The holiday season is what marketers have coined "engagement season" and with good reason. According to the 2014 Brides Magazine American Wedding Study, 19 percent of all proposals happen in this time period between Christmas Eve and New Years (your Facebook feed, though, probably makes it feel like that number is closer to 99 percent.) This means engagement parties and beyond to celebrate the soon-to-be-wed couple, and since a registry is not likely to have been set up yet, we've rounded up five ideas to help guide you in the pursuit of giving thoughtful yet design-lover worthy gifts.
Gift Certificates for Wall Art and Statement Mirrors
Decorating a home is no small endeavor, especially when it comes to finding the perfect finishing pieces like art and mirrors. Sites like Saatchi Art and Art.com are essentially a playground for anyone's inner Picasso. Alternatively, a statement mirror from Pottery Barn—either against a wall or on a mantle—can add depth to a smaller space.
A flower a day keeps gloomy moods away. Okay, maybe daily bouquets are a bit much, but receiving a flower arrangement once a month is going to add that extra boost of love to the first year as newlyweds. Services like UrbanStems source their flowers directly from farms to offer weekly, bi-weekly or monthly flower subscriptions that range between $35 and $55 per delivery,, bi-weekly or monthly flower subscriptions that range between $35 and $55 per delivery. It's currently available in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, but if you live elsewhere, you can check out Flower Muse (from $150 for 3 months).
Marble-and-Wood Serving Pieces
Carrara marble is quite the coveted material for both traditional and modern homes, and frankly, we think you can never have enough of the stone! Wood is a beautiful balance to the colder properties of marble, and we especially love the duo on serving pieces. Check out Nordstrom for everything from cake stands to cheese boards.
It's no secret that copper is the it metallic finish on everything from platters to lamps to kitchen gadgets. Adding a bit of sheen to your décor immediately dresses up a space. While this rosy hue is a favorite, don't shy away from gold (for flatware) and brass (for picture frames) for a dose of industrial charm. Since metallic accessories are so popular right now, you can find them practically anywhere and in all price ranges from Target and West Elm to Williams-Sonoma.