Artefacts, despite their ubiquitous presence in our lifes, are generally a neglegted area in mainstream psychology including environmental psychology. Artefacts enter into research only in form of commodities and consumer purchasing decisions. One particular aspect which attracts the attention of lay people, but unfortunalety much less so of psychologists (exept those few with a strong interest in psychoanalysis), is the symbolism of personal objects. The view which will be proposed is based on the idea that symbolism develops on the basis of the active involvement of objects into human conduct. Two types of involvement are distinguished: objects are part of concrete human action and of contemplative activities. These different type of activity lead to different types of object symbolism which were identified by Boesch: situational, functional and analogical symbolism. An exploratory study was carried out which applied content analysis to in-depth interview data. The main finding regarding the issue of object symbolism was that the type of symbolism appears to be more closely related to the type of activity involvement of personal objects than to object attributes, thus supporting the importance of active involvement of objects for their symbolic meanings. Implications for the relationship between conceptual representations of objects including their symbolic meanings, activities and object proporties will be discussed.