Even if you are not someone who traditionally relishes the idea of fastening a single locket around your neck, you’ll be surprised how many purposes this one powerful object serves. Lockets are mysterious, narrative and deeply personal. You can make a locket a unique resource for gift giving, wedding ceremonies, storing vacation memories, and more.
Make a wedding day more magical
Whether they have passed away or are unable to travel, beloved family members are often unable to be a part of one’s wedding day. Allowing them to partake—in memory or spirit—is a beautiful thing. The amazing wedding photographer Jasmine Star captured this image, above, of a bouquet wrapped in delicate gold strands and a locket containing black and white photos of the bride Erica’s grandparents. I love this idea, because it allows Erica to literally walk down the aisle holding her family members close to her. I also think lockets make an excellent bridesmaid gift, as an alternative to the traditional engraved necklace or silver frame. Personalize in any way you deem fit, and bestow on your wedding party on the eve of your celebration.
Give her a gift she’ll never forget
While wisdom says not to judge a book by its cover, it’s undeniable that a meaningfully wrapped present impresses a recipient with the thoughtfulness of the giver. Bestowing a trinket upon a dear old friend? Photocopy your favorite photograph of the two of you and shrink to scale; insert photo into locket. Tie the locket on a piece of satin, velvet or grosgrain ribbon and use in place of traditional gift ribbon. Need a clever Mother’s Day gift for mom or grandma? Even a shoebox filled with children’s artwork takes on new and precious meaning when personalized with a sweet locket tied around the outside.
Indulge in wanderlust
While leather-bound albums and archival boxes containing fond vacation photos are wonderful, what better way to let a holiday live on than carrying an important image in a locket around your neck? Many people don’t realize lockets are not reserved for pictures of children, grandparents or even pets. Put your favorite photo of the Eiffel Tower in your locket and always be reminded of a special memory. Or, make it aspirational. Dreaming of seeing the Andes Mountains someday? Use a locket to hold a photograph that will motivate you and propel you towards the place of your imagination.
Check back tomorrow to get three more creative ideas for making the most of your locket.
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