You may already know baby’s zodiac sign and birthstone — but how about the flower? Birth symbols are abundant in various traditions and, in some cases, date back thousands of years.
Regardless of the symbol, you can give unique gifts to the little ones based on the month they were born.
“Little January, Tapped at my door today. And said, ‘Put on your winter wraps, And come outdoors to play.'” —Winifred C. Marshall
Zodiac: Capricorn until January 19 and Aquarius from January 20
The garnet, from the Latin word granatum, means seed (think: pomegranate). The stone signifies eternal friendship and trust.
Flower: Carnation, Snowdrop
The carnation’s different hues suggest different meanings: red for love or pink for affection. Snowdrops imply hope and beauty.
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” —Gertrude S. Wister
Zodiac: Aquarius until February 18 and Pisces from February 19
Amethyst is believed to bring the wearer courage, clarity and quick wit. The stone has long been associated with royalty in addition to myths and legends across many cultures.
Flower: Violet, Primrose
The violet stands for loyalty and faithfulness. Another February flower, a gift of a primrose lets the recipient know you can’t live without them.
“March brings breezes, loud and shrill, to stir the dancing daffodil.” —Sara Coleridge
Zodiac: Pisces until March 21 and Aries from March 21
The beautiful pale blue stone was believed to protect sailors as well as guarantee a safe voyage. Even its name was sea-worthy, derived from the words aqua (water) and marina (the sea). According to gemstone lore, the stone is also believed to instil a sense of calm in the person who wears it.
This daffodil symbolizes forgiveness, honesty, trust and true love.
“April has put a spirit of youth in everything.” —William Shakespeare
Zodiac: Aries until April 20 and Taurus from April 21
Gemstone: Diamond (lucky baby!)
Meaning invincible (translated from the Greek word “Adamas”), the diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth. The “healing powers” attributed to diamonds include balance, clarity, and energy.
Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, and love that conquers all.
“Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, and golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing, and half tender, to repeat Her song of ‘May.'” —Susan Coolidge
Zodiac: Taurus until May 20 and Gemini from May 21
Symbolizing love and success, the deep green stone is thought to bring foresight, good fortune and youth to the wearer. It’s also a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — an appropriate symbol of spring.
Flower: Lily of the Valley
The lily of the valley represents sweetness and humility, purity of heart and honour.
“The air is like a butterfly, With frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky, And sings.” —Joyce Kilmer
Zodiac: Gemini until June 21 and Cancer from June 22
The pearl has long been associated with purity. Pearls are the only gems that come from living sea creatures, and they’re also unique in that they require no faceting or polishing to reveal their beauty. Today, most pearls are cultured, grown under controlled conditions by farmers to ensure perfect shape.
Flower: Rose, Honeysuckle
A rose’s colour signifies different meanings: red means “I love you,” pink means perfection and white are innocence. Honeysuckle, June’s other flower, stands for the strong bonds of love.
“The glowing Ruby should adorn, Those who in warm July are born, Then will they be exempt and free, From love’s doubt and anxiety.” —Edward Dowden
Zodiac: Cancer until July 22 and Leo from July 23
The gemstone’s vivid red colour is a showstopper. Rubies are believed to protect your health and bring wisdom, wealth, and success in love (though that last wish is a little premature for your wee one!).
Flower: Larkspur, Water Lily
The larkspur generally stands for strong bonds of love, but different colours have different meanings: Pink means fickleness, white means a happy disposition, and purple is first love. The month’s other flower, the water lily, connotes purity and majesty.
“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen, The hey-day of the year, With robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear.” —R. Combe Miller
Zodiac: Leo until August 22 and Virgo from August 23
The gemstone is formed deep inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. They are believed to contain healing powers that protect against nightmares and bring the wearer power and influence. Colors range from yellowish green to a greenish brown.
Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy
The gladiolus brings remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. Poppy is also a popular August flower: red means pleasure, white means consolation, and yellow brings wishes of wealth and success.
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson
Zodiac: Virgo until September 23 and Libra from September 23
The vibrant gemstone is said to protect loved ones from envy and harm. It is associated with heaven — in medieval times, clergy wore the gems to symbolize heaven. Sapphires are generally thought of being various shades of blue, but they occur in hues of purple, green, orange, yellow and even pink.
Flower: Aster, Morning Glory
A symbol of powerful love, the aster is joined by September’s other flower, the morning glory, a symbol of affection.
“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne
Zodiac: Libra until October 22 and Scorpio from October 23
Gemstone: Tourmaline, Opal
Tourmaline is available in many colors — and many stones are bi-color or tri-color, containing multiple hues. It is often referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow,” and signifies love and friendship. Opal means “precious jewel.” Like the tourmaline, it’s often multi-hued, and it signifies faithfulness and confidence.
Flowers: Marigold and Cosmo
The marigold brings a message of undying love. The other October bloom is the cosmo, which symbolizes peace and serenity.
“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one Autumnal face.” —John Donne
Zodiac: Scorpio until November 21 and Sagittarius from November 22
Gemstone: Topaz, Citrine
Meaning love and affection, the topaz comes in many colours: yellow, pink, purple, orange and a variety of blues. It is believed to bring the wearer strength and intellect. The citrine, known as a “healing quartz,” is this month’s other birthstone. It’s believed to bring vitality and health to the wearer, as well as hope, energy and warmth.
A chrysanthemum’s meaning changes depending on its colour: red means “I love you,” while white stand for innocence, purity and pure love.
“A heard a bird sing, In the dark of December, A magical thing, And sweet to remember.” —Oliver Herford
Zodiac: Sagittarius until December 21 and Capricorn from December 22
Gemstone: Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise
Found only in Tanzania, the tanzanite is a brilliant violet-blue gem. The Zircon, in its clear variety, is mostly known as a diamond alternative though it’s available in a range of colors (blue, yellow, orange, brown and red). In fact, the name, from the Arabic words zar and gun, means gold and color. The gem is believed to ensure a warm welcome and induce tranquil sleep. December’s third birthstone is one of the oldest known gems: turquoise. It’s available in a range of blue hues and is believed to protect the wearer from harm.
Flower: Narcissus, Holly
The narcissus sends the message to stay just the way you are. The holly, another December flower, stands for domestic happiness.