Looking to give a special and timeless gift? Perhaps one that is as feasible an appropriate gift to give for this generation as it was the generation before, and the generation before that even? Remember friendship bracelets? Those vibrantly colored, woven, fun things you wear around your wrist? Honestly, the best friend bracelets are the perfect unique gift of love.
Friendship bracelets are given from one friend to another as a symbol of love, appreciation or friendship. True friendship bracelets must be handmade in order to be considered, actual friendship bracelets; most of the time, they are made out of thread or embroidery floss.
If you want to show a friend that he or she has a special place in your heart – or perhaps you would like to win a special place in somebody’s heart, the perfect gift to give is a friendship bracelet. Giving a friendship bracelet, you may or may not, already realize, holds tremendous sentimental value. It shows the other person beyond the shadow of a doubt that he or she is special to you and that you would like to be more special to them.
Oftentimes, the financial price of a gift has no bearing on the emotional or sentimental value. So often, money only gets in the way, it has even been known to send the wrong message. Friendship bracelets are a unique gift of love which cost, virtually, nothing.
They are popular among people of all ages. Children, both boys and girls and adults, both men and women. One great idea, which has been practiced over the years time and again is making identical friendship bracelets for two friends to wear, not unlike a couple each bearing a half heart amulet in order to express their love for one another.
The amount of thread which is used to make the bracelets may vary, and it usually does. The smallest known friendship bracelet pattern is a double chain knot; this usually requires two separate strings.
Another variation, the candy stripe, might have as few as three strings and might have as many as forty; this is depending on the pattern and thickness of the bracelet.
The hand weaving and knot craft used in the creation of traditional patterns actually stems from Native American handcrafts, particularly from the tradition known to the Central American natives. In harmony with these indigenous American traditions, the person who receives a friendship bracelet as a gift should wear it until the cords fade and fall off on by themselves. The idea is as follows: when it has fallen off, the friend who received it paid for the gift with the same amount of love and hard work which made it; so the recipient repays the friend by honoring the work which went into the gift. Whereas, on the other hand, removing the bracelet before it falls off naturally is a sign the friendship has instead gone sour.
I mentioned before that friendship bracelets are worn by both adults, men and women, and by children, both boys and girls; however, it should be dually noted they are particularly popular with pre-teen and adolescent girls.