Gift lists are great!

14 Jul 2011

Gift lists are great!

Gift lists are a perfect way of making sure you get a present for the happy couple that they really want, writes Pippa Hunter, John Lewis Gift List Partner

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What are your top tips for brides and grooms to be when choosing their gift lists? Don’t be too frugal. Many brides and grooms underestimate how much guests will want to spend on them. We frequently see couples having to return to the shop to top up lists which have sold out quickly. Our advice is always include the basics at a range of price points, but don’t forget that your gift list has the scope to be a wish list too.

Compile your list with your guests in mind. The most successful lists cater for a diversity of pockets and tastes. Your gift list may say more about your guests’ relationships with you than you think. Your practical married friends will want to show you how it’s done with microwaves or hand towels and your single mates will want to take you back to your single days with cocktail jugs.

Get the groom involved in the wedding by seeking his input on ‘us’ gifts. Though grooms may say that they are simply not interested in china and glass, they will be the first to say they don’t like a set of dinner plates when it arrives after the wedding. If you are seeking big gifts such as large electricals and key pieces of furniture, you may wish to combine your gift list with gift vouchers.

What are the trends in the types of gift being bought and how has this changed over the years? Couples will always add basics such as china and glass and linens to their gift lists. The main emerging trend from the last couple of years has been camping equipment, which has been prompted by the popularity of festivals. And this year we have seen the first 3DTVs added to our lists and we expect this to be the new trend for 2011.

What are the most popular items on your gift list? Couples can choose any item from the John Lewis assortment. The most popular items in 2010 were: Radford canteens of cutlery, Dyson vacuum cleaners, Kitchenaid mixers, Le Creuset pans and Raymond Blanc knife blocks.

What is your most unusual request for a wedding gift? I suppose the most unusual item was a snorkel and mask, which of course made total sense when the bride and groom wanted them delivered before the wedding – they were for their honeymoon!

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