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Top 11 Gifts for a Newly Engaged Bride or Groom

I recently received an email from Get Married that I wanted to share with you as we're now in the middle of the most popular time for wedding engagements (35-40% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day). Get Married offers consumers the top eleven gifts for newly-engaged brides (or grooms-to-be). For budget-conscious shoppers, giving a combined holiday-engagement gift is a great and practical way to celebrate the season. You'll be able to fine more great gift ideas in Get Married magazine's January issue {available on newsstands January 19th}. And, you'll be able to see the new season of Get Married's TV show on WE tv starting January 2nd {airs every Saturday at 9:30 am}.

1. Plan Ahead: The best gift you can give a bride is organizational skills. Bestow a bright and funky planner on her to get her started down the aisle with the Turquoise Bride's Planner.

2. The Spitting Image: For the fashion-forward friend, give a personalized, unique Fashion Illustration that expresses her personal style. From every hair color to every style of dress, there's a framed and matted creation that will remind her of her inner fashionista.

3. The Bridal Party: Pamper her with a collection of shower gels inspired by wedding traditions. Sure to get the beautiful bride ready before the big day, the Bridal Party set by Philosophy includes a 6 oz Wedding Cake Ultra-Delicious Shower Gel, 6 oz Bubbly Ultra-Rich Shower Gel, and a 6 oz Bridal Bouquet Ultra-Feminine Shower Gel in a signature box.

4. The Princess Bride: For bridal royalty. Inspired by the tiara gifted to Queen Mary, enjoy this Princess Bride tank top - something old on something new. An ideal present for the princess bride.

5. Etiquette Lessons: Ok, you don't have to spring for a whole lineup of classes. Just buy your gal pal Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette in hardback. It's the go-to-guide for the classy, thoughtful bride. Make sure she never makes a misstep. **

6. Hands Down The Best Gift: Only the newly engaged know how embarrassing it is to have scruffy cuticles and unpolished nails. Everyone is always grabbing your hand to ooh and aww. Buy her the Professional Manicure/Pedicure Nail Kit and her hands will be ready for show-off showtime.

7. With This Ring: You know she wants to tell the world he put a ring on it— without having to say a word. Get her the With This Ring Crystal Engagement Ring Keychain to show off a bit. She'll toss her house and car keys on it and every time she pulls it out will be reminded she's headed for wedded bliss.

8. It's a Wrap: Comfy Terry Cloth Bath Wraps are always a favorite gift and can be personalized with her future monogram. Get her ready to be Mrs. Happily Ever After., $36

9. For Her (and Him): Give your friend a Boudoir Photo Session she can use to surprise her fiancé. A hot trend for brides to be, noir-inspired shots can be tasteful and will get her in the mood for her wedding night.
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10. Sweet Siblings: Tell sisters and soon to be sisters-in-law how much they mean with a sentimental token such as the Sister, Open Your Heart by Sugarboo Designs. Personalize this folksy, sweet frame by sliding in a childhood photo. Sugarboo Designs uses quotes from luminaries and simple classic style for thoughtful gifts she'll love.

11. For the techie, gadget groom: Forget cord confusion, the Duracell myGrid Charging Pad allows for all of your electronic devices to be charged at once. **

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