If your mum plies you with drink when you visit
Champagne glasses and bubbles
Champagne flutes and bubbles make a great gift; you can’t go too wrong with a bottle of fizz for any occasion, and prettily decorated glasses add a personal touch without breaking the bank. (Though don’t tell my mother-in-law that.)
How to make it
While you may well have become an expert on the best champagnes, proseccos, cavas, and English sparkling wines during the course of your wedding planning, you probably want to pick a nice bottle of fizz that you’re not serving to your guests, so there’s no chance of a comical ’90s sitcom style mix up.
Abbazia Fiorino D’Oro prosecco is a great choice for tight budgets; it’s pretty standard as far as proseccos go – but that’s a good standard. The big chain supermarkets in the UK carry bottles for under £10.
If you want to flash your cash a little more, Veuve Cliquot Rosé champagne is a definite people-pleaser. (Fun fact: my partner and I got a bottle as a wedding present, opened it, and immediately ordered another one.) Supermarkets carry bottles under £50.
You can get gorgeous champagne flutes reasonably cheaply. T. K. Maxx (or T. J. Maxx, for American readers) carries single glasses at a discount, so you can buy two glasses for less than £10.
Or you could DIY your own design with dishwasher safe paint pens on plain champagne flutes. It’s not as scary as it sounds! Simple gold dots look stunning (and easy enough for anyone to do!), and can really make a budget gift not look budget.
The glasses will be delicate so it’s worth spending a little bit more on tissue paper to wrap them in and a gift box to hold everything. Paperchase has gorgeous, sturdy boxes for £5, and you can get a loooot of tissue paper for £3.
Cost of supplies
You should be able to get a nice but inexpensive bottle of prosecco, two single glasses, a nice gift box, and tissue paper for £25 or less; if you’re giving more than one of these as a present, buying a large set of plain glasses and doing a simple dot design on them to make them fancier (would you want boring glasses that could well have been nicked from the local pub as a gift? No) will work out cheaper than that.