The Dark Pink Rose: Smell the scent of appreciation. The internet littered with references of the meaning of flowers–and all point to the dark pink rose as THE flower for appreciation.

{click to purchase} 1. Wrap up in appreciation. Chiffon Shawl 2. Hang appreciation from the ceiling. 9.84 Inch Rose Flower Ball 3. Putting on paper my appreciation for you. Drawing Book 8 X 8 Inch 4. You light up my life. Roses String Light Set 5. You’re essential in my life. Super soft leather-like flower handbag


The Sun: You shined your light on someone’s life (or they shined their light on you). This was a fun find. Ricky writes extensively on tattoos and their current and historical symbolism.


{click to purchase} 1. You shine on us all. Brass Wall Sculpture 16 “ 2. With the amber stone, this is the ring of endless appreciation. Honey Amber and Sterling Silver Flaming Sun Ring 3. Good for anywhere you go. Celestial Tapestry-Wall-Beach-Bed 4. A party for appreciation. Sun 20″ Pinata 5. Daily essential with inspired quote.  Sip ‘N Go Travel Tumbler 


The Iguana: A subtle appreciation for all things. Avia Venefica goes into great lengths about what her Iguana has taught her.


{click to purchase} 1. Close to the heart.  Iguana Pewter Pendant 2. Hug it tight. Iguana Plush Animal 3. Slow down and appreciate. Iguana Outdoor Statue 4. Among the finer things of life. Hand Crafted Glass Iguana Bottle Stopper


When I put together the lists from my book to put into my website, I was alarmed to realize I had NO gifts that symbolized culture’s items of appreciation. Appreciation is a central sentiment for me! So I vowed that when I started to further research to add to my index I would start with appreciation.

But it’s been 14 years since I put together the original book. The way I found my materials was through—-books. Stacks and stacks of books. I felt…smug…as I approached University of Google. Research was going to be a snap.

Boy was I surprised! The very reason I wrote my book in the first place was because if I wanted to find a gift-symbolism for, say, silver, I had to wade through pages and pages of icky stuff to find the gems–authentic, cultural symbols. And there I was, once again, wading through virtual pages and pages for the jewels.

Oh how things stay the same.

I am pleased, however, with these three really great symbolic tokens to share with you.