Is there anything we as a nation struggle with more than buying wedding presents? Put it like this — how many times have you found yourself justifying putting cash in an envelope, simply because “they’d rather buy something themselves”?
It is no lie that every newly married couple will need a significant amount of liquid assets, certainly more so than a tacky elephant ornament or candle holder. Despite the fact the cost of a UK wedding is down 1.3 per cent from 2018, couples still spend an average of £17,674 on their big day. So, we’ll get the cash present out of the way first— realistically, they won’t be any less appreciative. Just remember to include a note, as an envelope of cash can be a fairly confusing concept. Pen something to the effect of, “From Uncle John and Aunt Jane — put this towards your honeymoon.”
However, we’re not vanilla, are we? We like to think outside the box. Therefore, in typical Postman Patfashion we run through our five favourite weddinggifts you can deliver to the bride and groom on their big day in 2019.
A day out
Have you ever heard of honeymoon blues? Yes, they are a thing. After a couple gets engaged, their entire life revolves around wedding planning. All their spare time is consumed organising events with friends and family. Then the stress of the wedding day passes, and they set off on honeymoon for that much needed period of relaxation. However, once the holiday ends, and they land back on British soil then they can hit an anti-climax, with life seeming a little too quiet.
A gin jaunt
Gin journeys are the latest craze, and why wouldn’t they be? Struggling to grasp the concept? Effectively, you’re going to be sending your friends or loved ones on a pub crawl — with a bit of education thrown into the goblet for good mix. Although the gin generation is booming, we know the craft beer revolution is driving the UK market at the moment, and similarly, ale tasting tours are likely to help you top the bill on wedding present list.
Vouchers for these events can be picked up for around £50 per head.
A food tour
Not everyone is a drinker, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be on hand to provide them with an experience that they aren’t going to forget. The Bristol Food Tour is a perfect wedding gift if the bride and groom have access to the West Country. Make your way around the city on bicycles, stopping at various destinations for small touches of culinary excellence — all al fresco of course.
Both these types of tours are available throughout the UK, all around a similar price, and mostly running all year round.
An canvas print
Art canvas printing is one of the most simplistic yet effective ways of showing someone how much they mean to you. Joanna Miller of Bespoke Verse mentions how the traditional toaster is out the window, with many people “opting to tailor gifts to the individual or couple.”
Most newly-weds will either have just moved in with each other, or cohabitation is just around the corner. If so, a canvas print including a romantic verse could find itself taking pride of place on their living room wall. However, if you’re seen as a bit of a joker and mushy heartfelt stuff isn’t your jam, go for a comedy verse, along the lines of ‘what is marriage?’
Do you see the new couple as one who are going to bicker about household chores? If you do, then Roomba might be the perfect wedding present. Roomba, the iRobot, is controlled from your smart phone and takes all the effort out of cleaning. Simply tap the button on the app and the robot gets to work hoovering the house. No mess, no problem.
The technology works along with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. If you don’t think Roomba is cleaning the floors to the standard you usually would, then all you have to do is speak up.
The couple that has everything…
We all have that one friend or couple, who, no matter what you by them, they will return it. A bit like Rachel in Friends and her compulsion to exchange gifts for store credit. Don’t worry though, we’ve encountered those people before, and we’ve an ace or four up our sleeves.
A scratch map
Having just gone on honeymoon, what better way to tick off (or scratch) where, as a couple they have been together. This is the ideal present for the travellers in your life.
A piece of history
Perhaps at this moment in time the couple might have everything they need. But, what if five years down the line, they were to open a little bit of history? Put something sentimental inside a box, seal it, and leave the married couple a set of strict instructions not to open the box — or keep the key yourself.
Understandably, this present might not last long, but most drinks companies are offering up the option to print labels that can personalise your friends favourite drink.
His &Her’s hidden message bracelets
What says “I love you” like having it pressed against your wrist without anyone else knowing? Okay, the bride and groom already having their wedding bands, but this quirky gift idea is perhaps a far more romantic option.
Especially if you can envisage kids coming along the line in the very near future, this kitchen appliance could be an absolute lifesaver. Although at first it may not seem like it, a coffee machine can become an essential commodity in every newly married couples house. Help Mr & Mrs step out of the dark ages and into a caffeine-fuelled colosseum.
So, there you have it, five of our favourite wedding gift ideas. Remember, it is all about thinking outside the box.