This week I've been calling in beautiful products for the gift pages in the November/December issue. As always, there's a limit to the number of pieces I can squeeze onto my pages, so I thought I'd share some great online gift list companies that I think every bride-to-be should check out. I guarantee that they will inspire you to think beyond the toaster and dinner service, and pull together a wedding gift list that you will be really excited about.
If you're the sort of girl who loves the vintage-chic look, then www.thevintageweddinglist.co.uk is for you. There are beautiful one-off pieces which guests will love to give and you'll see that "vintage" doesn't necessarily mean expensive; for example, plate sets sell for around £20 and pressed-glass vases for around £30.
For art-loving brides-to-be, I would recommend www.wills-art.com where you can select an original artwork and invite guests to contribute towards this. There's a wide variety of contemporary paintings and sculptures as well as orginal prints and photography, priced from £50 upwards.
Finally, if you've been living with your groom for a while and have all the essential homewares you need, but want to re-invent your living space, then check out www.btcbydesign.com. Here you'll find furniture and accessories helpfully arranged according to style (be sure to take a look at the gorgeous Chateau Life and Oriental Opulence collections) and valuable designer tips on how to create a new look without moving house.
Final top tips - don't think you are restricted to one gift list, don't be shy about the quantity and value of the gifts on your lists (most of the brides I know say that guests spent far more than they had expected them to), and very importantly, enjoy making your list: it's one of the nicest parts of the wed-min!