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Susan M. Pearce, Collecting in Contemporary Practice, Sage Publications, 1998

GIFTS AND THE LIFE CYCLE

A second cycle follows upon marriage or its partnership equivalent. The announcement of an engagement will be accompanied by gifts, significantly in the American world called a shower and confined to the woman and her women friends (the groom will have an all-male stag night which is very different). The wedding brings in presents, and its non-marital equivalent is the housewarming, when the live-in couple achieve their first permanent home.