Rabbits feet and socks from your first home run may be lucky to you, but they aren't the most appropriate gift of good luck for a home. Many cultures have traditional gifts to bring good luck to a home. Common gifts include plants and statues of animals, but they vary from culture to culture. The type of gift can also represent a kind of luck brought into the home, whether it's financial or weather-related. Many good luck gifts have their roots in feng shui.
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Good Luck Plants
In Asian cultures, especially ones that believe in feng shui (a Chinese philosophy on aesthetics regarding how buildings, and furniture within a room, are situated and flow), plants are considered symbols of good luck. Bringing a plant as a gift is a great way to offer good luck to the home you are visiting. Bamboo plants represent good luck, specifically prosperity. Flowers represent different forms of good luck, so they make appropriate good luck gifts. Magnolias and peonies are two specific flowers considered good luck when hung around a door, so a bouquet of one or both would be a nice hostess gift.
Animal Good Luck Gifts
Whether a statue or a painting, many animals are believed to bring good luck to a home. A gift of a painting of a dragon for a living room is thought to bring prosperity to a home. A turtle statue or frog statue is also a symbol of good luck for a home, as well as a unique gift. Turtles symbolise good luck, health and long life. Frogs bring wealth to a home, and the statues should be positioned facing into the home to attract the luck.
Often considered an American tradition but with roots in many cultures, the horseshoe has long been a sign of good luck in a home. Gifting a horseshoe to hang above a door will bring prosperity to the homeowners. Horseshoes are good luck because of their composition and their shape. Iron is considered magical because of how it is made, bringing earth and fire together. The crescent shape is also considered good luck because of its ties to the moon. Remember not to hang to the horseshoe upside-down, or your luck will run out!
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