When special people in your life get engaged, it's such an exciting time for them and for you, and you're pretty much guaranteed to have a full calendar for the next few months. There will be plenty of opportunities to party, eat good food and toast love, but the engagement announcement and subsequent party are the first opportunities to show how generous, thoughtful and creative you really are, and display you fabulous gift-giving abilities. But don't be intimidated, Roses Only has got you covered with a list of lovely gifts the loved-up couple will thank you for; ranging from extravagant luxuries to affordable yet thoughtful gestures.
1. Personalized champagne flutes and a bottle of bubbly
Nothing gives you the opportunity to drink far more than you know you should, like a wedding celebration does. Personalized champagne glasses are a beautiful way to honor the lovebirds, and are a gift they'll be able to use for years to come as they toast all their special moments. Elevate the gift by adding a bottle of champagne to go with it, like a bottle of Moet Chandon or Veuve Clicquot. We like the range at Bed Bath & Beyond and The Tipsy Grape.
2. A hamper filled with goodies
A hamper is a great option and can be homemade or ordered online. If you're making it yourself, our suggested contents include:
- Vintage wine or spirits, with some accompanying glasses
- A photo frame for wedding pictures
- A wedding magazine for planning
- Condiments, spreads and oils
- A picnic blanket
- Monogrammed towels
- Perfume and cologne
- A personalized breadboard
3. Customized art
This gift is a little bold, but if you feel confident you know your friends' taste in art, it really is a unique and breathtaking gesture. Depending on their style, the art work could be a sketch of the couple, a caricature, a watercolor interpretation or even an image inspired by their love. Be sure to check out the way they've already decorated their house so you can try to match the theme.
4. A spa voucher
As exciting and fabulous as wedding planning is, it's also tiring, stressful and time consuming. Giving the couple a designated day of relaxation will be so well received, and gives them the option to use it whenever it suits them, like after a particularly tense mother-in-law to groom chat, or before the kitchen tea. There are bridal packages available and even options to have a mobile therapist come to them!
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5. A high tea voucher
It doesn't get much more civilized than an afternoon sipping on tea and munching on scones. High tea or devonshire tea is perfect for a soon-to-be married couple, as they could enjoy it as a break from their wedding planning, use it as an opportunity to discuss the more sensitive details of the big day with their parents, or even as taster for a potential kitchen tea. Everybody likes morning tea, so this one will be a winner regardless of when it's used.
6. Personalized stationary
In a digital world there often doesn't seem like there's a need to use stationary, but not only is personalized stationary a lovely way to encourage things like hand written notes and letter writing, but will also come in handy as the special couple plan their big day. Of course, you don't want to start selecting wedding invitations on their behalf (they have a Pinterest board for that, obviously), but two engraved pens, some stylish notebooks and perhaps even a personalized wax seal stamp make lovely gifts.
7. A bunch of flowers
Perhaps the most classic gift of all, there isn't a person on earth who doesn't enjoy being presented with a stunning bouquet of flowers. Ordering online means that you don't even have to think about getting to the shops, and the couple can dry the flowers after the big day to keep as an engagement souvenir!
8. A voucher for your own services
If you're short on cash or prefer not to spend your life savings on another wedding, there are other ways you can show your love for the engaged couple, and be super helpful in the process. Offering your time and skills to help plan the wedding is a generous way to be involved in the process, whether it's helping pick out a pair of shoes, driving Grandma to the airport after the reception, getting up at 5:00am to pick out wedding flowers or put hundreds of stamps on wedding invitations. Buy a card and write a heartfelt message in it, and write down a few suggestions of how you could help.
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9. Money, money, money
If you're really stuck for ideas and frankly, don't have the time to work out what to give the loved up couple, cash is ALWAYS, I repeat, ALWAYS well received. There isn't anywhere to hide when you give cash however, so make sure you're comfortable with how much you're giving, and keep in mind that between the kitchen tea, hens party, wedding present and any wedding-related travel costs, you'll be potentially spending a lot of money over the next few months. A well written card goes a long way, too!