Getting engaged is an exciting life event – not just for the happy couple, but for their friends and family too. That’s why engagement gifts are such a lovely concept. It’s a sweet way to share in the excitement, or just express your support. So whether you’re looking for a thoughtful “welcome to the family” present for your future in-law, or you’re newly engaged yourself and just want to commemorate the occasion; read on for our list of gift ideas and get creative.
The “Our Best Moments” Photo Book
We’re renowned for making beautiful wedding photo books, but why wait until after the big day to look back on your favourite moments together? Look back on your relationship and all those great little moments that led up to this big one. Include snaps from those early first dates, day trips and holidays away.
CEWE Design Tip: Our free CEWE Design Software gives you limitless possibilities when it comes to adding text to your photo book. If you’re a bit of a wordsmith, this is a great opportunity to get shamelessly sentimental. How did you feel on your first date? Was there a moment you knew they were “the one”? Our software gives you full control over the size and positioning of text boxes, perfect whether you want to share a snappy couple of lines about the first bad joke they ever told you, or devote a whole page to recounting a romantic day out.
The Matching Mugs
This one is great for a friend or family member, and a fun gift to bring to an engagement party. Set them up for a lifetime of morning coffees together with matching mugs, designed especially for them. Our photo mugs are fully customisable, so you can make them as sweet and sentimental or as cheeky as you like! Design with pictures of the happy couple, or get creative with jokes and fun sayings. Try their names and engagement date, “His” and “Hers”, “Future Mr Smith” and “Lucky Mr Smith”, “I Proposed” and “About Time!”… anything that sums up the personalities of the newly engaged couple. Give your design a professional look with some simple typography, and you can create a fun gift that’s sure to impress.
The Couples’ Jigsaw Puzzle
There’s a nostalgic sense of romance to jigsaw puzzles. They provide a cosy way to spend quality time with another person, without technology or distractions… glass of wine and roaring fire optional. We like the photo jigsaw puzzle as a lovely “welcome to the family” gift for your future son or daughter in-law. It’s thoughtful, without being too mushy! You can get it printed with anything at all that feels personal to the newly engaged couple; photographs from their favourite travel destinations, the city where they met, or even their beloved pet.
The Romantic Wall Art
The question’s been popped, the answer’s been “yes”-d, but even between couples, engagement gifts don’t have to stop at sparkly rings. Why not celebrate your big moment with some beautiful wall art?
If your home decor taste is more traditional, our canvas prints are a great choice. Soft and tactile, they’re a flattering fabric for printing photographs of people. Alternatively if your home is more modern in style, get experimental with eye-catching aluminium prints, on thin aluminium di-bond with an on-trend matte finish.
If you’ve enjoyed an engagement photo shoot, creating wall art is the perfect way to showcase your favourite shots. If you can’t decide which photo is your favourite, try a collage canvas print and show off them all! Alternatively, you could create your own gallery wall, just follow our handy gallery wall tips to get started.
CEWE Design Tip: Our CEWE Design Software has a huge range of templates to help you make your collage. From neatly aligned squares, to an informal scattered effect. Simply select your preferred number of photographs, and pick your favourite!
If you’re more of a quirky couple, why not get creative with still life photography to create some romantic wall art? Look around your home and select a sentimental item to photograph. A necklace bought for Valentine’s Day, the ticket stub you saved from a fun movie date, or the mix-tape they made for you in your early relationship days. Anything that triggers happy memories makes a perfect photography subject to celebrate your relationship.
The Personalised Artwork
If the reaches of your creativity expand further than photography, why not use the opportunity to experiment with graphic design and typography? Combine text with clip art, vector art or even your own original graphic designs to create a bespoke piece that celebrates your relationship. Interesting ideas include referencing your first date, such as “It started with a coffee” or “It started with a concert”. If you’re music lovers who already have a firm favourite song picked out for your first dance, why not immortalise “our song” with the song title and artist, or perhaps a poster featuring your favourite lyrics?
CEWE Design Tip: Our software gives you full control over colour palette. Use the colour picker tool to select the exact shade you like, and save custom colours for repeated use. To keep your image looking smart and cohesive, try matching the colours of your text to other design elements you’ve used.
For an informal look (perfect for home offices and games rooms) graphic designs look great printed on posters, or as framed prints, if you prefer a neater effect. To really bring out the colours and sharp lines of your design, opt for a matte finish.
The Phone Case for Romance in Your Pocket
They’re the person who texts you the most, they send you the best Spotify song recommendations, and they never fail to heart-react to your Facebook photographs. For many, mobile phones are the best way to stay connected when you’re apart. If that sounds like you, treat them to a personalised phone case, featuring one of your favourite photographs. We have a huge range of finishes to choose from to fit most models, so you’re sure to create something that makes them smile every time they take out their phone.
The “10 Things I Love About You” Mini Photo Book
Calling florists, booking photographers, negotiating catering, finding a venue… wedding planning can be exciting, but stressful! But it’s always wise to take time out of your busy schedule to let your partner know how much they mean to you. A nice way to do this is by sitting down and creating a list of “10 Things I Love About You” (Or 20, or 30, or 50… if you just can’t narrow it down!) From their cheesy grin to the way they always offer you the last doughnut, pick out all those little things that make you excited to say “I do.”
For a short and sweet project like this, try a mini pocket photo book. These photo books are small, compact and have a soft cover, so they’re perfect for thoughtful little gifts. They start at 26 pages, giving you plenty of space to add a fitting photograph or two to illustrate each item on your list, as well as extra to spare for a heartfelt introduction.
Whatever you choose to create, whoever you create it for, all it takes is your creativity (and a little help from CEWE) to create a personalised engagement gift they’ll love. Still looking for more ideas? Check out our CEWE Community pool, where you can view CEWE PHOTOBOOKS created by other customers. It’s a great source of inspiration, and we regularly pick out our favourite books to receive a £50 CEWE Photoworld voucher, so it’s always worth submitting your own projects too.