Gorgeous gift inspiration for spouses, bridesmaids, parents and special friendsWhether you wish to say ‘thank you’, ‘I love you’ or ‘bottoms up!’, our pick of perfect presents will do the talking for you
Why stop at one gift when you can choose a selection of fabulous finds for the man in your life? Parcel London offers a range of hand-selected parcels that are as stylish to gift as they are fab to receive, including this ‘Suited & Booted’ one that features The Completist A5 Notebook, Le Pen pens, Tom Lane striped cotton socks, and a Memo A7 sized bottle or silver hip flask.
Here comes the sun
There can’t be a cooler present than sunglasses (especially if you’re off somewhere sunny for your honeymoon!). This pair from Pala is timeless, stylish and made for adventure, with 100% UVA protection. What’s more, the sustainable case is woven from recycled plastic bags and waste, and for every pair of sunglasses you purchase, Pala gives back to eye-care programs in Africa.
Shaken, not stirred
Making martinis even cooler, these Elyx Copper Tiny Tini Coupes from Absolut are perfect for enjoying icy cold cocktails in style. Adorned with a chic wheat motif, they come in a beautiful presentation box with copper damask detailing, and will add a touch of elegance to any drink.
Written in the starlings
We’re big fans of gifting artwork as a wedding present, and these photographs that capture starling murmurations have to be up there with the most unique, striking and beautiful. Choose from a range of images shot everywhere from Cornwall to Brighton, printed on archival quality textured fine art rag, and guaranteed to bring some high-flying style to your walls.
Grub’s upPerfect for those who love to rustle up something scrummy in the kitchen, these cookbooks take a basic ingredient, such as eggs, rice or toast, and help you transform them into a marvellous meal. With more than 70 recipe ideas in each cookbook, and beautiful images to accompany each one, it’s a tasty gift!
Don’t be a mug
Remind your groomsmen how much they mean to you every time they have their morning cuppa with a mug that’ll make them smile. Add their name, nickname, ‘usher’, ‘best man’ or ‘groomsman’ to personalise it, then include a coffee subscription to make it a gift they’ll love.
Get the scoopPerfect to pair with a coffee subscription, this brass coffee scoop is ideal for caffeine connoisseurs. Made from stainless steel with a brass finish and incorporating a clever crocodile clip to seal your ground coffee, it’s a cool and practical pressie for your main men.
In the spirit
Because nothing beats a good G&T, we love this gift box from Devon distillery Salcombe Gin. Featuring a bottle of multi-award-winning ‘Start Point’ and an elegant pair of Dartington copa balloon-shaped glasses, it’s all packaged in a beautiful box with copper detailing, distinct pennant feature and a white ribbon handle – perfect for enjoying the ultimate tipple.
A truly romantic and special gift, these hand-written manuscripts have been collected and made into one-off books, meaning you can read your favourite stories written exactly as the author wrote them. Choose from a selection of classics including Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’, JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’.
Shake it off
A truly innovative version of the humble beach towel, these towels can be used for the pool, travel, parks and yoga, as well as your beach honeymoon! Using cutting-edge textile technology, they’re super-light, fold up super-small really quick-drying and (here’s the best bit) have some sort of wizadry that makes them totally sand-free, so you can just shake the sand right off them! They also come in beautiful and fun designs, so they’re a gorgeous pre-honeymoon pressie for your loved one.
Make time for the two of you amongst nature, and gift the gorgeous Porthminster Picnic Rug from Ebb Flow Cornwall to get you started. Made from 100% wool with a waterproof backing, it’s ideal for lazy days at the beach, stargazing adventures, clifftop picnics and whiling away those just-married days in the great outdoors.
Late nights and wedmin stress can play havoc with a bride’s sleep patterns, so gift her this Bonne Nuit candle from Monique Hart, and help her get a good night’s sleep! Hand-poured in England using the purest essential oils and blended with organic wax, it will bring a sense of serenity with its long-lasting and calming aroma, diminishing the effects of anxiety and stress to promote restorative sleep. Bliss!
Self-care is a buzzword at the moment, and there’s a great reason for that – it’s important! Encourage your bridesmaids to take a moment for themselves with these beautiful, natural soy wax candles from Self-Care Co that encompass a blend of essential oils in incredible scents, which will burn for up to 60 hours. Plus, 10% of Self Care Co’s profits are shared across three charities: Young Minds, Street Link & The Calm Zone.
Bundle of love
Show your bridesmaids how much they mean to you with a gift box packed full of goodies chosen just for them. From chocolate, lip balms and planners to books and candles, they’ll be a joy to receive and will bring hours of enjoyment to your girl gang.
Bags of style
Whether it’s as part of their bridal party ensemble on your wedding day or a gift for them to use forevermore, these Stacy Chan pouches have us poring over them. Available in a whole host of colours (great if you’re trying to match or mismatch them with bridesmaids’ dresses!), they’re made from Italian leather and come in three sizes.
The joy of jewellery
Make a statement with this modern and super-chic jewellery for your most loved ladies. Made by Just Trade, a company that works with groups across India, Ecuador, Peru & Vietnam supporting, training and providing-life changing opportunities to disadvantaged groups, the collection is hand-cut and the result is jewellery your girls will be proud to wear on your wedding day and beyond!
A fab little find for anyone who likes a drink or two, this collection of spirits from the Eden Project is the perfect taster set, containing 10 miniatures from some of Cornwall’s finest distillers. With vodka, rum and gin including Caspyn, Tarquin’s, Trevethan and Wrecking Coast, it’s a party-starting present to treat your ladies to.
Fill with flowers
These beautiful vases are begging to be filled with blooms and petals aplenty. Designed specifically for the Eden Project by LSA International, the sustainably produced glassware has distinctive shape, making them ideal for displaying natural and colourful arrangements of grasses and wild flowers.
These handmade wooden coasters from Cornish Whispers come in a variety of designs, including those for the gardening lover, carpenters and gin-drinkers, as well as Celtic and art deco coasters, and even biscuit and retro sweet designs! We love the set of six bug-inspired coasters with a lovely wax finish, ideal for nature lovers.
Who doesn’t love cheese? These hampers from The Cheese Shed will give every foodie a real treat to open and enjoy Choose from ranges such as the Devon Selection, which includes five cheeses from Devon, a cheddar, a non-cheddar cows ‘cheese, a blue, a goats’ cheese and a soft cheese, to provide real contrast across the selection. You can even have them delivered in a wicker hamper, ready for you to add in any other personal favourites, such as port or pickles.
…And of course, no cheese board is complete without cheese knives to complete the occasion! This sweet set of four miniature cheese knives are made from stainless steel with a sophisticated copper finish, and are dishwasher safe and come beautifully presented in a gift box. Nothing cheesy about these!
Soap with a smile
These luscious-smelling soaps have their own sweet message, guaranteed to raise a smile every time they’re used. Made by Arthouse Unlimited, 100% of its sales revenue sales revenue goes back into the artists collective, supporting adults with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. With a beautiful design and a smooth scent, the triple-milled soap is presented in gold embellished packaging and includes a message of love from the artists themselves.
…And, relaxA lovely gift for those hard-working parents who’ve helped you with everything wedding related and now deserve some relaxing timeout, this Pamper Hamper is packed full of beauty products, all made using only pure and natural ingredients. With everything from salt soaks and body balms to moisturisers and scrubbers, it comes in a high-quality sustainable wicker hamper, perfect for reusing on picnics!
words Lucy Higgins
Copyright Wed magazine 2020
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