Whether or not you believe that things actually bring good luck, it’s nice to give friends and loved ones small tokens periodically to say, “I wish you the best.” Offering someone best wishes when they move, get married, or start a relationship is a kind thing to do. You may also consider giving someone a small gift if they are ill or have recently encountered a tragedy.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Good Luck Charm Gifts for a New Home, Partner, or Family
- Good Luck Charm Gifts for Her
- Good Luck Charm Gifts for Him
- Good Luck Charm Gifts for a Sick Friend
- Good Luck Charm Gifts for Someone Overcoming a Tragedy or Death
- Good Luck Gifts for a New Business
- Good Luck Gifts for Students
- Good Luck Gifts for a Birthday
- Good Luck Gifts for a Newlywed
You may choose to give your friend or family member an item that certain societies perceive as bringing good luck, even if you don’t believe in such a gift’s effectiveness. Many times these gifts are based on tradition, and they make people feel good.
Here are some good luck gifts to give to a loved one who is facing uncertain times.
Good Luck Charm Gifts for a New Home, Partner, or Family
Are you looking for a good luck charm for a couple starting a new life together? Here are some to consider. Some of these gifts are traditionally given when someone first moves into a new home and others promise a successful relationship.
Giving bread to a new homeowner says that you wish that they never will know hunger. Consider getting an artisan loaf from a local baker instead of arriving with a $1.29 loaf of white sandwich bread from the nearest big box store. Better yet, bake your own.
Horseshoes have long been considered good luck items, but only if they are displayed a particular way. A horseshoe should always be hung so it looks like the letter “U.” Hanging them the other way will make all of the luck run out of the item. You can give the person a horseshoe decoration to hang on the wall or a pendant with a horseshoe for someone to wear.
Giving a new couple candlesticks is supposed to ensure that they will never be without light in their home. Whether or not the new couple understands the significance of the gift, everyone needs a nice set of crystal candlesticks.
While it would be odd to give someone a container of salt, it would not be strange to purchase a beautiful salt and pepper shaker set for a new couple. Salt is said to give the new relationship flavor.
Good Luck Charm Gifts for Her
Is your friend leaving for college, starting a new job, or making a big move? Here are some good luck charm gifts to wish her well.
Consider writing an encouraging quote on the card to make the gift extra special. With luck and well wishes behind her, your friend is sure to have a positive experience.
5. Four leaf clover charm
Four-leaf clovers have long been symbols of good luck for the Irish. Even if your friend has never been to the Emerald Isle, she will understand the significance of your thoughtful gift. Four-leaf clover gifts come in a wide variety of styles. The charm can be made of silver or it can be a real clover pressed between glass.
6. Elephant charm
Elephants have often been used as symbols of protection and good fortune. White elephants are particularly auspicious. Besides, elephant charms or pendants are fantastic gifts for any animal lover.
7. Celtic knot pendant
It’s not any wonder that this is the second Irish symbol to appear on this list. The Irish are big believers in luck and they have created many symbols to celebrate it. Purchase a Celtic knot pendant for your friend who is starting a new job or relationship.
8. Birthstone necklace
Wearing your birthstone is supposed to bring luck. Whether your friend’s birthstone is peridot, aquamarine, or ruby, purchase something that celebrates her birth month. Save your money for a good luck gift for someone who was born in April — which is a diamond birthstone.
9. Ladybug charm
While you probably don’t want to gift your friend with a living ladybug, she may appreciate a charm or figurine that depicts this well-loved insect.
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Good Luck Charm Gifts for Him
Are you looking for a good luck charm for a guy? Here are some ideas. Even though most people love getting presents of any type, you may consider a digital gift (or downloadable gift) for the man in your life. Here are some less techy ideas as well.
10. Bamboo plant
Bamboo plants are known for bringing good luck to their owners. Bamboo is supposed to enhance the flow of positive energy in a space. Plus, they look really cool as well.
11. Pocket token
Some people carry small tokens, or chips, with them for good luck or to act as a reminder of something. Consider gifting the man in your life with a small chip that he can carry around with him. You could also have the token engraved with a specific message.
12. Lucky rock
While you could probably find someone selling a lucky rock somewhere on the internet, you may consider choosing a lucky rock for your friend at a significant time and place. The lucky rock may be a particularly smooth stone that you see while fishing with your friend, or one that you found on the night you met.
13. Lucky penny
We all know the rhyme: “Find a penny; pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck.” Instead of keeping all the luck for yourself, give it to a friend who needs it.
14. Saint medal
If your friend is Catholic, consider getting him a medal of a particular saint. Saint Andrew is supposed to offer luck and safety.
Good Luck Charm Gifts for a Sick Friend
Even though sick friends need proper medical care and rest more than anything, you may consider getting a good luck gift for those who need an extra boost.
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A bowl of goldfish is supposed to promise good luck. Although some friends will appreciate the luck that supposedly comes with this gift, others may be annoyed with caring for a new pet while feeling under the weather.
Some people believe in the healing power of crystals. Others think that crystals offer good luck. Research which type of crystal would be most effective for your friend’s specific situation.
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An acorn is supposed to keep one from getting sick, but it is also supposed to speed up the recovery process for someone already ill. While you can give someone a real acorn, you can also find gifts with the image of the acorn on them.
18. Morning glory flowers
Morning glory seeds under one’s pillow are supposed to encourage restful sleep. Some cultures make tea from the leaves, which is supposed to cure headaches and indigestion.
Good Luck Charm Gifts for Someone Overcoming a Tragedy or Death
Are you looking for a gift that promotes serenity for someone who recently experienced a tragedy? Here are some gift ideas.
19. Peace lily
As the name suggests, a peace lily promotes tranquility in the home. This is a traditional gift for someone grieving the loss of a loved one.
20. Himalayan salt lamp
A Himalayan salt lamp is said to purify indoor spaces naturally. They are also beautiful items and may give the recipient a sense of peace.
While tea isn’t necessarily considered a good luck charm, it can promote good health and healing. Some teas are known for their calming effects.
22. Essential oils
Different cultures have used aromatherapy for centuries. In particular, lavender is known for its calming effects.
23. Evil eye talisman
Even though the name of this charm does not sound as if it would offer much luck, an evil eye is said to look out for signs of trouble.
Good Luck Gifts for a New Business
Do you want to wish your friend luck as they begin a new enterprise? Here are some good luck gifts for someone starting a new business.
Help a new business owner decorate their new office by dropping off a “lucky plant.” You might need to do some research to find out what plants are considered lucky but consider bamboo or a money tree as options.
If your friend’s business involves cash transactions, you might consider buying them a frame to display their first dollar earned.
26. Business card holder
Yes, people still use business cards. Along with these business cards, they need a way to carry them around without creasing or staining them. Consider purchasing a monogrammed business card holder to celebrate your friend's new business.
27. Motivational poster
Encourage the new business owner (and their employees) with a motivational poster designed for businesses.
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28. “Boss” gifts
Consult Etsy to find gifts designed specifically for new bosses. Ideas include a candle with the label “Just a Girl Building Her Empire” or a notebook that says, “I have the courage to follow my dreams.”
29. Business logo mug
Personalize a coffee mug with your friend’s new business logo. While you’re at it, print a dozen mugs and pass them out to your friends to promote the new business.
Good Luck Gifts for Students
Whether a student is starting a new school year or is entering academia after an extended break, it would be nice to support them by purchasing a good luck gift. Here are some ideas.
30. School supplies
Who doesn’t love new school supplies? Even if the work is done on a computer, a student may feel more motivated to study when surrounded by fun pens and sticky notes.
Check out Pinterest for creative ways to give Smarties candies to a friend starting school. Sure, these candies aren’t the greatest, but the name sends a positive message to the recipient.
32. School spirit items
It’s hard not to get entangled in the school spirit of some educational institutions. So buy the new student a t-shirt to wear on their first day of classes.
33. Care package
If your student is moving away for boarding school or college, consider shipping a care package when they settle down in their new dorm. While you can build your care package based on their preferences, you can also purchase pre-made ones on Amazon.
Is your student going to have to pull an all-nighter to complete a project or study for an exam? If so, surprise them with a pizza delivery (or cookie delivery) to wish them luck in their studies.
Good Luck Gifts for a Birthday
Good luck gifts for a birthday? Why not! Wish someone luck in the coming year (or decade) by purchasing a good-luck birthday gift.
35. Birthday candles and cake
The whole point of blowing out candles on a birthday cake is that this action supposedly makes your wishes come true. So make sure your loved one has a cake and candles for their birthday, so your friend can enjoy this time-honored tradition.
36. Lucky socks
If you have a fun sock store in your area, you can probably find a pair of socks labeled as “lucky” to give to your friend with a birthday. Of course, you could also give your friend some nice socks because everyone above the age of 30 loves receiving socks as a gift.
Create a playlist of songs that include the word “luck” in the title or lyrics. Some examples are Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady” and Madonna’s “Lucky Star.” Your friend is sure to have a lucky birthday and year to follow while enjoying this music.
38. Charm bracelet
Wish your friend luck by purchasing a charm bracelet full of lucky charms. Add a horseshoe, four-leaf clover, elephant, or other symbols known to promote good juju.
Good Luck Gifts for a Newlywed
Wish luck to a new couple by purchasing one of these gifts. While some lucky wedding gifts are supposed to promote a fertile union, don't assume the couple is interested in becoming parents.
39. Champagne flutes and champagne
Give the new couple all the tools they need to toast their marriage.
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While many traditional wedding gifts are supposed to promote a lucky marriage, some of them can be more strange than others. However, candlesticks are a gift we can get behind. Giving a newly-wed couple candlesticks is supposed to ensure that their home will never be without light.
41. Salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers are practical gifts, but they also have an added symbolic meaning. This gift says, “may your marriage be full of flavor.”
A jade stone is supposed to bring good luck to its holder. If you can’t afford a gemstone as a gift, why not purchase a throw blanket in this lucky color?
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43. A personalized sign for their home
Purchase a personalized sign for the couple that includes their names and perhaps the date of their wedding.
Do You Believe in Good Luck Charms?
Whether or not you believe that objects can bring luck to a person, giving someone a good luck charm is a thoughtful gift. It says to the recipient: “I know you are facing the unknown. I know you may be nervous. I am thinking about you.”
While any of these gifts would be appropriate for someone facing a change, you may also consider more traditional gifts. Show someone you care by making them a meal, bringing them flowers or a plant, or purchasing a favorite beverage.