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The 50 Best Engagement Gift Ideas for Couples

by Joy Editors
Two hands holding a wrapped engagement gift tied with a bow

When a beloved duo in your life gets engaged, it’s something to be celebrated! While you don’t have to buy an engagement gift, it adds a delightful touch — especially if you intend to partake in the celebration. As you scour the internet for a thoughtful gift to commemorate this milestone, you’ll no doubt be met with a wide variety of options. Everything from stemless wine glasses and cutting boards to pots and pans are fair game when it comes to engagement gift ideas. 

Our advice? Get creative! Give your friends a gift that is uniquely “them,” which can come in all shapes and sizes. Since the recently betrothed have probably been too wrapped up in bliss to create a wedding registry this early on, let us provide some guidance. To navigate the best creative and traditional engagement party gifts ideas, here are 50 of our favorite items that will bring joy to the happy couple.


1. Picnic Basket 

 Picnic Time Classic Picnic Basket

A picnic basket is not just a basket: It’s a gateway to endless romantic moments for the lovebirds. Before you wrap up the Picnic Time Classic Picnic Basket, fill it with all the picnic essentials such as cozy blankets, adorable plates and maybe a special bottle of wine. This romantic all-in-one date will provide a sweet escape when they need a break from wedding planning!

2. Greenery

House plants are a thoughtful engagement gift idea, even for couples without a green thumb. Fill the Umbra Bolo Hanging Planter with a greenery like a snake plant and your gift will become much more than cute decor. It’s a symbol of growth, just like their love story. 

3. Cake Plate 

You might be thinking, “They don’t bake, so why do they need a cake plate?” Think of this as an engagement and anniversary gift. The newlyweds will love having a special serving dish to place their cake topper on as they celebrate one year of marriage. Seek out a versatile style like the Nambe Quatro Cake Plate with Server, which features acacia wood that will go with any kitchen decor.

4. Photo Frame 

Kate Spade With Love Frame

Have you been a part of the couple’s most special moments? Gift them a memory frozen in time when you frame one of your favorite photos of them in this elegant Kate Spade With Love Frame. This picture frame goes from great to unforgettable if you can include one of their engagement photos or a snapshot of the moment the big question was asked. 

5. Anniversary Wine Box

What’s more fun than getting a present that can be used to mark special occasions? An engraved wine box is a unique engagement gift idea that keeps on giving long after the wedding date. Include bottles for them to enjoy on milestone anniversaries (and maybe Champagne flutes and a bottle of bubbly to pop open right now!). 

6. Hand Mixer 

Whether they want to make pancakes on Sunday or Christmas treats, every household needs a trusty hand mixer. Choose the Smeg 50s Retro-Style Hand Mixer for a gadget that is as timeless as it is useful. With a variety of fun colors to choose from, this gift is a whimsical way to say “congrats!” to your favorite couple. 

7. Cheese Board

Nambe Harmony Cheese Board with Knife

The humble cheese board is the unsung hero of engagement gifts. Imagine the happy couple, hosting friends or having a cozy night in with a mouthwatering charcuterie board between them. This beauty becomes the centerpiece of their snacking dreams. The Nambe Harmony Cheese Board with Knife is the perfect engagement gift idea for its sleek design and functionality.

8. Wall Frames 

Over a couple’s courtship, there are thousands of photos showing their journey down the aisle. The Umbra Exhibit Frames are a great engagement gift idea that will allow them to create a stylish gallery displaying their love story. While they can change out photos as their life together progresses, you can start by filling the five frames with a few sweet moments leading up to their engagement date. 

9. Coffee Mugs 

Everyday objects may seem like a boring gift, but these small gestures create experiences. Coffee rituals are sacred, and the perfect mugs make the moments extra special. If your friends are jonesing for a jolt, gift a set of two JoyJolt Cadus Double Wall Coffee Glasses to enhance their morning routine. They will think of you every time they brew a fresh cup!

10. Decanter

Kate Spade Two of a Kind Decanter

Trying to impress a pair of wine lovers? Put a romantic spin on a bar classic when you give the lovely Kate Spade Two of a Kind Decanter that reads “Ours” in a fancy script. Want to kick it up a notch? Accompany the decanter with a bottle of wine for them to enjoy on a special date night at home. 

11. Dutch Oven 

If you are looking for a practical gift, cookware is the way to go. The Caraway Dutch Oven is an affordable take on this classic piece of cookware, perfect for creating special dishes from cozy stews to melt-in-your-mouth pot roast. Plus, cooking a new recipe together can build core memories and start family traditions they can enjoy for years to come!

12. Pasta Plates

Who doesn’t love a gigantic plate of delicious pasta? The Villeroy & Boch Pasta Passion Pasta Plate set has a simple and crisp design that goes well with any home decor. Give this fabulous kitchen staple alongside an Italian cooking class for two to ensure the happy couple will get lots of use out of your gift.

13. Sushi Plates 

Villeroy & Boch NewWave Sushi for Two

Gift giving is all about finding that perfect item that a couple would never buy for themselves. The Villeroy & Boch NewWave Sushi for Two gift set is not only a super fun present, but it will give the couple an opportunity to try something new. If you want to splurge, include a gift card for a sushi-making experience and tools for them to make the delicacy at home. 

14. Dinnerware Set for Four 

Everyday dinnerware is a must have for the newly engaged — how else will they host a celebratory party for their friends and family members? The Gabrielle 12-Piece Dinnerware Set features two sizes of plates and bowls in a casual design suitable for daily use. 

15. Dinnerware Set for Six

Now that your favorite couple is heading down the aisle, you can expect they will be eager to host holiday celebrations. The perfect engagement gift idea for the hosts with the most is the James Street Stoneware Reactive 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. This fabulous stoneware collection goes with just about any aesthetic and blends beautifully with a variety of styles.

16. Ring Dish 

Kate Spade With Love Ring Dish

Every engaged couple needs a safe place to stash their new bling. The Kate Spade With Love Ring Dish is delightfully simple yet carries the symbolism of love. Couples will delight in having this stylish catch-all to keep their engagement ring safe and sound. 

17. Honeymoon Fund 

The perfect honeymoon is almost always on a couple’s wish list. If they have a honeymoon fund set up (or are planning on starting one), consider contributing some cash for their romantic getaway! If you want something to accompany this thoughtful present, include a personalized travel accessory like a monogrammed passport cover. 

18. Tabletop Fireplace

What’s more lovely than cuddling up by a cozy fire? Give the gift of instant romance with the FLIKR Fire Round Personal Fireplace. While this pocket-sized flame won’t provide the warmth of a roaring fire, it can bring the perfect level of mountain lodge ambiance to a small space. 

19. Bathrobe 

Charisma Luxe Cotton Zero Twist Bath Robe

Let the soon-to-be newlyweds have a twinning moment. The Charisma Luxe Cotton Zero Twist Bath Robe is not only a sumptuous staple, it could be a unique engagement photo outfit for a fun-loving couple. 

20. Pie Dish 

Does the happy couple love to bake? An heirloom-worthy pie dish might be just the ticket. Check out the Le Creuset Heritage Pie Dish to add to their bakeware collection. Not only is it a beautiful kitchen staple, it also bakes a killer pie, casserole or quiche with scalloped edges that provide a professional touch.

21. Weighted Blanket 

Sharing a bed isn’t always the blissful experience it’s promised. Do your best friends a favor and give the gift of sleep with a stress-reducing weighted blanket. The Slumber Cloud Temperature Regulating Weighted Blanket looks great on a bed, has a washable cover and gives a fabulous night’s sleep.

22. Vase

Mikasa Verve Crystal Vase

Impromptu flower gestures need the perfect vessel for display. The Mikasa Verve Crystal Vase looks fabulous in any home with its elegant ridges and sparkling crystal. Add a bouquet of flowers and you have a stunning gift for your recently engaged loved ones.

23. Candle

Candles are often seen as impersonal gifts, but let’s be honest — everyone loves the comfort of a delicious scent and a warm flame! The Blomus Frable Scented Candle is offered in myriad scents for every preference and looks just as beautiful as it smells. If an open flame is a concern around pets, include a candle warmer lamp as part of your gift.

24. Dance Lessons

Give the happy couple a head start on their first dance with local lessons. Make sure to purchase a package instead of just one class so they can get the most out of their first spin around the dance floor together.

25. Cake Dome

Libbey Selene Glass Cake Stand with Dome

Whether they’re expert bakers or just have a sweet tooth, their treats will look great displayed in the Libbey Selene Glass Cake Stand with Dome. The all-glass stand and matching dome is sleek and surprisingly sturdy. To personalize this engagement gift idea, engrave the stand with the soon-to-be newlyweds’ wedding date. 

26. Monogrammed Towels

Nothing feels more personal than everyday items that are monogrammed with a couple’s insignia. You’ll be the hit of the household when you give a set of cozy decorative towels marked with the couple’s initials. This kind gesture is a beautiful way to symbolize the melding of two lives into one home.

27. Framed Constellation Map 

Show the happy couple that their love was literally written in the stars when you give them a personalized map of the night sky. Pick a significant date from their relationship to highlight, such as the day they met, their first date or the day they got engaged. 

28. Wine Cooler 

Sagaform Wine Cooler

Celebrate your friends’ love with more than just a glass of delicious vino. The Sagaform Wine Cooler is stylish and functional, the perfect addition to the happy couple’s bar cart. Its sleek glass design and oak handle fits perfectly into any home, no matter what their interior design aesthetic might be.

29. Cake Knife 

If you want to contribute something to your friends’ big day, consider something to cut the wedding cake. The Vera Wang Love Knots Cake Knife & Server is a timeless gift set adorned with delicate bows on the handles. 

30. Experiences 

There is no better gift than the gift of time together. Experiences will live rent-free in the memories of your best friends until death do them part. From cooking classes to river cruises, check out Spur Experiences for an adventure your favorite couple will never forget.

31. Candlestick Holders 

Renwil Set of Three Candlestick Holders

A little table decor will get a lot of use in the couple’s new home. Grab these minimalist Renwil Set of Three Candlestick Holders that will dress up the tablescape at any dinner party they throw. The simple metallic gold finish blends beautifully with all candle colors. 

32. Carry-On Luggage 

If you are loving the idea of a honeymoon-related gift, luggage is a timeless present that they will use for years. Go with a tried and true piece that will last forever like the Samsonite Outline Pro Carry-On Spinner

33. Checked Luggage 

Sometimes a carry-on just won’t cut it on those bigger trips. Couples often don’t take the time to invest in these key travel pieces, making a larger suitcase the perfect gift for the explorers in your life. The American Tourister Stratum 2.0 24-Inch Spinner comes in multiple colors and is durable enough for even the roughest baggage claims.

34. Subscription Boxes

It’s an engagement gift idea that keeps on giving. Sign the happy couple up for a subscription gift box that piques both of their interests. Look into wine clubs, coffee subscriptions or fashion boxes that will bring your friends joy every month in the busy time leading up to their big day.

35. Cookware Set 

Caraway Cookware Set

A cookware set is a classic engagement gift idea couples love. Put your own spin on the kitchen staple by giving the couple pots and pans that are anything but boring. Ditch the stainless steel pans of yesteryear for this Caraway Cookware Set in their favorite color. The unique design will undoubtedly speak to your friends and show them how much you care.

36. Luggage Set 

Feel like going all in on the travel vibe? Send the soon-to-be wedded a complete matching set of durable luggage that will last as long as their love. The American Tourister Groove Three-Piece Luggage Set was built for rugged adventure with a textured hard shell and ergonomic handle. 

37. Custom Luggage Tags

Whether your friends are frequent jetsetters or putting all their funds into an elaborate honeymoon, custom luggage tags are a thoughtful engagement gift idea they will absolutely love. If the couple is expecting to change their name when they wed, this is a great way to celebrate that transition.

38. Monogrammed Handkerchiefs

Emotions run high on a wedding day. Give the happy couple a stylish way to shed a few happy tears with matching personalized handkerchiefs. Stick with a simple white linen mouchoir stitched with a single initial or shared monogram so it will go with any color palette. 

39. Champagne Flutes

Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece Champagne Flutes

Many joyous occasions await for the happy couple. Help them celebrate in style with a set of four Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece Champagne Flutes. They can raise a glass year after year on their special day and toast with this beautiful gift of Italian-made glassware. 

40. Couples Spa Day

Even with a wedding planner, the months leading up to the big day are stressful. Home goods may last for years, but sometimes a couple just needs some good old R&R. Spoil the people you love with pampering massage or other treatment that resets their minds for the journey ahead.

41. Adventure Map

Do your loved ones have the travel bug? Gift them with an interactive map where they can track their travels together. Have the framed map engraved with their names and wedding date to commemorate when their ultimate adventure began.

42. Wedding Countdown Calendar

Not every engagement gift has to be for the kitchen. Add a playful touch to their gift pile with a fun wedding countdown calendar. Different bespoke styles are available from makers on sites like Etsy, where you can input your loved ones’ wedding date to let the countdown begin. The newly engaged couple will adore ticking off each day as their big day approaches!

43. Knife Block 

WUSTHOF Gourmet 16-Piece Knife Block Set

Shopping for a couple that loves to cook? Behind every great chef is an even better knife set. Surprise the newly engaged couple with the WUSTHOF Gourmet 16-Piece Knife Block Set that will make everything from meal prep to dinner parties a breeze.

44. Cocktail Shaker 

Statement cocktail shakers are a great gift for a couple that loves to entertain. If you are looking for something that chills the perfect drink and looks great on a bar cart, surprise them with the Nambe Vie Cocktail Shaker. The best part? You can throw it in the dishwasher.

45. Personalized Recipe Book

Food always brings people together. Get your loved ones a personalized recipe book to stash all their favorites to share with each other (and you!) for years to come. Fill the first page with a sweet message and a recipe for the happy couple to try!

46. Wine Glasses 

Special bottles of wine deserve to be served in equally special glassware. The Christian Siriano Optic Gold Rim Wine Glasses are a fashionable take on this barware staple, with rippled glass and an origami-style cup design trimmed with gold. Include a bottle of wine produced during the year they popped the question for a memorable engagement gift idea.

47. Coffee Machine

Moccamaster KBGV Select Coffee Brewer

Coffee snobs are vehemently opposed to all drip machines — except for this one. Not only does it look incredible in your kitchen, the Moccamaster KBGV Select Coffee Brewer is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association, so you know it makes a good cup of joe. Your coffee-loving friends will be flattered by the thought you put into getting them the perfect gift.

48. Serving Bowls 

Entertaining together creates beautiful memories for a couple in love. Make logistics a breeze when you give your favorite hosts these Nested Serving Bowls. The three stoneware bowls nest easily, making this a great engagement gift idea for those who are short on storage space. 

49. Custom Portrait

Commemorate your friends’ love with an engagement gift that’s a keepsake they can enjoy every day. Commission a portrait (fur babies included!) complete with their wedding date etched underneath. Keep the framing subtle so this beautiful gift can blend in with any home decor.

50. Custom Address Stamp

Let’s not dance around it — thank you notes can be the last item on a wedding checklist they want to complete. Gift the happy couple with something that will save their hands from cramping. A personalized address stamp is a great engagement gift idea your friends will absolutely love using before and after the big day.

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Engagement Gifts FAQ

Does wedding gift-giving still mystify you? We’ll break down the basics when it comes to engagement gift etiquette in these frequently asked questions. 

What is a traditional engagement party gift? 
A traditional engagement gift is something a couple can enjoy together. This is the time to have fun and spoil your loved ones! It doesn’t have to be a home goods staple that builds on their china collection (although it can be!). Since couples may not have a wedding registry set up yet, there is a lot more freedom for creativity with an engagement present.
What is the average engagement gift cost?
There’s no strict rule on how much you should spend — it’s more about the sentiment behind the gift. That said, plan to spend around $50 (though it’s fine to spend less or more if you are feeling generous). As the old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts!
Is money an appropriate gift for an engagement party?
Absolutely. It’s a perfectly appropriate and practical gift for an engagement party. Many couples appreciate the flexibility and freedom that cash or a check provides, allowing them to use it toward their wedding expenses, honeymoon or anything else they might need as they start their life together.
Is it expected to buy an engagement gift? 
While it’s not mandatory to buy an engagement gift, it is a thoughtful gesture that many people choose to make. Engagements are significant milestones in people’s lives, and giving a gift is a way to show your support, congratulations and best wishes for the couple’s future.

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