Updated: Dec 7, 2019
The season of Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day has been officially dubbed "proposal season." So, it's no surprise that you may have a bride-to-be or two on your Christmas shopping list this year. The pots and pans and ironing board will surely be on their wedding registry so what can you get them for Christmas? There are only so many "does this mug make me look engaged" coffee cups or "wifey" t-shirts a girl can have (those items are fun, but they are a go-to for most gift givers). Below is a tri-city centric list of gifts that the soon-to-be bride or engaged couple in your life will actually love and USE.
Gifts and stocking stuffers
1. Jewlery Cleaner
K. Hollis Jewlers in Batavia | Price: $15
With the beautiful (and expensive) new addition to their left hand, both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be will get extensive use out of a high quality jewelry cleaner. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or stand-alone gift, this is an item that is both thoughtful and practical - any something many other gift-getters won't think to give!
2. Market Bag
Love Theory Bridal in Geneva | Price: $35 *Mention Aces Event Planning to receive 10% off!
This oversized bag is trendy, durable and serves a purpose from the moment of engagement through the honeymoon and beyond! It is perfect to bring along to vendor planning meetings, use as a "catch all/misc. bag" for the day-of, and perfect for daily activities on the honeymoon. This isn't a bag that will be used only once then never again!
3. Customized address rubber stamp
Amore Creative in Wheaton
Price: approximately $40
Between save-the-dates, wedding invites, and thank you cards, newlyweds have their fair share of mail to send. Save them time and add some glam to their stationary by gifting a newly engaged couple a customized stamp with their return address! The practicality of this gift spans beyond wedding mailings to a lifetime of Christmas cards, party invites, and more! Plus, Amore Creative is an award-winning boutique graphic design studio that offers exceptional customer service and beautiful custom designs. These rubber stamps are custom made by Kara Elizabeth Calligraphy. Talk about a unique, custom, and impressive gift!
4. Personalized Ring dish
ElyciaCamille in Carbondale | Price: $12-$25+
This has been my personal go-to engagement gift for years! Wearing such an important piece of jewelry is an adjustment for newly engaged couples so a safe place to keep it is essential. This gift covers all the bases: personal, useful, and potentially avoids the situation of a lost ring! These ceramic dishes from Elycia are handmade and beautiful. I don't know about you, but I've always felt that handmade, local gifts hold so much more meaning than mass produced pieces.
Experiences and services
5. Gift card for drinks
Cafe & Barr in Geneva | Price: varies
An adorable cafe in downtown Geneva, Cafe & Barr serves coffee, tea, beer, wine, and snacks! With comfortable seating for individuals or groups, Cafe & Barr is an awesome space for a bride to get some solo planning done, meet with a group of family and friends to coordinate the guest list, unwind with the bridal party after a day of dress shopping, or to attend a live music night with the soon-to-be-hubby. With all the stress that comes with planning a wedding, you can't go wrong with the giving the gift of caffeine and booze!
6. Gift card for pure relaxation
Salternative in Geneva | Price: varies
While we're talking about the stress of planning, nothing is more relaxing than a trip to Salternative! Perfect to unwind and place yourself in the right headspace during wedding week, a giftcard to Salternative can do wonders for an engaged couple! From flotation services that help to relieve pain and physical and emotional stress and improve sleep, mood and overall health and well being, to typical spa services like massages (including couples massages), and everything in between, a gift card to Salternative is sure to be put to good use... especially during those stressful weeks leading up to the big day!
These gifts are purely my own thoughts and genuine recommendations. There are no paid sponsorships featured in this post.