With proposals popping up all over the place, you've probably gotten phone calls and texts with happy news of friends or family members newly engaged over the holidays! Over in my neck of the woods, my best friend Jen got engaged to her guy Scott via Santa on a Firetruck (you should see the video! #allthetears) and my brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend Erica on Christmas Eve in front of our whole family! SO CUTE! I'm getting another sister-in-law! Hooray! So all of this L-O-V-E got this girl thinking about some thoughtful and intentional gifts for the newly engaged friends in your lives!
Here we go!
1. SOUTHERN WEDDINGS PLANNER
My favorite planner of all time! Gosh I wish this planner was around when Chris and I were engaged! The Southern Weddings Planner is more than just checklists and timelines. There's date ideas and notes about marriage and intentional advice on each part of your wedding. Plus the binder with the gold foil cover is timeless and beautiful. Get one here!
2. INITIAL WAX SEAL
This is a little outside of the box, but such a cute (and fancy!) gift! I had a close friend use a wax seal on her wedding invitation envelopes and it was the perfect touch to bring her invites to the next level of regal. As a gift I would keep the color neutral and proper monogram format (if the bride's taking her groom's last name) is bride's first initial, last name initial, and groom's first name. For example Chris and my monogram is MSC. You can find some adorable wax seal options from Mark and Graham here!
3. RETURN ADDRESS STAMP
Sticking with the paper theme, a return address stamp is thoughtful as well as super handy! Between Save the Dates, invitations, and thank you notes, there is a ton of mail to send out and a stamp with the couple's address will save the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. a good amount of time. My favorite and one I have myself is from AngeliqueInk on Etsy! Find it here!
4. CUTE MUGS
I don't know about you, but I'm obsessed with Ashley Brooke Design's mugs! How cute would these be for a newly engaged couple?! Find them here!
5. LOCAL COOKING CLASS
Planning can get crazy. Trying to please both families and friends can be exhausting. Why not give the gift for just the two of them. A cooking class is such a great way to reconnect and focus on each other. Look up classes in your local city! If your area has a Sur La Tab, they usually have weekly classes there! Here in Richmond you can find some also at Southern Season!
6. MONGRAMMED ACCESSORY
Chances are your friend will be doodling her new monogram/last name a ton (I did!) Why not gift her a new accessory with her soon to be monogram on it so she can flaunt it? I'm loving Oatmeal Lace Design clutches on Etsy. Find them here! They are so well made and beautiful! (monograms are add-ons) Marley Lilly has some less expensive options for monogrammed gifts like key rings, tumbler cups, and hoodies.
7. MANICURE SET WITH RING CLEANER
If you're engaged or have been engaged you know just how obsessed you are with your ring and your nails of course have to be perfect! Why not put a little gift basket together filled with items like a nail file, the perfect bridal nail polish, cuticle cream, and ring cleaner! I love this inexpensive yet adorable gift idea. Put a bridal magazine in their too for a little something extra! My favorite ring cleaner is Connoisseurs. It works great plus it's super cheap! Find it at Target!
8. COFFEE SPOONS
Ok, you know I had to include something coffee related in this post haha, but who doesn't love these little love spoons!? These ones are from BHLDN! Find them here!
9. CORK GLOBE
The perfect gift for your friends who are always planning their next adventure! I'd gift this with a travel book of a place they are thinking for their honeymoon! This one is from CB2 and can be found here!
10. MASSAGE GIFT CERTIFICATE
Ok! This one may be my favorite in this list! The perfect gift for your bestie to have a little her time, feel refreshed, and take a break from planning to take care of herself. Find massage services in your local area!
11. BREAKFAST TRAY
A practical piece in every home and one your friends will use time and time again! I'm loving this lucite one! Again from CB2!
12. POTTERY BARN PILLOW
We received this pillow as a wedding gift and it's still one of my favorite things in our home. It goes with everything! Gotta love Pottery Barn! Get it here!
13. PHOTO BOOK
I LOVE this one! I'm a photo book girl so I of course had to include this option! Albeit time consuming, how thoughtful is it to gift your friend with a book filled with photos and fun quotes of your friendship or relationship with her soon to be hubby? My favorite site for photo book is Shutterfly (they always have 40% coupons!) And I believe you can now add your voice and other fun things to their books! Hooray!
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