Thank you woolly ~ they haven't lived together but also live abroad, so I don't know their tastes except for clicking on their gift list, but they've got lots of functional things on there (cutlery etc) so they don't give many clues.
cheeeese (have I got enough 'e's there?!) fabric, sewn things. Quite a small budget as their wedding's abroad so we're spending lots on planes, trains and hotels etc.
kelle I'd love to make a quilt for them, but not convinced my sewing skills are good enough, also I think it'd end up being quite expensive and a lot of work for something I'm not 100% sure they'd like.
I like the idea of a patchwork runner thing for their bed woolly - would you go for neutral colours? Or I could sneakily ask their siblings, who also live in Germany, what colours might be appreciated?
a mix cd with cheesy love songs on/ones that mean something to them i wouldnt do something with photos as they will print their own out someone made us one of those hanging heart things for our door, embroidered with our initials and wed.date. good as small and personal but also if short on time you could buy one then personalise
we got given gardening stuff which was great, use all the time and would never afford ourselves, so maybe paint or pva stick a montage onto a really good sized tin/box for them to keep seeds in?
OK bear with me... a friend of mine had beautiful squares of paper that she got key friends to write a word of support/inspiration on, they could do it in beautiful script or spaghetti hoops or fabric swatches etc.. they were totally diverse and all beautiful.
the gift, was that she framed with a little plaque on it with date of the wedding on it.
Thank you all - some lovely ideas! Have already sent some beach people on the hunt for pebbles (am stuck at home with a chickenpox child), and have been sketching (sp?) some ideas together inspired by ideas from here