With well-wishing relatives and friends offering their generosity, the wedding gift list is an opportunity to gain useful household items and other gifts to start your married life. But a wedding gift list can often lead to the accumulation of unwanted presents that soon become household clutter, leaving the whole experience wasteful and expensive. By taking care to plan a green wedding gift list that includes items that you really need, especially eco friendly and long-lasting items, you can reduce your accumulation of waste and allow your wedding gifts to have a positive environmental impact.
With the prices of small household appliances like toasters and kettles being significantly lower, and many couples living together before marriage, household items are no longer the desired gifts that they would have been 20 years ago. Instead, more couples are choosing to accept donations of money as their wedding gifts, opting to buy household appliances as and when they are needed, or save the money for larger purchases. This allows a reduction in waste of electronic goods, many of which are far from environmentally friendly to produce or dispose of.
When the option to choose what you receive as a wedding gift is available, it makes sense to use it to choose items which will be useful, long-lasting and have a minimal environmental impact. With conventional wedding gifts losing popularity and becoming outdated, many leading UK retailers including John Lewis, House of Fraser and Amazon provide free wedding list services, allowing you to choose your own gifts, reducing your accumulation of unwanted clutter and the waste of new resources.
Alongside the wedding services provided by conventional retailers, online stores selling environmentally friendly products are starting to get involved in the wedding gift market, providing green wedding gift list services. The Natural Store provide a full wedding gift service in which 2.5 pence of every purchase made is donated to charity. Natural Collection and By Nature also sell recycled and sustainable gifts that are ideal for giving as wedding presents.
When requesting wedding gifts, it is always best to take a minimal approach in order to reduce levels of unnecessary items, however tempting it may be to stock up for the future!
When following a “less is more” attitude when deciding on wedding gifts to request, it is often easy to run out of ideas. To save yourself from requesting random items, just so as not to leave some guests left with nothing to contribute, why not let their generosity go towards a good cause? Charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid all provide gift services which allow a well-wisher to buy a vital resource or item for a region in need of it.
Popular gift choices include:
Goat for a family in Malawi- £25 from Oxfam Unwrapped
Newborn vaccination kit- £22 from Save the Children Wishlist
A kitchen garden- £65 from Christian Aid Present Aid
If you want to request charitable donations as gifts but don’t have a particular charity you wish to support, websites such as The Alternative Wedding List and Good Gifts allow you to browse a range of charity’s gift-giving services to help you make your decision.
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