Love is in the Air: A Guide to Engagement, Shower, and Wedding Gifts

May 22, 2023

Are you getting ready to celebrate someone’s big day? Whether you are a bridesmaid or an office acquaintance, you want to find the perfect gift for the happy couple when you are invited to share in this special celebration. If you are a close friend or family member, you may be looking for unique gifts not just for the wedding, but also for an engagement celebration or a bridal shower. 

There’s no need to get stressed because we have you covered! Our Gainesville, Florida giftware store has everything you need to easily take you from a memorable engagement gift to the perfect present for the big day. With everything from specialty wedding gifts to beautiful home décor items, you can find the perfect present for every couple with the help of our experienced team.

Here are our top ideas to inspire your gift-buying:

1. Toast to the Happy Couple 

Once they’ve announced their engagement, it’s time for the couple to start celebrating. Let them toast their engagement or wedding day in style with special champagne flutes that will always remind them of their commitment to one another. Even a couple who already has a full set of glassware will enjoy having unique champagne flutes that are all about celebrating their nuptials. They will return to these champagne glasses year after year to toast their anniversary with fond memories. Pair this with a special bottle of bubbly that they can use for a toast at their engagement party or for a cozy night in while finalizing wedding plans.

Gold Champagne flutes and a sweet tea towel that has two love birds on it!

2. Sweet Scents to Mark Their Big Day

Candles are a perfect go-to gift for any occasion. They bring favorite scents, soft light, and a beautifully packaged accessory to fit any home’s style. Ella B Candles take this one step further by personalizing its selection of candles for special occasions. For the bride-to-be or the newly engaged pair, Ella B’s Happily Ever After and Bride Candles are the ideal choice. With their signature scents and beautiful packaging, these candles make an excellent small gift on their own or form part of a larger gift paired with other home décor items like the Mr. & Mrs. plate pictured here with the candles.

A sweet newly wedding gift that includes a plate and nice candles!

3. Serve up and the Love and Joy

Whether the newly engaged couple already shares a home or is just setting up their household together, specialty kitchen items are always a welcome gift. They spruce up everyday dishware by adding unique pieces for dining and entertainment that turn any meal into a special occasion. At Haile Kitchen & Bath, we offer a wide range of unique serving platters, cutting boards, and dishware. Here are a few ideas: 

Fill their home with the perfect dining accessories to remind them of their happy day and enhance their dining and entertaining for years to come.

An image showcasing a "Bless This Home" wedding plate. A Mr. and Mrs. cream-colored serving plate.

4. Picture Perfect Memories

Engagement parties, bridal showers, and weddings are joyful occasions, but they always pass by too quickly. Photos are the perfect way to capture those memories and relive them over and over. Gift the bride and groom-to-be with an adorable picture frame that is perfect for their special occasion. We have several unique options including this clear frame that declares, “loved you then, love you still, always have, always will”. Or go for a more traditional look with a thick frame that states, “it was always you”. With so many memories to capture, the happy couple is sure to have plenty of photos they want to display, so a photo frame will always be put to good use.

A clear picture frame that says, "Loved you then, love you still, always have, always will"

5. Wedding Day Survival Kit

While weddings are a blast, they can also be stressful! There are so many details to plan and guests to think about, that it can put even the most Zen couple to the test. Why not create clever wedding day survival kits with everything the bride and groom need to breeze through the day with ease? Gather supplies that you know your friend or family member will appreciate on the big day. This could include a soothing eye mask, calming essential oils, hand cream, tissues (for all the happy tears), and healthy energy snacks. Pack them all up in our cute Wedding Day Survival Kit bags and present them to the bride and groom in advance of their big day. They will thank you for the thoughtful gift that will help them relax and enjoy their special day.

An image featuring a tan wedding day survival kit.

6. A Work of Art

Artwork is a very personal representation of our tastes, style, and emotions. It is also a design accessory that brings colors, textures, and patterns to your home décor. A special piece of art that reminds them of their wedding is sure to be a favorite addition to their wall art. This adorable painting features lovebirds and a wedding cake and makes an ideal accessory for the newlyweds’ home. If wedding-themed art does not fit the couple’s style, then check out our full range of wall art with options that fit anyone’s home décor.

A painted picture of two love birds on the top of a beautiful two-tiered wedding cake!

7. Light Up Their New Home

If the new couple will be setting up their first home together, or if they plan to update their existing home, gift them with some unique home décor items that they will treasure forever. Our Gainesville showroom is full of amazing design accessories that will enhance any home’s style. Gorgeous table lamps in an array of colors and shapes can adorn their bedside tables and end tables. Floor lamps are the ideal addition to a cozy living room or a quiet reading nook. 

Mirrors enhance many spaces in a home, from an entranceway to a bedroom. They reflect light around a room and make any space feel larger and brighter. Choose a mirror to accent their home’s style with a frame color, shape, and material that will become a stylish centerpiece.

A short round lamp with a blue base and a white lamp shade!

8. Cocktail Hour

Celebrations will take center stage as the happy couple prepares for their big day. Make the festivities even more fun by gifting them with a cocktail set and glassware that they can use to toast their future. There are specialty sets to serve up their favorite cocktails, like these accessories for making the perfect margarita or the three-piece bar set for mixing drinks. Pair this with any of our custom glassware for a memorable cocktail hour to toast their future. Finish off the gift with their favorite bottle of gin, vodka, or tequila to get the party started.

An image featuring a cocktail-making kit.

9. Wine and Cheese Parties

If a wine and cheese evening is more their speed, a gift of accessories for displaying and serving cheese and crackers paired with wine tumblers is a perfect choice. This cheeseboard etched with “Mr. & Mrs.” is an ideal gift that lets them serve up their favorite cheese selection with style. Whether they are hosting the in-laws or serving up a brunch for the bridal party, stylish serve ware will enhance any gathering. A set of wine glasses pair well with this cheeseboard for the perfect wine and cheese evening. Or go for cute wine tumblers that declare “Love, always”, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. 

An image featuring several different gifts that are perfect for newlyweds.

10. His and Hers Pampering

The bride and groom-to-be will be busy! From the day they get engaged to the final countdown to their wedding, the couple will need plenty of support to finish planning their big day. What could be better than offering them “his and hers” pampering supplies to boost their mood and wind down after a hectic day of visiting venues and tasting cake samples? We offer a wide range of self-care supplies, including sweet-smelling soaps, scrubs, creams, and balms to make them feel good from head to toe. Pair it with a set of fuzzy, fancy slippers to create the ultimate home spa luxury. For her, consider the Infinite She line of products that offers lush fragrances and celebrates all the women in our lives. For him, consider this Jack Black full skincare line for men. From lip balm to shampoo, moisturizer, and more, these products make sure the groom is looked after too!

An image featuring a men's self care line that has bright blue packaging.

Find the Perfect Gift for Every Couple

A wedding, and all the festivities that lead up to it, is a time to celebrate love, hope, and joy.  It marks the commitment two people you care about make to each other as they begin their new life together. Whether you are celebrating with family, friends, or work pals, you want to find the perfect gift to mark this special occasion. You may even have multiple events that require a gift, including an engagement party, a bridal shower, and the wedding itself. 

If you are looking for something that is truly unique, we offer gifts in a wide range of prices and styles ideal for any of these occasions. Unique gift choices that fit their personality and style will bring a smile to the happy couple’s faces and help them make memories in the years to come. From serving platters to artwork, picture frames, and more, we are the only stop you need to make to find the perfect present. Stop by our Gainesville store to browse. Then speak to a knowledgeable member of our team who can help you scout out the perfect gift to mark this special occasion.