Two types of couples have emerged in lockdown: The ones who are simply riled up by the sound of their partners breathing (or typing, eating, sleeping – name your pick), and the more lucky ones who have emerged more loved up than ever before. Judging by the flood of engagement posts flashing up all over Instagram, it seems the majority have happily slotted into the latter category. Cue the confetti.
Once you’ve liked the post, examined the bling and sent a congratulatory message, it’s time to approach the all important matter of an engagement gift. But much like any other seminal celebration, it can be a minefield knowing how to congratulate the newly engaged who are undoubtedly already drowning in lavish bouquets and diptyque candles.
In addition, the implications of Coronavirus putting any chances of an extravagant engagement party on the back burner has meant there’s never been a more important time to send your virtual well wishes in the form of a thoughtful gift.
Easier said than done though, right? Not anymore.
Whether you’re struggling on what to get your aunt who has recently announced her third engagement, seeking inspiration for a tee-total friend who won’t light up at the sight of a Champagne bottle or looking for an adrenaline fuelled experience for a pair of thrill seekers, we’ve got all the loved-up ladies and gents in your life covered.
From customised photo albums and swanky new wedding planner, to champagne coupes and memorable experiences, scroll down for 13 of the best and most thoughtful engagement gifts that the future newlyweds will actually use. And if anything, it will set the bar high for when your big day rolls around the corner.