Through the years I’ve heard of lots of unique gift ideas.
I’ve seen of one-of-a-kind artwork and personalized, handcrafted jewelry. I’ve heard of people adopting a highway or buying a star and naming it after you. A few times I’ve had people make a donation in my honor to causes I feel strongly about. All thoughtful choices.
But, I think I’ve heard of the best gift idea yet.
A friend of mine adopted an olive tree in Italy for her father. Yes, you can do this. For a year, the tree is all yours. It gets tagged with your name and the olive oil the tree produces is shipped to you.
Now I don’t just love this idea because I love Italy, olives and olive oil (though that is certainly reason enough). I love this concept because olive trees have so much symbolism behind them.
Depending on who you ask you’ll get some varying responses, but the answer is always a positive one. Some might tell you that it’s a tree of hope. Others will explain it’s a sign of peace—we’ve all heard the saying, “extending an olive branch.” Because olive oil was once used as a lighting oil, it can also be thought of as a tree of light. It’s also believed to be a symbol of wisdom, good health and balance.
I’ll take all of those, please.
I don’t have an olive tree, but if I ever adopt one I think that would be reason enough to make a trip to Italy. After all, I’d have to go visit my tree, spend some quality time with it and take pictures! It’s only right. 🙂
Thanks for the inspiration.