It's not just about toasters and tea sets. Stop ticking boxes and think about what you both really want.

1. Start a tradition

Mark married life with a new activity.  Set up a gift list with Prezola  and guests can each put £25 towards a pair of bikes.   Sonnet Springtime bike, £575, www.pashley.co.uk

2. Invest in future classics

Ask for items that will appreciate in value. This light by Lee Broom is made from an antique crystal decanter. Tulip Decanter light, £240, www.heals.com

3. Don't apologise for your taste!

Shun classic crockery and towels, and pick what reflects your personality - colour, pattern, kitsch! Baboon pitcher, £118, www.jonathanadler.com

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