Summer is finally here, and many of us are looking forward to celebrating special occasions and catching up with friends and family. While it’s fantastic to have a packed diary, being sociable can have its downsides. If you’re not a gift buying guru, the prospect of trying to choose the perfect present for those special events may seem daunting. If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t panic! Here is your ultimate guide to what to buy this summer.
Hands up if you’re going to a wedding this summer! Summer is officially wedding season, and it’s estimated that around 40% of weddings take place in the warmer months. Most of us love nothing more than going to a wedding, but buying presents can be tough, especially if there’s no gift list. In this day and age, it’s common for couples to ask for donations towards a honeymoon or some items for their home. However, if there’s no list and no request for monetary contributions, the world is your oyster. This can make life more exciting, but also a lot more difficult.
When you’re considering options, think carefully about the couple in question. What do they like to do? How did they meet? How do you know them? You don’t have to choose a material gift. If they’ve got all the China plates and vases they could ever wish for, why not treat them to an experience instead? You could join forces with another couple and book a weekend away at a spa or treat them to some restaurant vouchers or even a day at the races or a skydiving experience. Personalised presents are also a great idea, as they’re quirky and unique, as well as thoughtful. If your friends are foodies, for example, you could put a bespoke hamper together and personalise the basket with their names and the date of the wedding.
You often find that after an influx of wedding invitations comes a steady flow of christenings. If you’re attending a christening, it can be difficult to know what to buy. Most people tend to try and choose gifts that the baby can keep, such as items of jewellery or trinket boxes. If you’re keen to spoil a special little person on their big day, and you want a gift that will stand the test of time, consider looking at luxury christening gifts like silver rattles, money boxes, and bracelets. Another possibility is a set of classic children’s books or a framed picture for their nursery wall. You could have your favourite quote from Winnie the Pooh or Dr. Seuss framed, for example, or go for an inspirational motto. If you’d rather buy something the child can use, traditional toys are a good idea. You could buy the baby their first train track or a ride-on classic car.
Summer is here, and it’s the season for celebrating weddings and christenings. If you’re attending events this summer, and you haven’t got the first clue about buying great gifts, hopefully, this guide will come in handy.