20 Wedding Presents to Say “I Do” to Ahead of the Big Day
The RSVP has been sent, the outfit selected, hotel booked – the only thing left on the pre-wedding checklist? Selecting that all-important gift for the newlyweds. It’s no mean feat, and with wedding season upon us, there are plenty of presents to purchase. Luckily, we’ve consolidated a hand-picked edit of smile-inducing gifts guaranteed to delight every kind of couple.
Discover glassware and serving plates for the eternal entertainers, playful decorative accessories for interior designers in the making, artisanal craftsmanship, and hotel-inspired pieces to bring a slice of the honeymoon home. You can consider us your gifting fairy godparents.
1. The Sun Tarot Plate, £58
In tarot, the sun represents good fortune, happiness and harmony, as well as the start of a new period of contentment and passion. This plate by Josephine Dessine makes for an auspicious gift for the happy couple.
2. Azzurro Bud Vase, £32
Primed for tablescaping, entertaining or making the most of the wedding flowers, these bud vases are handmade in Italy using traditional craftsmanship to create the iconic look of Murano glass.
3. Elemental Candle Collection, £84
Inspired by the elements of air, earth, fire and water, Maison Flâneur’s very own candle collection combines aromatherapeutic essential oils and vessels featuring intricate vignettes by 20th-century French illustrator George Barbier.
4. Set of 6 Pom Wine Glasses, £140
Whether they’re used for toasting or hosting, a slew of wine glasses is essential in every house, and this set by Issy Granger is our pick, Handblown by Egyptian artisans in Cairo, they’re shaped simply and adorned with playful pom poms.
5. Egg Cup, £55
Breakfast in bed. Is there anything more romantic? Feldspar’s egg cup is primed for a lazy morning; it’s made from bone china and shaped with a large saucer for soldiers, or catching crumbs so they don’t end up in the sheets…
6. Oak Cheeseboard, £95
A romantic cheese and wine night for two, or the final course in an impressive dinner party - this cheeseboard caters to both. Handmade from sturdy oak, it’s made to last a lifetime and doubles as a chopping board as well.
7. Tangier Stripe Frilly Cushion, £75
In our opinion, a house can never have too many cushions; after all, can one be too comfy? Adding to the upholstery arsenal, Alice Palmer’s Tangiers cushion is the perfect blend of stripes and frills, not to mention the plush filling.
8. Toi + Moi Napkins, £36
A bottle of wine, candle lighting, mood music playing in the background - the only thing to finish an intimate dinner for two perfectly is this set of Sew Bella napkins. Stitched from pure linen, they’re embroidered with “Toi + Moi”, translating from French as “You and me”.
9. Set of 4 Veggie Plates, £123
A novel way to get your five-a-day, The Platera’s hand-painted ceramics are enough to inspire even the most reluctant of hosts to lay on a spread. The best bit? They can even be personalised with the recipient’s initials.
10. The Popotin Gl(ass) Bundle, £140
Anissa Kermiche’s cheeky creations are guaranteed to brighten up a home, and the handblown glass iteration of her signature Popotin silhouette is a surefire conversation starter as well. Use them for cocktail hour, candles or flowers.
11. Set of 4 Mustard Scallop Placemats, £138
A tablescape without linens is not complete in our eyes. That’s where this set from Table Love comes in. Handmade from linen by female artisans in Ukraine, it comprises four placemats with contrasting scalloped trims.
12. Striped Stem Vase, £74
This vase from Athens-based creative Rhea Kalo is designed especially to showcase a stem or two. Handpainted in Greece, its slender silhouette is striped all over and handmade, meaning no two are alike.
13. Lobster Red Coffee Cup, £17
Latte, cappuccino, filter or double espresso, Jore’s coffee cup is just the thing your morning cup of joe needs. It’s handmade in Italy from porcelain and kept free from any fussy design to suit every taste.
14. Forever & Ever Tea Towel, £30
Amuse La Bouche proves that even the most mundane homeware pieces can be fun; a case in point is this tea towel. Crafted in India from linen, it’s adorned with a playful manifesto for the happy couple.
15. Buto Glass Candlestick, £35
Issy Granger’s candlesticks act as an enhancing sign-off to mantlepieces, tablescapes and candlelit dinners for two. This one is handblown in Egypt and crafted to an elegant shape with fluted ridges for the light to dance off.
16. Serving Bowl, £220
Is there anything more inviting than an enormous bowl filled to the brim with lovingly made food? We think not, and Feldspar’s vast serving dish is also the perfect subtle hint to the recipient to host more often.
17. The Millay Merino Lambswool Throw, £185
Getting cosy just got a whole lot, well, cosier, thanks to Issy Granger. Lovingly handmade in England from pure merino wool, the Millay throw makes an invitingly soft addition to beds, armchairs, sofas and more.
18. Lemonade Jug, £54
Filled with freshly picked blooms or thirst-quenching refreshments on a hot summer's day, Jore Copenhogen’s rose-tinted jug is the perfect centrepiece for a table. Plus, it’s handmade from recycled glass.
19. Lava Short Spoon, £20
Practicality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, sometimes a beautifully decorative object is just the gift to give. This spoon is handmade from brass by artisans in Nairobi’s biggest slum, while the bead is made by a community of single mothers from the clay of Mount Kenya.
20. Boyacá Woven Basket Bag, £98
Time-honoured techniques meet modern design in the Boyacá bag from The Colombia Collective. Handwoven from grass, it’s perfectly sized for picnics, days out, grocery shopping, or even storing throws and blankets at home.