Wedding Planning Guide

engagement gift ideas

Your dear friends just got engaged! Now it’s time to celebrate them making it official. The couple’s engagement party is typically the first of many parties and celebrations leading up to the wedding, and if you’re searching for the perfect engagement gift, we’ve created this guide to help.

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Etiquette

Do I have to bring a gift to an engagement party?

Engagement gifts are not required at an engagement party—the main focus should be celebrating the happy news with the couple. Traditionally, only very close family members and friends gave the couple engagement gifts; however, these days, there is no hard-and-fast rule—it varies between communities of friends and families. Unsure of what to do? Follow these guidelines to decide:

1. Consider the formality of the invitation. If you received an engagement-party invitation in the mail from the couple’s parents, bring a gift to the celebration and avoid showing up empty-handed. However, if you got a text message about an informal gathering with friends, pick up a bottle of wine or champagne to toast the couple.

2. If you decide to buy an engagement gift, spend around 20% of your total gift budget. Plan to spend another 20% on a bridal shower present and the remaining 60% on a wedding gift.

3. You may get the couple something from their registry if they have one already (ask the host for registry info). However, chances are that they have not quite gotten around to that whole gift registry thing yet. If that’s the case, then check out our favorite engagement gift ideas below.

Engagement Gift Ideas

Gifting an item from the couple’s registry is always a good idea, but if they haven’t created a formal registry just yet, there are many other gifts the couple will enjoy. Err on the side of a festive, celebratory present or a gift that will come in handy before and well after their big day.

  • Bottle of wine or champagne
    Cheers! Crack this open at the celebration or let the couple save it for a future date night.
  • Framed photo
    Have a favorite photo beautifully framed as a sweet reminder of love and friendship.
  • Camera and accessories
    There are going to be a lot of photo ops in the coming months, and a new camera, selfie stick, or tripod will make their snaps picture-perfect.
  • Book of love poems
    What better way to commemorate their love?
  • Ring dish
    For their new bling!
  • Wedding planning notebook
    This will be the bride’s new best friend in the coming months.
  • Honeymoon tote and essentials
    Get them one step closer to their romantic getaway.
  • Picnic basket
    Help facilitate a delicious date for before or after the wedding.
  • Dinner napkins and cocktail napkins
    Perfect for the couple who loves to entertain.
  • Manicure or facial appointment
    Since this is probably already on the bride’s to-do list.
  • Jewelry box
    A beautiful way to store the new rings and family heirlooms.
  • Board games
    Gift them with a few favorites for future game nights.
  • Cheese board
    An entertaining essential for pre- and post-wedding gatherings.
  • Personalized stationery and thank-you cards
    These will definitely come in handy for wedding gift thank yous and other correspondence.
  • Personalized return address stamp
    They’ll thank you for this when they’re sending out all those thank you cards.
  • Personalized postage stamps
    The perfect finishing touch for their wedding invitation and thank you card envelopes.
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