A civil partnership is a union which is formed between the same sex.It could be compared to a wedding day
which entitles the couple to have the same right with regards to property and their finances as a married couple without being officially married according to the law.
The UK is one European country of many that recognises same sex partnerships. There are a few countries including Spain and Portugal that allow same sex marriage but the UK will not recognise same sex marriage at this moment in time.
But, a civil partnership is still an important occasion and signifies two people declaring their love for one another which deserves a celebration. Although these partnerships cannot be conducted in churches there are many venues which hold civil partnerships.
Similarly to a wedding it is tradition to buy the happy couple a present to mark this special day. They may have a gift list for you to buy from but if they don’t or you want to buy them something different then have a look at our civil partnership gifts
for some inspiration.