An engagement gift is any present you give your fiance-to-be before their marriage. It’s not just about giving money for your wedding, though that can be a common way to show love and appreciation. The best engagement gifts say so much more than a simple cash gift—a thoughtful gesture showing the new couple’s interests, personality traits, or even chosen profession.
Qualities of a good engagement gift
1. IT’S A PERSONAL PRESENT
You don’t have to give your engagement gift to the couple–you can let it sit in a drawer until they are married and give it to them at their wedding. But while they are engaged, there is no such thing as too little, too late when it comes down to showing your love and appreciation for your soon-to-be spouse.
2. IT’S THOUGHTFUL
It may not seem like much, but even the smallest gift has the potential to show you care about the relationship. The best engagement gifts are not just the cheapest around; they are well-received and appreciated by the recipient.
3. IT’S USEFUL
You can’t expect your gift to be an item that is used and gets put to everyday use in the future. Instead, think about it as a possible investment for your new spouse. You don’t want anything that will end up collecting dust or being thrown away after a year of marriage…unless you want to make them feel even more special!
4. IT’S UNIQUE
It should be something no one else would ever buy for their significant other, or at least something hard to find. The best engagement gift is likely handmade or a present you know your fiance-to-be will appreciate but wouldn’t buy for themselves.
5. IT’S (DOABLE) WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
While you should never feel restricted by a specific price when giving an engagement gift, it’s best not to go overboard on the price and end up with nothing but debt.