Choose thoughtful engagement gifts that any newly engaged couple will love with a little bit of help and advice from the experts and our pick of the best engagement gifts for couples below.
Engagement gifts can be tricky to choose. Unlike wedding gifts, there’s no gift list or wedding registry for you to select from. It’s also difficult to know what the etiquette is for buying an engagement gift.
How much do you spend? Do you buy an engagement gift and then a wedding present for the couple later down the line?
These days, with most weddings postponed because of lockdown in the UK and many special occasions celebrated online in lieu of seeing our loved ones, sending an engagement gift, even if it’s just a bunch of flowers delivered to the happy couple, is a nice way to show them that you’re thinking of them. No matter how far away you are.
To help you choose the perfect engagement gift, from the traditional to the unusual and unexpected, we’ve enlisted the help of wedding etiquette and engagement gift buying experts.
What do you give as engagement gifts and how do they differ from a wedding present?
When it comes to finding the perfect engagement gift, it’s the thought that counts.
“Engagement gifts are generally more personal and less costly than a wedding present,” explains Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, Wedding Planner and Founder of La Fête.
“Wedding presents are generally based on a list created by the couple with their home or honeymoon in mind.
“Therefore you are much more likely to find that wedding presents are bigger, practical and more expensive gifts that will last a long time. Engagement presents are often bought with less notice. They represent a small gesture in anticipation of the wedding itself.”
What is the best gift for an engagement?
“I always think that a lovely picture frame, a flower subscription, spa weekend, bespoke illustration, or something along those lines is a lovely detail,” suggests Charlotte.
“Always use the rule that this should be something that the couple would not necessarily think of buying for themselves.”
How do I pick an engagement gift that both the couple will love?
“This obviously depends on how well you know the couple, or each of them individually. If you aren’t sure, pick something broader or that they can then personalise. If you are sure of what they will love – go for it!”
Or, pick one of these thoughtful and memorable presents from our carefully curated selection of engagement gift ideas…