horseshoe as a gift, consider a sterling silver or gold horseshoe engraved with an Irish proverb.

Irish Bell

A bell is a traditional Irish good luck gift that is thought to keep evil spirits away. This gift is most commonly given to a couple at their wedding. Traditional thought is that a couple who receives a bell for a gift will live together more harmoniously than others. The bell is also a reminder of the bride and groom's wedding day and the vows they made.

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