It is May, so chances are your calendar has started to fill up with summer weddings. After sorting your travel and your outfit, your thoughts might be turning to gifts for the happy couple. If you’re anything like us, you like giving presents that are functional, beautiful and thoughtfully made, to wow your friends with something special, and make sure they enjoy your gifts for a long time.
As big fans of a beautiful, more sustainable lifestyle we think about wedding presents we’ll be giving this year along the line of three themes.
Quality materials and finishing
In order for your present to stand the test of time beautifully, it’s a good idea to look carefully at what it is made of. With home textiles for example, check the label to see whether you are getting a quality fabric. Natural is best, and if it’s sustainable, even better. This includes organic cotton and especially linen, which is a beautiful environmentally friendly fabric that really lasts.
Another thing to bear in mind is that it often pays off to give preference to small business over larger ones. With smaller production runs as well as passionate founders that are still very much involved in quality control, more often than not these businesses have products that are far superior to mass-produced items from large brands.
Picture Credit: Lukslinen
Some brands we like are Lukslinen for their timelessly-designed towels and throws (pictured), which even come with a 20 year guarantee. Noctu stock some amazing luxury duvet covers, and Helen Round handprint a range of gorgeous homeware from the same material in their workshop in Cornwall (one of their cosmetic bags is also pictured).
Functionality and uniqueness
If you want your present to be an ongoing feature in the happy couple’s home, choose something they will enjoy using and that is unique and special.
Ask yourself, is it functional and will it feature in their everyday lives? And does it have a story? Most people generally really appreciate knowing where something has come from. And if there is a good purpose behind it their eyes are guaranteed to light up.
One way to go here is to choose homeware with a maker’s story, such as the beautiful Artisanne baskets hand made in Senegal or a whole range of beautiful, ethically made homeware from Nkuku.
Picture Credit: Artisanne
Other ideas for functional and beautiful wedding gifts that will stand the test of time can be found at Buy Me Once, who are experts at curating homeware that comes with a lifetime guarantee and is therefore more ecofriendly.
If you aren’t a fan of adding to your friends’ pile of new things in their home, but prefer something more minimalist, there are plenty of gorgeous gift options for experiences as well. One idea is a gift voucher for a premium organic food delivery, such as Ginger and Parsley or Farmdrop. Other classy ideas are a Natural Wine Tasting – the latest big trend in wine – or a museum membership for a year worth of culture.
Picture Credit: Ginger & Parsley
Do you have other thoughts and ideas for beautiful sustainable presents? Let us know in the comments!