The off piste wedding gift guide
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 27 May 2016
Looking to buy a wedding gift that's not on the list? Here are 17 chic buys that are guaranteed to make any couple supremely happy
Off piste wedding gift guide
For the Pinterest perfect couple who have their own wedding day Instagram hashtag this beautiful art deco style bar cart will go down a tweet, sorry, treat. For the Pinterest perfect couple who have their own wedding day Instagram hashtag this beautiful art deco style bar cart will go down a tweet, sorry, treat. Odeon Bar Cart, £1,865, Currey & Company
If you have to gift a toaster, make it this one from design masters Alessi. A beautiful form makes a functional object a joy to give as well as receive. Alessi Toaster, £168.95, Furnish.co.uk
Elevate the domestic with this elegant butter dish. Toast for two has never been so fabulous. Russel Wright Butter Dish, Seafoam, £45, Eclect Design
For the cultured couple, what better gift than a year of unlimited gallery and museum perusal? National Art Pass, £62, Art Fund
Chances are therell be standard cut glass champagne flutes on the gift list, so plump for a more eclectic set of champagne saucers. This handmade set comes in its own gift box. Champagne Saucers, £44.95, Annabel James
Event he most cash strapped of guests can toast to their hosts future happiness with this elegant device thats easy on the wallet. Copper Cocktail Muddler, £9, The Orchard
This understated lamp carefully straddles the gap between vintage style and modern industrial. Much like the institution of matrimony. Dome Lamp, £172, Astella Hrela
Rack up the brownie points with this minimal and fun wine store for the young, hip-slash-hipster couple. Gold Hexagon Wine Rack, £35, Oliver Bonas
Fine cotton with a smidge of linen and silk, this gilt edges throw is one for the golden pair in your life. Golden Sofa Throw, £49, Ville & Campagne
Handthrown by local ceramicist Isabella Lepri, this lovely pair of espresso mugs would be perfect for the caffeinated couple who appreciate a lazy Sunday morning with the papers. Espresso Mugs, £17.50 each, Isabella Lepri
What to get the couple who has it all, and for whom money is no object? A champagne sabre, of course. Menu Champagne Sabre, £120, Black by Black Design Ltd
This divine set of nesting tables would instantly improve any lovebirds nest. Mondo Side Table Set, Bone Inlay & Iron, £269, Swoon Editions
For the couple that eschews formality a set of tastefully mismatched mugs makes a charming present. Mugs by Wonki Ware, £16.95, Rigby & Mac
This ceramic vase with its cool mid-century design is ideal for the style conscious bride or groom. Pitcher Vase in Grey, £28, Eclect Design
This rosy champagne bucket is almost too pretty to give away. Rose Champagne Bucket, £84, Comptoir Azur
If your globetrotting pals prefer to spend the cash from their joint account on experiences rather than possessions, a set of tasteful travel guides makes a thoughtful gift. Wallpaper City Guide – London 2015, £6.95, Skandium, NW1
If you know the couple intimately theres nothing to stop you from buying them a piece of art you know theyll love. Local artist Jess Albert creates fantastical yet timeless prints that appeal to everyones inner collector. Hybrid Wings Green Digital Print, £100, Jess Albert
The traditional Chinese wedding cabinet served as the brides dowry. This modern interpretation keeps the beauty of the tradition alive, with the circular togetherness panel representing two halves becoming a whole. Wedding Cabinet, £1,990, Orchid Furniture
Whatever your opinion on wedding gifts, with the season of matrimony upon us you’re likely to encounter your fair share this summer.
But along with summer rain and drunken uncles, you can’t predict a smooth wedding guest experience on someone else’s big day.
Occasionally, gift registry disaster strikes. Maybe you’ve left it too late and all the good items are gone and you simply can’t bring yourself to fork out for a depressing salad spinner and a garish tea towel.
Perhaps the couple are desperately modern and eschewing a gift list altogether and you’ve been left to desperately freestyle (yes our presence is present enough but who doesn’t love a good gift?).
Personally I’m a bit of a gift list rebel. More often than not the couple in question have been merrily cohabiting for years, so the tradition of contributing to their married life seems little more than a shameless grab for a toaster upgrade.
This is where the off piste guest list comes in to play. Of course, there are rules. You need to have reached a certain level of expertise to leave the safety of the list.
Don’t buy anything weird or personal in nature (leave the joke gifts and naughty toys to the respective hen/stag dos).
Don’t be cheap: your gift doesn’t have to cost a great deal but it should be selected with care.
Conversely, don’t show off and buy a wildly expensive gift unless you are sure the recipient will like it, have use for it, or room for it.
If you’ve had to travel far, spend money on accommodation, and/or already contributed to engagement parties or otherwise, spread your budget accordingly.
Finally, money can’t buy taste, so don’t spend time and money only to purchase something tacky that will swiftly be chucked, donated or re-gifted.
Luckily, if you’re a north Londoner you’ve probably got it in spades and the happy pair will surely be delighted with your stylish selection.
If you’re stumped for inspiration the following are all supremely tasteful gifts any newlywed would be delighted to receive.
From a cheap and chic copper cocktail muddler to a stunning oriental style wedding cabinet there’s something for every budget.