In time for wedding season proper, our list intends to inspire anyone who wants to go off-piste from a gift list and get something a couple will really enjoy. We've found presents for the home, foodie treats and personalisable pieces that will become post-wedding talking points. There is no hard and fast rule on how much you should spend but there should be something here for individual and joint budgets big and small.
1. Woop Studios Animal Print: from £79, store.minalima.com
What do you call a group of ducks? Not the start of a terrible joke (it’s ‘a waddling’, FYI), but the theme of this collection of animal prints based on fun collective nouns from the studio behind the Harry Potter film artwork. With everything from camels to canaries, you’ll easily be able to find their favourite animal.
2. The New York Times’ 36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe: £16.99, amazon.co.uk
Expanding on The New York Times’s popular feature, this guide gives the need-to-know for 125 different short city breaks across Europe; perfect for those precious weekends together exploring everywhere from Krakow to Sofia. It’s a gift that really will last a lifetime, belying the small price tag.
3. Bombus Bespoke Wooden Map Letters: £46.50, notonthehighstreet.com
Weddings are prime-time to go all-in with the monogram trend, but if matching bath robes aren’t their thing, these wooden letters will look great above a door frame or as bookends. Make it extra-special by choosing a map covering (from over 15,000) that means something to the twosome.
4. Silken Favours Pineapple Shaped Cushion: £125, amara.com
The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, which makes this silk-fronted cushion a nice gift for nesting newlyweds. The big (75x40cm) cartoon-like design is probably the sort of thing they wouldn’t splash out on themselves in the run up to a wedding blow-out, so do it for them instead.
5. Nudo Olive Tree Adoption: £39, nudoadopt.com
You might not be able to stretch to buying them a whole vineyard in southern Italy, but how about adopting a couple their own olive tree? Post-wedding, they’ll get one delivery (or more, if you’re feeling generous) of extra virgin olive oil made from their own tree, plus a certificate of adoption.
6. Articulate! Game: £33, hamleys.com
Forget vows, nothing bonds two people together like battling it out to victory in a fierce round of this family-favourite fast-talking board game. It’ll do the transition from drunken dinner party hilarity to wholesome fun with the future kids no problem.
7. Artichoke Candleholder: from £14.99, shop.velvet-dash.com
Here’s another gift a couple won’t know they wanted until they open it. These handmade ceramic candleholders are charmingly rustic and come in two sizes and a range of colours. If you can stretch to three, the turquoise ones make a handsome trio on the table for a post-wedding dinner party.
8. Urban Grow Diamond Terrarium Planter: £35, urbanoutfitters.com
The happy couple might be dreaming of a cottage in the Cotswolds with a few acres of garden, but if the reality is a little more inner-city and cramped, a terrarium is a great way to bring the outside in. They’re best-suited to succulents, so even the decidedly un-green-fingered can’t go far wrong.
9. Wedding Heirloom Champagne Flutes: £105, waterford.co.uk
These reassuringly weighty glasses are the sort that the happy couple could pass down to their children. The Irish company does a whole gifting range, but our favourite are these hand-cut, heart-design crystal flutes; a memorable gift that they’ll use to toast many anniversaries to come.
10. The Oak & Rope Company Personalised Oak Chopping Board: £45, notonthehighstreet.com
There are a lot of personalised boards around but this one was our pick of the bunch. Made from sustainably-sourced solid oak and hand-engraved with your carefully-selected words in Kent, they’re available in a range of size and shapes depending on your budget.
If you want something unique to the couple but not sickly-sweet, we like Bombus's letters with their vintage map designs. Each one looks just as good on its own as in a cluster. For an unusual, eye-catching artwork, try Woop Studios. The prints are lovely quality and are real conversation-starters (any wordsmiths will be big fans, too). If you can stretch to it, go for one of the larger sizes.
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