So one of your friends has got engaged and you don't have a clue what to buy them? I didn't realise engagement presents was a thing until my boyfriend popped the question in April. There wasn't a surface in our living room that didn't have a card on it and we're actually still receiving presents - it's so generous, heartwarming and mad! I've made a little round up of perfect engagement presents and it's all thanks for my friends and family.
Wedding Themed Money Pot
It's a well known fact that weddings can be an expensive occasion, why not help the newly engaged couple on their way to throwing the great big party that you're looking forward to by giving them a money pot? We got a couple of Pot of Dreams Wedding Fund pots which is reassuring for my Mum and Dad. My personal favourite was the Honeymoon Fund Terramundi Pot. My newly-wed friend knew where her priorities lay! I'll be sure to keep popping the pounds in this one.
An Engagement Keepsake
Every engagement has a story. If you can buy a gift to match their story in some way it's sure to be special for the couple. We got engaged at Brooklyn Bridge Park in an area of New York called Dumbo. My best friends (who were upgraded to Bridesmaids) got us the cutest keepsake of a Dumbo teddy from Disney with a personalised label on it. I had no idea you could get personalised labels like this. Even though a lot of people who'll spot Dumbo sitting in our living room and might not understand, it means the world to us.
If your funds don't stretch far the card you choose can have a much bigger impact than a gift. A personalised card is something the couple can keep forever and maybe even have framed. This card that we received from one of our best friends is from Normadorothy.com. The design is perfect if the couple got engaged away from home. There's lots of other gorgeous rustic designs on their website. Etsy has hundreds of options but you could also go down the route of Funkypigeon or Moonpig if you've got lots of photos to share.
The way we live our lives it's highly likely the couple has a photo taken after the proposal, of the ring or of their big cheesy grins. I know we've got a few, from the Haribo ring at Brooklyn Bridge to the night we bought the ring in Times Square. A photo frame is the perfect gift for these cherished moments. This gorgeous one is from the Star range by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams, very much a Wedding/Engagement special. You could go cheaper, bigger, multiple photos - there's so many options. If they've shared any engagement pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you could get it printed out and pop it inside for them. So many people don't get round to printing their photos they're sure to appreciate it.
Wedding Countdown Board
With an engagement comes the wedding. Some couples get to work quickly setting a date and others opt for a long engagement. Whatever their plans you might want to help them count down the days to the 'big day'. Wedding countdown chalkboards are good fun and a lovely little addition to a home and then even a wedding. There's loads of personalised options too, a nice little name reminder for the bride to be.
Wedding Planning Stationery
Speaking about getting to work, the bride and groom might need a bit of advice to get them started, something to point them in the right direction perhaps. There's loads of different options out there so why not get them a wedding planner or wedding to do list set? Busy B has a fantastic range including this Wedding To Do's and a Planner that I'll be featuring on my blog some time soon.
Lets face it, any gift that's been personalised shows you've put a bit of thought into it. One of my best friends got us personalised luggage tags and she admitted that it's more of a wedding present but she couldn't resist giving them to us already. Goes well with our honeymoon money pot! The only problem is I want to use them now...
A bottle of Fizz
An engagement is definitely an occasion to celebrate and I've lost count of how many bottles of Prosecco and Champagne that have been drunk as a result. You can't go wrong with a bottle of Prosecco to help the couple celebrate, and it's a present that's hassle free and doesn't cost a lot. If you're wanting to go one step further why not get a personalised bottle? It could be vodka, gin or wine; whatever the happy couple drink. A keepsake that could maybe make an appearance at the wedding. Or be turned into a bottle light after the contents have disappeared.
Have you got any engagement present ideas? Any proposal stories to share?