Gift Ideas: Wedding Presents for Couples

Wedding season is nearly upon us again, and I generally stick with my golden rule of wedding gift giving which is: get the couple stuff they’ve asked for. 

Whether they’ve gone to the trouble of compiling a gift list, or are just asking for donations towards their honeymoon or a charity, heeding their instructions is always a safe bet.

That being said, you do get some couples who don’t ask for anything in particular and often, even with those couples that do, you sometimes want to find an additional something extra to go with their registry gift or donation.   This is when you encounter the nigh on impossible task of buying a gift that is genuinely suited to a couple, and doesn’t just default to the taste / preference of the member of the couple you know best (very easily done).

Homeware is generally not a good idea for risk of duplication, and also risk of subjecting a friend/family member to your taste, which they might have to politely live with until they can plausibly blame destruction on cats/kids/movers.

Here are a few alternative suggestions:

For the honeymoon….

White and Brown leather passport covers

1. For regular jet setters, leather passport cases are stylish and also practical, as they stop passport getting so creased and bashed that airport security look at you suspiciously: Left: Leather golden stars passport cover approx £15  Right: vintage leather passport cover with free personalisation approx. £24

 

Rolled grey stripe towel

2. These stylish Hammam  beach towels (approx. £16) are ideal for those honeymooning in a beach-y destinations (they’re also very lightweight so good for suitcase packing).

 

Cover of national geographic traveller magazine

3. A subscription to National Geographic Traveller magazine to inspire further travels (if you have Tesco clubcard points saved you can buy it with just £8 of vouchers)

[See more gifts for travellers, foodies and homebodies under the cut….]

Dollar notes wrapped up as giftImage credit: Sal Falko

4. If you are giving cash, make it feel like real spending money by giving it in the currency of the location they’ll be travelling to.

 

Sign outside casellula cheese and wine cafe

5. Do you know where the couple are staying on their honeymoon (or could you do some detective work to find out?) If so, you could arrange surprise via their hotel.  A bottle of bubbly in the room, couple’s spa treatment, picnic hamper – the concierge should be able to send you a list of options.  Alternatively you could look to see if  there’s anywhere nearby the hotel you could contact to arrange vouchers – when my foodie brother and his wife honeymooned in New York I did a bit of research and discovered that Casellula Cheese and Wine Cafe was round the corner from their hotel, and on contacting them they kindly arranged a gift card.

 

For the home…

Sticky9 magnets

6. If your couple are lovers of instagram, then you can turn their photos into magnets with Sticky9 –   a sheet of 9 magnets is £9.99 (with free worldwide shipping).  You can either print them yourself or buy a gift voucher

Photo albums

7. Photo albums are always useful – though you might use a specialist service for your professional photos, the wedding preparations, guest photos, honeymoon pictures all deserve presenting and preserving. Above left: Leather album from Not On The High Street £14.50. Above right: Paperchase Paisley foil kraft large slip in photo album £14

 

2 illustrations of couples

8.  Get a hipster-esque  custom portrait of the couple made by the talented Nan Lawson ($50 for simple head shot / $50 per person for full length).   Nan only makes these available at certain times of the year when she’s able to take on new orders, though Betsy Made Shop on Etsy also does lovely custom portraits.

 

vintage quilt and modern bedspread

9.  For a splurge, a beautiful throw or quilt makes a long lasting gift, which isn’t overly intrusive décor-wise (as they can be cycled round or moved from room to room. Left: my in-laws kindly gifted us this beautiful vintage American quilt – you can find similar on Etsy   Right: for a more modern take, see the Mitla Block Print Bedspread from Toast

 

three mugs with initials on

10. Anthropologie initial mugs – all credit for this idea goes to our friend Katie who bought us awesome S and K mugs for our wedding which are much used and reside pride of place on our dresser.

 

For the stomach….

Benner for Atelier des Chefs gift card

11. Cookery class / tasting event – I also stole this idea from Katie and her other half Paul, who bought us vouchers for a cookery class at Atelier des Chefs in London (which was less intimidating that it sounds, and included the amazing lunch that we helped prepare). This idea’s a double whammy as it’s something they can look forward to after the wedding, and also something they can enjoy doing together. For similar ideas you could try local artisan producers such as the bread making classes run by Bakerie in Manchester, or wine/beer/sprit  tasting for those more interested in liquid consumption  – Friends of Ham in Leeds host interesting events like ‘rare sherry tasting’ evenings and The Whisky Lounge run tasting sessions all over the UK.

 

Line of marshmellow club gifts

12. After the excitement of the wedding and honeymoon, going back to normal life can seem a bit mundane, so bring a bit of excitement each month with a gift of something foodie through the post; The Cheese Society, Hotel Chocolat, and Whiskey Tasting Club all do monthly gift deliveries for a quarterly / annual fee, or for something  different (and at a reasonable £35 for 6 months) you could subscribe them to an intersting selection of  artisan marshmallows from Zukr Boutique.  Alternatively (if you can control your sniggering) you could give them a Meat Club Subscription with British charcuterie champions Cannon and Cannon.

 

Cookbooks

13. A beautiful cookbook would make a great gift for couples who enjoy time in the kitchen together, and could accompany something culinary from their gift list. Dinner a Love Story by Jenny Rosenstarch (with the blog of the same name) and Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries are both well used in our house and perfect for less experienced cooks. For the more adventurous you could try Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi or for fans of pastry might find their first year of marriage enhanced by Pieminister: A Pie For All Seasons

 

6 bottles of wine

14.  For wine lovers you could splurge on a case, or just pick up a special bottle to accompany a wine-related registry gift. Good Wine Online are an independent wine seller that allow you to order mixed cases and individual bottles.  Jane and John personally taste and select all the wine on the site,  so if you’re not up on your wine it’s an ideal place to buy as it’s very hard to go wrong (we’ve never had a bad bottle).  The same idea could also apply if you are buying sherry/ brandy glasses on a gift registry.

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