If there is an item as ubiquitous as the Bier at Oktoberfest, it has to be the famous German Gingerbread Heart. These things are everywhere you look and can usually be found at just about any German fair or celebration.

They range in size from small saucers to large platters and are strung with a ribbon for easy wearing. Of course they are decorated with the obligatory messages of love: “I love you” (Ich liebe Dich), “You’re my sweetheart” (Du bist mein sußes Herzchen) and “I think only of you” (Ich denke nur noch an Dich).

Leaving the Oktoberfest grounds without one of these for your sweetie is against the rules.