A Little Something
I got married a bit later than most in my life, at the ripe age of 29 years. With that, many of my friends had the wisdom of several years of matrimony to share with me before I embarked on the journey myself. They also had some very practical advice for navigating the wedding planning process.
One of the best things they were able to offer were little moments of, “Hey, I’ve been there. You’ll need X or Y to help with that.” These tips were always so welcome! And they started early—with engagement.
Just weeks after my engagement, a sweet friend gifted me two very thoughtful (and practical) celebratory gifts. I still use both to this day!
These little remembrances are a great way to joyfully share in the news of a friend’s engagement and offer a small help in navigating all that is to come. Here a few of my favorite gifts for the newly-engaged.
1. Salt Cellar
This one may be a bit unfamiliar to some, but this is one of the gifts I referenced above, and I absolutely treasure it. Old china sets used to come complete with small dishes for each place setting to hold individual portions of salt. You can often find a beautiful selection of these pieces at an antique store or on ebay or etsy. In addition to being diminutive and delicate, they are perfect for storing your ring when you need to slip it off temporarily. I now keep one in the kitchen for when I’m washing dishes or kneading dough, and on my bedroom dresser for when I’m applying lotion.
2. Ring Cleaner
I didn’t have a lot of nice jewelry before I received my engagement ring (read: Target statement necklaces were among my finer pieces) so I was pretty unfamiliar with the rules of jewelry upkeep. I was so grateful to receive a ring cleaning solution (complete with a tiny brush) for maintaining the sparkle on my stone during and after engagement. It was also super helpful to know that most jewelry shops will offer a free ring shine, as well.
3. Wedding planning book
There are, no doubt, a million options out there for wedding planning resources, but The Wedding Guide made by The Little Blue Chair in Louisiana is a beautiful linen-bound book that I’d certainly have jumped at the chance to use during my engagement had it been available. Not only is the format simple and clean, it includes some really thoughtful prompts for prayer and thoughtfulness throughout the process. This would make a great congrats gift to ease someone into the to-dos of planning a wedding.
4. Bath salts and face masks
I’m all about some fancy skincare products these days, and bath bombs and face masks are high on my list of treats. There is something so indulgent and restful about setting aside an evening for a little me-time with good-smelling lotions and creams. Giving a friend the gift of some ways to unwind in a busy time of life is the perfect excuse to slow down and enjoy the season. This jar of eucalyptus salts is a great choice.
5. Sugarfina bento box
Who wouldn’t get excited to receive a little customizable candy-gram? I love the idea of sending one of these little mix-and-match fillable Bento boxes. I’m always a bit more apt to tackle hard things (ie: gathering addresses or nailing down a table plan) when I have a sweet treat to ease the overwhelm.
6. A set of custom notecards.
Brides-to-be have a lot of gratitude to express, and a set of personalized notecards are a great thing to have-on-hand for after showers and the wedding.