You know each month has a gemstone associated with it, but did you know each birth month also has a flower association? This month, we’re focusing on the February birth month flower: the violet. Learning about the symbolism and meaning associated with a birthday is interesting and can be beneficial, especially when you need to pick out a gift with the meaning for those you care about. Keep reading to discover great birthday gift ideas for your loved ones: just imagine their surprise when they realize you know more about their birth month than they do!
Start with the person’s birth month flower, perhaps one of the most important things to take into consideration before choosing a personalized birthday gift. With Valentine’s Day on people’s minds, February is a big month for flowers. But surprisingly, February’s birth month flower isn’t the rose. Instead, it’s the charming violet.
Venus in Violets
Legend has it that violets owe their bright blue color to Venus, the goddess of love. According to the story, she had an argument with her son Cupid who admitted some bevy of girls to be more beautiful than his own mother. Venus went into such a rage that she beat her rivals until they turned into blue violets. However, in the Christian tradition, violets stand modesty and loyalty. Several legends tell of violets springing up on the graves of virgins and saints.
Because violets are February birth month flowers, it is especially important to give them as a birthday gift to those born in February. Some people believe violets bring good luck, faith, and inspiration to everyone who celebrates their birthday in the last winter month. Another great thing about violets is that this perennial windowsill favorite is easy to care for. Moist soil and indirect sunlight are all violet plants need to bloom throughout the year. This makes a living violet plant a better alternative to cut flowers, which fade fast.
Smells Good, Tastes Good
A lovely, distinctive smell is another amazing thing about violets. It’s scent is so well-liked, it is widely used in perfumes, lotions and beauty products. If you’ve decided to give someone born in February a spa gift or perfume, selecting one with subtle violet notes will add an extra personal touch and meaning to your birthday gift.
Did you know that February’s birth month flower is also edible and nutritious? Sugar coated violet petals are commonly used on cakes, pastries, and savory dishes. Surprisingly, violet flowers are not only good as a sweet garnish, but they are pretty healthy too. The petals and stems of violets contain high amounts of vitamin C (more than most vegetables!), an antioxidant that boosts immune system and overall health.
What is February’s Birthstone?
February’s gemstone is the amethyst. It’s name comes from Greek for “sober”. The ancient Greeks believed the stone protected against drunkenness and passion. Now Amethysts are said to strengthen relationships and bring courage to those who wear them. Some say amethyst can even help break bad habits. Wearing this gemstone during sleep is believed to induce pleasant dreams and reduce mental tension. Giving those born in February an amethyst crystal or a piece of jewelry with their birthstone is a great gift idea that will go a long way.
Zodiac and Birth Month Flowers
Astrology might be another great source of inspiration! As you know each zodiac sign has its individual characteristics which are important to know when picking that perfect birthday gift.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) are very unpredictable and adventurous. They will love any technological gadget such as iPad, iPod, smartphone or newest video game. People born under this sign love extraordinary surprises, so skydiving or a hot air balloon ride will definitely impress them more than any other ordinary Birthday gift.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) is a romantic, sensitive, caring and extremely generous sign. Cosy items such as scented candles, luxurious spa baskets and beauty products as well as a good bottle of champagne or fancy wine gift will make perfect surprise for this zodiac sign.
Now that you know a bit about the February classic gift ideas and personality hopefully you’re ready to pick out the perfect gift! From flowers, to jewelry, perfume, to wine, the perfect gift basket is waiting for your best friend or family.
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