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Whilst your own bottom drawer will likely contain some kind of pants and socks medley, back in the day it was the place for an unwed woman to keep valuables in preparation for her marriage.

As tradition changed, it became customary for wedding guests to buy the bride and groom something useful as a gift for their wedding, although the term ‘useful’ is open to interpretation.  There are plenty of married couples who still have wedding gifts gathering dust in their loft, 30 years after their big day.

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Spotify LogoSwedish online music behemoth Spotify has released the 20 most popular wedding songs, based on 78,000 wedding playlists.  Whilst many usual suspects, bearing more than just a whiff of cheddar about them, are present as expected, there are some surprise inclusions and a couple which are simply baffling.

‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’ won’t raise any eyebrows, coming in at 20, whilst country music enthusiast and blonde immortal Dolly Parton makes number 19 on the list with her hit ‘9 To 5’, which, quite frankly, makes no sense.

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It’s the thought that counts, and sometimes that thought has come from the mind of a maniac. Most wedding presents follow a similar pattern of usefulness; some are for show, but still look pretty and add a nice touch to the home, whilst others will always prove useful, like the personalised teapot or swanky utensil set.

But then someone buys you a 6ft picture of a dog, wearing sunglasses, eating a block of cheese. What do you do with this present? Burning it seems harsh, but it takes up too much storage space to be kept. It certainly isn’t going on the wall, or if it does it will have to be covered with some kind of Indian throw to protect the eyesight of visitors.

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Forget all that standard stuff, like a fork, toaster or one year’s subscription to Horse & Hound.  Whether you’re requesting gifts or buying them, there’s no harm looking at some alternatives.

The collection of part-time geniuses here at Marriage Gift List have come up with the four Ps – Pricey, Pretty, Peculiar and Personalised.  Below you’ll find a few gift ideas and shop suggestions under each P, and hopefully you’ll find something a little more inspiring than a kettle.

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