10 tips to getting the most out of your gift list
22 Feb 2016
Get the most out of your gift list with independent wedding gift list provider Prezola
Gift lists offer a hassle free way for couples to ask their wedding guests for things that they really need. Leaving your options open when it comes to your wedding gifts can sometimes mean you get duplicates of the same gift or something that’s not quite to your taste. But by opting for a gift list you can prevent running the risk of unwanted and unpredictable offerings that come your way.
Prezola has come up with ten top tips to compiling your gift list.
1. Look at all the options
With so much choice out there, it’s important that you research all the options to ensure you settle on the right choices for you. You could have a traditional gift list, a honeymoon fund, ask for cash or even ask for donations to your favourite charity. Or you could opt for a single gift list service that combines all of these elements, like Prezola.
2. Asking for cash is OK if you ask nicely!
Don’t be embarrassed about asking for some cash gifts. Donations towards your honeymoon might be just what you need. Choose a honeymoon fund provider like Prezola who lets you create personalised honeymoon fund contributions with your own images. If you’re off to Venice, for instance, you can add a gondola ride down the Grand Canal and a romantic lunch in St Mark’s Square to your gift list. Guests feel they've given you a 'real' present and you have the cash in the bank to spend as you wish.
3. Capture the moment
Don’t just think about gifts that satisfy your long-term goals, remember that it is a gift list for your wedding and you’ll have lots of memorabilia from your special day to display. Photo albums and frames will be perfect additions when it comes to giving your pictures pride of place in the marital home. This frame from The White Company is one of Prezola’s best sellers!
4. Listen to each other
Your gift list is a reflection of you and your partner, so listen to each other’s wants and needs to establish what you truly want to receive. If there are conflicts of interest, discuss it rationally and with sensitivity towards one another’s choices - eventually you will reach common ground. And choose things you can both enjoy – like his and hers bathrobes, a cool Crosley record player or a lovely throw to cuddle up under.
5. Don’t act on impulse
It is so important that you take your time when compiling your gift list as impulse decisions always have the potential to land you in hot water later on. Ask yourself the following questions to decide if you are making the right choice: Is this something I’ve always wanted? How is it going to benefit me? Do I really need it? Your gift list is the chance to create your own family heirlooms so think about things you'd like to pass down to your children, like this fabulous Riedel decanter – set to become a future classic.
6. Enjoy every second
Choosing your gift list should be an extremely enjoyable experience for all parties involved. Make it a weekly occasion where you and your partner can sit down with one another and spend some quality time online shopping…without the credit card. Settle down at home, grab a glass of wine and gather some yummy nibbles for a stress-free, fuss-free approach to getting your gift list together. And talking of wine, with Prezola you can add vintage wines and champagne from Great Western Wines to your gift list to toast all those future anniversaries and special occasions.
7. Share with your family or friends
Sometimes it takes a discerning eye – or the eye of your nearest and dearest – to offer an open and honest judgment. If you are happy to share your finalised list with your closest family and friends before the invites are sent out, then sometimes it is worth getting a second opinion. They (should) know you well enough to confirm that your choices are the right decisions for you and if not, they can make some suitable suggestions otherwise. If you are after a big item like the ever-popular KitchenAid, it’s also a good idea to tell your family so that they can group together to buy it for you.
8. Give your guests plenty of choice
While you may be focusing your attentions on homeware additions, remember that your pool of guests come with a whole repertoire of styles and tastes; while some may be very traditional and select commemorative cutlery to honour the occasion, others will be happy to give cash towards your chosen charity. Make sure you cater for everyone who might be buying you a gift. The same can be said for gift pricing; cater for all budgets by adding a variety of items - from pretty candlesticks, like these pretty copper ones from Cox & Cox, to vintage champagne.
9. Make it personal
Your list should reflect your style. Don't feel restricted by tradition; add items that offer sentimental value and that you'll treasure forever. Make sure you can add a personal message to thank guests for looking at the list, and that they can add a gift message when they buy something. Personal gifts are also a popular choice, such as these personalised Bombus map prints - one of Prezola’s most requested gifts.
10. Be ready on time
Take your time, but be mindful of time. Your wedding gift list should be ready as soon as you send out your invitations so plan ahead, do your research, pick one gift list provider and make sure your guests have all of the information they need when they receive the all-important invitation.