Am I the only person to admit that I can’t stand wedding gift lists? They are all the same – I mean, how many steak knives can one married couple need in their lifetime! I do the obligatory reading through the wish list of denby crockery (which should always allow an extra set in case of marital plate-throwing) and the all-in-one mixer/blender/juicer which shall remain at the back of the kitchen cupboard for the rest of time. Then there’s the colapsable collander, silicon spatulas and – my personal favourite – travel vouchers for the honeymoon. Believe me, any money going towards a holiday is going to result in me lying on a beach and not my friend and her new husband!
No, be brave and ignore the practical gift list and go for something beautiful which will remind the bride and groom of their wedding and will take pride of place in their home for years to come. Think along the lines of a set of gold cluster photo frames, exquistely ornate and perfect for the photos from their special day. Or maybe a token decoration embossed with their wedding date and names which can be hung all year round on a bedroom door handle and even moved to the Christmas Tree in Winter.
Yes, maybe your friends do really want those automatic salt and pepper shakers to show off to you when you go round for dinner, and maybe that smoothie maker will make it out of the cupboard once in a blue moon. But, that photo frame which will set on the bedside table showing the new Mr and Mrs Jones after their vows have been taken will be something a little bit different. They will know each time they look at it that you put a lot of thought into what would make a special wedding gift on their special day.
So, will you be a gravy boat buyer or might you think twice before getting clicking ‘buy now’ on that steak knife set?