Wedding gifts - What to get for the happy couple

First published: 22-04-2016

a bouquet, an invitation and a wedding ring on the table

A couple you know is getting married, and you're required by wedding law to buy them something lovely to celebrate the biggest day of their lives.

But with long gift lists and an even longer line of wedding-related items on the high street, it can be difficult to fathom how you're going to achieve present-buying success.

Whether you're starting from square one or have some preliminary ideas, we'll help you to carve out the gift that speaks volumes about both you and the lucky people you're buying for.

Something personal

Getting the bride and groom a gift that says 'Mr and Mrs' in plain sight is always going to go down well. They're newly-weds and they'll want to celebrate that fact, so get them something that confirms that they're well and truly hitched.

Opt for a piece of wall art with their names on - that's something they'll have hung up for years to come. And for an added personal touch, ask a selection of close family and friends to add some handwritten notes and well-wishes.

An alternative to personalising a present with the couple's names, try using one of their wedding photos as a basis instead. The Royal Mail can create personalised stamps, for example, and you just might see one on the front of a thank-you card that drops through your door after the big day!

Something useful

Once the bride and groom have returned from honeymoon, it's back to normality. While nothing really compares to sitting on a beach sipping cocktails, you can certainly give their everyday lives a boost by getting them a present that's handy in the home.

A new set of pans, towels, cutlery, or even a table cloth will come in use, especially if the couple will be living together or buying a house for the first time.

And even if they're not moving, it's likely that they'll want to spruce up their space with some beautiful pieces of homeware now that they're married.

White hotel towels

If there's a particular item you know they'd love, but you're worried it might be a tad out of the ideal wedding gift price range, remember that you've always got the option to team up with family or friends to get the couple one combined, amazing pressie.

Something monetary

Many modern couples decide to ditch the traditional wedding list and instead opt for a money poem, which particularly comes in handy when the bride and groom would prefer a contribution to their honeymoon over anything for the home.

Instead of shoving a tenner into the groom's hand while he's making his speech, you can really go above and beyond in your efforts to make it special. Select the ideal gift card, or even have a personalised one made just for them, while you could really go the extra mile and fold the money inside, origami style.

There's also an increasing trend of couples being selfless on their wedding day, and asking for charitable donations over a new set of pots and pans.

If the duo to be wed has decided that charity is indeed more important than their honeymoon, then pick out an organisation that speaks volumes about the happy couple's interests.

Something shiny

When it comes to buying jewellery for two people, the trick is to find an item that represents both sides of the couple, no matter who's wearing the piece.

Should the bride own a charm bracelet, the gift-buying task just got slightly easier for you, since you can buy a charm that serves as a constant reminder of their day, such as a champagne glass or a bouquet.

If you feel that you need to add a bit more of a wedding day influence to the piece you buy, try this Royal London wedding cake charm on for size.

Royal London Jewellery Ladies' Sterling Silver Wedding Cake Charm

With the traditional topper on there (albeit in silver rather than sugar), both the bride and groom are equally represented in one, single charm. Whenever they see it, they'll be instantly transported back to that memorable day.

Something chronological

If you're dead set on getting the couple a piece of jewellery, but would rather find something they can both wear in their day-to-day lives, then a pair of watches could well be the ideal present.

This set of timepieces from Certina comes with both his and her models, and while they are of the same design, each individual piece is crafted with a nod towards the gender of the wearer. The groom's model is bold and bulky, while the bride's is slender and more subtle.

Certina Unisex DS-1 125th Anniversary Set Automatic Watch

The happy couple will constantly be reminded not just of their wedding day, but also of each other, knowing that their other half is wearing the matching piece on their wrist.

With gift lists getting longer and options becoming ever broader, reaching the finishing line of the wedding-present-buying challenge can feel more like a marathon than a sprint.

By taking into account all of our suggestions, you'll be able to call upon a slice of inspiration whenever someone's big day is on the horizon.

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