Copper indicates strength, beauty and wealth… while also being a great conductor of heat. It shows the passion’s still there for the loving couple.Pottery as a theme is all about your time together: it started unformed, has been moulded and smoothed, had its fiery moments… and is now solid, practical and appealing.A willow tree is not just beautiful – it denotes flexibility and so can bend and survive whatever the elements throw at it. It’s here for the long term.
Copper cookware – very glam and a bit Downton Copper jewellery
A copper cocktail-making set
Copper plant pots
A bag of 2p pieces for an arcade penny-pusher machine (aka a weekend in Brighton)
Anything ceramic – plates, bowls, a customised coffee mug
A porcelain figurine
A class on a potter’s wheel to reprise that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze moment
A willow picnic basket
A hamper from a posh department store
Willow-pattern crockery (two themes for the price of one!)
A cricket match at Lords (leather on willow…)
Unless you’re a cow (or a vegan), what’s not to like about leather? It’s tough, gets better with age, and is achingly cool. Brando's jacket in The Wild One. Connolly leather hides in a classic Bentley. You can’t go wrong. And just maybe this durable material that protects from the elements is emblematic of how you protect each other from external challenges to your relationship.
There are smart leather products for all occasions (and what you do in the privacy of the marital home is up to you). Also, unlike some themes, there are lots of opportunities to buy for men (despatch bags, braided leather bracelets).
For women, a Lily Gardner embossed clutch with lace print lining hits that sweet spot between utility and glamour. And, if completely stuck, who doesn’t want a shiny new pair of shoes?
A designer handbag
Cool leather wallet
Chocks away with a Spitfire leather jacket
Upmarket briefcase, travel or laptop bag
Placemats and coasters
New shoes – and don’t forget suede…
Clutch bag from Lily Gardner
Lapis lazuli is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone. It’s been prized since antiquity for its intense colour and was part of the funeral mask of Tutankhamun. More positively, party girl Cleopatra used powdered lapis as eyeshadow (she kicks asp!).
A bouquet or a pot of poppies or bird of paradise
Presents with a flower theme that embraces poppies or bird of paradise (eg an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance)
Gifts with a floral motif (eg handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear)