There are some people on the Christmas list who seem to get lumped together and they end up with a ‘joint’ gift. I have to confess invariably I end up buying something more inclined to appeal to the female rather than the male. I’m sure the men are delighted with me when their wife ends up quaffing the nice bottle of champagne that was meant for both of them. Anyway below are ten ideas of gifts to buy your favourite duos.
This whole post could feature the wealth of personalised bits and pieces that are about. A few of my own favourites are the Personalised Family Name Metal Sign from Bangy Bee Metalcraft which would be lovely in a family’s hall or kitchen. I have always adored Blanka Biernat’s illustrations and think they’d make a gorgeous gift for newlyweds or anyone who has recently expanded the family. At the lower end of the budget the Oliver Bonas marble coasters were a hit in the O’Shea household.
Something Christmas Themed
Somewhere To Dine
James and I spent the morning at Daylesford last Sunday and I thought gift vouchers for the organic farm shop and lifestyle store would make a lovely gift for anyone in a close vicinity to The Cotswolds. If you know of anyone with a foodie disposition heading to Cornwall how about vouchers for Rick Stein? Or if your couple prefer more of a high street experience you could pick up a Restaurant Choice voucher or with Bill’s popping up left, right and centre, there’s bound to be a nearby one where they can redeem.
For a luxury afternoon tea experience for the whole family The Langham is highly regarded if you have littles, while Sketch is an Instagrammers Delight.
Something To Grow
Every year we send James’ Grandparents a little something from the Marks and Spencer plant selection. We have it delivered the week before Christmas so that they get to enjoy it before the big day. This year I think I’ll be sending the watering can or maybe the Holly Tree. In the past I’ve also bought shrubs and trees from my local garden centre to give as gifts. If florals are more your bag then you can’t go wrong with a Bloom and Wild bouquet as they do one-off posies as well as a subscription based service.
Something To Receive Every Month
Speaking of subscriptions, there are oodles of different ones. Not On The High Street have a huge range from coffee to Indian spices.
James and I would be tickled pink if anyone signed us up to a gin or cheese subscription. Gin Kin have an article rounding up the best service for my favourite tipple and the Independent have a guide to the best monthly cheese providers which are both worth a read.
James and I don’t really exchange gifts at Christmas time but last year he bought me a spotify subscription which I’ve had loads of use out of. My friend’s mum bought him Amazon Prime membership last year which is another really useful gift.
Something To Look Forward To
James’ Dad bought us theatre vouchers last year and it was fab to use them a couple of months ago to do something we wouldn’t normally do. We gave my parents tickets to see a West End show as a thank you after our wedding and they were really gratefully received. It’s always nice to receive something to look forward to way after the excitement of Christmas is over. Several years ago he sent us two champagne flutes and a cinema gift card with the words ‘a night in and a night out’. How sweet is this?!
If your couple like glam breaks away then how about Mr and Mrs Smith or Hotel Du Vin vouchers? Spa or treatment vouchers would also go down well.
Last year my friends received National Trust membership which is such a lovely gift to use the whole year round.
Probably the most obvious choice when it comes to gifts for couples. Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine? Well maybe a tee-totaller but there’s plenty for them in the other categories.
It’s no secret the RMS team love a bit of gin. The iconic Hendricks bottle is an ideal gift if you’re looking to spend around £25 as is the equally pretty bottle of Bloom.
Something For The Home
For the couple with all the tipples how about a few pieces for them to make their own at home bar? The Rosanna collection at John Lewis has some whimisical bits and pieces like these decanter tags or maybe the booze decanter.
On to walls, framed prints from Desenio are great for anyone on a budget and their range is huge. For a cooler calendar than your average, this Rifle calendar would look super hung on any wall.
From a scent point of view, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful candle and Jo Malone and Diptyque ones are always very well received in the Coleman household!
Something To Read
Lisa rounded up some fab reads last week and if your couple are newly engaged then you simply must buy them the RMW Your Day Your Way coffee table book. For folks who like to cook a good recipe book is also a good shout, or maybe a photo book with all your favourite memories inside.
How have we got this far without mentioning chocolate? Favourites at Rock My Towers include Charbonel et Walker truffles, Hotel Chocolat treats and Laura has got us all hooked on these M&S Luxury Italian Chocolates. The reviews are amazing.
Apparently the first year Kate-then-Middleton spent Christmas with The Windsors she made homemade jam so what are you waiting for? If it’s good enough for Kate let’s get the pickling jars out!
Blimey. This turned into a far more indepth post than I anticipated but I hope it’s given you a few ideas. Any things I’ve missed that you’ll buying for your favourite couples?