With the wedding season well and truly in swing, you'll undoubtedly have a long list of couples to try and find the perfect present for. Choosing something that's personal and unique can be a tricky task, so if you don't want to gift yet another vase, here's some inspiration for how to do it a little differently.
One of the most thoughtful presents you could give is to fill the fridge with delicious treats as your loved ones return home from their honeymoon. Sweet and / or savoury selections including wine or chocolate will certainly help ease the come down after all those months of planning for the big day. There’s a fantastic selection of food hampers to suit most budgets, both online (including our own luxury boxes and hampers) and on the High street, e.g. Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and the iconic Fortnum and Mason.
Museums, historic places (National Trust), art galleries why not send the newlyweds into married life with a year of culture? A national art pass will give free entry to over 240 museums, galleries, castles and historic houses, as well as offering 50 per cent off many major exhibitions at the uk's most popular spaces, including the national gallery, the Tate and the V&A. A card for two people will cost £105.
While port has been used for years to mark special occasions, make it all the more unique by allowing people to gift a bottle of vintage port personalised for the happy couple accompanied with a historic vintage newspaper from a day of your choice, maybe their wedding date 50 years ago? Prices start at £85 from Jonny’s sister at Not on the High Street. Farrar and Tanner also offer a bottle of Taylors Late bottled vintage port in a personalised premium wood gift box. Prices start at £38.
Anything personalised is going to be greatly welcomed on someone's wedding day, but if you want to make the location particularly memorable, check out Atlas & I. They offers lots of products from photo albums to stationery, but a great option is a framed vintage map of the area a silhouette of the church or wedding venue over the top.
Subscription services are a neat, convenient and often fun and exciting way to get favourite things delivered directly to your home. Everyone likes nice surprise packages in the post and there’s a growing assortment to treat the newlyweds to:
Help them cultivate an indoor oasis with a monthly subscription of horticultural delights. – There’s a great selection available including the Lazy Flora Seasonal Plant collection subscription from £16 a month, which takes all the guesswork out of choosing which plants to choose when it comes to different planting conditions, by sending a bundle of plants appropriate to the season, each quarter. Box comes with plenty of soil, plastic gloves and planting instructions.
Fresh glowers make a home feel bright, alive and fresh, so help your newlweds adorn their home with easy to customise flower subscriptions. Available every 7, 14 or 28 days, Bloom and Wild subscriptions start at £20.
Budgets and selections can vary massively, but with so many subscriptions services on offer if can be hard to make meaningful comparisons. The Drinks Business have a great list of the '8 Best Wine Subscription Services in the UK' which provides a snapshot of the entry-level services offered by some of the biggest wine merchants in the UK, and the benefits of signing up to their various loyalty plans.
The Coffee Bazaar have put together a list of the UK’s Best Coffee Subscription Services. Putting and what they offer. With options to suit all palates, budgets and adventurous spirits, Pact Coffee subscriptions start at £6.95 - choose wholebean, freshly ground or pods and set up regular deliveries to your home or office (or both).
What better keepsake of their special day than a beautiful sketch of the bride and groom? Check your local area for local artists that will sketch on the wedding day or at the bride's dress fittings, and produce drawings that can be framed giving the couple a lifelong reminder of the day. Alternatively, have a sketch done of the couple beforehand, which you can gift them on the day.
Gift them a date night or some time away with a selection of activities:
If the happy couple are avid film watchers, why not give them the opportunity to catch the latest blockbuster on you. Generally valid for 12 months, available from most major cinema chains (Vue, Odeon, Cineworld) and range from £10 to £200.
Be advised - Vouchers are such a fantastic gift idea because of the ease of purchase from the gift givers perspective, and the great flexibility in allowing recipients to spend funds as they choose during redemption, however vouchers are only of any value whilst the company is solvent.
If you’re particularly close to the couple you might enjoy creating a time capsule for them. Give them a locked box full of goodies that they can only open in one, five, or even ten years’ time. Fill with items that commemorate things happening in the world at the time of their wedding, or items indicative of their lives at the time – do they like a particular restaurant? Include a menu (we don’t advocate ‘removing’ an actual menu from the restaurant unless you have the restauranter's permission, but a copy can be downloaded from internet), do they have any favourite past times, e.g. attend gym regularly – include token sportswear or accessories (we’re not talking dumbells, something small and representative like a sports bottle or exercise band).
This is another highly thoughtful, personal gift - create a DIY CD of songs that mean a lot to them or, if you give your gift after the big day, a CD full of the music used throughout the day as a soundtrack to their wedding. Include everything from the music used during the ceremony to the first dance and the final song of the evening
A selection of handy small appliances to complete the newlyweds kitchen arsenal:
Become the next Delia or James Martin
Help them create delicious American style light and fluffy waffles for a breakfast or ‘anytime’ snack.
With a wealth of one-pot recipes suitable for slow cooking, a delicious home-cooked meal can be ready and waiting when they get home from a long day at the office.
With a huge range of styles available from straightforward 2 cup glass cafetieres to all in one ‘bean to cup’ machines that will grind and brew all your coffee shop favourites.
Want to wake up to the smell freshly baked bread every morning? Yes please! With a bread maker, the couple will be able to whip up every kind of bread from regular white batch and rye sourdough, to gluten free.
Take the hassle (and energy) out of wrestling with a stubborn wine cork, and open your bottles of wine with ease and in one simple motion. Leaving more time to enjoy what’s inside, after all enjoying the good things in life should be painless!
For the coffee connoisseur, start the morning with a delicious cup of freshly made Joe (or coffee to us Brits)!
Enjoy finest restaurant quality fresh pasta made from scratch. That Wednesday night bolognaise will never taste the same again!
Perfect, non-sticky rice every time. Yes please!
Give the gift of ‘Rest and Relaxation’ to the newlyweds (especially welcome after what can be a stressful event due to the often extensive planning). Many Beauty and Massage salons will run special offers throughout the year on treatments for 2, so check out a few in your local area and pick up a bargain for the happy couple.
A more practical choice, but having a nice clean house to come home to at the end of the day (or at the end of the honeymoon even) goes a long way to keeping the newlyweds stress levels at bay. Check your local area for cleaning services.
It may not be creative, cute or particularly personal, however a nicely written, thoughtful card to go along with the practical gift will definitely be appreciated.
Why not offer to pay for a couple of bottles of wine for the wedding tables or the toast. It'll be welcomed by the happy couple....and enjoyed by the guests!