Our 25 Best Engagement Gifts From Parents Who Want to Express Their Excitement

Help your kiddo and their fiancé "ring" in the occasion.
Engagement Gift Ideas from Parents
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Cathryn Haight
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Cathryn Haight
Commerce Editor
  • Cathryn is a commerce editor at The Knot, where she focuses on all things gifting and stationery
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Cathryn spent years as a food editor
  • Cathryn holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a certificate in publishing from Columbia University
Updated Nov 29, 2023
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Some hugs and happy tears are in order: Your kiddo is engaged—congratulations! Remind them of your love and support as they flip the first page of this new chapter with a thoughtful present. Engagement gifts from parents don't have to be flashy (or expensive) to be meaningful. Something personalized to decorate their shared home or practical to help with wedding planning will show the couple you can't wait to celebrate with them. Of course, we understand if you're a little anxious about finding the right engagement gift for your daughter, son or child—you're well-versed in picking presents for birthdays and holidays, but this is likely uncharted territory. All the more, you might tread lightly if the pair hasn't set up their wedding registry yet or if you're unsure of their partner's style and preferences. We took all of this into consideration as we curated this collection of the best gift ideas for a child's, daughter's or son's engagement, so you'll surely find something that feels thoughtful, intentional and—most importantly—celebratory.

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Do Parents Buy Engagement Gifts for Their Children?

While engagement gifts from parents to their children aren't required, they're certainly welcome and appreciated, especially if the couple is having an engagement party hosted by someone that's not one of their parents. But since it's just the first of many celebrations, there's no need to go overboard. A thoughtful card is an appropriate gesture and anything else is icing on the (wedding) cake. That said, you might choose to give a sentimental keepsake as an engagement gift, something practical like a wedding planning gift or—a tried-and-true idea—an edible engagement gift. If you're still stumped, don't worry. Below, we've assembled a foolproof list of some great engagement gift ideas for parents shopping for their children.

The Best Engagement Gifts for Your Daughter or Son and Their Fiancé

A thoughtful engagement gift for your son or daughter and future daughter- or son-in-law is a great way to offer best wishes before the wedding planning begins. From classic ring dishes to personalized artwork, these are the best ideas for engagement gifts from parents.

1. Personalized Print for Their Shared Home

Personalized street signs art print engagement gift from parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

When we say this is perhaps the most beloved engagement gift for couples we've recommended, we really mean it. Fittingly titled "Intersection of Love," this personalized photo artwork features two crossing street signs that display the couple's names, meeting date and engagement year. You can order just the print or add a wooden frame to make it a little more polished and ready to gift. If you're looking for a unique engagement gift for your daughter or son and their fiancé, this print tops the list.

2. Wedding Keepsake Library for Organization

Wedding keepsake organizers in blue and white engagement gift from parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Help your daughter, son or child and their fiancé keep all of their wedding mementos tucked away safely with this library-style organizer. The handy piece features illustrated labels, acid-free drawers, vertical files and a few small fabric bags to ensure their big-day keepsakes are never damaged or lost in the throes of the attic. With a system this immaculate, they'll never scramble to find their USB drive full of photos or wonder what happened to their dried boutonniere.

3. Heart-Shaped Serving Board for the Engagement Party

Wood and marble heart-shaped cheese board engagement party gift from parents
Photo: Mark & Graham

Tasked with hosting the engagement party? Serve the couple's favorite charcuterie spread on this precious cheese board. It's crafted from wood and marble (many couples love this mixed-material look) and fittingly shaped like a heart. For a personal touch, have it engraved with their initials joined by an ampersand. Once the party is over, they can proudly display the present in their kitchen—we love a good dual-purpose engagement gift from parents. You might even see it again at their wedding shower (and, of course, every cocktail party and holiday gathering they host beyond that).

4. Honeymoon Hotel-Worthy Robes for Relaxing

White terry cloth cotton robes with embroidered name engagement gift from parents
Photo: Personalization Mall

Speaking of wedding must-haves, personalized bathrobes make great gifts for a newly engaged couple. They can throw them on for cozy late-night wedding planning, use them to unwind after a busy day of errands or even save them for getting ready on the big day. These ones are made from soft terry fabric, have a detachable belt and pockets and can be embroidered with each of their names. They'll feel like they're already at the spa on their honeymoon when they're wrapped up in these babies.

5. Custom Return Stamp for Addressing Invites

Rubber return address stamp engagement gift from parents
Photo: The Homebody Society

One thing your son, daughter or child and future in-law will need before the wedding—and even before the shower—is a return address stamp. It'll make their invites look extra luxe and save them from writing out their address hundreds of times (no more hand cramps!). This one even comes in a self-inking version, meaning it can make thousands of impressions before they'll need to fuss with ink again.

6. Embroidered Table Runner for Future Dinner Parties

Embroidered Table Runner engagement gift from parents
Photo: The Six Bells

If your child is a design savant, they'll know that this style of embroidered tablecloth is all the rage. Whimsically stitched with the silhouettes of place settings, the swath of Irish linen perfectly marks each guest's spot at the table with the outline of a fork, knife and dinner plate. Plus, what other engagement gift idea will remind them that the fork goes on the left?

7. Glasses That Show Their Love Was Written in the Stars

Custom Sky Glassware engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This set of two glasses will be a sweet reminder of the night they said that resounding "yes" to a life together. Each one is etched with their names, engagement date and the constellations that were shimmering in the sky during that special moment. You can select a pair of stemless wine glasses, a duo of beer pints or a set featuring one of each depending on the couple's imbibing interests.

8. Personalized Champagne Flutes for All the Toasts

Set of champagne flutes with aboral etching engagement gift from parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Bubbles more their thing? If you want to get the lovebirds special toasting glasses, this arboreal set is one of our favorites. Each glass is etched with an intricate tree bark pattern as well as the couple's initials and engagement date, so they look like they were carved into a tree (aww, remember doing that as teenagers?). They're an especially great engagement party gift from parents, since the pair can sip and toast with them straight away at the event. *Clink clink.*

9. Custom Champagne Bottle to Pop With Joy (and Keep Forever)

Custom Painted Champagne Bottle engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Mattie Brown Designs

Nothing beats a bottle of bubbles to match the sparkling joy you feel when celebrating a special milestone. Oh, except maybe one that's hand-painted with a custom image of the lovebirds in their proposal setting. This talented artist will do just that—just send them a bottle of the pair's favorite champagne or prosecco (not included in the cost) and it'll return to you as the most special keepsake for the couple.

10. Elegant Frame to Show Off Engagement Photos

Silver frame with heart design in bottom right corner engagement gift from parents
Photo: Lenox

Is the happy couple planning an engagement photo session? Help them display their favorite portraits from the shoot with this sophisticated silver-plated photo frame by Lenox. It's embellished with a double-heart motif that elegantly symbolizes true love. This would also be a wedding gift for your daughter or wedding gift for a son to be given the morning of filled with a special photo of the couple.

11. Matching Mugs for Their Morning Coffee

Personalized camp inspired 'the adventure begins' mug engagement gift from parents
Photo: Kampr Co

Wedding planning must-have: coffee—and adorable mugs for sipping the good stuff. If you need a small engagement gift for your daughter, son or child and their S.O., a set of campfire mugs will get plenty of use. These double-sided cups feature a cartoon nature scene and say "the adventure begins" along with the couple's names.

12. Wooden Scrabble Board With Personalized Name Plate

Wooden Scrabble board with personalized name plate engagement gift from parents
Photo: L.L. Bean

Start their collection of shared goods with a sturdy Scrabble board they'll love to show off at game night. Crafted from wood, it has a raised grid and plastic playing surface to keep the tiles in place, a Lazy Susan so it spins with each player's turn, and storage for easy cleanup and safekeeping. Best of all, it can be personalized with a nameplate.

13. Champagne-Scented Candle to Spark Joy

Champagne-Scented Candle engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Homesick

Candles are a great engagement gift idea for anyone unsure of what to give their favorite couple, parents included. They're simple and always a hit. This isn't just any candle though, it's champagne scented for a toast-worthy flame. Oh, and you can personalize the packaging with a handwritten note for extra brownie points.

14. Long-Lasting Roses to Celebrate Forever

Venus ET Fleur white box of white roses engagement gift from parents
Photo: Venus ET Fleur

You just got the call, your child is getting married (yay!) and now you want to send a gift in celebration. Venus ET Fleur will ship beautiful Eternity Roses to the couple to mark their engagement. Select the number of flowers you want to send (the 16-piece square bouquet looks incredibly luxurious), then choose the petal color. To complete your order, add a personalized card. The blooms look fresh for a year, so they might even make it to the wedding.

15. Proof of How Special Their Engagement Day Is

Special day book engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: New York Times Store

There's no doubt the day when the couple put a ring on it was a special one—one for the history books, really. Help them learn about the other historic milestones that happened on their special date via this personalized book. It compiles the most important news coverage by The New York Times from that day in history and binds it all behind a leatherette or linen cover that's customized with their names.

16. Jewelry First-Aid Kit for Their New Bling

Jewelry cleaner engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Aurate

If there's a new sparkly ring in the family, look no further than a jewelry first-aid kit. This gift set includes a cleaning brush, a purifying cleanser and a gentle drying cloth—aka everything needed to clean an engagement ring at home. Now the special jewelry will keep its shine through the wedding day and years after.

17. Trinket Dish for Engagement and Wedding Rings

Ring dish engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Amazon

How about an engagement gift that's as sentimental as it is practical? A stylish ring dish is a sweet nod to their newly minted status as an engaged couple—and it ensures that they have a place to store their important jewelry. This shallow porcelain bowl by Kate Spade is painted a pretty shade of blue and reads "with this ring" on the inside.

18. Commemorative Ornament to Remember Engagement Season

First Christmas Engaged Ornament engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Retro Gift Shoppe

Did they get engaged around the holidays? Add this darling ornament to their tree so they always remember this special time. The porcelain ornament reads "our first Christmas engaged" underneath an adorable vintage-style illustration of two reindeer in love. (Rudolph and Clarisse have nothing on this couple, though.) It's also customized with the couple's name and the year the question was popped.

19. Cocktail Recipe Book to Inspire Their Signature Drinks

Romantic Cocktails drink recipe book engagement gift from parents
Photo: Amazon

Shopping for a pair of budding mixologists? A craft cocktail recipe book is a great way to honor their shared hobby and help them find a signature drink (or two) for the wedding. Romantic Cocktails by Clair McLafferty has over 100 recipes centered around love, like The Afternoon Delight and The Goodnight Kiss. Sip, sip hooray to that.

20. Cookbook to (Literally) Spice Up Weeknight Dinners

Cookbook engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Amazon

If the lovebirds prefer simmerring something over the stove rather than shaking it up behind the bar, opt for this incredible cookbook by culinary icon Alison Roman (who also just got married in the fall of 2023). The whole premise of Dining In is flavorful recipes that are simple to make, but never boring to eat, so if they can't nail down a res at their favorite spot, cooking at home will feel just as glamorous. Plus, the photography and design are incredible.

21. Instant Camera to Document Their Engagement

Instax mini polaroid camera engagement gift from parents
Photo: Amazon

Here's a cute gift for your engaged daughter, son or child. Help them remember this unique time in their relationship with an instant camera. They'll capture meaningful snapshots of their engagement party, wedding shower, bach parties and even the little moments of wedding planning in between. Aww! (Don't forget to include film.)

22. Custom Candy Box for Their Shared Sweet Tooth

Custom candy box engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Sugarfina

Here's a sweet engagement gift for your son, daughter or child and their fiancé. Surprise them with an assortment of gourmet candies from Sugarfina. You choose the treats—options include gummy hearts, diamonds and kissy lips. And in true wedding spirit, they all come packed in a something-blue trunk.

23. Multi-Purpose Pan From Their Registry Wish List

Cooking pan engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: The Knot Shop

Another engagement gift idea from parents: anything you know will be on their wedding registry. As a parent, you have the inside scoop on what your child and their fiancé will be asking for. If you know they need (or just really want) some new kitchenware, the Always Pan from Our Place will likely be high on their wish list. This 10-inch, multipurpose nonstick pan comes with a beechwood spatula (with an integrated spoon rest) and a stainless steel steamer basket so it can fulfill the role of eight different cookwares in one. Basically, it'll become their second true love.

24. Countdown Calendar to Build Excitement

Personalized Wooden Countdown Calendar Sign engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: The Knot Shop

You and your child have been dreaming about this day for a long time. Help them build even more anticipation and excitement with a countdown calendar. This wooden sign reads: "days until I do" and comes personalized with the couple's names. It's also a great reminder for them to cherish this unique period of their relationship—before they know it, the wedding will be here.

25. Couples Stationery to Send Sweet Notes

Wildflower monogram notecard set engagement gift idea from parents
Photo: Papier

Whether it's for thank-you notes or love letters, personalized couples stationery is always a sweet and useful option for an engagement gift. We love this bundle of note cards because it features a crest of sorts with the first initials of the couple cleaved by a foiled bundle of wildflowers. Their address is displayed along the bottom.

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