TOP OF MY GIFT LIST

Present ideas from fra­grance icon Jo Malone MBE

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Do you have a sig­na­ture wed­ding present? Through­out the year, I col­lect pieces of linen and put them in a scented box. There might be a cou­ple of those wonderful Egyp­tian cot­ton hand tow­els and pil­low cases, and I layer them all in white tis­sue, which I scent with cologne. When I was lit­tle, my grand­mother had a “bot­tom drawer”, and this is based on that tra­di­tion. When I got mar­ried 33 years ago, I had a spaghetti pan set as mine – I’ll never for­get that my grand­mother bought it, and I’ve still got it.

Which room is the most im­por­tant when build­ing a gift list? For me, bed linen is very im­por­tant. I change our bed linen three times a week! I love that feel of re­ally crisp cot­ton sheets, and I don’t think there’s any­one that could beat The White Com­pany for these.

What are your wed­ding fra­grance tips? I would say go for your favourite fra­grance and then put an­other note into it – paint some­thing new into it that is re­ally di er­ent. Just some­thing that makes that fra­grance re­ally in­di­vid­ual and spe­cial to you. Or, you could mimic the flow­ers that are in your bou­quet.

How im­por­tant is scent in the home? My whole home is fra­granced with pomello. When I’m away, I take a lit­tle bot­tle of cologne with me – the first thing I do is un­pack and spray it all the way through the ho­tel suite so I feel as though I’m at home.

“I love sim­ple glass storm lanterns. Put them on a low table at the end of the bed and pop can­dles into them. They look so beau­ti­ful when you walk into the room.” LSA Light storm lan­tern 29cm, £45, The Wed­ding Shop “I don’t re­ally drink cham­pagne, but I’ll have a fine rosé wine, poured into the saucer with some rasp­ber­ries that have been frozen with a lit­tle bit of ginger.” LSA Aure­lia cham­pagne saucers, £50 for four, The Wed­ding Shop “A bar­be­cue isn’t just for sum­mer. I can’t bear the smell of food run­ning through our house so I cook on it all year round. You can even roast a chicken or slowroast lamb in it.” We­ber Orig­i­nal Ket­tle Premium char­coal bar­be­cue 57cm, £229.99, Pre­zola

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