Gift lists at a glance
18 Jul 2011
Gift lists at a glance
One of the lovely things about getting married is that people want to shower you with presents! Whatever your lifestyle, needs or interests, there’s a gift list that will guarantee you don’t end up with three toasters.
A classic couple
You like to furnish your home with items from top manufacturers and craftsmen, so try good local department stores such as Jarrold for quality items from the leading names.
What’s available: Leading brands such as Le Creuset, Stellar, Jospeh Joseph, Emma Bridgewater, Sophie Conran and LSA. With furniture and linens from brands including Willis & Gambier, Tetrad Halo, G Plan, Dorma, Cath Kidston and Kirstie Allsop. Guests can buy Jarrold gift vouchers towards your chosen items.
Look out for: Dinner services from Denby, Wedgewood and Villeroy and Boch, and cutlery from Arthur Price, Viners and Robert Welch.
Special touches: Any couple that opens a gift list at the store is entitled to 10pc off personalised wedding stationery, bridal lingerie, millinery, Monet Jewellery, brow and nail spa. Every item is individually gift wrapped and delivered free anywhere in Norfolk and north Suffolk. After the wedding, when the gift list is complete, the store presents you with gift vouchers worth 5pc of the total spent on your list.
Norwich, 01603 697215, www.jarrold.co.uk
A current couple
You like to stay ahead of the curve style-wise, and John Lewis’ selection of modern delights will ensure your marital home is just as trend-setting.
What’s available: 350,000 items for every room of your home. Gifts for every budget whether wanting to add to the appliances in your kitchen, freshen up your bedrooms, or update your downstairs furniture. Guests can also make contributions towards a honeymoon through the gift list.
Look out for: Shiny gadget wizardry from the likes of Philips, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Roberts and Toshiba. Cutting-edge flat screen HD-ready TVs, wireless computers, digital radios and MP3 players.
Special touches: Couples can add items by scanner at their nearest store, or online. Gift vouchers are available, as is donating to charity. There are free two and five-year guarantees on many electrical and technology products and there’s a personal shopper service offering fashion advice to potential guests.
08456 049049, www.johnlewisgiftlist.com
A caring couple
You feel like you’ve already got everything you need – so why not use your wedding as a reason to help people in need through Cancer Research UK?
What’s available: Through Give in Celebration, couples create a personalised web page for their wedding through which friends and family can donate to Cancer Research UK. Guests can contribute online, by phone, or through donation slips.
Look out for: A wedding favour service, where couples donate to the charity on behalf of their guests. Personalised place cards and Cancer Research UK pin badges are a donation keepsake, for a minimum donation of £2 per guest.
Special touches: It’s a great way to make a difference or remember someone close, especially if they are not able to be there on the day.
0300 123 1863, www.giveincelebration.org
A cultural couple
You’re looking forward to travelling together in married life, so let Travel Counsellors show you how to invite guests to contribute towards your honeymoon.
What’s available: The honeymoon gift registry service works much like the usual department store list, except that guests contribute money towards your honeymoon plans and Travel Counsellors arrange everything for you.
Look out for: Holidays to everywhere and anywhere! Romantic getaways to Mauritius, the Maldives and Seychelles are always popular – as are boutique hotels in Italy or adventure trips to Thailand or Kenya.
Special touches: Open a honeymoon account and you will receive gift cards for your invitations, explaining the service to your guests, and thank-you cards to send to guests that have contributed.
Travel Counsellors are based throughout Norfolk, 0845 058 7498, www.travelcounsellors.co.uk