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.

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.

Friendship Bracelet, Monica Viander

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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’ eyecatching spray paint portraits which you can commission bespoke, and Dave Grohl’s glicee portrait prints. Both on Etsy..

  3. 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 which can stream directly from any service on any device. Nifty. Prices start from $900 plus shipping. soundwall.com.

  4. A Fancy Watch

    Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch top alternative engagement ring gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding Guide

    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

  5. 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 onetsy.co.uk (image pictured £11.99 plus shipping).

  6. Engagement Cufflinks

    Personalised Will you Marry Me Cuff Links top alternative engagement gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding Guide

    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.

  7. Memorabilia

    TV and Film Memorabilia top alternative engagement ring gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding Guide

    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.

  8. Personalised Ring Necklace, Cartier

    updated Cartier Love ring necklaces top alternative engagement ring gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding GuideCartier’s Love ring necklace, from £1,730

    Personalised Russian Ring Necklace, NOTHS

    Not on the High Street ring necklaces top alternative engagement ring gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding Guide
    This one, by Posh Totty at Not on the High Street,  £89 is a bit easier on the wallet.

  9. A tree

    Woodland Trust gift a tree top alternative engagement ring gifts via the Gay Wedding Guide - Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas - Gay Wedding Guide

    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.

Are you looking for wedding presents? View our top 20 wedding gifts at the UK’s number one online wedding gift store prezola.com.

We’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and questions in the comments below

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