Memy fiancee do not live together right now, we are getting married July 6,2011!?
When I married the first time my engagement lasted 2 years....and because of my background and the way I was raised, I DID NOT live with my ex until after we were married. I was working full time by the time I was engaged so.....
My aunt gave me her hope chest.....it's beautiful, cedar lined and made of black walnuttiger maple.
In it I would place small stuff....pot holders, kitchen towels, doilies, afghans I had made, a quilt an ex law made for us, kitchen drawer stuff like bottle openers, can opener, egg timer. The odds and ends that you use every day. I bought pretty undies and night gowns for myself, crocheted throw pillows I had made, counted cross stitch samples I had made. Every week I added a little something.
The kitchen stuff I got at two stores in our neighbourhood at the time....Woolworths and The County Discount-they no longer exist. The clothing I got at a very nice ladies shop that also no longer exists.
The appliances I got at my bridal shower, ditto the potspans, dishes, glass wear , linens, even a nice vacuum cleaner.