John Lewis unwraps top wedding gift list items

John Lewis has revealed the most popular presents requested by betrothed couples on their wedding gift lists for 2017.

The department store group said its findings highlight a trend for ‘creative cooking’, which suggests that ‘home cooking and entertaining is an important pastime for today’s lovebirds’.

Outdoor pizza ovens have become a new addition to wedding gift lists. Other popular ‘cook and dine’ items include wine cooling cabinets, NutriBullet blenders and KitchenAid food processors. Five years ago, the top two choices were toasters and hand mixers.

Another shift is towards luxury audio visual items such as Bose Mini Portable Speakers and GoPros. Tech fads that haven’t stood the test of time are the previously popular digital photo frame and Wii Fit with balance board.

There is also a revival of board games with Articulate! and Scrabble topping the games list, against 2012’s boules sets and Magnum tumble towers.

Tasneem Shafiq, gift list development manager at John Lewis, commented: “Rather than the traditional mainstays of the gift list such as a canteen of cutlery or silver picture frames, we’re increasingly seeing couples requesting more statement pieces that reflect their personalities and interests.

“2017 guest lists are likely to feature anything from drones to rubber ducks, as couples who are likely to already be living together opt for the playful over the practical.”

Curved TVs are now the most extravagant items on the retailer’s wedding gift lists, which are featuring more high value tech items. The most expensive model requested has been £3,000.

Lists are also increasing in value, with some couples including gift selections worth £22,000.

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