Presents with presence
CHOOSING gifts for your wedding list is one of the most exciting tasks in the preparations.
After all, this list is one part of the wedding you don’t actually have to pay for, and it's probably the only time in your life you can pick out lovely gifts other people will be happy to buy you.
Wedding lists were originally used to help gather basics for young newlyweds setting up home for the first time. These days, most couples already have the basics and may already be living together anyhow.
So what do you give the couple who already have almost everything?
Pepita Diamand, the founder of Wrapit, the chic wedding list company which has just opened a new showroom in Glasgow, has the answer.
“The trend in gift lists in recent years has been to upgrade to more grown-up items and finally get some of the funky, designer house- wares you always loved but didn’t think to buy yourself,” she says.
“However the latest move is towards the wedding list with a conscience, with some couples choosing to have guests make donations to a preferred charity.”
Wrapit offers gift vouchers for carefully-selected charities and it also seeks out eco-friendly and fair-trade products to add to the long list of lovely things on offer.
“If you want to upgrade your dinner service, mix and match relaxed, casual pieces with more traditional and formal plates,” recommends Pepita. “Kenzo’s table top collection is made up of a number of ranges which work well together and look great on their own.”
If you love Oriental cuisine, then Loft by Thomas is a great example of a stylish service, for serving sashimi, at a great price, while the gloriously chintz tea set from Johnson Bros will add a retro touch and have you serving up teas and scones at every opportunity.
The retro look is also cool in the kitchen, so check out Typhoon’s wide selection of kitchen gizmos in a variety of cheerful colours.
Also colourful, at £24 for four, Wrapit’s cool coloured tumblers from Dartington are a great way to make a splash ... without splashing out.