STAY WELL GIFTS – KEEP HEALTHY, SAFE and KEEP the DREAM

Stay well keep healthy and safe

With the spread of Coronavirus, some people are cancelling journeys and others are looking for ways to pass on their best wishes to friends, relatives and work colleagues to say look after yourself, stay healthy and safe, and keep the dream alive

As a good luck gift shop, we have decided to highlight some of the  gifts  that we have in our online shop to support this idea. We are aware that this could be labelled as jumping on the bandwagon, but the reality is that we already have a lot of saddened and downhearted customers – those who had planned and prepared, for example, to walk Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago, and who are now confined at home instead. A simple little gift to people like this who are suffering disappointment cannot be a bad thing – and in fact, we would encourage it as a means of offering support . . which is, after all, what the Indalo Camino Good Luck Gift shop is all about.

Stay healthy wishes

“Stay healthy and safe” seems to be the massage of the moment with Coronavirus spreading worldwide, and people are understandably concerned about the welfare of their friends and loved-ones.

However, the approach of how to deal with this virus varies around the globe. Spain, for example has adopted the “Italian” approach – lock everyone up until it has “gone away”. In the USA, there is a rapidly developing situation: At the current time, the policy seems to be one of “checks and balances”.

But in the United Kingdom, things are, at the moment, a bit different: The UK wants the population to acquire “herd immunity”. Robert Peston, working for ITV writes: Herd immunity is what happens to a group of people or animals when they develop sufficient antibodies to be resistant to a disease. The strategy of the British government is to allow the virus to pass through the entire population so that we acquire this herd immunity, but at a much delayed speed so that those who suffer the most acute symptoms are able to receive the medical support they need. In this way, the health service is not overwhelmed by the number of cases it has to treat at any one time.

This seems like sound advice (based on scientific principles). As the World Health Organisation has conceded, there is no way now of preventing the virus sweeping across the globe. Mr Peston says that the kind of coercive measures employed by China in Wuhan and Hubei have simply locked the virus behind closed doors. As soon as the constraints on freedom of movement, etc, are lifted, the virus will return again.

School closures? Take care

School closures and the banning of mass events like football matches are not particularly recommended. It is argued that children themselves are the least at risk from the virus and, by closing schools they may become a channel of infection to older carers such as Grandparents. The UK government adds that this policy would massively deplete the manpower of hospitals and care homes, because vast numbers of medical staff would be forced to stay at home to look after their children.

Although the policy of keeping schools open has been has been labelled as “risky” by some experts, Professor Ian Donald, University of Liverpool, says UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the outbreak is based on the idea that low-risk people are actually meant to catch the virus. When enough people have this immunity it eventually limits the spread of the virus as it has fewer places to go. The population overall is then safe because it has an inherent immunity to it. He is quoted as saying: “The UK starting assumption is that a high number of the population will inevitably get infected whatever is done – up to 80%. As you can’t stop it, it is best to manage it.” Writing in the Daily Record, Tim McNulty reports that the aim of the UK is to have as many lower risk people infected as possible. Immune people cannot infect others; the more there are, then the lower the risk of infection. That’s herd immunity.

The Italian strategy is to stop as much infection as possible – or all infection. This is appealing, but then what? The restrictions are not sustainable. So they will need to be relaxed at some time. But that will lead to re-emergence of infections and climbing rates again. This is not a sustainable model and takes much longer to achieve an immune population.

Take care of yourself

At present, National Health Service England simply advises people to stay at home for seven days if they have Coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough. They also say: Do not go to a GP (Doctors’) surgery, pharmacy or hospital. (You do not need to contact the health advise line 111 to tell them you’re staying at home). They say, testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

 

The NHS also advises:
– Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
– Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
– Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
– Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
– Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Wishing you well

So, if you feel inclined to send a little gift of condolences or well wishing, and to say keep safe, stay healthy – and keep the dream alive , please take a look at our  Store .

Happy wishes – keeping the dream alive

In particular, we have Christian gifts of faith – many based on the Way of St James / Camino de Santiago to help  Keep the Dream Alive .

We are shipping solely from the UK now and all Royal Mail services are functioning normally. You can see more information about our Store’s  Shipping Polices  here. Thanks for your support in these difficult times.

 

NEWS – CAMINO CANCELLED for CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Cerrado el Camino

Trip cancelled? Help friends and loved-ones keep the dream of walking El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) alive

The Spanish Government has announced major measures against the Coronavirus which will impact heavily on those planning or wishing to walk El Camino de Santiago this year. And, in effect, at the moment, El Camino is closed.

Camino de Santiago closed?

In consequence of the spread of this COVID-19 virus, the hostels, albergues and other shelters along much and many parts of the Camino de Santiago are closed – as indeed is the Cathedral de Santiago itself, and the associated Pilgrim Office.

But most pilgrims and other travellers are keeping their faith and planning to achieve their goal of doing a Camino – and friend / relatives are busy consoling them and wishing them good luck in achieving their goal at a future date.

If anyone wants to send a small gift of condolence to a friend or loved-one who has had to cancel their long-planned Camino, we offer some little items in our shop online that could perhaps help them to  keep the dream alive  .

There is no escaping the fact that, even if someone is still intending to travel along Spain’s famous Way of St James, it would be extremely difficult at the moment – if not actually impossible. At the very least, the spread of COVID-19 over the Iberian Peninsular is causing a distinct lack of support services such as accommodation, as well as the issue of personal and community or social health and wellbeing.

Coronavirus has closed the Camino
Shattered dreams? Cortesía de la Oficina de Correos

Considerable alarm has now overcome the country, and especially in the northern regions of Spain which traditionally attract foreign visitors onto the Camino at this time of year (peaking after Easter) from all parts of the globe.

The overall situation will be reviewed again at the end of March – but things are unlikely to improve because the virus will not have run its full course – according to the experts. In fact, it could be at its height in April.

Pilgrims and other travellers or walkers who want more information about the feasibility of a journey along all the different routes should check with regional offices. (The Spanish health system’s Twitter accounts are also a good source of information).

Disappointment for Camino travellers – and Spanish hosteleros

To say that the Spanish are sad about the inconvenience this has caused to the pilgrims who are currently travelling (or who had planned to travel on a trip in the future) is an understatement.

And of course, the travellers or pilgrims themselves are also very upset by this latest news but, judging by the forums online, people are taking the news with some stoicism, realising that the decision has been taken for their own (as well as others’) safety.

Travelling Camino de Santiago
Empty Camino – Coronavirus has killed this famous route for early 2020

Much of the infrastructure of the Camino routes is being shut down and attempting to walk using the traditional routes would now be almost impossible. In effect, all such journeys are cancelled at the moment.

FICS issues official warning

FICS – La Fraternidad Internacional del Camino de Santiago issued an official notice on Thursday 12th March stating that “in the face of the recent events of the Coronavirus, and also of the responsibility we have to our pilgrims and volunteers, we advise all pilgrims not to undertake the Jacobean pilgrimage at the moment nor until the situation is normalised . . and to heed the warnings of the health authorities without question.”

On Saturday 14th March, the Spanish Government went a stage further by limiting the circulation or the presence of persons or vehicles at certain times and in certain places and limiting or rationing the use of services or the consumption of essential items. This is, in a word, lockdown, as we have already witnessed in Italy.

In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the regions that the Spanish Ministry of Health has designated as an area of community transmission of the Coronavirus.

The famous Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is now officially closed, as is the attendant Pilgrim’s Office, and those arriving to receive their Credencial are being asked to leave a completed application form in a box outside. Cathedral Mass in English has been suspended until the Pilgrims’ Centre re-opens . . and nobody knows when that will be.

Keep the Camino dream alive

On a more positive note, many of the comments on the forums (in particular the caminodesantiago.me run by Ivar), have been more upbeat:

“Santiago will still be there in a couple of months!” says another.
“This is not a disaster, disappointing sure, and inconvenient, but this too will pass. Santiago will wait”
“The Camino isn’t going anywhere, it will be here waiting for a better time to walk.”
The Camino has existed for over a thousand years and will still be waiting for us in years to come.

But disappointment is palpable too: “I read this (news) with a very heavy heart as the older I get the less time I have to wait!” said one commentator.

If anyone wants to send a small gift of condolence to a friend or loved-one who has had to cancel their long-planned Camino, we offer some little items in our shop online that could perhaps help them to  keep the dream alive . Also see gifts to help achieve goals  in our online shop.

I read this news with a very heavy heart as the older I get the less time I have to wait

 

Happy NEW YEAR GIFTS to wish LUCK HEALTH and HAPPINESS

New Years eve gift

Going to a New Years Eve party? Friend making a New Year’s resolution? Someone starting a new adventure (a new business perhaps, or a New Beginning)? We have some of the best New Year gift ideas . . especially lucky charms and jewellery to wish luck and success in the coming year

See our shop for  GIFTS for LUCK in NEW YEAR, NEW JOB, NEW START  . .

New Year is a great time to give gifts of goodwill, warm wishes and well meaning to friends for the future. After the hubbub of Christmas with its family brouhaha and relationship complexities, New Years is about looking forward with hope and good intent. Some people, after 12 months of difficulties and disappointments are hoping for better fortunes in the coming year: Even for someone who has had a spectacularly good year, things can always get better! and this is the time of year to pass on your New Year wishes and help make good New Year resolutions come true, and wish them good luck for any New Beginnings.

New Beginnings or a New Start at New Year

New Year is a time for new beginnings and many people welcome the chance to start afresh and leave the past in the past: The New Start or New Beginning could be a new job, a new relationship, a new house / home or a first day in a new environment. Wishing someone luck with New Year lucky charm jewellery, for example, makes the best New Year’s gift. Youngsters or children could be going back to college or University to sit their final exams and need a little boost to their confidence.

SEE some  LUCKY JEWELLERY for a NEW JOB or NEW START  in our online shop

New Year gift ideas?!

But, as so excellently portrayed in the DailyMeal website, New Year is not only a time for new beginnings, but also a time for old traditions to encourage good fortune in the year to come: For example, at New Year in Estonia, some people leave part of their meal unfinished for the spirits of their ancestors who are said to visit the house on New Years Eve.

New year celebrations 2020
Happy New Year!

On New Year’s Eve in Brazil, many people dress in white (said to keep away evil spirits) and jump over seven waves on the Copacabana beach, offering flowers and a wish to the goddess Lemanja while making seven wishes for the coming year. In the Netherlands, eating doughnut-like pastries that are filled with apples and currants is said to be lucky on New Years Day. In Sweden they serve rice pudding with an almond hidden inside and whoever finds the almond is said to receive good fortune throughout the coming year . . a bit like the Mexican “Rosca de Reyes” which is baked with a coin or charm inside (often depicting baby Jesus) for good luck. The Danes and the Germans eat fish (especially herring) on New Year’s Eve because their folklore says that it will ensure good luck. In Denmark, they also throw dishes on friends’ doorsteps which is said to show how much they value them as friends! And the Germans, like the Austrians, eat marzipan pigs for good fortune on New Year’s Eve.

Of course the English and Scottish have great traditions too: In 13th Century England, handsels were given as good luck charms when someone started a new job or at a new time in their life . . and particularly at New Year. It was recognised that this new start in someone’s life often needed some special help – and a good luck gift for a new job was thought ideal. The Scots in particular take part in “first footing” on New Year’s Day, bringing gifts of shortbread and whisky to a neighbour’s house.

SEE some  HOUSE and OFFICE GIFTS for a NEW JOB or NEW START  in our online shop

New Year’s Day marks the Festival of Saint Basil in Greece, where children leave their shoes out to be filled with gifts. St. Basil’s bread is baked with small trinkets inside, bringing luck to those who find them. Also as a symbol of birth and regrowth in the New Year, an onion can be hung on the front door of one’s home – alongside the Christmas pomegranate.

Good New Year resolutions?!

Italians hang mistletoe over the front door to bring good luck . . and eat lentils for prosperity. Women in Mexico wear red underwear if they wish to marry in the New Year, and pink is worn by pregnant women to bring luck to the baby. Those hoping to travel, carry an empty suitcase around the block! Many people in Spain and Latin countries eat 12 grapes as a bell is rung 12 times at midnight. Each grape represents a month of the year. By eating them at midnight each participant hopes to have happiness and luck for the next 12 months. And in Russia, people write a wish on paper, burn it, and then add the ashes to a glass of Champagne, and drink it immediately before midnight.

In many of these countries, there is a strong Catholic tradition or belief and holiday celebrations go on until Epiphany on January 6, and the whole fortnight from Christmas is dedicated to making wishes, giving blessings and engaging in soothsaying about luck and prosperity in the New Year. The symbols of Spain’s Camino de Santiago (the 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – also known as the Way of St. James), also make great New Year gifts (for example, to wish good luck on a new adventure):

Camino bracelet for joy on the journey
Click for Camino de Santiago jewellery

It is worth pointing out however, that not all New Year celebrations take place on 1st January. The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah and it takes place in early Autumn. People eat apples and honey for a lucky year to come. The Chinese New Year is in February because they follow the lunar calendar . . but they still indulge themselves with lucky foods: Noodles, symbolising a long life, and dumplings which resemble gold nuggets.

The best New Year gift ideas?

Butterflies or rather, butterfly symbols (like the ever-popular tattoo, for example) are often used by people embarking on a change . . such as the new life that the New Year can symbolically bring. People are also asked to accept changes in their life . . just like the butterfly when it transforms itself from a little caterpillar. Butterflies can be symbolic of faith too, allowing the wind to carry us (and them) forward to our new goals and dreams. *  BUTTERFLY CHARM JEWELLERY  makes a great New Year gift for a friend’s new start in life . . their new beginning with new resolutions. This can be particularly true with teenagers moving into adulthood . . a symbol of letting go of old cycles and of finding a true inner self – expanding awareness, spreading one’s wings and moving forward to find their own place in life. Butterfly charm jewellery therefore makes the perfect gift for a friend’s new start in life . . their new beginning.

Another symbol of ‘reincarnation’ especially poignant at New Year, is the  TAU  Cross (also available in our shop with Jet / Azabache inlays): This can be gifted as a means of encouraging friends to have patience and acceptance, as they await their new start, their new beginning . . encouraging them to accept the things of the past – but also encouraging them to move on to a new life – to start a new adventure: A nice option for a New Years gift.

And then there is the  ANCHOR  symbol . . particularly for those who are having difficulties in life, the anchor can imply a self promise: To take stock, settle down and plan for a stable future – a symbol of hope with a fresh start. For those who are about to embark on something new and challenging, they can move forward to a new place in their life, make a new start, a new beginning – planting new roots and finding a better life – coupled with the hope for new stability and security . . with the confidence, self-assuredness, and trust in their ability to survive and succeed.

And of course, the ubiquitous lucky  HORSESHOE  is always a good bet. Or perhaps we should just do as the Danes do . . and break a few plates on our neighbour’s doorstep!

See some  ACCESSORIES to WISH LUCK in a NEW JOB or a NEW START . . or for a New Year  in our shop online

Make a resolution to send a happy New Year lucky charm gift for health and happiness this year: New business? New adventure? Get-well gift? Send warm wishes to someone for good luck in their new challenge, new start or new beginning.

 

What’s the best way to say HAVE A GOOD TRIP

Want to wish someone a good trip? But what does: Have a Great Trip mean? What does Have a Good Flight mean? And what about: Safe Travels? The Good Luck Gift Shop has gifts to say this.

Have you ever tried travelling on your own? If so, you’ll know that it can be difficult because you have nobody to support you, to help you when things go wrong. So what can you do? Find a mate, a travelling companion. But this is not always possible. Especially if we recall the advice of that great literary iconoclast, Jack Kerouac: “In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain!” …. You have to go!

But . . . why not take a little lucky charm to possibly help you along the way? We have a lot in our online ♥  SHOP

Many people have found problems travelling alone. But very few regret that they did it . . they tried. However, there are perhaps a few things that you should know before you buy your travel ticket and set forth on the “journey of a lifetime” in order to ensure the best (and most enjoyable) result: But this post won’t tell you what you need to do to make sure everything goes well, NOR will it let you succesfully plan the best trip . . EVER!

But, perhaps it can allow you to help a friend / loved-one? . . to wish them well on their OWN journey, by pointing you in the direction of some little gift that you can send them to say: “Have a good trip”, “Safe travels”, “Happy holidays”, “Have a wonderful time”

We sell lots of ♥  Travels gifts for luck on a trip / travelling in our online shop , to enable you to find that “little something” for a friend to take with them as a REMINDER of their aims, goals and desires…. a little travel gift to wish good luck.

If you ARE looking for that little travel gift for a friend or loved-one travelling, the best place to go to ensure that you end up with something that lets your friend or loved-one know that you really care and that you are thinking about them, is our online shop (especially jewellery):

Jewellery to wish luck and safety on a trip

This is the best way to say “Have a good trip”

At Good Luck Gifts, we know a thing or two about good luck travel gifts – especially ones intended to pass on your wishes of safekeeping. We have been involved for over 10 years. Many of them are related to one of the greatest journeys of the world – el Camino de Santiago in Spain (our home), and many have Christian subtleties which might be pertinent to a friend or loved-one’s journey. So, ensure that your gift is symbolic and meaningful so that you can pass on your very best wishes.

Any good gift with meaning should let someone know that you really DO care about them. This is important because meaningless gifts are just that .. meaningless!!

¿Is Spring the time of year for people to go on their holidays? In the northern hemisphere, no, it’s more business trips perhaps, (at least until Easter) rather than the happy holidays of summer and families. In the southern hemisphere, as autumn approaches, the holidays draw to an end. So, if a friend or loved-one is going travelling, it is more likely to be a business trip: But this doesn’t stop you from wanting to say : “Buen viaje!” Have a great trip: Have a successful trip: Have a wonderful time! Wishes for a good trip or for a safe journey are timeless, season-less and international.

French novelist, Gustav Flaubert said that travel makes one modest: “You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” And celebrity chef, Michael Bourdain said: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind” . . even if that is only footprints.

It is said that to travel is to live, and now that you know that not all travel gifts are equal … you’re no doubt ready to get that single, special gift that has REAL meaning for the friend or loved-one who is embarking on their journey of a lifetime, without worrying that it will be “suitable”.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

The greeting amongst pilgrims on Spain’s El Camino used to be: “Ultreia, suseia, Santiago” (Go ahead, beyond Santiago). When one pilgrim greeted another by saying “Ultreia” (“keep going”) the other responded with “Et suseia!” (“and beyond!”). Nowadays, the more common greeting is “¡Buen Camino!” (Good journey).

 

Stone for love – Valentines Day and Garnet

Which stone means love? What is the best stone to attract love and a soulmate? Does Rose Quartz attract love at Valentines, or Garnet? So what is the gemstone for love?

Birthstones and Gemstone jewellery for luck in love:

Search for ♥  Valentine gifts in our Good Luck Gift Shop  store

We also have a few items of  Rose Quartz jewellery in our store – the pink stone for love

Wow! Did you know that if you search on Google for Stones For Love – you get over 2 billion results! (Valentines only returns a mere x1 billion). So “stone for love” is a popular search indeed and it indicates that a lot of people are looking for love – and hoping perhaps to get some sort of “other-worldly” or celestial help to achieve it 😉 Here are some other common searches:

Stone for love and happiness: Stone for love marriage: Crystals for love and romance: Pink stone for love: Gemstone to attract soulmate: Crystals for love spells: Gemstone for love success: What stone for love and marriage?

OK you get the picture!! and the most commonly-used stones to attract love appear to be: Garnet, Rose Quartz and Jade. Moonstone also features as a gemstone for affection (although it also has an element of protection). Place Moonstone under your pillow at night and dream of your loved-one – so the saying goes.

Find a few items of  Moonstone jewellery  in our shop

And also a bit of  Jade jewellery  .

For years, people have thought that certain gemstones have magical powers. For example, Jade is supposed to promote longevity, but some say Jade also attracts love: In ancient Egypt, Jade was admired as the stone of love, especially when fashioned in the shape of a heart. And of course, Rose Quartz and Garnet are supposed to bring love.

But wait! Isn’t Garnet the modern birthstone for January and Aquarius: January 21-February 19th? What better time then to get your loved-one something for Valentines featuring the magic gemstone Garnet. Yes, the Garnet gemstone is often gifted to loved-ones as a stone for love and happiness.

Garnet stone for love
Garnet: One of the stones for love

Garnet and its deep rich red is thought of as the stone of romantic love and passion, enhancing sensuality and intimacy. Although said to be more of a feminine life force and for women’s needs, Garnet is also said to encourage a quick return of a separated love. Garnets are often gifted to women when they fall in love, and so as Engagement presents too. The myth is that the Garnet, as a symbol of truth and purity, will secure someone’s love forever!

So, are you looking for marriage or love? What are you waiting for!

We have a few items of  Garnet jewellery in our Good Luck Gift Shop store

Going back in history to Cleopatra and beyond, gemstones have been worn for their supposed magical powers . . to help protect people, bring them prosperity and good luck, as well as good health, longevity . . and love. Nowadays, it has been scientifically proved that it is the faith or belief in a positive outcome of events that brings people better fortune in their lives . . and so we imagine, luck in love.

NOTE:
Although a Garnet gem stone is often gifted to a loved-one as the stone of romantic love and passion, it is said that Noah hung a huge Garnet on the Ark to illuminate the dark and help him steer to safety: So travellers in the Middle Ages started carrying Garnet to supposedly light up their journey and to give them protection from misfortune. So, if your Valentine is going travelling sometime soon – great, what a combination is the purported qualities of Garnet, to achieve the perfect Valentine gift! Garnet is especially valued as a present to a lover or partner who is going to be away for a while on a trip.

St Valentine is celebrated on February 14th in many (not all) countries of the world – the day of Romance. On this day, gifts of love are exchanged – many unsigned, so the recipient if left wondering: “Who loves me enough to send me this card or this beautiful piece of gemstone jewellery?” In Dublin, Ireland . . in the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street, you will find the resting place of St Valentine, the patron Saint of love, and the so-called inspiration behind all things to do with romance.

Jade love bracelet
Jade love bracelet

So, Valentine’s gifts can be varied and diverse – but will they help you find the one you want? The best we can do is to make someone feel extra special, and more loved and appreciated this Valentines Day, with a small and meaningful gift of love and inspiration from our shop:

But remember: Garnet is the gemstone for the month and can also be associated with the zodiac sign Aquarius.

Take a look in our Good Luck Gift Shop store for a gift to get luck in love!

For years, people have thought that certain gemstones have magical powers. e.g. Moonstone is supposed to offer calm and protection; Rose Quartz and Garnet are supposed to bring love!