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#1 Lucygoosey1

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

A close friend has just got engaged,  I would like to buy a nice gift perhaps up to $200.  What was your favourite gift received?


#2 luke's mummu

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

I reckon expensive Sheridan sheets. Hasn't broken, no warranty hassles and used regularly.

Worst gift = an iron for an engagement gift. We didn't use it until we got married 1 year later. used it for 2 weeks, then dropped in on a concrete floor and it stopped working. Warranty was invalid as it was more than a year old, and not the current model in the shops anyway.

#3 Madeline's Mum

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Matching toaster and kettle. Beautiful, expensive glass and wood set.

#4 busy_bee

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

Vouchers to fancy restaurant
We already had our house sorted, but it was GREAT to have the full on 5* degustation all night fancy smancy meal night out!

#5 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

Unless couple have been living with parents until wedding I get a goodgifts.org type gift - goats, drinking water, sewing machines that kind of thing.... but I am funny that way - I refuse to upgrade peoples lives just cause they are saying I do.

#6 alikat2

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

Le creuset cast iron casserole dish.

#7 Lizzette

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

An enormous art work that I still adore.   wub.gif

#8 *LucyE*

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

Cash.

We didnt ask for it or have a registry. It was just a cultural thing from some of our guests.

Because we had already lived together, we didnt 'need' stuff and i prefer to choose my own decorative house items.

We did appreciate the Sheridan towel set and the Le Cruset pot set. Those were about the only non cash gifts that we have used on a regular basis.

When buying gifts, I generally go for a Riedel decanter and glass set if I know they like red wine.

#9 niggles

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

An Italian ceramic jug with a pewter handle. I love it.

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

QUOTE (alikat2 @ 10/01/2013, 09:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Le creuset cast iron casserole dish.


+1

I am in love with mine. It's not something I would have gopne out & bought myself either.

#11 WhatWouldBuffyDo?

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

QUOTE (luke's mummu @ 10/01/2013, 10:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I reckon expensive Sheridan sheets. Hasn't broken, no warranty hassles and used regularly.


Mum bought us a set for our engagement (but didn't use until we got married 14 years ago).  They are still going strong, no sign of age.  They areally do last.

Edited by Ruby Victoria, 11 January 2013 - 10:01 AM.


#12 BookishOne

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

Definitely a voucher for us to go and do something together - I think it was Red Balloon Days, but for a nice restaurant or something would have been nice too - we were already in our own place with plenty of 'stuff' and really appreciated going out together to do something we wouldn't usually do. We used the voucher for a morning of kayaking & then had a nice lunch by the water.

The other great thing was some artwork - but only because my friends know my tastes extremely well and picked something gorgeous, I wouldn't be confident in buying art for someone else however as it is such a personal / subjective thing.

#13 MrsLexiK

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:18 AM

I loved the addairs voucher we got from one of my DH's aunt and uncle and their kids.  With it we brought some christmas decorations, a throw for the coach and also a beautiful canvas which is hanging in our meals area.



#14 Apageintime

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

Really nice sheets! Theyre from the US, 2000 thread count and divine!

I also really adored a lovely peice of art we got, its a beautiful painting of the spot where we got married <3

#15 Pssst...

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

Our Füri knife block and knives. They were one of the more expensive items we had on our registry (at about $300 I think) and DH's boss very generously bought them.

Two of my colleagues pitched in and bought Sheridan bath sheets, hand towel, face washer and bath mat.

ETA- my brothers and sisters all pitched in and bought us a magnum of champagne and some gorgeous champagne flutes. We had immediate family from both sides together on our first anniversary and drank the champagne together to celebrate that and the arrival of DD1 a few weeks earlier.

The other great present was two huge and fluffy hotel-quality bathrobes. Our initial was embroidered on in the same colour that was featured in our invitations. Very luxurious and will last for ages

Edited by Pssst..., 11 January 2013 - 12:58 PM.


#16 countrychic29

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

We were given a Stuart Crystal storage jar filled with lollies.
we love it .. super special lolly jar original.gif
We thought it was such a lovely idea that we have purchased similar for our very close friends engagements.
But did it according to their preference for instance one BFF got a crystal one .. however other BFF we got a George Jensen Stainless Steel one.

#17 Floral Arrangement

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Wiltshire knives, we had to purchase new ones last year, we had only had them for 21 years. I was going to go expensive with knives but glad I didn't and I love my new ones just as much.

We still use the saucepan set we got for our engagement as well. Not too pricey if I recall (nearly 23 years ago now).

I would love some Le Creuset now.

#18 Bluenomi

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

My fave was my kitchen aid mixer but I think that is out of your budget!

Otherwise the cute Alessi jars. Very handy and really cute

#19 julzely

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

Not expensive, but my SIL asked both my DH and I for our vows (which we wrote our selves) and made up 2 A3 sized Framed Collages.  One had our wedding vows, and invites and the other had just our married names and the date of our wedding.

They are really beautiful, and the first thing i see when I walk in the front door.  It's also really nice to stop and re-read our vows. It always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

Another gift that I loved was a couple of vouchers for putting photos onto canvas.  We got 1 100x50cm which now hangs above our bed, and 5 30x40cm ones which are in our family room.

Edited by julzely, 11 January 2013 - 12:41 PM.


#20 Lyn29

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

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Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:46 PM.


#21 JBH

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Some great quality wine. It was thoughtful, we really enjoyed it and it didn't create clutter.

#22 Puggle

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

My parents gave us two sets of Victorinox cutlery for an engagement present:

http://www.yourhomedepot.com.au/products/v...el-cutlery-sets

One set has been in everyday use for over 12 years, the other got added into the drawer post kids. Both still look like new.

My folks now tend to buy people a Bamix for a wedding present. We got lucky and scored one for Christmas. It's awesome (I had a Braun stick mixer prior to the Bamix). I've got the one linked below but there are models above and below it in price/included accessories.

http://www.yourhomedepot.com.au/products/b.../stick-blenders

Edited by Puggle, 11 January 2013 - 12:55 PM.





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