A few year ago I found this idea and used it to make some small gifts for neighbors when they came for Christmas goodies. Take a nice pretty pinecone, spray paint it silver, tie a pretty bow and a note to the top. The note says, "According to a fable told long long ago, in a land far away, if you find a silver pinecone you will have good fortune for many years and a day. Merry Chritmas." I use a nice long cone such as from a white pine or norway spruce.