When your best friend gets engaged, thinking up the perfect present can be stressful. Sometimes blenders, spatulas, and ceramic pots and pans just don't do your 10-year friendship justice. Going beyond the standard registry items is one way to ensure your gift (and your friendship) is unique. Finding something that is meaningful, practical, and pretty (all in one) is not always easy so we're providing a plethora of thoughtful gift ideas that are sure to impress the bride-to-be and also let her know how special she is in your life. From a live wedding painting to a custom-engraved cake knife that they'll use on the big day and beyond, check out our favorite unique engagement gift ideas below.
Give the gift of an unforgettable escape by purchasing a gift certificate from Relais & Châteaux. With 530 exceptionally gorgeous properties all over the world, the couple can use the money towards their honeymoon or save it for a future getaway.
It's easy to help your friends showcase their love when you can use their Instagram photos to do it. Artifact Uprising's Instagram-Friendly Books takes scrapbooking to the next level, making it simple to create an amazing album for the couple without the glue and glitter mess.
Help your friends make it official at home with coordinating embroidered pillows with their initials. The black-and-white design from Jonathan Adler will fit into any décor scheme.
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Married couples can often need a reminder to pencil in date night, so treat them to a fancy meal with a gift card to the town's best new restaurant. This way, the newlyweds can enjoy a relaxing night out without having to answer the dreaded question: Where should we go?
Cutting the wedding cake can be made even more special with a custom-engraved cake knife with the couple's names and wedding date. It also makes for a beautiful photo opportunity for the wedding album.
Figuring out what's for dinner every night can become a stressful chore. Services like Blue Apron and Plated ship all the ingredients and directions you need to whip up an amazing meal at home—no professional culinary skills required.
Wedding planning can be stressful. Help relieve your friends with a gift certificate for a couples massage along with a cozy new robe to wrap up in while relaxing.
Alcohol is always appreciated, especially when they come straight to your door. A wine subscription will let the new home be constantly stocked with the latest brands for all the dinner parties to come. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Hire a local artist to capture your best friend's big day in a special way. Live wedding paintings provide entertainment for guests as well as a meaningful gift for the couple, who will treasure this work of art forever.
Alys Tomlinson and Dan Malpass of Our Labour of Love
Gifting the couple with a dance lesson prior to the wedding is a fun experience for the bride and groom and also gives them a few new moves to incorporate into their first dance.
With tons of wedding presents, there are tons of "thank-you" notes to write. Your friends will thank you for thinking ahead and providing a pretty personalized return address stamp for all the mail they'll be sending out.
A couple's cooking class is not only a fun occasion for the bride and groom, but will also equip them with skills they can bring into their own kitchen for the many meals they'll share.
What is your go-to engagement gift to impress a good friend?