Wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, bridal shower gifts—most of us have a good idea of what to give in these situations. But what about when someone gets engaged? And what if they throw an engagement party? Equally deserving of celebration, engagement gifts should be fun, thoughtful, and unique.
If the couple already has a registry, it's a great idea to purchase something from their must-have list for the occasion. If not, or if you want to give them something a little more personal or a gift related to being engaged, this list has something sweet for everyone. Whether you're purchasing a gift for the couple together or your newly engaged friend, these are our favorite engagement gift ideas for 2021.
1. For the cozy couple: A celebratory candle
We love Homesick candles. The candle company has tons of scented candles that can transport you back to the place that has you feeling homesick. Homesick’s Let’s Toast Candle is inspired by celebratory sensations and is perfect for the couple who gets homesick for big events. It features base notes of champagne grapes accented by fruity middle and top notes for an overall scent reminiscent of clinking cheerful bubbly flutes. You can even personalize it with a handwritten note on the packaging congratulating the happy couple.
2. For the home chef: A cookbook for newlyweds
Part of being a couple is teamwork, and what better way to practice that than by cooking together? The Newlywed Table is full of delicious modern and classic recipes that couples can make and enjoy together. Whether they’re entertaining friends or having a weeknight dinner for two, this cookbook will be both an aesthetically pleasing decor piece for the kitchen and a useful meal guide.
3. For the Insta-lover: An instant camera
Vintage vibes have been popular in the past few years, particularly with photographs. There’s just something about the Polaroid look that makes photos feel extra special. Gift the happy couple an instant camera so they can document their engagement journey, wedding day, and honeymoon through their eyes. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is one of the best instant cameras we tested because the camera and film are affordable, so you can take all the photos you want without breaking the bank.
4. For the wall gallery fiend: A set of frames
This frame set is a great way for the couple to display their journey together through their favorite pre-engagement, engagement, and wedding photos. More than just modern decor—this frame set is packed with sentiment in the best way.
5. For the green thumb: A live plant
Plants make fabulous gifts because they brighten up a room and just make you feel good. Send the newly engaged couple a live plant from The Sill—an online plant store we love—that they can care for together. There are tons of options to choose from plant-wise, so there’s something for both the avid plant moms and the botanically challenged. You can even choose the pot it arrives in to suit their decor.
6. For the one who loves the little details: Personalized stationery
Part of being a committed couple means sending out thank you cards and invitations during the wedding process. Having custom stationery makes the process easier and makes it feel quite official. This personalized stationery can be monogrammed for individual or joint use. Between the sweet foil-pressed paper and six available colors, this engagement gift is sure to add just the right amount of personality to every letter.
7. For the subscription box fan: A gift set dedicated to making memories
Combining memorable experiences with a fresh aesthetic, this gift set is all about capturing meaningful moments. Complete with a photo frame, candle (because scent is the strongest memory trigger), and a booklet filled with memory-making prompts, this set is a thoughtful way for the couple to document their time together before the big day.
8. For the host: A personalized charcuterie board
Nothing completes a friendly get-together or stay-at-home movie date more than a good charcuterie board. A customized board with the couple’s name is thoughtful, stylish, and useful. Since many memories are made over food, it’s a great way to help them create new ones as an engaged pair.
9. For the traveler: A cute map print of their engagement location
Engagement is a new adventure for the happy couple, and popping the question is a memory they won’t soon forget. Help them immortalize it with a custom engagement map print featuring the location where they got engaged. You can include their names and date in the print to complete it.
10. For the fashionista: A custom embroidered denim jacket
Denim jackets are a classic wardrobe staple, and adding custom embroidery makes it both trendy and unique to the wearer. Featuring the couple’s new titles as a wedded pair, custom embroidered denim jackets are perfect to show off in engagement photos, wear on the big day, and travel with on the honeymoon. This jacket on Etsy has been sold over 193,000 times and customers love it.
11. For the wine connoisseur: A wine carafe
Many people pop a bottle in celebration of their engagement. What better way to honor their union than with a cute (and cheeky) wine carafe. This one from Kate Spade is minimal enough to blend into any home bar setting. The etched “ours” in classic script font is the cherry on top.
12. For the one who favors experiences: A book of prompts to help them bond every day
Making the commitment to marriage is a big deal. To start the happy couple on their journey, give them a book filled with thoughtful prompts they can do together each day to strengthen their connection. This book is essentially a time capsule, with room for each person to write down their own thoughts and revisit over time.
13. For the fairy tale romantic: A wedding photo picture frame
Here’s another Kate Spade piece that is delightfully minimal and effortlessly modern. This photo frame is a popular wedding gift and a stunning way for the couple to display that fairy tale moment. The hint of blue is also a cute nod to the bridal tradition of having “something blue” for luck. This frame even counts as something new, too!
14. For the ones who cook together: Always Pan
You heard it from Reviewed's cooking writer, Valerie Li Stack, first: The Always Pan is a perfect gift. The influencer-approved kitchen item is not only stylish, but it does the job of eight pieces of cookware. It's a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Perfect for the couple living in a small space or for those who love cookware and kitchen tools, the Always Pan is an ideal gift for a couple that loves experimenting in the kitchen.
15. For the tea lover: A tea blend inspired by love itself
If wine isn’t the couple’s choice of celebratory beverage, a rose tea blend could be the perfect solution. With just the right amount of floral and full-bodied tea, this multi-colored teacup and saucer comes available in a heart-shaped and will be loved by all.
16. For the couple who loves to match: A delightfully geeky mug set
If the engaged couple loves public displays of affection, these matching teacups will be their favorites. The best addition to your morning routine, one mug says "I love you," with the other responding, "I know."
17. For the home decor lover: This symbolic sculptural home decor piece
Whether they plan to get a new place together or not, this decorative piece is as good a gift as any. It’s the perfect symbolism of tying the knot and can stand on its own as a decor piece. Or it makes a great addition in displaying their wedding album or favorite photos together.
18. For the one who likes to keep it clean: A monogrammed doormat
You know the trend of carrying the bride over the threshold. This monogrammed wreath doormat helps keep the tradition while preventing muck from dirtying the floors. Plus, it’s a nice little welcome for the couple to come home to and to greet guests when they visit.
19. For the trendy person: A candlestick holder
Candlesticks are a trendy way to up the vibe in any room. Not to mention, some wedding traditions involve lighting a candle together, so this makes a meaningful gift for a newly engaged couple. This candlestick holder from West Elm holds two sticks and works as a table centerpiece, shelf accent, or coffee table addition.
20. For the organized person: Monogram hooks
Whether it’s to hang a dog leash, house keys, or car keys on, these monogram hooks are a cute way to mark a shared life together. Plus, they’re just plain useful! If not being used by the front door, these also make wonderful individual towel hooks for the bathroom.
21. For the one who likes simple pleasures: An adorable dish towel
Kitchens are the heart of a home. And dish towels are more than just a way to mop up messes in the kitchen—they’re a style piece. This one from Anthropologie is crafted by the socially-conscious company, Supa Endura, and brings brightness, joy, and love to the kitchen.
22. For the kid at heart: A fun card
Sending a card is a foolproof gift option. We love this top-rated one from Love Pop because it has a fun 3D effect when opened. You can order it blank to write on yourself or have Love Pop include a custom message. Either way, it’s sure to put a smile on the couple’s face when opened.
23. For the one who loves accessories: A personalized ring dish
A ring dish is a simple, yet thoughtful engagement gift. The couple can use it to display their bands for wedding photos or to safely store rings when they need to be removed for gardening, swimming, etc. We love this one because it’s simple enough to match any photography theme or home decor.
24. For the crafty person: A gift card for custom stationery
We love Minted’s thoughtful and personalized approach to gifts. They also have some of our favorite custom stationery. Gift the happy couple a Minted gift card so they can pick out custom designs for save the dates, invitations, thank-you cards, or personal letterheads.
25. For the financially-minded: A fund box
Weddings, honeymoons, and houses cost money, so why not make the saving process fun with a fund box? We love this one from Etsy because they can use it for more than one event in their life (unlike bridesmaids' dresses, let’s be real). It’s perfect for saving up for the big day, the honeymoon, a first house, or even a first child.
26. For the foodie: A personalized wedding cake and knife set
One of the best parts of any wedding reception is the cake, and making the first cut as a married pair makes for fond memories and cute photos. Another way to remember the moment is with a personalized cake and knife server set. The couple can even use it in the future on anniversary cakes.
27. For the writer: An anniversary journal
The wedding is just one memory in the couple’s love story. Some of the best ones are yet to come. Give them an anniversary journey to jot down their celebratory activities in year after year. It even has prompts to guide reflections and symbols for each year’s themes, from paper to diamond.
28. For the adventurous: An engagement mug
For travelers and homebodies alike, this enamel mug brings all the excitement of starting a new adventure together. A little rustic, a lot romantic, personalize it with their names and engagement date. It’ll be their new favorite camping or office mug.
29. For those who like it fancy: A monogrammed ice bucket
For wine and champagne lovers, a monogrammed ice bucket is an excellent gift they can add to their home bar. As they celebrate their engagement, they can keep their favorite bottles chilled and ready to serve. We love this one from Mark & Graham for its vintage-inspired look and availability in silver or gold.
30. For the curious: A fun online class
COVID-19 has changed the world. With social distancing and travel restrictions, it’s harder to have memorable experiences. Fortunately, AirBnb offers tons of fun online classes, from virtual tours of quaint Thai villages, introductions to Kenyan culture, lessons in making pasta, astrology, and much more.
31. For the one with a sweet tooth: A box of these bite-sized cupcakes
We can’t get enough of Baked by Melissa’s tasty treats. Her bite-sized cupcakes come in a variety of extraordinary flavors and are fresh, flavorful, and moist. It’s a mess-free way to send the couple some celebratory cake.
32. For the one who loves to be organized: The ultimate wedding planner
Planning a wedding can be hectic, to say the least. We love this planner because it’s packed with super helpful tidbits, including timelines, checklists, calendars, budgeting help, tips for finding the perfect dress, and tons more. There’s even room to take notes and store business cards as the couple checks out venues, florists, and bakeries.
33. For the party animal: A boozy delivery
What can’t be delivered today? Thanks to Drizly, you can send the newly engaged couple their favorite boozy beverages right from your own home. This is a great option for those who live a ways away. Drizly has a selection of wine, champagne, beer, and liquor so there’s something for everyone’s tastes.
34. For the pop culture expert: A shout-out from their favorite celeb
Cameo is this awesome service where you hire a celebrity to record a special message. If a 3D card was next level, then this is the top tier. Not only will it feel super cool to have a celebrity speaking to them, but they’ll be able to have it on file to revisit fondly (and maybe show off to coworkers and friends).
35. For the whimsical: Wedding countdown blocks
Adults can play with blocks, too. Although these are less about building castles and more about counting down the days until “I do.” Not only are these a fun decor piece, but it’s something they’ll actively get to update every single day as the excitement builds.
36. For the punny one: A bottle of wine with a wedding planning wine label
If gifting a bottle of wine or champagne off the shelf feels too generic for you, slap this cute wedding planning label on top. Since the label fits most bottles of wine and champagne, you won’t have to play Goldilocks to make sure it fits. It’ll make a simple bottle of bubbly that much more special.
37. For the one who takes tons of photos: A custom heart-shaped collage
Another option from Minted, this heart-shaped collage takes the couple’s favorite highlights and puts them all in one romantic place. It’s perfect for displaying in their home, and you can even customize the frame to match their decor. The Polaroid-style photos add a timeless touch.
38. For the avid reader: A wedding magazine subscription
Yes, magazines still exist and they’re a fantastic engagement gift. Since wedding magazines are dedicated to all things bridal, they’re full of useful tips and trends to inspire the planning process. They can mark their favorites or cut out what they like to make a vision board. Choose from a national magazine or a local one.
39. For the busy bee: A gift card to their favorite restaurant or for something they can use for the wedding
Planning a wedding on top of working makes life busy. Sometimes, that means no time for home-cooked meals. Send the couple a gift card to their favorite restaurant so they can order takeout and have one less thing on their plate. If not a restaurant, a gift card they can use towards a photographer or florist is also a good choice.
40. For anyone: Something from their registry
Of course, you can also take the foolproof, classic route of gifting the couple with something from their registry. This way, you know they’ll love it since they picked it out themselves. Find out where the couple is registered and shop away.
Don’t stress too much over what to give as an engagement gift. There are plenty of thoughtful, fun, and personalized gifts for every budget. So don’t fret, just celebrate.
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