A watch is one of the most common and also the most versatile items gifted by partners to each other and between friends.
And if you are reading this, you have gifted someone a watch at least once; either because the recipient isn’t into classy timepieces or because you couldn’t think of a gift better than that classic brown-leather-strapped watch. But do you really know what a watch means when gifted in a relationship?
Below, we look at some of the beliefs behind timepieces, and whether you should gift your spouse, friend, or child a watch.
What does a watch symbolize in a relationship?
If you are panicking about not having the perfect gift for your loved one this season and aren’t quite sure, you are in luck because you hardly ever go wrong with watches. T
hey are timeless, fashionable, and almost always perfect. A watch is one of the best functional accessories you could have, and it comes with a host of other advantages.
While watches hold numerous meanings, they hold a deeper meaning, and you might want to know what the other hidden meanings of watches are.
Overall, and despite the subjectiveness watches across cultures and countries, watches have a common significance – they represent a special moment in time. For this reason, the watches could be gifted as graduation, marriage, or business gifts.
Other reasons for picking watches as gifts and their symbols include:
Nice gift of time – a watch is as functional as it is stylish, and when you gift someone a watch, they might keep time better. The watch will also elevate the wearer’s look, giving off a more professional and polished look. A nice business watch for women, for example, is the perfect gift for a powerful woman.
Perfect Everyday Wear – The best watches are durable, and they are designed to be worn daily.
Elevation of character – even if you are not a watch person, it goes without saying that a watch, whether made elegantly with a delicate mesh strap or a classic chronograph, will boast its unique character.
Great reminder – a watch is also very meaningful. Wearing a gifted watch will always remind you of the person who gifted you the watch.
What does it mean for a man to give a woman a watch as a gift?
Men who understand their timepieces know that there is no better gift to a woman than a perfect watch that matches their personality.
That watch will not only remind her that you remembered the things they like (if they are into watches), but the watch holds a deeper meaning. It is a declaration of togetherness; that we are in this together, every second of the day.
The watch signifies the man bestowing his time to the woman, and by seeing the watch, the woman will see their significant other every second, every minute, every hour, and every day.
What does it mean for a woman to give a man a watch as a gift?
Women are often seen as the recipients of gifts in relationships, but that doesn’t excuse women from gifting their men.
It often takes a bit of thought for a woman to pick the perfect gift, which is why the timepieces gifted to men by women often carry some weight. That said, here is what it means for a woman to gift a man a watch.
The watch is the woman’s declaration that their time is the man’s. In other words, your time is my time.
It’s also the woman’s way of keeping in touch. Whenever you miss your better half, you need to remember that every minute and each second, the other person will be waiting for you. The watch signifies that she will be by your side, always.
Gifting a man a watch as their wedding gift is also quite symbolic. It is practical for keeping track of time, and it’s also a reminder that to always spend every moment possible with our loved ones.
The watch tells your spouse that you love and cherish your time together and that he is always on your mind every minute of that special day and all the days to come.
To make your gift extra special, you could start the ticking of the watch on the day or morning of your wedding, to symbolize the beginning of your married lives together.
As mentioned above, a watch will also make the perfect wedding gift for a man because it is stylish, re-wearable, personal, and it makes the perfect memento.
What does it mean to give a watch to a friend?
Here’s what it means to gift a watch to your friend – it signifies the fact that your time is a wonderful treasure, and the watch also suggests a long friendship.
The watch could also represent happy thoughts and that you hope that your friend is happy every day and that they will always be by your side.
What does it mean for an adult to give a watch to a child?
At whatever age, gifting your child, a watch represents the belief and the hope that your child will always treasure their time.
The idea behind gifting your child a watch is that they will be able to seize the time they have, to learn, gain as much knowledge as they can, and ultimately become successful.
Is it bad luck to gift a watch?
As mentioned above, there are varied beliefs held by different cultures and beliefs, which is why gifting someone a watch might not be the best idea, at least, not all the time.
In some cultures, people will not accept a watch a gift. In Feng Shui, for example, gifts that show time, for example, watches and clocks, symbolize stealing time, and also a limited lifespan.
In such cultures, it would be a good idea to gift a loved one precious stone, for instance, because the precious stones are believed to attract good health and longevity.
Turquoise, for example, is believed to bring healing, hematite enhances memory and concentration, while amber protects health.
Other people and cultures believe that gifting a watch is a bad gift, and it would be bad luck to gift someone a watch because it’s bad, and it would shorten your relationships.
When gifting such an individual a watch, they’d either return it to you or give you money for the watch.
While watches are regarded as the perfect gift in the western world, other cultures like the Chinese frown upon the use of watches as gifts, and according to Feng Shui, a good gift needs to be inspired by the elements of nature, and capable of spreading happiness.
As a result, a watch isn’t often the best gift because watches and clocks are believed to put time on the existing relationship between the giver and the receiver of the watch.
Such gifts could turn out to be inauspicious as well because of the passage of time and the fact that this time passage signifies a limited lifespan.
Therefore, the next time you are thinking of gifting a loved one, make sure that you fully understand their beliefs and cultures, then find an appropriate gift.