Gifts In Purple

Written by Serena Berger
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Gifts in purple are almost always welcomed by someone who loves violet, lavender, lilac, magenta, and any of the other calming, vibrant, soothing, or sexy shades of this wonderful color. It seems as if people don't say purple is their favorite color unless they really mean it. If you ask someone what her favorite color is and she replies, "Oh, I don't know. I guess--" the answer which follows is almost never going to be purple. But if the answer is "Oh, that's easy! I love--" that's when you're going to hear "purple!"

For all the adults out there who love purple, there are as many who seem to hate it in equal measure, a state of affairs which isn't shared by blue, green, or most of the other colors which many people call their favorites but no one seems to hate. Its detractors claim that purple is not even a real color--when you think you're seeing purple, you're really seeing cool blue and warm red and synthesizing them into purple in your mind. (Okay, this is actually a little bit true in the case of some so-called reddish purples like fuchsia, which physics does indicate are the result of seeing a red and blue wavelength simultaneously in the absence of green. But the shortest waves of visible light are purple, or at least different enough from blue and indigo that we feel strongly that they deserve to be referred to as another color. Furthermore, ultraviolet rays are the even shorter wavelengths that we can no longer see, so it makes sense that purple is the last color that we can see.) In any case, the anti-purple people even site the silly old adage "blue is for boys, pink is for girls" and conclude from that that purple is gender-confused and somehow rightfully associated with homosexuality (which they also seem to view as a bad thing) . . . what nonsense!

While some gay pride movements have adopted purple as a symbol, purple has also traditionally been the color of royalty, and has adorned the clergy in various religious sects. Currently, purple ribbons are worn to denote a commitment to ending domestic violence in all homes. So don't let the naysayers convince you that you shouldn't love lavender, decorate with violet, or give gifts in purple to someone you love.

Consider Gifts in Purple for Children

Interestingly, while only a small percentage of adults have a passion for purple, surveys have ascertained that about 75 percent of children say purple is their favorite color. Could this be because purple is the color associated with creativity, magic, and inspiration? Some of the greatest artists of all time have painted, written, or composed in spaces furnished lavishly with purple pieces, and many people who believe in color therapy use purple to release their creativity and promote a sense of well-being.

Gifts in purple for children, then, can help create an environment in which they feel comfortable and their imaginations will thrive. Put a purple blanket or purple pillows in your child's room and marvel at how he smiles every night when he snuggles into bed. Give your daughter a diary with a purple cover and a purple pen, and you know that she'll write about all of her dreams, never thinking that she's supposed to make them "more realistic."

Purple is a color deeply associated with spirituality. In addition to its place in various Ecclesiastical accoutrements, many spiritualists say that the auras of people who are questing for an understanding of life, the universe, and happiness radiate purple. Gifts in purple are especially wonderful for people who have an area in their home set aside for meditation. Whether that takes the form of practicing yoga or praying, people often find that in the presence of purple, they feel better able to focus and their minds are more attuned to their spiritual quests.

More Ideas for Gifts in Purple

As if that weren't enough, purple is also associated with adventurousness. While sometimes that means risking your emotions and taking chances of an abstract nature, it can also manifest itself as a desire to get out and see the world, climb a mountain, raft a raging river, or find out what it's like to jump from a plane. There are a lot of great ideas for gifts in purple that would be welcome to adventurers--luggage, camping equipment, or a sports bag could accompany your friend on a number of exciting journeys. A purple scarf could be a great little gift to give a friend if you know that she wants to get up her courage to talk to her boss about getting a raise, or tell a guy she likes that she wants to be in a relationship.

For anyone who loves purple, small treasures for interior decorating make great gifts in purple. Purple is associated with some of the loveliest scents--freesia, violet, lavender, lilac, some berries, pansies . . . the list goes on--so scented purple candles can make wonderful and affordable gifts. Beautiful hanging votive holders can enhance the joy of having purple candles and look lovely even without the illumination of the candle flame. The emergence of online specialty stores with a focus on purple is a welcome way to find all kinds of quality purple gift ideas for someone you love, or treats for yourself if you are one of the many independent, creative, spiritual, adventurous people out there who loves purple.


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