Your best friends just got engaged and you want to show them how happy you are for them. But what the heck do you get a couple who already has everything? What are the best engagement gifts for couples that don’t scream cliché?
Instead of adding to the plethora of knick-knacks they’re going to receive, why not change the game with the opportunity for the budding bride and groom to create a new memory and celebrate this next chapter. Something to symbolise they’re about to start a new life together as a partnership is never a bad option when it comes to gift giving for newly engaged couples, perhaps even buying them a rug to match the floor of their new home?
Whether it’s a cooking class with a Michelin Starred Chef or a carriage ride through the countryside, here are some of the best engagement gifts they’ll never forget.
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- Michelin Starred Tasting Menu
- Picture-Perfect Personalized Frame
- Stop and Smell the Blooms
- Gin Tasting & Distillery Tour
- Keepsake Box
- Something Worth Writing About
- Make Your Own Wedding Rings
- Penthouse Pamper for Two
- Document Their Story
- Puppy Love Portrait
- Customised Serving Board
- Crazy For Cocoa
- Beautiful Bedding
- Victorian Horse-Drawn Carriage
- Gourmet Coastal Getaway
- A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
- Romantic Candles
- Wine Not?
- Pop and Pour Personalised Labels
- A Fabulous Vase
- Moving On Up
Michelin Starred Tasting Menu
If your friends are fanatic foodies, this gift will send their taste buds soaring to new heights. Choose from one of the many Michelin-star restaurants and book them a romantic dinner that they’ll never forget. Whether they’re serious meat lovers or strict vegetarian, there’s plenty of elaborate tasting menus that will give them a new appreciation for dining out. Everything from the cuisine to the luxurious setting makes this engagement gift a gastronomic journey designed to involve the senses.
It’s the ultimate treat for the lovebirds who consider themselves smartypants food snobs.
Picture-Perfect Personalized Frame
We all love having great pictures of ourselves, but perhaps none more so than a newly engaged couple. This personalised oak photo frame is a superb gift choice that symbolises the couple’s love in a charming way. Crafted from rugged solid oak hardwood left its natural colour, it’s a unique item that will match almost any interior design.
The different sizes it comes in make framing a breeze and a great way to personalise this gift is to deliver it with your favourite photograph of the pair already inside it.
Stop and Smell the Blooms
For example, Chrysanthemums (or mums) represent joy, optimism and wishes for long life. Spend a little time carefully crafting your bouquet and you’ll end up with a love letter to your pals, detailing your best wishes for them.
Gin Tasting & Distillery Tour
Are they gin lovers? Then they’ll adore a distillery tour, complete with gin tasting and a three-course dinner. Spend the day sampling some of London’s most premium dry style gin at Sipsmith Sipper Club. Their top-notch Mother’s Ruin boasts a blend of over ten botanicals including liquorice root, cassia bark and orange peel.
Their boozy day finishes with a gin-inspired three-course meal created by one of Chiswick’s most loved local restaurants; Charlotte’s Bistro. This experience ticks all the boxes!
Keepsake boxes are a delightful way to make sure your friends can keep all their most treasured memories in one place. They’re wonderfully meaningful engagement gifts because they’re perfect for keeping copies of the wedding invitations and orders of service, buttonholes, table decorations, garters, and so much more.
Something Worth Writing About
Do One Thing Every Day Together is the newest journal in the popular series. Giving it to the newly engaged couple as a gift will make you a part of some hopefully fabulous memories they create and will foster a long-term friendship foundation for the pair.
The book provides writing prompts with enough space for two people to write their responses. A variety of questions are offered, some of which require individual answers, others which address the relationship itself, and still more that provide ways for the pair to write about one another.
Make Your Own Wedding Rings
Want to be remembered by the couple every time they flash their gorgeous wedding rings? This is a really unique wedding present for those creative brides and grooms who want to craft their perfect day down to a tee.
Gift a wedding ring workshop under the guidance of professional jeweller Collette Dawn at her private studio located in an old Victorian Forge. Choose from a wide range of materials and shapes, melting down the metal to the exact requirements, milling, joining and shaping to perfection.
Penthouse Pamper for Two
Want to pamper the happy couple? Gift a slice of luxury with a private couple’s spa treatment at the renowned House Of Elemis.
Unwind in complete privacy in the elegant Penthouse boasting a rooftop hideaway. Give the couple a chance to choose their perfect treatment with an Elite Therapist. Top off the experience with a bottle of English Sparkling and fresh strawberries to share, the epitome of romance.
Document Their Story
Give the couple something they’ll treasure forever – a wedding book with a writer from Story Terrace.
This personalized engagement gift allows them to capture their love in a beautiful hardbound book personally written, edited, designed and printed with the help of a trained industry professional. Take the time to gift your loved ones something they will truly cherish for years to come; a lifetime of memories and experiences bound together.
Puppy Love Portrait
While it can be tough to buy artwork for someone else, if your friends are pet-owners, you’ve just found a way in. A custom portrait of their fur kid is a wonderful gift option and you can create the perfect one in a few short steps.
You’ll need to source a photo of the dog, cat, or whatever pet they’ve got first, and this is easy enough to do on Facebook or Instagram these days. Make sure it fits the image guidelines provided and then select a size, frame, and background colour. You can even add the little tyke’s name if you want to.
When you’ve made your choices the illustration process will begin, and you’ll get your thoughtful gift in next to no time.
Customised Serving Board
A customised, engraved cutting or serving board is the kind of gift that will be treasured for years to come, particularly if the newly-engaged pair are foodies.
Not only will it stay beautiful for a long time, but it’s also never going to lose its usefulness, and you can order one that arrives personalised and speaks to them every time they use it!
Crazy For Cocoa
Give the lovebirds a chance to appreciate the sweeter things in life with a chocolate making experience at the iconic Hotel Chocolat’s School of Chocolate. Yes, it’s a school of chocolate!
Uncover the chocolate bar with a hands-on experience that will take their chocolate knowledge to a new level. Sample specialist cocoa beans from the Hotel’s Saint Lucian plantation and give them the chance to create their own concoction – the ultimate sweet treat for those chocolate addicts!
Many people overlook the idea of giving luxury bedding as a gift but not you!
Not only is it used by everyone, but it’s also called to service every night, so your friends will definitely get good use from this engagement gift. Sizing is easy, simply slip in a question about it in everyday conversation or do a little exploring the next time you’re at their house. Colour can be a little trickier but going with ivory or white is a sure-fire winner.
Who among us doesn’t have a deep appreciation for a good set of bed sheets? And your gift is going to provide restful repose for many years to come. They never go out of style either.
Victorian Horse-Drawn Carriage
What’s more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by afternoon tea at a Victorian mansion? Um, nothing.
Gift a romantic royal trot through the picturesque Windsor Great Park as they pass Ancient Woodlands and glorious 18th Century Lakes. The happy couple will love the chance to the hustle and bustle of London with a fairytale adventure through one of London’s royal parks. Top it off with a crisp glass of bubbly and scrumptious treats along the bank of the River Thames at the esteemed Victorian Gothic country house, Oakley Court.
An adventure date of grand proportions, that’s for sure.
Gourmet Coastal Getaway
Gift a gourmet weekend away in Cornwall at Rick Stein’s luxurious St Edmunds in Padstow. It’s the perfect destination for those who love all things sand, sun and seafood.
Get a taste of tranquillity with a one-night stay at Stein’s restored Georgian townhouse including the simple elegance of his award-winning restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant. Boasting locally sourced seafood cooked to perfection, this is the ultimate foodie escape to the coast. It’s sure to be a weekend for the soul – an engagement gift experience the couple will treasure for years to come.
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
With a wedding coming up, what better gift than a luxury handmade photo album? That’s not to mention the engagement party and you could always give them a little jump-start by putting a couple of photographs of the pair on the first few pages.
You can choose from linen and leather covers for a refined touch and throw in a storage box to keep your gift in the best possible condition for longer.
Candles are a great go-to when it comes to gifts because who doesn’t love ‘em? They look wonderful, add a fantastically romantic air to any gathering, and you can get them in a variety of fabulous scents.
We all know that one couple that uses any opportunity they can to show off how much they know about wine. If that’s the case for your friends, why not immerse the couple in a full-day wine tasting masterclass about their favourite topic.
They’ll learn how to detect the flavours and aromas of fine wine with an interactive masterclass led by industry legend Gilbert Winfield of Winfield Farms. Spend the day tasting 16 delectable wines with a three-course lunch boasting some of the freshest, seasonal ingredients.
This experience exudes adventure and excitement; it’s sure to be unforgettable.
Pop and Pour Personalised Labels
Sure, picking up a good bottle of wine on your way to the engagement party is always an option, but why not take things up a notch?
Getting a personalised label printed on a great-tasting wine will definitely impress, and you can add a name, message, and photo if you like. You can select red, rosé, or white, according to what your friends prefer, and choose from an extensive range of tasteful designs.
A Fabulous Vase
Flowers are inextricably intertwined with all sorts of celebrations, so why not present your friends with a vase to hold not only the ones they’ll be receiving at the engagement party but many more?
You can word your message so that it says that your gift is to hold blooms from the wedding, upcoming anniversaries, and all other special moments and choose something you know your friends will love.
Moving On Up
Unless the happy couple is already living together, and even if they are, in some cases, your friends will be setting up house in a brand-new space once they’re hitched. You can help ease this process with a thoughtful gift that includes everything they’ll need to move or get their new kitchen up to scratch.
It’s easy to get caught up in the generic engagement gifts for couples so readily available in big retailers. But because you’re their favourite friend, take your gifting to the next level with a gift that will stay with them forever.
These personalised experiences and memories will undoubtedly put you at the top of their guest list!