All of us could do with some blessings and good luck. And who better to give them than the gods above!
It’s common practice in India to gift idols of deities as gifts on auspicious occasions. I have received quite a few Ganesha idols as gifts. And no 2 idols were alike; each was different from the other thanks to our skilled Indian artisans! One of my favourite gifts is an idol of Little Krishna that my father gave me on my birthday.
In India, which is home to a wide number of religions and castes, we have different deities for different things! If you have a friend who is starting a new venture or moving to a new home, you could gift him/her a Ganesha idol. Ganesha, also called Vigneshwar, is believed to be the remover of obstacles. For someone who is academically or artistically inclined, what better gift that an idol of Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge and Arts. Statues of Jesus Christ or Mother Mary with Baby Jesus are well liked too.
Now that you have the blessings from the gods, there’s nothing better than a laughing Buddha to add in a measure of good luck! When my husband and I moved into our new home, we received 2 Laughing Buddhas as gifts. One was a beautiful, golden Laughing Buddha carrying a sack full of coins meant bring in prosperity and success to our home, the other was an earthy maroon one with its hands high up in the air.
As with any thing in Feng Shui gift, where the Laughing Buddha is placed is important. The Buddha is to be placed directly facing the main door or in a corner table diagonally facing the main door.
Go ahead, help someone begin their day with a pinch of luck and a bunch of blessings as I do!