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10 personal wedding gifts that aren’t a toaster

Skip the home appliances for your married mates

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With many couples already living together before they tie the knot, it’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to choose an alternative to the traditional homeware wedding gift list.

A honeymoon fund is a popular go-to, or something called a ‘wishing well’ which is, well, money, but some guests prefer to put their cash towards something a bit more personal when it comes to the registry.

Should you be getting married and want to go the route of the registry, we’ve picked out a bunch of fab finds from The Wedding Shop – a UK wedding gift list service where couples can build their wedding registries for guests to buy from, for the uninitiated – which, yes, includes homewares, but also features a variety of experiences, from weekends away to foraging tutorials, and less traditional wedding gift products like recipe box subscriptions and DIY supplies.

Because 2023 weddings are for thinking outside the (toaster) box.

To add a bit of spice to your post-wedding bliss, why not include a spice-themed recipe box on your list?

Wanna get spicy? (Picture: Getty Images)

Each month The Spicery will send you fresh spices and recipe cards for a starter, main and dessert for two from across the world, from Zanzibar to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Subscription packages include three, six and 12 months and you can pause for a month if you’re going away.

From £46-£86 – read more here.

There aren’t enough cooks in this kitchen (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Brush up on your culinary skills at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School in Oxfordshire – the only culinary school in the world to share its site with a two-starred Michelin restaurant.

You can choose from a variety of half-day courses including Sweet & Simple Patisserie, Canapes and Let’s Cook!

For a supplement, upgrade to the full-day course, which includes lunch and afternoon tea.

£210 per person, read more here

Fancy yourself a pair of anglers? (Picture: Getty Images)

This one’s quite niche, but perfect for an angling enthusiast who wants to boost their skills or a newbie who’d like to dip their toe into the sport and enjoy a day out in nature.

The package includes a relaxed and informative day of freshwater fly-fishing with Halstead and Bolton Fly Fishing School in the beautiful Weald of Kent, a short drive from Tunbridge Wells.

This is a private lesson for two.

£260 for two people, read more here.

Fresh blooms to your door? Yes please! (Picture: Getty Images)

There’s nothing quite like having a regular supply of fresh flowers to brighten up a room.

With Bloom & Wild’s subscription, you’ll receive a different selection of blooms through your letterbox each month wrapped in recyclable petal protectors.

Six and 12-month packages are available, as well as luxury options.

£80 for three months, read more here

Definitely better than a toaster (Picture: Getty Images)

Enjoy three nights at a five-star hotel in central Porto – a 2,000-year-old Unesco World Heritage city.

During your stay you’ll enjoy a wine flight and Port cocktail at Espaço Porto Cruz, a tour of some of the world’s most prestigious Port cellars and a visit to Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum to learn more about the wine’s history and sample some more Port!

Note: The package does not include flights.

£1,284 for two people, read more here

Have a giggle (Picture: Getty Images)

If you’re a fan of live comedy, why not add this great gift to your list?

You can choose from a range of comedy nights around the UK, including, but not limited to, London, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Sit back and belly laugh the night away with your loved one as you enjoy some of the country’s funniest stand-ups.

£25 for two people, read more here

Be at one with nature (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Join a professional forager to harvest a range of wild ingredients and learn the general rules of foraging at one of ten England-wide locations.

You’ll then use your ingredients to cook a lovely lunch, which could include the likes of wild mushroom risotto, wild garlic pesto and elderberry panna cotta.

You’ll also get to sample plenty of delicious tasters such as chutneys, jams, salt pickles and syrups.

£120 for two, read more here

Does this light your fire? (Picture: Michael Mccarthymet)

Get cosy outdoors with this fantastic cast iron fire pit from Garden Trading.

The stylish bowl is perfect for casual evenings with friends and families to keep you warm on those chillier nights.

It measures 28cm high and 66cm wide.

£120, read more here

As they say – those who paint together… (Picture: Getty Images)

This might seem like an odd thing to add to your wish list but could come in very useful if you’re about to decorate!

And what better way to start wedded life than with some freshly painted walls?

The registry offers a few paint packages including vouchers from Coat Paint, starting at £50. You can spend them on paint – including furniture paint – and supplies.

From £50, read more here

Cater to the pets in your life

A wedding gift list is usually aimed at the bride and groom, but if your family includes a four-legged friend you might want to include them too.

We love these Half Moon set of 2 Pet Bowls printed in Eleanor Bowmer’s iconic Sunset Palms Print. Also available in the same print is a placement mat to place underneath for £10.

£25, read more here

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