The 23 Best Engagement Gifts for Couples in 2021

The 23 Best Engagement Gifts for Couples in 2021

The 23 Best Engagement Gifts for Couples in 2021

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There are few moments in life that deserve to be celebrated quite as much as a couple’s engagement. But shopping for a gift for the newly-engaged couple can admittedly be much harder than shopping for the wedding gift itself! There’s no registry to rely on, and a giving just a monetary present just feels a little, well, off. Engagement gifts are not required, but it’s a nice gesture for guests to bring a gift to an engagement party or send something sweet to the happy couple when they announce their news.

Don’t stress. There’s no shortage of options out there, from sweet personalized presents to foolproof crowd-pleasers that are a universally safe bet—and at a variety of price points, too.

Ahead, here are the best engagement gifts guaranteed to make the happy couple even happier.

What is an engagement party?

An engagement party is a special celebration for the engaged couple, usually held soon after they’ve announced that they’re getting married. Traditionally, engagement parties were hosted by the bride’s family, but now they’re often held by the couple themselves or as a joint event. In general, an engagement party tends to be more informal than other wedding-related events and is a chance for friends and family to come together to toast the couple.

Do you take a gift to an engagement party?

Gifts aren’t required, but it’s always good to show up to a party with something in hand, recommends Victoria Della Torre of San Francisco-based Etiquette Design Company. “A simple and small token of your congratulations is perfect for this celebration,” says Della Torre. “Great examples include a special bottle of bubbly and accompanying champagne flutes or matching travel toiletry bags (great for the honeymoon and other travels as a couple!). She also recommends adding thoughtful touches: “Even if the host specifically requests no gifts, it’s always nice to bring a handwritten card for the couple.”

What’s a good engagement gift?

In lieu of champagne, NYC-based event designer and registry expert Jung Lee recommends instead choosing something from the registry (if the couple has set it up in time for the party). “Take the same budget you would spend on bubbly and put it towards a special piece that they’ll have forever,” says Lee.

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