by: H Porter
Considerations for a gift list - what should you be focusing on?
With society changing so are the ages of people getting married, this means
that there are now many stages when you
may or may not need things. Our quick guide
should help you work out which type of gift
list bride or groom you are and some pointers
on where to focus your list...
1) Require the basics - just starting out in every-way
When it comes to a dinner service or cutlery make sure you get enough either 6 or 8 place setting - remember there is nothing worse than getting a set and unable to add to it!
2) Want to upgrade our basics to worthwhile collection - Common amongst couples who have not lived together and have combined possessions
Some items in the outdoor lifestyle area may apply here, perhaps planters, lanterns, chrome garden heaters, decking set & barbecues.
3) The couple who have everything - Common around couples in their mid to late 30's who have been living together for a while
Gift experience vouchers are perfect, these are things you would never buy for yourself such as a champagne balloon flight, driving a fast car or scuba diving lessons?
4) Starting Over - The Gift list for those who have been married before
Although you may not want to Guests will still want to buy you a gift, so if you want to avoid a range of uncoordinated presents you should think about a gift list.
Top 5 tips
- About a third of your list should be under £25, with large sets broken up so you can allow a few people to purchase the items
- Quality is better than quantity - focus on a few areas and then you are sure to get everything you ideally want
- Shop around, there are a range of gift lists make sure you work with a company who have an online channel it makes it much simpler to administer
- Sets are great but try and choose ones which are not limited editions so you can add to your collection
- Don't get greedy, your guests will see it a mile off!
Gift List checklist and Browser
Pots & Pans
Cutlery -Remember you will need at least a 24 piece set which will cater for 6, if you have a large wedding party try and push for a set for 8 people. You can set your gift list up to separate the set and therefore the cost could be split amongst a few guests!
Crockery - see our pointer above the same rule applies
Kitchen Electrics - If you don't have a toaster or a kettle don't be afraid to put them on your gift list but only put them down once! Worth while considering other equipment like juicers, blenders & mixers.
Glassware - remember tumblers, tall highball and champagne flutes should be on the list get a high quality glass and perhaps a simple design so you can add to your collection without it standing out. at least 6 of each is suggested.
Kitchen Knives - A good set of knives and a knife sharpener are worth their weight in gold every good kitchen should have them!
Bed Linen - remember you need t least 2 for the master bedroom and hen 1 set for each other bedroom in the house
Pillows & Duvets - If you are not planning to use them for a while but still want them how about adding duvet storage covers in as well?
Bathroom essentials - bath towels, guest towels, accessories these are some perfect gifts for smaller items to cater to all your guests
General lifestyle - scatter cushions, rugs, mirrors, vases, picture frames & ornaments. Some people go for objects that will remind them of their wedding day.
Garden - Plants, planters, lighting, lanterns, table, chairs, outdoor crockery, heaters, sun shades, outdoor heathers and lets not forget a barbecue.
Gift Experience or Travel Vouchers
Electronics - DVD players, playstations and games consoles, TV's and Sky Packages are now common items on a list