Mar 3 2014

Insider Tips // Engagement Gift Giving Etiqutte

Engagement Gift Etiquette

Between the holidays and Valentine’s Day it seems like everyone on your newsfeed just got engagement. Engagement gift etiquette is a well-debated subject.  Do you even need to give gift? If so, when? How much should you spend? And of course, what exactly should you give?

Q. When Should I Give an Engagement Gift?

– If you are invited and attend an engagement party
– If you are very close to the couple (in the wedding party or close family)
– If they have given you an engagement gift in the past

Q. How much should I spend? 

A. Engagement gifts are not where you should spend the big bucks.  This is typically a smaller & celebratory gift, under $50 is completely fine.  Bridal showers, Bachelorette parties and the actual Wedding Gifts are the ones to splurge on.

Q. What Should I Give? 

SOMETHING CELEBRATORY 

—> Engagement Ring MugsBling Wipes, Mr and Mrs Signs, their first Monogrammed Gift

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WEDDING PLANNING MATERIALS

—>A bridal Magazine Subscription, J Crew’s New Wedding  Planning Binders, a DIY Engagement Gift Kit, a Wood Journal 

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SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL

—-> a custom stamp set with their new last name, a His and Hers Water bottles,   Happily Ever After Spoons and a custom throw 

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Q. When is it not required to give an Engagement Gift? 

– If there are no hosted engagement events you are attending
– If they note no gifts on the invitation to an event (obvious, we know)
– If you can’t attend

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Jul 5 2012

Top 5 Engagement Gift Ideas: Do You Need to Give One?

You only need to give a gift if…

A. There’s a party. Unless it was otherwise specified on the invitation, or it is an informal get-together that is not being hosted, you should bring an engagement gift.

B. You are very close to the couple.  If so, give something sweet, sentimental and thoughtful right after they get engaged.Price Suggestions: $10- $60.

Here’s our Top 5 Engagement Gift Ideas:

1. Perfect Picnic

This shippable Perfect Picnic basket from NYC is perfect to send to someone engaged in the summer. It comes stuffed full of handpicked, handmade delectable items. Pretend you’re on the Amalfi Coast of Italy & cherish this special picnic experience, the work is already done for you. There is a Gift Insider special deal –  $88

Perfect Picnic Basket

2. Bridal Magazines

Bring a bag of Bridal Magazines to the engagement party. Have issues sent to her home each month after the party. Make sure to send the local editions for the city her wedding will be held in.

Engagement Gift Ideas: Bridal Magazines

 

3. Custom Ring Dish

This is a handmade & personalized option for the bride who likes things made just for her.  Perfect to hang on the wall or use to hang on the bedside table

4. Custom Etched Bottle of Wine

Forget the borring bottle of champagne and do something meaningful that they can cherish AND drink. Get a custom bottle of wine or etched champagne bottle made with their photo or their name. Use code EE20PERCENTOFF for 20% OFF.

Custom Personalizied Etched Wine

 

4. Wishing Tree

I love this idea to bring to a party or coordinate with a few good friends and send the couple off with a tree full of happy wishes. Put your wishes on the tree and then the couple can read it later in the night!

 

For those of you who know the ropes – we wanna hear about it! What was your favorite engagement gift idea?! Comment below!

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