Getting engaged is an exciting time in everyone’s life. If your friend is about to get engaged, chances are you’re looking for ideal engagement gift ideas.
Giving gifts on engagement is a newer tradition than wedding gifts, but they are growing in popularity. This is especially true in situations where the couple opts to throw a formal engagement party to celebrate their newly betrothed status.
Even if your friends are not throwing an official engagement party, a gift is a lovely way to celebrate their good news and show you care.
The only question is, what to get them? Let our list of engagement gift ideas get your ideas flowing. What will you choose?
A wedding planner
Unless they’re planning to elope, your friends are about to get very busy indeed! Take some of the stress out of planning the big day with a wedding planning binder or journal.
Shop online and you’ll find so many different designs, styles, and layouts. No matter what kind of wedding your friends are planning, there’s a wedding planner out there to suit them.
Wedding planners contain all manner of helpful information, from seating charts and calendars to checklists and places to store ideas, samples, and phone numbers. Some even cover etiquette and frequently asked questions.
A spa day
As the big day comes closer, your friends will most likely feel more and more stressed out. It’s only natural – although weddings are a wonderful and exciting time, they’re pretty stressful too.
Book your friends a spa day for about a month before the wedding date. If you book it too soon and it won’t have the desired effect of giving them a time out from the wedding planning. But any closer than a month and your friends won’t thank you – in the last month they’ll have too much to do to want to take time out for a spa day!
Many spas offer his n’ hers packages and romantic days just for couples, so your friend and their spouse can enjoy first-class pampering, and even some champagne and strawberries to set the mood.
A honeymoon photographer
Your friends have most likely had their engagement shoot and are checking out wedding photographers – that’s if they haven’t booked one already!
But what about the honeymoon? Honeymoon photography is a relatively new trend – it used to be as simple as taking some phone or camera snaps to remember the trip. Nowadays though, newlyweds can book honeymoon photographers in most locations around the world for a day or an afternoon of professional shoots, with digital files included in the price.
Look for honeymoon photographers near where your friends are going to stay on their honeymoon. Look around online for reviews and ask the photographer for testimonials from recent clients to make sure you are getting the best photographer for your friends.
Something for the wedding feast
Your friends are heading towards one of the loveliest, most romantic gatherings of their lives – the wedding reception.
Why not give them a heartfelt gift that is designed with their very special day in mind? For example, you can buy some lovely personalized champagne flutes in a range of designs from modern and geometric to classic and elegant. They’ll love toasting each other for the first time from their very own personalized flutes.
Or why not get them an elegant, timeless set of cake cutting tools? Splash out and get something high-end for classic elegance that will add a splash of luxury to the all-important moment.
Your friends will love having a memento of their special day that they can keep long after the feast is eaten and the tables cleared.
His and her gifts
His and her gifts are a classic for a reason – couple gifts are a sweet, fun way to celebrate a couple’s impending nuptials. You can buy his n hers versions of everything from bathrobes to mugs, or why not opt for a timeless choice such as a Mr & Mrs photo frame?
Whether your friend and their partner are quirky, sweet romantic, modern, or practical, you’re sure to find an appropriate Mr & Mrs gift to make them smile and remind them of the wonderful wedding day coming their way.
Accessories for the honeymoon
Your friends are already looking forward to their wedding day – and after that, the honeymoon. Set them off on the right path with a travel-themed honeymoon gift.
There are so many options. Why not add a touch of sweetness to their travels with Mr & Mrs luggage tags, passport holders, or even a luggage set?
Other ideas include guidebooks to the place they’re visiting, a cookbook or dictionary for the local cuisine and language to get them in the mood for their trip, or a travel survival pack of eye masks, pillows, and essential oils.
If you know of a local restaurant that serves similar cuisine to where they’re headed, why not treat them to a romantic dinner there before the wedding? They’ll get a preview of the local cuisine and a fun reminder that their wedding day is approaching.
The right engagement gift will bring a smile to your friend’s face and add a touch of extra sparkle and sweetness to this exciting new phase in their life.