A comprehensive survey by a leading online retailer has revealed some of Britain's strangest wedding gifts. The survey was open to over 8,000 visitors of wedding gift website Engraved Gift Ideas, and uncovered such unusual gifts as condoms, a salmon mould, a toilet roll holder and underwear.
The revelations were part of a wider survey examining the shopping habits of the country's wedding guests and provided a unique insight into the nation's gift tables.
Among the more surprising findings was the news that more than one in ten wedding guests do not take a gift to every wedding. The results show that 12% of guests have gone to a wedding empty handed, with younger guests the most likely to arrive without a gift, as 66% of those were aged between 16 and 30.
Other findings showed that although a large majority of guests stuck to the wedding gift list, with 56% taking the safe choice, an overwhelming 67% of couples revealed that their favourite gift was not something that was on their list.
Other results found that almost half of all married couples consider how much was spent on their wedding gift when returning the favour. The findings showed that newlyweds have a long memory when it comes to their wedding gifts, with 40% of married couples considering what a couple spent on their gift when it comes to buying for them.
Wedding guests are also more giving when it comes to family rather than friends, with 42% of guests spending up to £50 on relatives compared to a majority of 51% choosing to spend a maximum of £30 on friends.
It would also appear that older wedding guests are more likely to be generous, with just 6% of those aged 31-50 spending £10-£30 on their family compared with 17% of 16-30 year olds.
The survey also contained bad news for those who favour an extravagant wedding, with a massive 92% of guests admitting that they were not influenced by the size of the wedding when choosing a gift. Interestingly, wedding guests were more influenced in their choice of gift depending on whether they were invited to the whole day or just the reception, with 54% of those surveyed revealing they consider their guest status when choosing a gift.
To get involved in the conversation and share your experiences, visit http://www.engravedgiftideas.com/.
About Engraved Gift Ideas
Engraved Gift Ideas are a leading online retailer specialising in silver plated gifts for weddings, christenings and other special occasions.
They have been online for 5 years and are the retail arm of Solo Trading Limited, who also sell to the trade, retail and B2B sectors. Solo have been trading for over 20 years and are one of the leading suppliers of silver plated gifts in the UK.
The survey has been online for a month and was available to over 8000 visitors to the website. Visitors could complete the survey in exchange for a 10% discount and entry into a draw with the chance to win £100 to spend on the website. The draw for the winner will be made in early September.
We invite visitors to continue to complete the questionnaire as it will remain online for the next two weeks, and people can also share their experiences by visiting our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Engraved-Gift-Ideas/152275838117349?ref=ts) or our Twitter page (http://twitter.com/engravedideas).
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