Post # 1
My fiance’s little brother just proposed to his girlfriend last night. We’re expecting them to get a lot of criticism from their families, so we feel it’s important that we support them as much as possible. We’ve just picked up a nice card and plan on writing a very nice letter to them, but I really want to give them a gift too. What were your favorite/most meaningful engagement presents?
Just as some background to aid in advice-giving — they’re 22/20, in college/live in dorms or with parents, and won’t live together until after the wedding date (so glassware/housewares aren’t appropriate). I’d like it to be a meaningful and enduring gift; something they can look back on years from now and still remember as a great engagement gift.
Post # 3
oh wow! that’s a tough one…i’m thinking that at that age what i wanted most was memorable experiences. can you send them on an awesome weekend trip or get them concert tix for their favorite band?
Post # 4
You could pay for them to get engagement photos taken. I’m considering doing that for my little cousin when she gets engaged.
Post # 5
I’m glad to hear that someone else thinks it’s tough too! These are great ideas, thanks!
Post # 6
I don’t know if I would appreciate it if I were younger, but i love the Willow Tree figurines. There were two that we got for our wedding…one of a couple dancing and one of a couple holding each other. They were both so sweet and they remind me of our first dance. Maybe you could get them something like that and let them know how excited you are for them?
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
I agree with coffeekitty…when I was in school, the best memories I have are taking little trips away from campus to NYC or to a special place that was away from the norm. If they live near a big city, maybe a night at a cool hotel and a restaurant gift certificate at a romantic spot?
It’s great that you want to show support! They’re lucky to have you in their lives 🙂
Post # 8
I love the idea of giving them an “experience” of some sort. They probably have a limited number of things they do, so tickets to something unique could be a nice change of pace. Plus anything to get them away from the family/roommates for a night would probably be appreciated. If you are looking to spend a little less though, maybe you could get a cute picture of them off of one of their facebook accounts and surprise them with a nicely framed copy?
Post # 9
Such great ideas, thank you! I think either engagement pics or an experience is going to be the winner. Though it’s hard to choose — they live in NYC, which I know nothing about. Hmm..
Post # 10
Do they have a running list of “touristy” things they’ve always wanted to do in the city? My fiance lives in NYC and every time I visit we try to knock something off the list I made when we first started dating (dorky, I know!) – some of these things might be pricey for a college couple! Even dinner out might be nice!
I like @greenleafmountain’s suggestion of a framed picture too – we received two really nice frames as engagement gifts – I printed some photos and put them both out right away!
Post # 11
I think photos would be a great idea. Also, I think it is wonderful that you are planning to do something special for them…especially with the perceived situation! 🙂
Post # 12
If they’re in NYC, tickets to a broadway show (combined with dinner if you’re looking to spend a little more) would be so much fun! I also really like the idea someone threw out of paying for their engagement pictures, but I think if you go that route you need to give them a budget and let them pick the photographer (photography style is such a personal thing – I think that should be something they choose).