When cardinals appear, angels are near. Thus goes an old saying about the symbolism and importance of cardinal birds. Cardinals are believed to be messengers from heaven – either an angel, an appearance of your loved one, or an affectionate reminder from God about your departed loved one.
Cardinals show up when you need your lost loved one or most miss them. They are there to tell you, you are not alone. You are loved, protected, and treasured. Therefore it is not surprising that cardinals are the perfect subject for memorial and sympathy gifts.
Since cardinals also symbolize loyalty and faithfulness, they make great gifts for friends and romantic partners.
Cardinal gifts are an exceptional way to tell your special someone that you treasure your relationship with them. Take a look at several meaningful cardinal gift ideas below.
Memorial Wooden Wall Cross
This memorial wooden wall cross reminds you that your loved one is always present in your heart. Standing roughly 11” high with an 8” width, the cross reads, “I am always with you.” A bright red cardinal sits perched on a bed of flowers at the top of the cross, almost as if it is saying, “I treasure you.”
The cross is available in black, grey, and ivory colors or with a cherry or maple wood veneer. This cross comes with a display stand and a notch on the back for easy hanging. This cross is available to customize with many different sayings available here.
Cardinal Shadow Box
This memorial shadow box serves as a reminder to celebrate the treasured relationship you had. A red cardinal surrounded by floral greenery and flowers sits under the words, “Cardinals appear when angels are near.” It can be customized to show someone’s name or a lost loved one’s name with their date of birth and date of death. This box, with its pine wood frame and baltic birch face, can be ordered in 6” or 10” tall to match most home décor.
Affectionate Cardinal Picture Frame
Give this gift to inspire love in the hearts of those who have lost people they cherished. This 8”x10” cardinal picture frame sports the saying, “When you believe beyond what your eyes can see, signs from heaven show up to remind you love never dies.” The space beneath the 4”x6” photo can be customized to portray the date of birth and death of the lost loved one. This comes in black or ivory colors, with a display stand, and a notch on the back for easy hanging. Cardinal picture frames with a variety of other sayings can be found here.
Elegant Vintage Candle Holder
Warm the cockles of the heart with this vintage memorial candle holder. A cherry wood base with two glass candle holders holds up a 10” tall acrylic sign that reads, “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it is a visitor from heaven.” Again, this cardinal message reminds you that whenever you see a cardinal, your lost loved one is saying “hi” from heaven. This item can be customized to sit horizontally or vertically depending on the design. The bases can be cherry, grey, or ivory colors to match your decor. Many different sayings are available, as well, here.
Cheerful Ribbon Sign
Affectionately display that loved one’s memory with this stunning ribbon wall sign. This 8” x 12” customizable sign reads, “A hug sent from heaven found deep inside to always remind you I’m here by your side.” This reminds the viewer that every time they see a red cardinal, they are getting a big bear hug from their lost loved one. This sign comes in ivory and black colors.
Tasteful Framed Shadow Box
Give the gift of peace with this “Peace on Earth” customizable framed shadow box. A striking red cardinal contrasts with the deep greens and browns of the pine tree branches it rests upon. This modern farmhouse-style look will display well almost anywhere. The solid pine wood frame comes in many different sizes and can be framed in either black or grey colors.
Fashionable Ceramic Ornament
This is a simple yet precious gift to say, “I care.” Available in several customizable variations, this 2.75” ceramic Christmas ornament honors the love and legacy of the deceased while sending the hopeful message that they will visit you as an angel from heaven through cardinals. The flat lightweight ornament will fit most holiday décor and reads, “Cardinals appear when angels are near.” At the bottom, you can customize it to say in loving memory of the passed loved one.
Rustic Tree Branch Ornament
This unique tree branch ornament celebrates the life your lost loved one lived, while comforting family and friends every time they see it. The customizable ornament reads, “Cardinals appear when angels are near.” The 3.75” ornament keeps their memory alive while bringing a pop of rustic color to any chic décor.
Thoughtful Cardinal Urn
This inspirational urn reminds you that your loved one is always near, sending you messages of love. This solid maple wood urn reads, “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.” It holds up to 175 cubic inches of cremains so it can be used as the sole urn or as a keepsake urn. It features a 4”x6” photo slot so you can display your loved one’s memory in all their original glory. This customizable urn measures a foot high and comes with a cremation bag. Other customizable urns can be found here.