Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas

Diamonds might be forever, but what if you don’t fancy exchanging engagement rings but want to give a gift that’s equally symbolic and sentimental?

We’ve had a look at some of the best alternatives to engagement rings gifts on the market and come up with our top 10 favourites…

1. Infinity Bracelet, Tiffany

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Elegant in every way choose from a range of Tiffany infinity bracelets; they start at a very affordable price tag of £185 and scale up to a whopping £6,200.

2. Love Bracelet, Cartier

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If Tiffany’s doesn’t tickle your fancy, Cartier’s Love Bracelet will. Prices range from £970-£12,500.

3. Friendship Bracelet, Monica Viander

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As will Monica Viander’s brilliant friendship bracelets, which start at £95.

4. Tattoos

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Like ink? Why not get some matching tattoos showing the date of your wedding day or an inked ring.

Images via Pinterest and Wedingomania – Price varies according to your tattoo and your tattoo artist.

5. A Together Portrait

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You don’t need to be royalty or live in a grand stately home to have your portraits painted. What’s more, artists don’t always need you to sit for them forever and a day now – a digital photograph will often suffice.

So why not gift a picture of you both; and make it contemporary. We like OrganikArts’ eye-catching spray paint portraits which you can commission bespoke, and Dave Grohl’s giclee portrait prints.

6. A Soundwall

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You could combine your love of art and music and turn your favourite piece of artwork into a piece of high tec that doubles as a quality wireless music system that can stream directly from any service on any device. Nifty.

Prices start from $900 plus shipping. soundwall.com.

7. A Fancy Watch

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Ok, they’re a bit more conventional, but who can resist the Rolex Oyster Perpetual from £2,055.

Find new and used on watchfinder.co.uk

8. Personalised Family Tree

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Commission your two family trees from a professional genealogist like Family Researcher, then get the results transcribed into a quirky poster format you can hang on your wall at home.

Get ancestry tracing details at familyresearcher.co.uk, (packages start at £295) and find a style of family tree you like on etsy.co.uk (image pictured £11.99 plus shipping).

9. Engagement Cufflinks

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Personalised will you marry me cufflinks – that’s a proposal and engagement present rolled into one. We like!

These are made by the Keepsake Shop on Etsy and are just £24.95.

10. Memorabilia

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Does your partner go bananas for a particular film, TV show, or song? Treat them to something they’ll treasure forever – track done some cool memorabilia on eBay and frame it for them. Prices vary.

11. Personalised Ring Necklace, Cartier

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Cartier’s Love ring necklace, from £1,730

12. Personalised Russian Ring Necklace, NOTHS

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This one, by Posh Totty at Not on the High Street, £89 is a bit easier on the wallet.

13. A Tree

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Plant a sapling or tree from the Woodland Trust together and watch grow over the years. It’s symbolic in its own right, and it’s good for the environment. Happy days. From £6.95 at woodlandtrustshop.com.

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