Whether you are a close friend or a family member or even a distant relative – coming up with ideas for appropriate gifts for a wedding can be an intimidating experience. You would want your gift to be something special, something that will be appreciated and which will remind them of you. However not everyone chooses to go down this road. While the giver may think the gift is very practical and useful, the receiver may not always be able to put it to use. Very often couples find themselves stuck with piles of gifts which they either have no use of or do not know what to do with them! So here is our list of gifts newlyweds absolutely hate to receive…
Fresh Flowers: Flowers are a universal gift as it can be given for any occasion and is a very popular choice for weddings. There are some who think that flowers are a very thoughtful gift and signify their love and appreciation for being a part of the couple’s big day.
On the other hand there are some who pick a fresh flower bouquet just to avoid going empty handed. Not only does this swamp the couple with beautiful, exotic and at times over the top bouquets but also is a waste of money as these bouquets are usually thrown out the very next day. Instead of cut flower bouquets which will be wasted, it would be more practical to but potted flower plants which can at least be nurtured and grown in future.
Religious Gifts: Indian weddings are a very religious affair with many beliefs and superstitions attached to it. Hence many people, especially elderly guests think that giving religious idols, books, photographs or other memorabilia of religious significance will bring good luck and god’s blessing’s to the newly married couple. But what does one do with a room full of Murtis of various God’s? It would be considered inauspicious to dispose them and neither is it practical to keep so many of them. It would be more inconsiderate if one of the groom or bride turns out to be an atheist!
Luck Charms and Figurines: Feng Shui items, statues of Laughing Buddha, Fuk Luk Lau – three kings, Indian elephants and Evil Eye gifts are very popular items for people hoping to bring some good luck to the couple. However unless the receiver either believes in these charms or has some knowledge about them, these gifts are rendered meaningless. Centerpieces with birds, dancing couples, horses and other figurines are also very common gift items which can be avoided unless it is something very rare and you know it will be appreciated.
Re-gifted items: This is what all couples ultimately land up doing to their unwanted wedding gifts! Most couples wouldn’t mind this if it was something they can actually put to use. However using this as a way to get rid of something you don’t want is very insensitive and tacky.