From engraved wooden spoons like you find in your kitchen to silver christening spoons to hand-crafted Welsh love spoons, spoons have been a symbol of love across Europe for hundreds of years.

Whether it’s to mark a life event, or Valentine’s gift to a loved one, we have looked at a few reasons why people give spoons to their loved ones.

In France specifically, symbolic folding spoons made by a cooper, a craftsman who makes or repairs casks which can take years to learn, were historically worn in the hat or button-hole on the way to a wedding gathering. 

Giving a silver spoon for a baby’s Baptism is a deep-rooted tradition. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages when it was given for its properties that were considered magical and capable of keeping away evil spirits.

In the case of Welsh love spoons, historically it was a courtship custom, where a man would carve a spoon to present it to a girl as a gift. If she accepted it, it was taken as a token of engagement to be married.

It was also important that the girl’s father could see that the suitor could provide for the family with quality woodworking skills.

Today, love spoons make thoughtful gifts to loved ones, such as for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding gifts and Valentine’s day gifts, and they can demonstrate how much you care. In Wales, there’s nothing as romantic as a love spoon.

They can be found in many Welsh living rooms, and there’s even one on the wall at Gwen’s house in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey – which, incidentally, was made by Angel Woodcraft’s very own Paul Curtis! They’re more than just trinkets, they are elaborately carved and designed expressions of love, loyalty and affection.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for your loved one, visit our website today to see our collection of Welsh love spoons.

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