Regardless of whether or not it's engagement season, there will surely be plenty of announcements popping up on your social media feeds of friends and family members taking the big step in their relationship. If a close friend or family member gets engaged, you may be enticed to send them a gift in order to congratulate them and share in the excitement of their life-changing moment. While purchasing an engagement gift is not a requirement, it is a sweet gesture – especially if you're extremely close, like a sister, best friend, etc.
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With lots of preparation ahead for the bride- and groom-to-be, engagement gifts should serve a purpose, even if it's just to make their day. Knowing friends and family members support them is essential to the happiness of the new couple throughout the engagement process, and a present is a wonderful way to show your love. From gifts that offer assistance while planning, to those that call for a celebration, to items that will help the pair relax in this beautiful yet stressful time, it's important to keep the couple's interests in mind when shopping. Also, if you're getting a gift geared towards one half of the couple, make sure to mention the other in your card, so they don't feel left out.
To offer some assistance in your shopping endeavors, we've gathered some gift ideas in a variety of price ranges for you to consider. Take a look at 15 engagement gift ideas below!
The perfect gift for a couple about to embark on their wedding planning journey is this comprehensive book from world-renowned celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. This guide is filled with tips from fashion to etiquette, and everything in between. The Wedding Book: An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day – Your Way, $46 by Mindy Weiss; amazon.com
It wouldn't be a celebration without popping some bubbly or a bottle of wine! For other libations like beer and cider, this chic bottle opener will add pizzazz to any bar cart. “Heritage” crystal and gold bottle opener, $95 by Anna by Rablabs; gearys.com
Getting engaged is a huge step in any person's life. Make sure your best friend takes some time to relax and take it all in with this gift box that features an essential oil diffuser, a blank journal and pen to write down their experiences, cozy socks, hand cream, and a soothing face mask. “A Moment Away” gift box, $210 by Box Fox; shopboxfox.com
If you're one of the close friends or family members who heard the engagement news first, consider gifting your loved one with a mug they can use to announce their engagement on Instagram! “Does This Mug Make Me Look Engaged” mug, $9.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond; bedbathandbeyond.com
Why celebrate once when you can celebrate all year? For another addition to the bar cart, these confetti tumblers will make any drink – from water, to beer, to soda – feel like a special celebration! “Glitter Speckled Tumblers” with gold rim, $40 by White Lilac Inc.; whitelilacinc.com
Help your best friend pick out her wedding fragrance by gifting her a set of romantic scents, including Mimosa & Cardamom and Nectarine Blossom & Honey. “Cologne Collection”, $115 by Jo Malone London; bloomingdales.com
With an engagement comes many months of planning – and ultimately stress. Make sure your recently engaged friend gets enough sleep with a soft sleep mask that will block out any light. “Lacey Lids” cashmere eye mask, $110 by Morgan Lane; nordstrom.com
Even if the bride-to-be isn't getting enough sleep, she may as well look cute while attempting to get her beauty rest! This cute set of PJs can also be worn while getting ready for the big day. “Bride” embroidered cotton-gauze pajama set, $450 by Morgan Lane; zola.com
A shiny new sparkler on her ring finger calls for a gorgeous ring box to keep it safe, right? These chic ring boxes look great when photographed, and they're available in a variety of colors! “Mrs. Box” velvet ring box, $85 by The Mrs. Box; themrsbox.com
With an upcoming wedding and possible engagement party, your newly engaged friends will likely be getting a lot of gifts. Help them stay organized with this fun thank-you note box, which includes a log for them to keep track of everything they've received. “Blush Bridal Keepsake” thank-you card box, $78 by Kate Spade New York; katespade.com
If you know your friend will be taking her fiancé's last name, why not gift the couple their first monogrammed cheese or cutting board with their new shared initial. “Monogram Board” in marble and copper, $39.95 by Williams-Sonoma; williams-sonoma.com
As a newly engaged bride or groom, your best friend will likely be getting a lot of questions about the upcoming nuptials. Get them prepared for wedding conversations with this fun question kit, perfect for a wine night or intimate engagement party! “Getting Married” conversation starters pack, $20 by TableTopics; francescas.com
Almost every couple featured in Inside Weddings urges future brides and grooms to cherish the engagement by going on date nights, taking romantic vacations, and just enjoying being engaged. For the couple who loves to take photos of special moments, gift them this easy photo printer that creates instant imagery from your phone's photo library. “Insta Share SP-2” smartphone instant photo printer, $179 by Fujifilm; urbanoutfitters.com
In preparation for the honeymoon or even a destination wedding, give your engaged friend this fashionable travel jewelry case that will hold all of her rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in a safe, compact place. “Caroline” zip travel jewelry case, $79 by WOLF; gearys.com
For more wedding ideas, discover 10 things to know once you get engaged, gather expert tips for a picture-perfect engagement shoot, and view advice on putting together thoughtful welcome bags for your wedding guests. Also, be sure to check out these first year anniversary gifts for your one-year wedding anniversary!
Opening photo by Ledia Tashi Photography