It’s always exciting to hear that a friend or family member is engaged. Whether a big wedding is part of their plan or not, celebrating the momentous milestone that is an engagement is always a great way to recognise a couple’s love and look towards their future together.
Of course, celebrating an engagement will always involve finding that perfect engagement gift, which isn’t as easy as it may sound. If you want to give a fabulous gift that will show your newly engaged couple just how much you love them, then be sure to read on because we’re about to share contemporary and traditional engagement gift ideas that are well worth exploring.
It is always hard to know what the couple already owns and what their personal style is, so you have to be careful when choosing decor as an engagement gift. That being said, opting for unique, statement decor like a Fitzroy storm glass can’t go wrong, as this decor piece is something they can incorporate into any room in their home and is considered universally mesmerising and useful to boot.
It’s also important to note here, that whilst it’s always tempting to choose versatile decor that can be found at any homewares store, you do so at the risk of another loved one gifting the same thing. That’s why it’s always best to choose something a little left field like a storm glass. Simply wrap up this beautiful gift in tissue paper, pop it in a stunning gift box, and you’ve successfully put together a unique and winning gift to hand over at your couple’s upcoming engagement party.
A special meal
Gifting a meal voucher that’s good for a night of fine dining at a fabulous restaurant is always such a special gift to receive, but doubly so if that restaurant has been picked with a little love and care. For instance, if you know of a fine dining joint in your locality that your couple have been meaning to visit, but haven’t had anything worthy of the occasion, then your engagement gift to them can easily be a reason to finally tick experiencing this culinary treat off their shared bucket list.
Regardless of whether your special couple uses your meal voucher before or after their wedding and honeymoon, chances are they’ll be grateful for this thoughtful sentiment and will think of you fondly as they enjoy this gastronomical experience.
Crockery and china
Crockery and china would absolutely fall into the category of traditional engagement and wedding gift ideas, as they have been a popular gift for engaged couples for many decades. Not only can gifting crockery be a lovely way of symbolising the meals and future life they will share together, but this particular gift idea can also ensure that you help to symbolically and quite literally build up their shared household, by fitting it with all the assets they need to live a happy life together.
If you are looking to gift crockery, we recommend resisting the urge to buy anything too bold when it comes to patterns and prints. Instead, try and choose something that is going to be versatile and will be able to withstand trends over the next few decades. If you like you can even make it personal and have the couple’s initials and wedding date marked on the back of your gift items.
A weekend away
After the excitement of planning and attending their wedding, the newly married couple is naturally going to require some rest and recovery. That’s why a weekend away is likely to be a well-received engagement gift indeed, as it will allow your newly engaged couple the perfect excuse to forego all the chaos of wedding planning for just a little bit longer and enjoy the immediate excitement and bliss that is a fresh engagement. Think of it as a pre-honeymoon!
You can provide this weekend away in the form of a gifted travel package, or simply by creating a travel itinerary that has been custom-made to suit the shared interests of your engaged couple. If the couple has a special connection to any particular getaway destination, then absolutely consider making this the location for their gifted weekend getaway.
Bedding and homewares
Who doesn’t love bedding and homewares? Like crockery, this is a beautiful traditional gift idea that can be enjoyed by your engaged couple for many years to come. Choosing something luxe like Egyptian cotton is a nice touch, and will go a long way in setting up their marital home.
Homewares are another great option, especially if your couple may be moving in together for the first time and are in dire need of all the furnishings and decor that make up a happy home. Think about getting them goods like art, throws, cushions, and other odds and ends that they would not buy for themselves but will all come together to make a house a home. If this feels like too much of a risk, then you may wish to ask their closest friends and family what they really want so you can get them something that you know will be adored.
Sentimental and creative
Sometimes the best gifts cannot be bought and creating the gift yourself is the only way to go. There is no limit to what you can create, so choose something that is in your capacity and adequately uses your own arts and crafts skills so that it’s uniquely yours.
For instance, if you are a budding photographer, you may wish to take one of your favourite photos of the happy couple and present it to them in a gorgeous custom frame. If you are quite creative with a paintbrush, pencil or pen, create a piece of art that best reflects their love and your relationship with them. Gifts like these will always last the distance and are sure to become prized possessions of your newly engaged friends.
We hope you have enjoyed these wonderful gift ideas and have started to consider just how many traditional and contemporary engagement gift ideas there truly are for you to choose from. And remember, that so long as your engagement gift is lovingly chosen or made then you cannot go wrong!