Presents with pres­ence

The Herald Business - - Wedding Lists -

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.

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