Everyone has a birthday. At some point, you are going to be faced what to buy a person in your life for his or her birthday. This is usually an easy task. But when you don’t know the person very well, it may prove challenging.
Sure, you could just buy a gift certificate or put some cash in a card. But sometimes you need that personal touch. Here are some suggestions based on age and interests as well as some links to other gift guides that might inspire you.
Guide to Birthday Flowers & Gemstones
Gemstones that match the month in which someone was born make the jewelry all the more special as long as that person likes their birthstone. See the Gemstones article for more information about birthstones.
Flowers are one of the easiest ways to express how you care. For birthdays, get flowers for the month in which the recipient was born to make the gift more meaningful. Or if you can’t get ahold of fresh cut flowers, consider dried and pressed flowers. Another option, especially if you are buying for the person with a green thumb, is to buy a gardening tool set and include the seeds. Find out about flower meanings at the following Web sites: About.com, Sweet Love Gifts, and Pioneer Thinking.
White Carnations are long-lasting flowers which symbolize pure love and good luck.
Violets are associated with modesty, faithfulness, innocence, and understated beauty.
The Daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring. It expresses rejuvenation, rebirth, and warmth.
The Sweet Pea is a sweet-smelling flower that denotes delicate or blissful pleasure.
The Lily of the Valley is a delicate white flower symbolizing humility, chastity, sweetness and purity.
Roses are widely associated with love and passion. They are available in a variety of colors, each with its own distinct meaning.
The Larkspur is a tall flower which means lightness and levity.
The Gladiolus gets its name from the Latin word gladius, meaning sword, because of its blade-shaped leaves. These flowers represent strength of character.
The Aster is a classic autumn flower which symbolizes patience, daintiness, and elegance.
Marigolds have warm, autumn-colored blooms. They represent affection and grace.
The Chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun. It is also associated with cheerfulness, happiness, and optimism.
The Paperwhite is a very fragrant flower which represents sweetness and tenderness.