When searching for gifts with a flower theme relating to one particularly anniversary, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming. With regard to the fourth wedding anniversary, the symbolic flower is the hydrangea. This theme is available on lots of homeware items. Its colour ranges from pale blue to pink and is due to the level of acidity in the soil.
I particularly enjoy giving a gift that the couple may not buy for themselves. Perhaps they see it as as a little too indulgent. In this case, I am recommending a set of fine bone china mugs. They are very attractive and have a vintage palace shape style. This means they are shorter and wider than you might expect. Amazingly, they have lines of real gold, which encircle the rim, the base and flow onto the handles.
Dainty, Yet Durable
The mugs have pink hydrangeas, with their green leaves, on a white background. Made of translucent bone china, they have a dainty appearance but, in reality, are very durable. They have a gift tag, confirming their name of Summer Hydrangea, and could be the start of a collection, as other designs are available, including different flowers, birds and landscapes.
Suitable for tea, coffee or hot chocolate, the happy couple will feel like royalty when drinking from these elegant mugs! You could, of course, treat yourself to this lovely set. They are pretty enough to keep on display, rather than tucked away in a cupboard.
It has to be noted, that given their delicacy, they have to be hand-washed and cannot be used in a microwave. The set contains four mugs, each having a capacity of 300 ml (10.5 fl oz).
The set is available through Creative Tops on Amazon and has free shipping.
Overall, I would recommend these fine bone china printed mugs, with the only downside being a small capacity. Not suitable for anybody that enjoys a big mug of coffee to get them going in the morning!
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Hydrangeas in Modern Media
Hydrangeas are often featured in works of art, and one of the most renowned painters of this flower and others, is the Polish artist, Gabryela Wasowicz. Her paintings have been exhibited at the National Museum of Krakow and one of her most famous pieces is simply entitled “Hydrangea”.
There are surprisingly few songs which feature hydrangeas in their lyrics, but one of my favourites is “Old Money” by the American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. The song actually opens with the following lines:
“Blue hydrangea, cold cash divine
Cashmere, cologne and white sunshine
Red racing cars, sunset and vine”
Perhaps the couple celebrating enjoy reading; an unusual idea is the gift of a book which has the name of this stunning bloom in its title. “Blue Hydrangeas: an Alzheimer’s love story” is by Marianne Sciucco, and is a heartwarming story of a couple facing the ultimate challenge of trying to run a bed and breakfast of their dreams, while coping with the devastating effects of this terrible disease. Be warned though, it made me cry, so perhaps not the most romantic of gifts!
Silk Hydrangea Bouquet
If you wish to give the gift of flowers, but prefer something a little longer-lasting, then you could consider a silk bouquet. The one I am recommending is particularly beautiful and perfect for this anniversary, as it is comprised of three realistic hydrangeas. They are crafted from high-quality, durable silk and are presented in a clear glass vase, with attractive pebbles, set in resin.
Even the water in the vase looks realistic, making this an ideal luxury gift that stands the test of time and will fit in with any decor scheme. The hydrangeas can be further personalised by adding a cute teddy bear or some delicious chocolates. If thinking of this as a Valentine’s Day present, then there is the option to add a stunning scarlet balloon. Next day delivery is available for last-minute orders.
Just as many flowers do, the lovely hydrangea has many weird and wonderful superstitions attached to it. For example, in Japan, it is said to represent sincerity, as one of the ancient emperors used the flower to apologise, after upsetting the family of a girl he loved. If you should happen to be cursed by a witch, you can allegedly break the spell by burning the bark of the hydrangea. However, bearing in mind, that the plant contains poisonous cyanide, this probably isn’t a good idea!
The giving of hydrangeas can be fraught with difficulty. On the one hand, they represent abundance and gratitude, but they also symbolise heartlessness, and if you were to plant one near your door, it would ruin the chances of your daughters ever getting married! Victorian gentlemen would also send flowers to any ladies who had turned down their advances, with hydrangeas, in particular, signifying frigidity!
Floral Metal Storage Tin Box
If you are looking for another idea with a hydrangea theme, this floral metal storage tin box might fit the bill. This storage tin has a removable lid printed with attractive pink hydrangeas and is suitable for a number of uses. I personally keep biscuits in mine, as it is airtight and keeps them fresh. Other ideas include art supplies, sewing items, craft accessories, sweets and candies or hardware such as nails and screws. It would also be ideal as a first aid tin.
The design is printed using a special sublimation process which ensures it won’t fade. The box measures a generous 18.4 x 11.4 x 5.5 cm and is available through Duke Gifts on Amazon.
I can definitely recommend this as a gift for a wedding anniversary or any other occasion, as it is strong and sturdy, and different designs are available if required.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have any questions about the fine bone china printed mugs, the silk bouquet or the floral metal storage tin box, or simply want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.
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