How to find cool engagement gifts
Wedding and bridal shower gifts are pretty easy to choose. You only have to think of some household item that the young couple would make use of in their life together. Dishes and blenders and dishwashers — that sort of stuff. These might still make pretty good engagement gifts for people that are less formal, but will diminish your options for a later wedding present, or might even end up catching dust if the couple already has the material means to buy everything they desire, according to their own tastes.
The question “What can you get for someone who already has everything?” might be a literary cliche, but we do tend to stumble upon it fairly often in real life. What can provide good value for someone who’s already jaded with expensive things? A highly elaborate, personalized adventure with a twist ending seems to be director David Fincher’s answer as seen in The Game, but we really don’t recommend looking towards a thriller film for cute engagement gift ideas. However, personalization, excitement or emotional significance are all things you should consider when shopping for an engagement gift.
You should also get an idea about what the couple actually likes to do together, such as playing tennis or rafting or going to air shows or any other possible thing and shop accordingly.
How we choose cool engagement gifts
What’s proper to offer as an engagement gift? First off, engagement parties are generally semi-formal, low key events that concern only friends and family members. Gifts tend to be placed on a table and opened after the festivities are over, so there’s little reason to be concerned that the item you bought might be publicly outshined by some expensive, flashy object.
This gives you, however, more freedom to choose a funny or risque gift, or one that bears significance only for you and the couple. Inside jokes or anecdote that only you share are a good place to draw inspiration from when funny engagement gifts are concerned.
You should always take note that you are buying for two people. Gifts that only one member of the couple will find useful or significant will make the other partner feel shunned, hence they should be carefully avoided. Although it might make you seem quirky, something like an angle grinder will pose little use for a future bride, or likewise a set of expensive makeup for a groom. His and her’s packs are an obvious must if you’re going for grooming products.
If in doubt, think of tradition
Not exactly tradition when it comes to engagement gifts since these are a fairly new thing, but either wedding tradition in a more general sense, or something pertaining to the respective couple’s cultural heritage (if applicable).
If any or both of them are particularly preoccupied with what went on in the old country, you should do a little research on what is customary in regards to bridal or wedding gifts. For example, a properly themed quilt is a traditional American wedding present, and whole sets of plates are given to Greek couples to be broken during the wedding celebrations.
There are a lot of companies out there that personalize items with the precise intent to be offered as unique engagement gifts for adults. These allow you to put your friends’ initials on everything from commemorative plaques to expensive champagne glasses and wine boxes. This might make for a nice touch, especially if combined with an item that might hold some personal significance.
But you don’t really have to limit yourself to a written dedication, matching portraits or a portrait together, wood carvings or even framed photos could be well received from close friends and family members, although these might come as a little intrusive from people that aren’t particularly close, such as co-workers.
Themed novelty items
Cutesy knick-knacks that can be found in gift shops or in the gag gifts section of Amazon might make for funny engagement gifts for couples that appreciate a good joke above everything else. You could find wedding themes ones, such as a “bride and groom” instruction’s manual,” or just go for something of personal relevance, like a novelty cigarette dispenser if you’re dealing with a couple of smokers.
These allow for some personal creativity to come into play since you could make your own joke outside of the product’s original statement, that might not even be all that funny. Think of wordplays on the couple’s names or something innocent like that. No need to go overboard with your joke and Saturday Night Live style humor is generally tasteful in this context.
Is it really necessary for your gift to be practical? Well, yes and no, depending on the type of people you are shopping for. Think of how they reacted to previous gifts to get an idea if they prefer something of actual use or if some sort of a wall hanger would be enough.
Truth be told, there is quite a narrow range of actually practical gifts to be bought for an engagement, and they all involve some household appliance or another. If you consider this would do fine, take care for it to be significantly cheaper than the present, you have in mind for their wedding.
Plaques and such can be too boring, especially given that they rarely hold any aesthetic value. If a framed something is what you settled on, pay some mind that the item is at least moderately interesting. Something like a family tree chart will both fit the occasion and raise interest.
The price of the present has multiple ways of affecting the value attached to a product. A cheap item of too little consequence might appear trivial and would risk diminishing the importance of the occasion. Even if looking the miser isn’t an issue, something like a personalized key chain or mug will still be in poor taste. People aren’t usually too impressed when receiving the type of flair that’s handed out at conventions as a gift from a friend or family member.
Aside from the considerations mentioned above, too expensive an engagement gift might be likewise awkward. It’s not actually a wedding present, after all, so keep it simple.