Her boyfriend has finally popped the question; it’s now time to celebrate this momentous occasion with some great engagement gift ideas. While is not traditionally required to buy an engagement gift for close friends and families, giving the joyful couple a small token points out that you support and care for them.
There is no specific amount to spend for an engagement gift and the happy couple will do with a well thought out inexpensive gift enough to surprise them in anticipation of their wedding day.
To help you select the perfect gift, here are top 10 engagement gift ideas:
10. A Personalized Engagement Ornament
An engagement could be one of the happiest occasions a couple will commemorate and is certainly worth celebrating with a personalized engagement ornament. Have a professional calligrapher inscribe the couple’s names at the centre of the ornament and the engagement dates separated by little reds to create a remarkable keepsake to be treasured for many years to come. Don’t forget to include a ribbon for easy hanging.
9. Couples Cooking Classes
For the newly engaged couple, this can be a great activity. Not only will cooking help them get closer to each other, but the whole experience will help them get invaluable ideas for homemade meals. Most cooking classes include hands-on instructions for making typically all courses of the meal not to mention that many chefs and teachers will equip their students with wine selection tips. The bride and groom will love this engagement gift idea and might end up inviting you for dinner to sample their newly found cooking skills!
8. Wine Club Membership
If the newly engaged couples love a good glass of wine, a membership to a wine club might sound like a great engagement gift idea. The good thing with this idea is that the couple will continue to have a good time in their first few months of marriage. You can customize the gift to cater for their wine tastes, whether it is white, red, desert wine or a combination. Most wine clubs charge a monthly fee; therefore you can choose a membership that fits your budget. Some of the most popular wine clubs charge relatively low monthly fees including the Discovery Tour Wine Club which charges $20.00 per month.
7. Gift Cards
This engagement gift idea allows the couple to use gift cards for specific stores, restaurants or other services. Gift cards are great since the couple can use them when the cash flow is at its lowest. Gifts cards are versatile as well and some can be used in multiple locations making them very convenient. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on these cards, just stick to the budget. The couple will be greatly impressed regardless of the face value on the gift card.
6. Keepsake Box
Think of a skillfully engraved keepsake box made of hand-crafted wooden box or sterling silver. The couple can use the keepsake box to store small mementos from the wedding. Inscribe the couple’s initials and engagement dates on the lid to add flair and a personal touch. Other keepsake engagement gift ideas include boxes containing special a compartment for rings or a lid that holds the couple’s photo.
5. Gift Basket
Getting a perfect gift basket is not a daunting task considering the number of gift baskets on sale online and departmental stores. Romantic gift baskets may include massage oils, cool music CDs, candles or a food basket complete with cooking guides and starter kitchen appliances for those who love to cook. Some gift baskets come with assorted wines, chocolates and coffees. With the gift basket idea, you need to lay emphasis on the couple’s taste and preferences so that you can select the basket which best suits them.
4. Dinner Gift for Two Certificate
A romantic dinner for two is always a welcome gift. Some research on the couple’s favorite restaurant or any other local restaurant with a good rating offering sumptuous food would come in handy. Ensure that the value of the certificate caters for appetizers, a main course, desert and a wine of glass for each. If you want to make it really special, arrange for a musician to serenade them with classical music. Not only will this gift come as a great stress reliever but you can be sure the couple will remember you for a very long time.
3. Subscription to a Bridal Magazine
This is the perfect engagement gift idea if your bride and groom are planning for a longer engagement period. You can consider giving the couple a subscription to a bridal magazine if the engagement period is more than one year. The bride will certainly enjoy reading stories of other brides-to-be and will be looking for tips to make her own wedding exceptional and unique. Some of the top bridal magazines like Elegant Bride go for an annual subscription fee of just $9.97
2. Something Blue or Something Old
There is a classic wedding adage that says “something old, something new, something blue and something borrowed” which can be very inspirational when it comes to engagement gift ideas. This is especially true for the elderly who are looking for a perfect opportunity to pass a treasured family possession that the couple can preserve. This would be the most appropriate time to pass antique earrings or a pearl necklace that has been passed down through generations and you have always wanted your daughter to grace her wedding while adorning them.
Cash will always remain as one of the most popular and perhaps the best gift you can give to a newly engaged couple. There are endless things that the couple can do with cash. Most engaged couples are more than happy to receive cash as their anticipated wedding will most to the time require large amount of funds. Cash can be used for the wedding, offsetting some debts or even for the honeymoon. It is needless to say that giving cash is a lot easier that heading to the shopping mall to buy a gift.