HIS AND HERS GIFTS FOR WEDDINGS
His and hers gifts come in many shapes and sizes. From experiences and getaways to household items to help decorate the home and improve its functionality, it’s important to connect with the newlywed couple during this time in their life. Gift giving is a way to communicate admiration and these his and hers wedding gifts below are no different.
HIS AND HERS GIFT IDEAS
There are many mr and mrs wedding gifts on the market today so dive a little deeper into the couple’s likes, hobbies and passions to identify what gift category the wedding gift should come from.
If the newlywed couple is culinary-minded a set of porcelain dishes or kitchen hand towels may be well-received. If the couple are home entertainers or have a passion for cocktails, a matching couples gift could include a mixologist-set of liquors, cordials and bar tools.
Another his and hers gift idea is a monogrammed piece or pieces for the home including a robe, a food tray, or marble coasters.
HIS AND HERS GIFTS TRADITIONS
A Nigerian wedding ceremony has traditionally marked a time for the families of the bride and groom to join together to become one family. Before the wedding, the groom asks for the bride’s hand in marriage and the bride’s family is gifted, the equivalent of a dowry, in exchange for their daughter. A gesture called money spraying is used at weddings where guests shower the bride and groom with money, wishing them a prosperous marriage.
The Yoruba ritual, also known as Tasting the Four Elements, is carried out by the bride and groom. It symbolizes “for better or for worse…” and includes tasting cayenne (spiciness), lemon (sourness), vinegar (bitterness), and honey (sweetness). Another tradition that is still practiced today is “tying the knot”, in which the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with a Kente cloth, string of cowrie shells, braided grass or decorated rope to symbolize their union.
Similarly in the U.S. there are some interesting traditions. For example, in earlier times, it was common to have weddings on weekdays as Saturday was considered bad luck. Mondays were for health and Tuesdays were for wealth. Wednesdays were thought to be the best day to have a wedding. Additionally, most weddings took place at high noon which today may seem early.
Simple receptions were popular throughout most of the 20th century. Parties were often hosted in homes with light refreshments as couples preferred to save for their honeymoon or a home.
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GIFTS FOR HIM AND HER
54kibo’s wedding collection includes matching presents for couples and wedding gifts for siblings, gift ideas for cousins, wedding gifts for sister, wedding gift for coworker and wedding gifts for man that are inspired by African culture. Baughaus’ ceramics, which are handmade in Jamaica, make perfect sets of gifts or presents. For example the Philodendron Salad Plates and Sea Biscuit Bowls in blue and white adorned with gold rims. The designs are inspired by the natural beauty in the Caribbean.
Faty Ly’s Korogho Luxury Tea Cup Gift Set and Lines Fine China Tea Set are wonderfully luxurious gifts. Made of sturdy Limoges porcelain and designed in Dakar, Senegal, Faty’s designs are inspired by West Africa.