Mr. Mink prides himself on being a talented gift giver. He is one of those people who truly derives more pleasure out of giving a gift than receiving one. By the time Halloween rolls around each year, he has already started to brainstorm ideas for Christmas presents. It’s one of his many charming traits.
Mr. Mink is all for giving gifts, but he was a little surprised that brides and grooms give wedding gifts to each other. He thought throwing a wedding and going on a honeymoon was a pretty spectacular gift that we were giving ourselves. As someone who isn’t apt to splurge very often, our wedding feels like a fabulous gift for us and our guests. I told Mr. Mink that I am definitely fine with throw the tradition of the bride and groom exchanging gifts aside.
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Now that it’s just us, I can tell you a little bit more.
A few years ago, I made an offhanded remark about liking David Yurman jewelry. Since then, Mr. Mink has surprised me with a new piece for almost every holiday. I have a nice little collection of Yurman pieces. I originally asked Mr. Mink to look at men’s rings by Yurman to see if he wanted his wedding band to be from his collection. I thought it would be funny for him to wear a Yurman ring every day just as I wear one of his necklaces or bracelets every day. Mr. Mink looked at the rings and wanted something a little simpler. I still thought that Mr. Mink needed a piece of David Yurman jewelry of his own.
Photo by Miss Mink
This box has been tucked in a drawer that Mr. Mink wouldn’t touch for months and I took it out just to take a picture for you all. I bought this many months ago, before we had our discussion about not exchanging gifts. I got Mr. Mink some David Yurman.
Sterling silver and leather cuff links by David Yurman / Photo by Miss Mink
I wish I could have gotten him something he’d wear every day, but aside from his wedding ring, I don’t see Mr. Mink suddenly wearing jewelry in the future. Perhaps I’ll buy him a few new dress shirts with French cuffs for his birthday so he has a few more reasons to wear cuff links in the future.
In a time when more couples are able to pay for their own weddings and honeymoons, do you think brides and grooms should still exchange gifts? Did you buy a gift for your groom? Is it something he uses every day or just on special occasions?