There is no excuse to resort to the cliche toaster or blender when looking for a wedding gift these days, as one-stop gift services provide the answer to locating that extra special wedding present that will tickle the happy couple's fancy.
Wedding planners, or the couple themselves, will send a wish list to their preferred store for guests to choose from, but if that's not the case, there are website concierge services to browse through at leisure with surprising ideas.
One such service is Red Packet, an online one-stop gift service, allowing clients to stretch their imagination in terms of wedding gift selection. It offers an alternative choice from a litany of gift box themes ranging from gastronomy to health to sport.
'The chosen 'red packet' will enable the couple to choose one experience among a wide selection, making it a gift sure to please,' says Gerard Belicha, managing director of Red Packet, which supplies presents such as a private chocolate master class, a couple's massage, painting workshops, sailing and a flight-simulator experience for those who like to take a walk on the wild side.
Double Happiness Gift Registry allows clients the convenience of managing and accessing their online gift list, which can include a honeymoon fund, a charity contribution or a painting from a Balinese art gallery for those who have a taste for the exotic.
When asked why couples nowadays seem much more enamoured with unusual gifts, Nunu Luan, managing director of Double Happiness Gift Registry, says: 'couples are more upwardly mobile and tend to be more international and independent. Also, they may be getting married later [in life], thus they may already have many of the essential home items that used to be part of a traditional wedding list.
'I think traditional gifts like heirloom crystal and silverware have lost some of their appeal. Modern couples are more interested in something that is unique to their lives and experiences now and if they are moving around so often, they don't want to be lugging all those 'precious' things from home to home'.