34 Thoughtful Engagement Gift Ideas for Your Loved-Up Loved Ones

Shop celebratory gifts for friends, family members and, of course, fiancés.
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
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Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Nov 16, 2021
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Celebrating a loved one who just said yes (or popped the question!) is always exciting. And what better way to help them mark the occasion than with a meaningful engagement gift? Whether the lovebirds have scheduled an engagement party to celebrate or not, buying a present is a sweet way of letting them know just how happy you are that they're together. Stuck for engagement gift ideas? That's where we come in. We've rounded up all the inspiration you could possibly need below, whether you're buying an engagement gift for a couple, friend or family member. But first, read up on what exactly makes a good present (as well as some super-important party etiquette).

In this article:

What Is a Good Engagement Gift?

Maybe you know the future bride or groom well, but you've only met their partner a handful of times. Or perhaps you're shopping for a couple who already has everything. Either way, finding the perfect engagement gift for a duo can be tricky. Our expert tip: Choose something they can enjoy together. Items like champagne flutes or coffee mugs that champion their new relationship status are always a hit. They can toast to their future together now and on all the milestones to come.

Another creative engagement gift route to go down? Practical items that'll come in clutch right after the engagement to their wedding day and beyond. We're talking ring cleaners, planners, cake cutting sets and picture frames for their wedding and engagement photos. Trust us, the couple will be thankful to receive these necessities as a gift so they can put their hard-earned cash toward other aspects of the big day, the honeymoon or even their home.

Finally, small tokens like celebratory cupcakes, a bottle of wine or a heartfelt greeting card are all thoughtful options, especially if you're on a budget. Small engagement gifts can be just as meaningful as big ticket items—it really is the thought that counts. They're also a little more appropriate if you're not overly close with the soonlyweds (colleagues and neighbors, we're thinking of you).

What is an appropriate gift for an engagement party?

If you've received an invitation to come and celebrate with the lovebirds in person, you might be asking yourself the question: Do you have to bring a gift to an engagement party? Ultimately, the etiquette depends on a few different factors, such as the formality of the event, whether or not you'll be attending the nuptials, and the couple's own preferences. If you've decided you'd like to bring an engagement present, some items are definitely more appropriate than others.

A good starting point is to think small. Anything big or bulky may be tricky for the couple to take home with them. Next, pay attention to the price. There's really no need to go over the top, especially if you expect to buy the couple a wedding gift further down the line. A bottle of bubbly or bouquet of flowers is more than enough for an engagement party gift. It's also perfectly acceptable to give the lovebirds a gift card instead. A certificate for their favorite local restaurant will help them celebrate the good news.

The Best Engagement Gifts for Couples

Not sure where to start? There are more options than you might think. Sure, you can stick with a traditional engagement gift (like celebratory stemware) or buy something they've already registered for. But you can also think outside the box—or let us do the creative thinking for you. Here, shop all our favorite engagement gift ideas. (Psst… for all newly engaged couples: These presents make excellent wedding registry additions too.)

Practical Wedding Planner

The Knot wedding planner and organizer

Consider our new and improved wedding planner and organizer the ultimate engagement gift for any just-said-yes duo in your life. This invaluable resource is chock full of all our best advice as well as detailed timelines, worksheets and visual inspiration that'll make their wedding planning journey so much easier to navigate. Thanks to the chic linen cover and foil-pressed lettering, it'll look pretty snazzy on their coffee table too.

Adorable Matching Tees

Feyoncé and Bae-Z matching tees engagement gift idea

How's this for a cute engagement gift to give the happy couple? These matching tees are inspired by our favorite celeb power couple: Beyoncé and Jay-Z. They'd be a playful addition to the lovebirds' wardrobe for their engagement shoot or just lounging at home.

Incredibly Tasty Cupcakes

Congratulations cupcakes engagement gift idea

The sweetest way to say "congrats?" With a box of 25 mini (and über-delicious) cupcakes. These tasty bites beat traditional engagement gift baskets any day. There are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options to suit any special dietary requirements the couple might have.

Timeless Champagne Flutes

Heart-engraved champagne glasses engagement gift idea

How elegant are these Waterford crystal champagne glasses? This splurge-worthy drinkware will come in handy over the next few months as the couple have plenty to celebrate. They may even choose to use them as wedding champagne flutes on the big day. And who could blame them? That engraved heart design is oh-so-romantic.

Convenient Jewelry Cleaner

Jewelry cleaning device engagement gift idea

If your loved one is sporting a shiny new engagement ring on their finger, we've found a practical engagement gift for him or her. This ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is downright magical. With the push of a button, it'll help keep their new bling in tip-top shape (and the rest of their jewelry too). Heck, they can even use it to clean eyeglasses, watches and utensils.

Meaningful Wall Art

Personalized photo art engagement gift idea

What about some custom wall art? This print can be personalized with their surnames and special dates from their relationship. Customise it with the year they met and the year they got engaged for a gift that's right on the money.

Engraved Cutting Board

Engraved cutting board engagement gift idea

If the couple loves to host, consider this cutting and serving board for a personalized engagement gift. You can customize it with the couple's names and the date of their engagement (awwh!). Thanks to the unique personal engraving, it'll make for an eye-catching cheese board too. Charcuterie, anyone?

Relationship-Building Game

Couple playing relationship card game

Getting engaged is a big next step in their relationship. Encourage the couple to keep strengthening their bond with this fun game designed to bring them closer together. The deck (which was designed with psychologists and relationship therapists, BTW) contains lots of thought-provoking questions for the lovebirds to ask each other.

Dainty Gold Bracelet

Ever After gold bracelet engagement gift idea

Buying an engagement gift for a friend, sibling or even your fiancé? This meaningful bracelet features the words "ever after" separated by a dainty crystal pavé heart. It's a sweet way to pay tribute to their shiny new engaged status.

Cute Coffee Mugs

Matching coffee mugs engagement gift idea

If you know one half of the happy couple plans on changing their name, these coffee mugs are a super-sweet engagement present. They're also a great way for the pair to announce their good news on social media. Go one step further by adding in some delicious gourmet coffee that'll give them all the energy they need to kickstart wedding planning.

Extra-Sweet Greeting Card

Congrats Lovebirds chocolate and greeting card in one

Wish them a big congratulations on their engagement with this cute gift that does double-duty as a greeting card and chocolate bar. The front features a bright illustration of two birds alongside the phrase: "Congrats lovebirds." Inside, there's space to write your very own heartfelt note.

Champagne-Scented Candle

Voluspa champagne-scented candle engagement gift idea

Looking for a no-fuss, on-theme engagement gift for her, him or the couple? Try this stunning champagne-scented candle from Voluspa. Hand it over solo or include it in a sweet engagement gift box with champagne-flavored candy and a bottle of bubbles.

Playful Custom Magnets

Custom portrait magnets engagement gift idea

Now that they're stuck together, get them this silly set of floating head magnets (in their likeness) to stick to their fridge. How's that for a funny engagement gift? If they happen to know a few other people tying the knot in the near future, they can use these clever magnets to help keep track of save-the-dates.

Custom Star Map

Custom map of the stars engagement gift idea

Commemorate when they said yes to forever with a map of the stars from that all-important date. You can hand it over as a thoughtful engagement gift for the couple. Or if you're shopping for your fiancé, it'll also make a romantic engagement gift for him or her—that's the beauty of being able to customize the message at the bottom. You can also include the coordinates of where it happened, the name of the location and the date.

Classic Cake Serving Set

Cake cutting and serving set engagement gift idea

A cake is probably in this couple's very near future, so present them with this tried-and-true, traditional engagement gift set: a cake knife and server. Opt for a simple and timeless design the pair can use to cut their first official slice, then well beyond their wedding day.

Sentimental Art Print

Custom engagement art gift idea

Another extra-unique engagement gift? This custom couple portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple (and a special location of theirs) and they'll create a bespoke work of art. If you happen to know where they popped the question, this is the perfect time to use that inside knowledge to your advantage.

Beautiful Crystal Vase

Waterford crystal glass vase traditional engagement gift idea

You can't go wrong with this luxury engagement gift—every couple could use a nice vase (especially for any congratulatory flowers they recieve). It's also something most couples wouldn't buy for themselves, which automatically makes it one of the best presents. We love the look of this one, but check first to see if the couple has already registered for a vessel they love.

Elevated Scrapbook

Elevated scrapbook engagement gift idea

The best engagement gifts are those that help the couple fully embrace this special milestone. That's why we love the idea of gifting a scrapbook, which they can personalize with memories from this specific period in their relationship. This one is carefully bound, has everything from handy prompts to storage pockets, and is adorably titled The Stories We Tell.

Pretty Ring Dish

Initial ring dish engagement gift idea

Still not sure what to give as an engagement gift? If they just scored a ring, give them someplace safe to put it. This sweet trinket dish comes personalized with both of the couple's initials bound by an ampersand. They can use it to store their wedding rings too once the time comes.

Surprise Booze Delivery

Bottles of sparkling wine and rosé

What if you can't be there with your loved ones to celebrate the news? Send a bottle of bubbly to their door with Drizly! Go for classic champagne or prosecco, or their favorite liquor. Champagne as an engagement gift just screams "congratulations!" And who doesn't love a surprise engagement gift delivery?

Elegant Planning Notebook

Wedding Notes notebook engagement gift idea

Your engaged loved one is about to get super busy, so give them this beautiful wedding planning notebook to help them stay organized. Bound in gorgeous white, blush or navy leather, it may just become their closest companion—besides their spouse-to-be, of course. For a sweet finishing touch, add their monogram to the bottom right corner.

Custom Address Stamp

Custom stamp engagement gift idea

This couple is sure to be sending lots of mail, with save-the-dates and thank-you notes on the horizon. A custom stamp is a cool engagement gift they can use for all their correspondences.

Chic Metal Frame

Chic black metal frame engagement gift idea

A photo frame is one of the most iconic engagement gift ideas. There's going to be a lot of frame-worthy moments over the coming months, so give the couple a stylish way to show off their snapshots. This sleek frame is a lovely way to display engagement portraits or photos from their future wedding. Choose between a trendy brass shade or classic black depending on their style.

Custom Whiskey Decanter Set

Personalized decanter set engagement gift idea

There'll be plenty of toasts and celebratory sips in honor of your engaged loved one, so why not give him or her a sophisticated decanter? Personalize the glass spirit holder with their initials and fill it with their favorite whiskey for a truly great engagement gift.

Meaningful Map Puzzle

Custom map puzzle engagement gift idea

Gift the couple a jigsaw puzzle printed with a map of a meaningful location, like the spot where they first hit it off. Whatever place you choose will be marked by a unique puzzle piece. It's an unusual but heartfelt engagement gift idea.

Wooden Wine Box

Engraved wooden wine box engagement gift idea

When deciding what to give the couple at their engagement party, remember to keep formality in mind. If you've been invited to a casual fête, a bottle of wine is the perfect engagement party gift idea. Upgrade your present with fancy packaging—a personalized wine crate to be exact. This wooden box can be customized with their names and engagement date.

Rustic Photo Display

Wooden engraved Polaroid stand engagement gift idea

This personalized photo display comes with a Polaroid snapshot of the couple. On the bottom of the picture, there's a hidden message that reads: "Congratulations on your engagement." The result? An extra dose of delight whenever they lift out the photo. It's a nice engagement gift idea for a couple who lives together.

Scratch-Off World Map

Scratch-off map of the world engagement gift idea

Good engagement gifts are easy to find once you know what to look for. Shopping for 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 trips—it might even inspire their honeymoon.

Creative Subscription Service

DateBox Club subscription box engagement gift idea

Make sure the couple still takes time to relax together by helping them organize a date night. DateBox Club sends out a monthly subscription box filled with everything they need for an enjoyable evening together. Gift them a single box, or sign them up for an entire year's worth of dates—the choice is yours. Either way, it's a cool experiential gift they'll get tons of joy from.

Funny Scented Candle

Engaged AF candle engagement gift idea

Candles are always a great gift, but the humor of this one takes it to a whole new level. Even when the candle has burnt out (it can burn for up to 100 hours!) they'll want to hang onto the fun jar. Bonus: There are 30 unique scents to choose from, including a very enticing banana bread fragrance.

Personalized Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Custom tic-tac-toe game engagement gift idea

Wish the couple a happy engagement with this unique gift idea. The wooden tic-tac-toe board can be personalized with their new family name, and the pieces represent their initials instead of traditional Xs and Os. It's a great way to encourage the couple to take time out to have fun together—especially once wedding planning gets underway.

Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Personalized engagement Christmas ornament gift

On the hunt for Christmas gifts for a newly engaged couple? A pretty, personalized ornament like this one is the perfect gift. It features their first names and the year underneath the phrase: "Our first Christmas engaged."

Illustrated Throw Blanket

Custom illustration couples' throw blanket engagement gift idea

This artist creates absolutely adorable illustrations of couples doing something they love, then prints the portrait on a cuddly throw blanket. This engagement gift will become their new favorite decor piece because it's 1) unique and 2) honors their shared interests.

Statement Home Decor

Engraved wooden heart sculpture engagement gift idea

When deciding where to buy engagement gifts, consider marketplaces like NOVICA that host independent artists and designers. This meaningful heart-shaped sculpture is a thoughtful way to memorialize any romantic milestone. The elegant wood carving will sit pretty on the couple's mantelpiece, in a display cabinet or really anywhere they choose to put it.

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