Let’s face it. Most folks know the drill for giving wedding gifts. In our cyberspace world, it’s all too easy to buy prezzies online at the drop of a hat. But when it comes to giving engagement gifts, that’s a different story…
Engagement Gift Etiquette
Usually, after an engagement, it’s appropriate to send a congratulatory card to the happy couple, but presents for engagement can also be a thoughtful, sentimental gesture.
That said, the bride and groom-to-be should not expect engagement presents from friends and family. This special occasion’s all about people coming together to celebrate the news before the wedding madness commences.
Marriage symbolizes two individuals coming together to become one. However, during the engagement period, they’re still two separate persons. Therefore, it stands to reason you should give gifts that reflect that. For instance, giving engagement presents that can be shared – such as towels, dishes and so on – are a no-go. Instead, give gifts that can be enjoyed individually.
Unlike the wedding where the couple has planned a gift registry, engagement presents for couples can be anything you like, within reason, of course! There are a few engagement present ideas you should steer clear of…
If you were thinking of getting PlayStation games for “both” of them… don’t. Let’s face it, she wouldn’t play, it’d just be him!
And before you impose your own (wacky) taste, just be sure you know the couple really well otherwise you might be met with bewildered stares. If you’re unsure of their taste, it’s best to go for simple, practical engagement gifts ideas you know they’ll use like a (returnable) home item or a gift voucher to a local restaurant.
Perhaps one of the worst engagement gift ideas is something re-gifted, i.e. giving something you got as a gift, but don’t want. Even if your gift is brand-spanking-new and unused, it’s tacky to pass it off as something you bought for your newly engaged friends.
Here’s how to help the couple start their marriage off on the right track. The keyword here is personalization…
Personalized Engagement Gifts
First and foremost, the gift doesn’t need to be extravagant. No siree. It can be a small token of appreciation, a way to congratulate and convey your good wishes.
If you’re seeking unusual engagement gifts, happily, there’s a solution. These days, ladies and gents, there are such things as personalized engagement presents. These come in the form of photo frames, candles, soaps, jewelry, engraved gifts, monogrammed gifts, glassware, cufflinks, wedding planners and more.
With these gifts, you can personalize them individually with each of their names, or even add both couples’ names on to your gift turning it into a thoughtful, useful keepsake they’ll treasure long after the party.
Instead of opting for gifts that lack that personal touch, choose personalized gifts instead. These presents will get your message of love across to the said couple and also ensure they cherish your gift forever and ever and ever.