It’s no secret that I love cross necklaces of all kinds, and especially side cross necklaces. And lately what’s really been exciting to me is to see the many ways they are being shared and gifted to one another as an expression of love and friendship.
Traditional and Unique Gift Giving
Cross necklaces in general make the perfect gift for someone you care about. After all, the cross shape carries such a positive, uplifting meaning for so many of us, in so many ways. Whether it is a powerful symbol of religion, a personal reminder of faith and personal strength, or remembrance of a loved one, the cross necklace is a way to hold this meaning close the your heart.
Below I share a number of different scenarios when I’ve seen this type of necklace given as a gift over the past 2 years. Some are fairly common and obvious, but do read to the bottom for some less traditional gifting that I’ve witnessed, that might give you some creative ideas on how you can share the love with a sideways cross.
Birthdays and Holidays
The most popular time to give a sideways cross necklace, is, well, anytime that is popular for gift giving. Of course, someone’s birthday tops the list in obvious and popular for this gift; especially trendy at this time are sideways crosses with a birthstone or small diamond stud.
Here are some of the other obvious opportunities for sharing a cross with a special person in your life, in order through the calendar year:
- Valentine’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Graduation (college, high school, middle or elementary school)
- Grandparent’s Day
Religious (Christian) Events
Because the cross holds a Christian meaning for many, it is the ideal gift for celebrating a sacrament or special religious event. These include:
- First Communion
Bridal Party – Here’s where I was first surprised by the unique gifting of this type of necklace. When my dear friend’s daughter got married last year, she gave each of her 4 bridesmaids (her sister and 3 friends) AND her flower girl god-daughter a matching gold side cross necklace. She also gave one to her mother (which made me cry). And one to herself. She said she felt that the meaning of the sideways cross was not only special in its own right, but by having those dearest to her each wearing the same beautiful delicate gold cross (and she wore one too), it became a treasured bond for them all to share forever.
Bride and Groom – Another friend’s nephew exchanged sideways cross necklaces with his bride-to-be. His was a thick masculine silver pendant, and hers was a thinner, elegant one. They each engraved a personal sentiment on the others’ cross.
Other Unique Acts of Giving
Hospital Patient – I read about this in the paper last year and just loved the idea. A community service program purchased 200 simple gold plated side cross necklaces, and donated them by hand delivering them to each of the patients in the local Christian hospital. What a loving way to share the gift of hope and strength to those at their weakest! One of the patients said “this makes me feel beautiful and loved”. Another said “when I wake up with nightmares in the middle of the night, I touch the cross at my neck and am comforted”.
Traveler – This one is a special gift that I received. I was setting off to travel abroad for three weeks last year, and my cousin gave me what she called a Bon Voyage gift. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was an exquisite tiny silver sideways cross pendant, “for my safe return”. I never took it off, and yes, I returned safe and sound.