Raksha Bandhan is the perfect time to strengthen the relationship of a
brother and sister. Various traditions are followed on the occasion of
Raksha Bandhan and the most important one is the exchange of Rakhi return
History of Rakhi tradition
The history of Rakhi festival is full of instances of return rakhi gifts.
Some of these are discussed here. Goddess Laxmi tied rakhi to Raja Bali and
he in turn fulfilled her wish to return to her abode with Narayana. King
Porus spared Alexander's life as a gift to Alexander's wife who had tied a
rakhi to him. Humayun reached out to help Rani Karmawati accepting her
rakhi. Thus sending Rakhi return gifts are a part of the Rakhi tradition
since ancestral period. The Rakhi Return Gifts are in fact the acceptance of
the sisterly love.
People also believe that when sisters come to their brothers or parents
place then, as a custom, she has to be bestowed with gifts when she is going
back. This tradition of rakhi return gift took a new form in modern era and
became a physical symbol of the brotherly pledge.
Tradition of Cash distribution
Presenting returns gifts to sisters on the Rakhi day is the oldest
tradition that is followed since ages. The tradition of Rakhi gifts have its
own significance among brothers and sisters as this token of love further
strengthens the bond of love between a brother and sister. Earlier, cash was
given as a return rakhi gift to a sister. At that time, the amount could be
anything from Rs1/- to Rs11/-, Rs21/- and so on. Gradually, this tradition
of giving cash has changed and taken the form of gift items. The gift can be
any thing from clothes to decoratives, cosmetics, jewelry boxes or
Rakhi return gifts for kids
Sending toys, chocolates, clothes, video games, etc to children is a good
idea for rakhi return gift. For others, the most preferred gifts ideas
include quite practical items. People prefer sending useful gifts like
decoratives complimenting the house decor, bangle boxes, clothes or any
other thing that the brother feels will be of use for the sister.
The current trend as Rakhi gifts is Gold souvenir. Brothers can also switch
to soft toys as they are mostly liked by young girls. Perfumes and body
sprays are another gifts to be given on this auspicious day. Gifting
exclusive bracelets, wrist watches, semi-precious stones, etc are evergreen
rakhi return gifts for young ladies. One can also think of something new and
unique that remind you of your childhood days, the fun filled, carefree,
naughty times spent together.
But before thinking of any of the above gift ideas, you should be very
clear about the tastes and interests of your brother or sister. Remember it
is always better to send the gift along with a packet of sweets or
chocolates. Sweet accompaniments are essentials of any festival celebration.
Return Gifts Ideas for
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