I was really excited to hear from this brilliant new company, Patchwork Present who have created a site which allow your friends and family to contribute towards something that you really want but perhaps couldn't afford on your own steam. Think of it has a wedding gift list, but better. In fact, that's how it all started for founder Olivia Knight who custom built a gift site to help fund a family honeymoon to Cuba. Having already made a nest with her partner of ten years and had two children together it made no sense to go down the conventional toaster and coaster route. They instead decided they'd love to experience a holiday of a lifetime with their little family and so they divided their honeymoon into a selection of experiences their guests could contribute towards should they wish. We actually did something very similar for our own wedding but very much wished there was something that could've done this for us at the time. It felt really special to know that our parents had gifted us our flights, friends had paid for dinner on the beach and Great Aunt Dot had covered a boat trip, because we could think of each person whilst we were there and tailor a thank you to them afterwards.
This neat little video with Olivia perfect illustrates the concept...
How does it work? It's quite simple. Just register your details, then start building your patchwork gift. It could have several components that you need to make up a whole, or it could be one item using images from the stock gallery or of your own. Price up each section, enter your PayPal details and voila, you'll end up with your own unique url to send to friends and family who can start to contribute towards your Patchwork Present!
I think it's a great idea which helps take away the pressure of gift buying too. I wonder how many of you will be signing up to this over Christmas...what do you think?