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The Best Engagement Gifts are Found at MECCA

January 1 | 2 minute read

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Words by Christie Sinclair

Originally published on | April 7

You want to celebrate the newly engaged couple in your life, but there's no gift registry – and slipping cash into a card feels a little too, well, impersonal for your nearest and dearest.

We’re not saying that taking time to select matching signature scents or the candle of the moment – housed in a vessel handcrafted in the South of France – is the easy option, but the extra effort and creativity will make these gifts stand out amidst a pile of paper (and the MECCA gift wrap that’s almost too good to tear off also helps!). Read on for inspiration.

Power couple perfumes for their big day

Fragrance is one of the most potent reminders of people, places and moments in time, which is just the thing when they’re on the cusp of the most memorable day of their life. Matching scents that they’d probably never splurge on themselves will hit a high note. Tom Ford’s Vanilla Sex EDP and Vanille Fatale EDP are exceptional on their own, but downright addictive as a duo.

Help them find their signature scent

If you’re not game enough to choose their scents, make like Russh’s beauty editor Emily Algar and gift them a MECCA Wedding Fragrance Consultation. If you know them well enough to be trusted with their calendar, go ahead and book the appointment for them – or gift the value of the service on a personalised MECCA gift card. The price of the consultation is fully redeemable on the fragrance of their choice, too.

An oversized candle that doubles as décor

You might think candles dip into the ‘cliché’ gift category, but there is a certain display-worthy option that will be received with genuine delight. Take, for example, the oversized Diptyque Roses Candle, which could be mistaken for a sculpture and will sit pretty as a statement piece in the couple’s home. Its terracotta vessel is handmade in the South of France and can be repurposed as a chic receptacle for kitchen utensils.

Fresh picks for outdoor entertainers

At 1.5kg, Diptyque’s Large Outdoor Candle makes an impressive statement piece for long lunches in the garden. The enamelled earthenware pot is pretty special – it’s made by hand by the multi award-winning French porcelain house Virebent. They’re available in all the iconic scents (including Baies, whose berry notes started a Diptyque revolution) and there’s no gift wrapping required – each come enveloped in silk paper and slipped into a gigantic white hat box tied with a ribbon!

Designer diffusers you’ll be tempted to keep yourself

It’s not often we get excited about a diffuser. But these! Sir Paul Smith’s home fragrance range echoes the British designer’s love of bold colour, with his diffusers housed in two-toned glass vessels that the couple can reuse forever as a vase or table centrepiece. Meanwhile, Diptyque’s Reed Diffuser in the scent ‘Roses’ is like gifting a bunch of French country blooms – that won’t wilt in five days – and their Hourglass Diffuser is a spellbinding way to make any home smell like a boutique hotel; the fragrance flows from one glass compartment to the other and meanders through decorative metal.

If all else fails, give them the card everyone wants – a MECCA Gift Card.

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