When thinking of life's most exciting moments, an engagement is definitely near the top of the list! It's one of the most joyous things to celebrate - the start of a new chapter and the joining of two lives. Finding the perfect gift often feels overwhelming, but the trick is to say goodbye to the conventional and think personal. Here are five unforgettable gifts for the newly engaged, that will ensure you stand out from the crowd!
When it comes to monogramming there's an endless treasure trove of items that can be found everywhere from Etsy to Tiffany and Co. For something beautiful and very functional, we love the idea of a monogrammed cutting board from somewhere like Indy Urban Hardwood. With charcuterie boards filling Pinterest and Instagram feeds from coast to coast, what better way to help the newly engaged dive into the trend than with their own custom board? If the duo is more traditional, monogrammed glassware like a Tiffany's ice bucket, decanter or champagne glasses is a great, timeless way to go.
What's a celebration without cake? Whether they put these to use for the wedding day, or save them for the lifetime of celebrations to follow; a gorgeous cake cutting set is a tried and true engagement gift. When it comes to choosing a set, think of the couple's style and you'll be able to find something that suits them. For the eclectic couple we love Terrain's Rose Quartz set. Kate Spade's with love set is ideal for the ultra chic, glam couple. And for the modern couple, we love CB2's set, available in both brass and black, both of which are sleek and classic.
Few things will stand out more than a custom art print of the couple. Using an engagement photo or a favorite from their relationship, many artists across various mediums can create really unique items. Based on the couple's style there are lots of artists creating custom portraits, but for something fun and playful we love the style of Jennifer Vallez. With clients like InStyle Magazine, Urban Outfitters, and Jennifer Aniston, her work is a quirky way to adorn the walls of the couple's home and could even be a great piece of framed decor for the wedding day!
Special Date Candles
A trend that has gained a lot of traction over the last few years is customized date candles. This is a low key, budget friendly way to show the couple you care. If the wedding date and location are already set in stone this is a fun way to celebrate the exciting day to come. For a freshly engaged couple, basking in that "(s)he said yes!" glow, just swap the wedding date and location for the engagement date details. The Little Market even offers a beautiful version that is affiliated with a female powered social cause to make your gift even more impactful.
Bespoke Gift Baskets
If settling on just one gift doesn't suit your fancy, look no further than a curated gift basket. Put on your creative thinking cap and start making a list of all of the big moments and special places for the newly engaged couple. Once you have that jumping off point, the world is your oyster. If the couple has moved a lot, consider pulling together special items from each location they've lived in. If they have a shared passion or hobby, use that to build out a theme. You can even pop in a few of the items listed above - imagine, a monogrammed charcuterie board with a bottle of wine from that vineyard they love, a box of chocolates from the city they fell in love, and a candle with their engagement details. Can't you just see them beaming as they open it? With thoughtful touches and personalized details your gift will be the talk of the engagement party!
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