58 Engagement Gift Ideas

Attending an engagement party or know a couple who just got engaged? Browse our unique engagement gift ideas for couples, brides and grooms.
by Lauren Kay and Emily Platt
  1. engagement gift ideas

    Perhaps you're newly engaged—congratulations! Or maybe you know a couple lucky in love. Whether you're a guest or the guest of honor, we've got your gifting needs covered. We've rounded up 58 of our favorite engagement gifts to give (or register for) along with everything you need to know about hosting an engagement party. We've even answered the tricky question: Do you have to bring a gift to an engagement party?


    Engagement party etiquette

    It's time to share your news and celebrate your newly engaged status! People will want to congratulate you and share in your joy—and let's face it, a party is a lot more fun than a bunch of phone calls. An engagement party is also a great opportunity to introduce key people from your respective lives who will be seeing a lot of each other over the next year or so as you plan your wedding.
     
    Tradition dictates that it's the bride's parents' prerogative to host the first official celebration. Then the groom's parents can throw their own party, or both families can come together and cohost an event. But these days more and more couples are hosting their own parties, or friends are offering to organize something in their honor.
     
    The engagement party typically falls within a few months of the proposal, in the sweet spot between carefree engaged life and serious wedding planning. There used to be hard-and-fast rules surrounding the guest list—if you aren't inviting them to the wedding, they shouldn't receive an invitation to the engagement party. That still holds true if you two or your parents are hosting the party. But if your friends want to gather a gang at a local bar, or your parents' good friends want to host cocktails at their home, the rules are a little more lax. It's totally fine to include people you aren't sure will end up making the guest list, or for your parents to invite mutual friends or business associates whom you might not have room for at your wedding. To avoid a sticky situation, try and have your guest list loosely mapped out and your bridal party chosen before you send out engagement party invites. And have a plan for addressing wedding plans with guests who may not be invited to the wedding. ("We haven't started thinking about the wedding just yet, but we think it will be an intimate celebration next summer.")
     
    Remember: This is your engagement party, not the wedding (you definitely don't want to upstage the main event). So make the party as casual or as formal as you'd like. While it's fine for the decor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don't feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match.

    Do you bring a gift to an engagement party?

    You don't need to bring a gift to an engagement party—but it's more appropriate to do so at some types of events. Couples want your heartfelt congratulations most of all and for you to share in their happiness. So gift or no gift? Here's what you should consider:

    The formality

    Is it an impromptu celebration at a local bar days after the proposal? If the invitation is casual (you were invited by text), the celebration will probably be too. In this case, no engagement party gift is necessary, but a bottle of champagne wouldn't be out of place if you want to spread some cheer. While a gift isn't "payback" for free drinks or food, if you're sharing in the expenses of the evening, you're not usually expected to bring a gift as well.

    Who's hosting

    If the event is at someone's house or being officially hosted by a VIP (like the parents of the bride), the stakes are a little higher—especially if you receive an invitation by mail. While you still don't have to bring a gift, this is the occasion where you might not want to arrive empty-handed. Find out if the couple has registered, or choose something for their home that they can both enjoy, like candlesticks or a picture frame. If you're on a tight budget, opt for a token gift, like a handwritten well wish and a bouquet of fresh flowers.


    Engagement Gifts For Couples

    Maybe you're friendly with the groom and will be meeting his partner for the first time at the engagement party. Or perhaps you're shopping for the couple that already has everything. Finding the perfect gift for a new duo can be tricky. Our expert tip: Choose something they can enjoy together. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for couples.

  2. The Knot Wedding Planner engagement gift ideas

    1. Things are about to heat up as wedding plans get underway. Gift them the ultimate planning binder (from yours truly!). It's full of checklists, etiquette, calendars, budget worksheets and answers to the most frequently asked wedding questions. It'll ensure smooth planning, every step of the way.

    The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer, $21, Amazon.com

  3. Buffy comforter engagment gift ideas

    2. Rest is more important than ever now that they've got a wedding to plan, so give the gift of a good night's sleep with an ultra-comfortable new comforter.  This one uses plant-based fibers that are said to be hyopallergenic and anti-inflammatory—talk about soothing. 

    Buffy Cloud comforter, from $120 (get 20 percent off with code SKIMBUFFY2 until November 27, 2018), Buffy.com

  4. The Knot Yours Truly book engagement gift ideas

    3. Chock-full of incredible tips and fresh inspiration, this book has everything the couple needs to plan a bespoke wedding that perfectly reflects their relationship. Whether they're eclectic or classic, rustic or glam, a brilliant blend of them all or totally undecided, every page is dedicated to helping them bring their ideal celebration to life.
     
    The Knot Yours Truly: Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding, from $15, Amazon.com

  5. Chocolate Covered Company strawberries engagement gift ideas

    4. Gift the happy couple a sweet engagement gift with these luxe chocolate-covered strawberries, adorably decked in wedding attire. They’ll make the perfect addition to their party menu!

    Chocolate Covered Company 12-piece wedding Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries, $63, Macys.com

  6. The Knot Wedding Shop champagne flutes engagement gift ideas

    5. It's time to pop bottles for the to-be-weds! Bring some elegance to their first toasts as a newly engaged couple with a set of champagne flutes. This pair has a contemporary geometric pattern that’ll complement any table setting.

    The Knot Wedding Shop silver tulip stem wedding champagne flutes, $40 for set of 2, TheKnotShop.com

  7. Mikasa cake server engagement gift ideas

    6. A cake is in this couple's very near future. Gift them the necessary tools to cut the first official slice. Opt for a simple and timeless design that the couple can use for occasions beyond their wedding day.

    Mikasa Kya Smoke 2-piece cake knife and server set, $40, BedBathandBeyond.com

  8. Gift Tree wine crate engagement gift ideas

    7. If you've been invited to a casual fete, a bottle of wine is the perfect way to extend your congratulations. We love the graphic packaging of this bottle—it's personalized and makes for a perfect keepsake for storing openers and saved corks. Bonus: This gift ships quickly if you want to send your well wishes from afar.

    Gift Tree personalized congratulations wine crate, from $55, GiftTree.com

  9. Crate & Barrel cookbook engagement gift ideas

    8. Help them hone their kitchen skills with this inspiring collection of recipes. The book takes couples through stocking their pantry to making meals. The recipes are easy to execute and the responsibilities are meant to be shared—perfect for a date night at home.

    Crate & Barrel The Newlywed Cookbook, $35, CrateandBarrel.com

  10. CB2 wine chiller engagement gift ideas

    9. You can count on at least one guest to arrive at an engagement party bearing a bottle of champagne—trust us. Take the road less traveled and gift the couple a champagne bucket instead. They'll need something chic to chill all those bottles, and the cooler will last long after the party.

    CB2 Duke Stone Cold marble wine chiller, $40, CB2.com

  11. Olive & Cocoa succulents engagement gift ideas

    10. Everyone gives flowers—try succulents instead. This arrangement comes assembled so presentation is flawless. Plus, the plants are notoriously easy to care for, which is great since the couple is about to have their hands full wedding planning.

    Olive & Cocoa Cocoa succulent box, $84, OliveandCocoa.com

  12. The Knot Wedding Shop personalized cutting board engagement gift ideas

    11. If the couple loves to host, consider this cutting and serving board. You can customize it with their first initials or their future shared last name. (If you opt for the latter, make sure you know what they're doing with their surnames postwedding.)  

    The Knot Wedding Shop personalized wooden cutting and serving board with white handle and bold script, $23, TheKnotShop.com

  13. Mikasa crystal vase engagement gift ideas

    12. You can't go wrong with this wedding staple—every couple can use a crystal vase. It's a great way to elevate everyday flowers, and it's something most couples wouldn't buy themselves, which makes it one of the best engagement presents. We love the modern look of this vase, but check to see if the couple has already registered for a vessel they love (that may match a pair of candlesticks also on their wish list).

    Mikasa Palazzo 12-inch crystal vase, $36, Amazon.com

  14. Mixology & Craft bar set engagement gift ideas

    13. One of the best engagement gifts for couples who love their cocktails, this comprehensive mixology kit is filled with bartending tools. Better yet, it comes with a stylish stand to store them in, plus cocktail recipes to try.

    Mixology & Craft mixology bartender kit, $60 for a set of 10, Amazon.com

    His And Hers Gifts

    Now that your favorite couple is an official duo, get them something they don't have to share—his and hers gifts! We love the idea of gifting something for the couple that coordinates, like matching mugs or luxe bathrobes.

  15. Knot Shop robes engagement gift ideas

    1. Give them something they can lounge in—his and hers bathrobes. These 100 percent cotton terry velour robes are season-less and perfect for getting ready on the morning of the wedding or any day.
     
    The Knot Wedding Shop
    Mr. and Mrs. bathrobes, $80 each, TheKnotShop.com

  16. Jonathan Adler mugs engagement gift ideas

    2. Inspired by surreal art, these muse mugs are a chic take on a his and hers set. Each cup is made from unglazed matte porcelain and has both a mustache and a pair of lips—you decide what to show off as you sip.

    Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. Muse reversible mugs, $24 each, Amazon.com

  17. Kate Spade corkscrew and stopper engagement gift ideas

    3. There will be many toasts in this couple's honor, so gift them an essential wine set: one part corkscrew, one part stopper. We love the cheeky bow and glasses toppers that give this present a his and hers feel.

    Kate Spade New York Two of a Kind 2-piece bar set, $50, KateSpade.com

  18. Kate Spade glasses engagement gift ideas

    5. Bring back cocktail hour with these double old-fashioned glasses. We love the "yours" and "mine" etching (great for same-sex weddings). Best of all, these glasses are dishwasher safe.
     
    Kate Spade New York Two of a Kind yours and mine DOF set, $50, KateSpade.com


    Engagement Gift Ideas for Her

    Your best friend just called you with the exciting news—she's engaged. You want to give her something special to share your well wishes and we've got just the thing. We've rounded up our favorite gifts perfect for the newly engaged gal.

  19. Smythson white wedding planner engagement gift ideas

    1. The bride-to-be is about to get super busy, so gift her this ultimate wedding planning notebook as an engagement gift. Bound in beautiful white leather, it’s sure to quickly become her closest companion—besides her husband-to-be, of course.
     
    Smythson Panama Say I Do wedding planner, $230, Smythson.com

  20. John Derian poche engagement gift ideas

    2. Give her more bling—in the form of a decoupage tray. We love this square design, inspired by a vintage print. The tray is a great catchall for jewelry, lipstick and other essentials.

    John Derian Company Inc. Diamond un Vide poche, $72, JohnDerian.com

  21. Kate Spade gold bangle engagement gift ideas

    3. Cue the confetti—she's engaged! We love this delicate gold bangle, dipped in 12-karat gold and engraved with party sentiments like "cheers," "kiss the bride," "tie the knot," and "cut the cake." She can stack the bangle with her other baubles and wear it long after she says "I do."

    Kate Spade New York Bride idiom bangle, $41, Amazon.com

  22. Eberjey white robe engagement gift ideas

    4. A lingerie fete may be in her future, but why not kick off the party a little early with a comfy white robe? She's sure to have sweet wedding dreams while wearing this bridal loungewear.

    Eberjey Rosario Mademoiselle kimono robe, $129, Journelle.com

  23. Sprinkles custom cupcakes engagement gift ideas

    5. Send your words of congratulations on cupcakes. Sprinkles allows you to mix and match flavors and add decorations to your assortment (there's even a diamond ring perfect for the occasion). Get creative with a custom message.

    Sprinkles Cupcakes custom cupcakes, from $52 for a dozen, Sprinkles.com

  24. Waterford crystal ring holder engagement gift ideas

    6. She'll need a place to store her new ring (if she ever takes it off!), so gift her an elegant ring holder, easily one of the best engagement gifts for her. This ring dish has a multifaceted design that'll sparkle alongside her diamond.

    Waterford Giftology lead crystal ring holder, $85, Nordstrom.com

  25. Lenox silver picture frame engagement gift ideas

    7. A frame is one of the most iconic engagement gift ideas. There's going to be a lot of frame-worthy moments over the next year, so gift your favorite friend a beautiful silver and pearl frame. It's elegant and handy for displaying engagement and wedding photos in the months to come.

    Lenox Jubilee pearl 8x10 frame, $50, Amazon.com

  26. Sugarwish custom candy package engagement gift ideas

    8. What gal doesn't love some sugar? Gift your bestie a box of candy with Sugarwish. You send her the "wish" and she gets to pick her favorite assortment of treats, from gummies to chocolates. The goods get mailed right to her doorstep—perfect for long-distance gifting.

    Sugarwish package of candy, from $25, Sugarwish.com

  27. Amazon Bride Vibes shirt engagement gift ideas

    9. Help the bride-to-be flaunt her status with this super-cute, super-soft "bride" tee. This is one of the best engagement gifts for her, since she can even opt to wear it while getting gorgeous on the morning of her wedding day.

    Shirt Designs by Women Bride Vibes shirt, $18, Amazon.com

  28. Photo frame charm engagement gift ideas

    10. Looking for a token gift? We love this simple bouquet charm, ideal for wrapping around her blooms on her wedding day. The tiny photo frame can be filled with a picture of a loved one, or perhaps an outtake from the couple's engagement session.

    FlutterbyFrippery wedding bouquet photo charm, $12, Etsy.com


    Engagement Gifts For Him

    Did your nephew just pop the question to his longtime love, and now you're frantically searching for a congratulatory gift? Or maybe your first single guy friend is taking the plunge. Either way, the occasion is reason to celebrate. Here are a few of our favorite engagement gift ideas, just for him.

  29. Status Audio headphones engagement gift ideas

    1. Does the groom-to-be take music very seriously? These professional-level headphones deliver amazing sound so he can kick back and relax with his favorite tunes in the midst of hectic wedding planning.

    Status Audio CB-1 closed-back studio monitors, $79 (or $55 and free shipping with code SKIMSTAT2 until November 26, 2018), TheStatusAudio.com

  30. Izola gold tie clip engagement gift ideas

    2. Help him keep his tie in place on the wedding day with this clever clip. We love the "best day ever" sentiment—perfect for saying "I do," and a wonderful reminder of the day in the years that follow. The brass finish completely elevates his look.

    Izola Best Day Ever tie bar, $18, Cufflinks.com

  31. GiGi New York leather luggage tag engagement gift ideas

    3. With any luck at all, he'll be taking an amazing trip (like his honeymoon) soon. Elevate his travel with some sophisticated accessories, like a personalized luggage tag and matching passport case.

    GiGi New York Vesseta luggage tag, $45, NeimanMarcus.com

  32. Amazon black cigar holder engagement gift ideas

    4. Cigar aficionado? Give him a classy way to store and carry his smokes. This sophisticated leather case fits two standard size cigars. Fill it with his favorite variety for an extra-special gift.

    Cigar Holder leather case, $22, Amazon.com

  33. Cathy's Concepts initialed glass decanter engagement gift ideas

    5. There'll be plenty of toasts and celebratory sips in this guy's honor, so why not give him a sophisticated decanter? Personalize the glass spirit holder with his initial and fill it with his favorite whiskey for the ultimate congratulatory gift.

    Cathy's Concepts personalized liquor decanter and glasses set, from $18, Amazon.com

  34. Jonnie Walker scotch engagement gift ideas

    6. Looking to send some spirited congratulations from afar? Order the groom-to-be a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, aged 12 years or more. It's perfect for sipping on its own, or great in classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned and the Rusty Nail.

    Jonnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky, $79, 1-877-Spirits.com

  35. Beau Ties polka dot pocket square engagement gift ideas

    7. Your friend's newly engaged status means there will be a fair share of parties in his honor. Help him look extra-polished with a classic pocket square. We love the simplicity of a navy-and-white dot pattern—perfect for casual wear or dressing up a sports coat.

    Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont pocket square in Blenheim, $30, BeauTiesLtd.com

  36. The Art of Shaving kit engagement gift ideas

    8. Keep him looking dapper throughout his engagement with an essentials shaving kit. We love the unscented version from The Art of Shaving—pre-shave oil, shaving cream, badger-hair shaving brush and an after-shave balm. Best of all, it's perfectly sized for carry-on air travel.

    The Art of Shaving unscented carry-on kit, $60, TheArtofShaving.com

  37. Lorenzo Uomo striped socks engagement gift ideas

    9. Looking for a fun gift? Give him a set of socks as an engagement gift. These contrasting cotton designs are perfect for everyday wear. Or perhaps the groom would like to have a fun print peeking out from his shoes on his wedding day.  

    Lorenzo Uomo stripe socks, $13, Nordstrom.com

  38. Mark & Graham leather valet engagement gift ideas

    10. Help him stay organized (his other half will thank you) with a classic leather valet. This catchall is perfect for corralling watches, cuff links, keys and change. Add a monogram for a personalized touch.

    Mark & Graham rustic leather valet, from $110, MarkandGraham.com

  39. The Knot Wedding Shop carry-on engagement gift ideas

    11. Upgrade his luggage collection with a casual-cool carry-on bag, perfect for a destination bachelor party or even a minimoon.

    The Knot Wedding Shop weekend carry-on bag, $40, TheKnotShop.com


    Unique And Personalized Engagement Gifts

    What do you get the couple who has everything? Go for something unique and personalized—something they would never buy for themselves. From address stamps to custom puzzles, we've got something for every hard-to-shop for couple you're celebrating.

  40. Paper Source script custom stamp engagement gift ideas

    1. This couple is sure to be sending lots of mail, with save-the-dates and thank-you notes on the horizon. Gift them a custom stamp to use for all their correspondence.

    Three Designing Women hand script couple custom stamp, $30, PaperSource.com

  41. Etsy cross-stitch couple portrait engagement gift ideas

    2. One of the more unique engagements gifts you could choose is a custom cross-stitch portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple and their new name or their wedding date. You can even include the couple's beloved cat or dog. The cross-stitch comes framed, matted and ready to adorn the walls of their newlywed nest.

    ShopHoopMama custom cross-stitch family portrait, from $45, Etsy.com

  42. Uncommon Goods scratch world map engagement gift ideas

    3. Avid travelers? Give your globe-trotting friends a map of the world. Once they've visited a destination, they can scratch off the area with a coin to reveal pops of color. They can track all their travels—it might even inspire their next trip.

    UncommonGoods scratch map, from $26, UncommonGoods.com

  43. Letterfest house portrait engagement gift ideas

    4. Commemorate the couple's first home together with a custom illustration of their apartment or house. You can even include their address. Framing options are available for the perfect presentation.

    Letterfest personalized house portrait, from $59, NotontheHighStreet.com

  44. Signals hometown jigsaw puzzle engagement gift ideas

    5. Did the couple meet while they were in college? Gift them a jigsaw puzzle of a map of a meaningful location. This 400-piece puzzle covers a four- to six-mile radius from any address you specify.

    Signals personalized hometown jigsaw puzzle, from $40, Signals.com

  45. Etsy wooden state coaster engagement gift ideas

    6. Give a nod to the couple's hometown (or wedding location!) with these cherry wood coasters sporting a laser-engraved state of your choice. This would be the perfect engagement gift idea for the couple with tons of home-state pride.

    SugarTreeGallery state and city coaster set, $23, Etsy.com

  46. Rifle Paper Co. custom floral print engagement gift ideas

    7. Celebrate their union with a custom floral art print. Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. will draw the couple's portraits and nestle them in a floral heart. You can add the couple's names and even their wedding date. An art print makes a beautiful and totally unique keepsake.

    Rifle Paper Co. Love Personalized custom floral illustrated portrait print, $350, RiflePaperCo.com


    Funny Engagement Gift Ideas

    Looking for a funny gift for a newly engaged couple? Maybe they're hilarious jokesters, or maybe you're just looking for a playful present. We've got you covered. From silly gags to amusing token gifts, we've rounded up a few of our favorite ideas that are sure to result in a chuckle.

  47. Amazon funny book engagement gift ideas

    1. Give them some sage advice before they say "I do." These "How to Be a Good Husband/Wife" books are full of humorous tidbits and instructions on what to do when you're a spouse.

    The Bodleian Library How to Be a Good Husband/Wife books, from $10 each, Amazon.com

  48. Hortense B. Hewitt embroidered pillowcases engagement gift ideas

    2. We've all heard the advice to never go to bed angry—now everyone can go to bed right! These embroidered Mr. and Mrs. Right pillowcases make a humorous gift for any couple who's ever squabbled over who's wrong.

    Hortense B. Hewitt Mr. and Mrs. Always Right pillowcases, $20 for a set of 2, Amazon.com

  49. Etsy engaged mug engagement gift ideas

    3. She's got a new sparkler, so help her show it off with this cheeky mug. If her coworkers haven't already offered their well wishes, they will when they see this.

    SimplyMadeGreetings Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged mug, $15, Etsy.com

  50. Jacqueline Schmidt Sea of Love print engagement gift ideas

    4. We love the sweet and quirky sentiment of love that transcends the depths of the ocean. This print showcases several popular ocean animals as a reminder of that love, making it the perfect engagement gift for the couple who's "deep" in love.

    Jacqueline Schmidt Sea of Love print, from $30, UncommonGoods.com

  51. Weddingson fiance T-shirt engagement gift ideas

    5. His better half may be tempted to purchase this silly T-shirt that clearly states: taken! Give it to the newly engaged guy (or save it for a laugh at his bachelor party).

    Weddingson This Guy Loves His Fiance T-shirt, $27, Zazzle.com

  52. Uncommon Goods card game engagement gift ideas

    6. Gift the couple a carefree card game that will have the lovebirds competing against each other with good deeds, like cooking dinner and carrying groceries. The winner can cash in for breakfast in bed—how great is that?

    UncommonGoods Marital Bliss game, $15, UncommonGoods.com

  53. Etsy custom card engagement gift ideas

    7. Share your sentiments with the soon-to-be newlyweds in a cheeky card. Heartfelt congratulations go a long way. If you're feeling extra-generous, tuck in two movie tickets or a gift card to their local coffee shop for an impromptu date night.

    PattersonPaper cheeky wedding card, $4, Etsy.com


    Cute Engagement Gifts

    Looking for an engagement gift that will garner some "ooohs" and "awwws" from the recipient? We've scouted some super-cute engagement presents that will delight every moon-eyed pair (or secret romantics).

  54. Etsy engraved spoons engagement gift ideas

    1. These whimsical, hand-stamped vintage spoons are perfect for a lovey-dovey duo. Caution: They may wrestle over who gets the "more" spoon. Pair them with a delivery of Jeni's Ice Cream for the ultimate sweet gift, making them one of the best engagement party gift ideas for the sweet couple in your life.

    LoreleiVella Love You, Love You More spoon set, $28, Etsy.com

  55. Etsy celebratory napkins engagement gift ideas

    2. Cloth napkins with fun, celebratory graphics make great engagement party gift ideas, since they can be put to use right out of the box. These adorable napkins will give the happy couple fond memories of their fete with every use.

    GandTDesigns Celebration! linen cocktail napkins, $27 for 4, Etsy.com

  56. Picnic Time basket engagement gift ideas

    3. Perfect for midday dates, this picnic basket is full of the essentials, from plates to wine glasses. Add bites and sips and you have all the makings for a romantic walk in the park.

    Picnic Time Somerset English-style double lid willow picnic basket with service for 2, from $151, Amazon.com

  57. Etsy custom ring dish engagement gift ideas

    4. Give the couple a head start on their walk down the aisle with this custom ring dish. Personalize with the couple's initials and their wedding date. The bride can use the dish to hold her rings after the "I dos."
     
    PromisePottery ring dish, from $28, Etsy.com

  58. Mixbook custom photo album engagement gift ideas

    5. Surprise the couple with a romantic album filled with photos of them you've sneakily sourced. (We recommend reaching out to their loved ones or scouring social media for options.)
     
    Mixbook Photo Co. Marbling Love photo book, from $16, Mixbook.com

  59. Artifact Uprising quote keepsake box engagement gift ideas

    6. If they're sentimental, they probably have a handful of relationship mementos saved. Give them a place to put them for safe-keeping—this sweet box, which reads "From this day forward," should do the trick.
     
    Artifact Uprising reclaimed wood quote box in Wedding Box, from $65, ArtifactUprising.com

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