Get divorced... get a gift list
A high street retailer is to introduce a divorce gift list service to cater for the growing numbers of people saying "I don't" rather than "I do".
Debenhams said its Divorce Gift List service is being launched amid a reported spike in couples deciding to divorce after the festive period.
The firm added it came at a time when "congratulations on your divorce" greetings cards had gathered in popularity alongside divorce celebration parties complete with divorce cake, famously held by celebrities such as Jordan, Gail Porter and Heather Mills.
Peter Moore, head of retail services at Debenhams, said: "With so many couples now living together before they marry, the Wedding Gift List concept is now regarded as more of an upgrade service, rather than stocking up the first home with the basics.
"However, a divorce means that one partner will be leaving the marital home and therefore be left without any essentials in their new house."
The retailer said items expected to be popular included cookware, cutlery, crockery, glasses, bed linen, towels, small electrical goods such as toasters and microwaves as well as non-iron shirts, large plasma screen TVs and computer games.
Mr Moore added: "Divorcing can be an expensive time and registering for a Divorce Gift List means that family and friends can help the newly separated begin their new life."
The retailer has run its Wedding Gift List service for more than a decade. The average couple includes 120 items on their list, totalling £1,500.