Engagement photo provided by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography
Most of us can find an ‘okay’ gift in a heartbeat, but finding just the right gift for a newly engaged dear friend — or friends — is hard. Fold in equal parts of what-is-customary, what-is-wanted, what-is-so-NOT-me and what-is-affordable, add a lack of available time to shop into the mix, and there – you and a white elephant might meet. Fear not, as Taylor Street is not just a wedding favors store. We have awesome gifts for the newly engaged — for both guys and gals (!) — and couples too.
But first, be aware of these rules of the road. There are different gifting moments, with different generally accepted gifts for each — beginning with the engagement announcement (engagement gift), then the bridal shower / bro-bath gift, and lastly the bachelorette / bachelor party gift.
I try to celebrate a friend’s engagement with an out-to-lunch treat, or a heartfelt card, like this one…
But, if there is an engagement party, do you “have to” bring a gift you ask? No, you don’t have to, but if your friend’s parents have put on a fairly wiz-bang catered event for the about-to-be-married, you absolutely will see other guests bringing gifts…so, yes, you ought to. These gift suggestions range from $35 to $55. Particularly if you know both of the newly engaged, think of gifts that a couple can enjoy together. It does not need to be “wedding-y”.
Bridal Shower / Bro-Bath Gifts
This is most definitely a party/gifting event, and is usually planned far enough in advance that the wedding registry is already available – potentially creating a dilemma – do you do your gifting based on the registry or gift “free-style”? If you keep the registry gift costs at the lower end, I like to not only buy something from the couple’s list, but then give a smaller, personal item too, particularly if I have not yet celebrated the engagement with a gift early on. These gifts ideas range from $15 to $150.
Bachelorette / Bachelor Party Gifts
As the last “blow-out” event of a bride or groom’s single days, the emphasis here is on fun and friends. Your gifts ought to reflect this. Depending on the cost sharing arrangement for this last party, your gift may have already been given – helping to pay for the event itself – a Las Vegas weekend can get pricey. If a gift is in order, gifts related to the honeymoon or travel are always welcome. These gifts can be priced all-over-the-place, but the ones I’ve noted range from $20 to $55.
There you have it – our selection of great quality gifts that are as nice to give as they are to receive. Party on and get gifting.