Proposal season is upon us and I'm willing to bet you know someone who just got engaged! Or maybe you received a shiny new ring yourself! Either way, saying “Yes” is definitely worth celebrating. It's easy to do with these engagement gift ideas…all of which are made or sold by local Pittsburgh friends. So say “Congrats”, toast to the soon-to-be newlyweds, and shop small at the same time!
Is there anything more perfect for a couple in love than something in the shape of a heart? I think not. Pop into Shadyside's or Squirrel Hill's Glassworks and see their collection of chic Annieglass pieces. Ranging from 5 to 8 inches and rimmed in gold or platinum, these special works are great as ring dishes or even just a decorative addition to the newlywed's home.
Know someone who recently got engaged? You'll want to double down on this customizable deck of cards that's the perfect gift for the bride- or groom-to-be in your life. Modeled after playing cards, this gift from theBird+theBeard provides 52 reasons (and up to 52 photos) that lets the intended know just how much they are loved.
Everyone is going to want to take a photo of the happy couple. Help the bride and groom to be look their best with a few beauty treatments from La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans. This Aveda salon with two locations will have her feeling extra glamorous with makeup application and a blowout. Meanwhile, he'll feel fresh to death with a hot shave and haircut from Mec, La Pomponnee's own barber shop. Perfect right before their engagement party, holiday party, engagement photos, or even just a fancy date night!
I bet even the couple who has everything doesn't have a personalized return address stamp. Between the engagement party, bridal shower, and wedding, they are going to be writing out A LOT of thank you cards. Make their job a little bit easier by gifting them a quick and easy solution to the upper left hand corner (or envelope flap!). From cursive to contemporary, bold to basic, these beauties are customized with love by Blush Paper Co.
Something just for the lady, this canvas bride tote will come in handy for carting around that wedding planner binder, vendor contracts, and all of the necessary “stuff” that comes along with planning that big day. Plus, what better way to scream from the rooftops that you're engaged than with a cute little bag that does it for you. This and a variety of other tote styles are also designed by Blush Paper Co.
Why wait until the wedding day to start using that new last name? Surprise the new bride-to-be in your life with a fun custom cosmetics case with her initials (make sure she's changing her name first!). Blush Paper Co. offers these beauties in natural, white, and black, all with a silk lining and a variety of color options for the monogram. They're great for holding makeup, jewelry, or little accessories. Knowing me, I'd probably use it to hold snacks.
This note set from theBird+theBeard is the perfect gift for the newly engaged bookworm! No ones makes it to their big day without a lot of help – that equals a lot of thank you notes. Your bookish bride’s personality will shine through when she sends a library-themed note to those who’ve helped along the way.
Really want to wow your favorite newly-engaged couple? Surprise them with a custom painted canvas from Erin Art Design. Available in any color combo that suits your fancy (and just about any size imaginable), these pieces are true works of art. Ethereal, galactic, geometric, or any other style you can dream up (Erin is THAT talented), a canvas like this would make a perfect gift for a newlywed's new home.
Pittsburgh's brewery scene is hopping. If the soon-to-be newlyweds love pints and pubs, a custom gift from Brewed 2 Burn just might be a great gift for them. Available in classic crystal jars or upcycled amber bottles, these scents get their inspiration from your favorite pours. The label can even be customized to celebrate the couple and their engagement date!
If the couple loves lawn games, especially the kind that involves some drinks, what better than a personalized corn hole board game set that commemorates their engagement or wedding date? These wooden pieces are hand made by Penn Rustics Rentals and can be customized with any message you like. They make a great addition to any casual wedding reception or just a summer backyard barbecue!
Fun Gifts for the Bride to Be
Looking for a variety of ring dishes, cute tees, wine glasses, and mugs, just to name a few things? Then head to Clarissa Boutique for the cutest selection of all kinds of great gift ideas! Spoiler alert: you just might see some items from yours truly!
Will you be purchasing an engagement gift for someone in your life? Comment below and tell me what you'll be getting him or her!