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? Yet another bunch of flowers and a generic “I DO” mug? Perhaps a “His” and “Hers” pyjama set?
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.
Whether it’s a cooking class with a Michelin Starred Chef or a carriage ride through the countryside, here are some of the best experience engagement gifts they’ll never forget.
Michelin Starred Tasting Menu
If your friends are fanatic foodies, this gift will send their taste buds soaring to new heights. Hosted at the Michelin-starred restaurant Texture, a seven-course tasting menu for two boasts sophistication and class at every turn.
Head chef Aggi Sverrisson, former head chef at Raymond blanc’s Le Manoir, brings clean-cut European and Scandinavian flavours to life. With a strong focus on contrast, this experience stays true to its name with a gastronomic journey designed to involve the senses.
It’s the ultimate treat for the lovebirds who consider themselves smartypants food snobs.
Gin Tasting For Two
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!
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.
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.
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!
What’s more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by a bubbly and a picnic in the countryside? Um, nothing.
Gift a romantic trot through the country with The Horse Drawn Carriage Company in the luxury of one of the original Barouche carriages. Escape the hustle and bustle of London with a fairytale adventure topped off with a private picnic in the great outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
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!