Traditional or Modern?
Red roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and stuffed animals are just a few of the gifts that are traditionally exchanged during Valentine’s Day. On February 14th (and the days leading up to it) Americans spend billions expressing their emotions for the ones they care about. This year, consider finding a unique and modern icon of love like Moss Ball Pets, to share with those who matter most!
While Valentine’s Day has come a long way from its origins in ancient Rome, it feels like people have gotten used to buying lacy greeting cards, jewelry, and all kinds of candy. Some people think Valentine's Day gifts have to be a certain color or have hearts on it, but they just haven’t gotten to know enough about moss balls.
Fun fact: Moss Ball Pets are known by many names such as marimo (Japan), kúluskítur (Iceland), lake balls, lake goblins, and cladophora balls.
A Surprisingly Romantic History
People from all over the world are ecstatic to participate in Valentine’s Day because it gives them the opportunity to display their most intimate feelings about other people. In recent times, gifts have started to expand to include things like massage coupons, gift cards, and movie tickets. It may not be expected but, Moss Ball Pets are a long lasting symbol of love and and devotion.
Fun fact: The oldest living marimo on record is over 200 years old!
The Japanese folklore surrounding the strange and alluring moss balls took place centuries ago, along the shores of Lake Akan. The story details the forbidden love between a chief’s daughter, Princess Senato, and a commoner, Manibe, within the Ainu tribe which was a group of hunters and gatherers that lived along the Japanese Island of Hokkaido.
As all forbidden loves go, the couple was not allowed to be together so they ran away from the village (somewhere near Mount Meakan) to be with each other for the rest of their lives.
However, the people of the Ainu tribe are animists. Animism is the belief that everything has a soul (plants, animals, the sun, the moon, rivers, mountains, etc.). This means that when fluffy green balls of algae, also known as marimo or moss balls, began to appear along the shores of Lake Akan, rumors spread through the Ainu tribe that the spirits of the star crossed lovers had turned into the marimo.
Ever since then, Moss Ball Pets have been considered a symbolic gift to give when you want to express long lasting commitment, prosperity, and love.
On our website, during this love infused time of the year, if you buy A Moss Ball Pet Terrarium $2 off plus you get another Moss Ball Pet to go in it for FREE (they can grow old together just like Princess Senato and Manibe)!
Fun = Marimo
Most people agree that Valentine’s Day has its own theme colors of red and pink (with the occasional purple or white). That doesn’t mean that you can’t go the way of the road less traveled and have a little fun.
If you incorporate some velvet-y green spheres into your Valentine’s Day plans; you’ll be sure to make anyone on your gift giving list much happier.
Moss Ball Pets are not just for emotions of intense love, they can also be given as a way to wish someone well or to express wanting a long lasting relationship (no matter what the label on it is).
Purchasing a Moss Ball Pet for a friend or family member simply states that you value their presence and always want them to be a part of your life. What’s more fun than showing you care by adopting a Moss Ball Pet for a special someone?
The Best Valentine’s Day Gift
If you did an internet search for unique Valentine’s Day gifts you might find some items that are inappropriate, way too expensive, or items that are so quirky they might not arrive in the mail in time to give out on Valentine’s Day.
Moss Ball Pets are living plants so it is our goal to get them to you as quickly and as safely as possible. We exclusively use USPS Priority Mail 2-3 Day Shipping. This ensures that precious Moss Ball Pets find their new home in a timely manner.
In the United States, the average person spends over $50 on Valentine’s Day to impress romantic partners or to remind friends and family how much they care. Luckily for you, the prices for all Moss Ball Pets products can be found here on our website!
Here is the much needed advice you might need to hear before this day of love is upon us:
You don’t need to spend all of your money to show someone that you care.
Moss Ball Pets: An Icon of Love
Moss Ball Pets can be an indication of romantic love but no matter who you’re shopping for this Valentine’s Day adopting a new Moss Ball Pet for them would be a beautiful way to show them you care!
Valentine's Day gifts are known to be a certain color or have hearts on it but now is the time to shake up perceptions of how we represent love. Moss Ball Pets can be fun for a wide variety of people in your life and, most importantly, there are no other unique Valentine’s Day gifts that could compare to our lovable Moss Ball Pets. Adopt one today!
Author: Tierra C. Watkins
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