Like buying a new home or having a child, an engagement can mark a joyful new stage in a couple’s life and the start of the fun (and often chaotic) process of planning a wedding. There are plenty of meaningful ways to congratulate your favorite couple on their special moment, whether with a practical item they can use as a duo, a personalized gift that commemorates their love or an organization tool to catapult them into the wedding planning frenzy. We rounded up some thoughtful gift ideas at various price points to help you celebrate your favorite newly engaged couple this year.
The best gifts for engaged couples
Major retailers like West Elm, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have a variety of kitchenware, small appliances, home decor and more for engaged and newlywed couples, while sites like Etsy can be great for personalized items that commemorate a special date or moment. Below, we highlighted some notable engagement gifts based on our previous coverage, staff picks and Select reader interest.
To help them toast to their special day, this pair of clear crystal champagne flutes is engraved with a delicate heart design that can be both timeless and romantic. Each flute stands at 11 inches tall and can hold 5 ounces of the happy couple’s favorite fizzy drink.
This personalized star map from The Night Sky has you input the date and location of a special event, like an engagement, and constructs a view of the stars and constellations on that night. You can choose between four color schemes — Black, Midnight Blue, Gray Blue and Aquamarine — and a light or dark background color. You can also add a personalized message to accompany the date and location coordinates below the map. I gave this to my fiancé as an anniversary gift and we love how simple yet elegant it looks hanging on our wall.
The newly-engaged couple can use this speckled clay jewelry dish from Select reader-favorite retailer Etsy to store their rings before and after their big day. It can be personalized with their initials, and it’s hand-painted with a gold finish. You can also choose to add a flower or greenery design for an additional fee.
This Erin Condren planner is a favorite among Select staffers: Former editor Morgan Greenwald used it to plan her wedding, and when I got engaged last year, I bought one too, based on her recommendation. You can choose between a 12-month or 18-month planner, both undated, that contain pages for budget trackers, guest lists, wedding day checklists and written vows. You also have space for notes, journaling, brainstorming, moodboards and more to keep track of the planning process. The planner comes with four sticker sheets, a double-sided pocket folder, a pack of adhesive monthly tabs and a set of metallic date dots to make the process feel more like scrapbooking than planning.
A personalized peel-and-stick wine label is one of my favorite gifts to give couples for engagements, housewarming and other big life events, and it can be added to the newly engaged couple’s favorite bottle of wine. The label displays a photo of the couple, their names and the date they got engaged. The label fits a long-body 750-milliliter wine bottle — you’ll just need to peel off the bottle’s original sticker and replace it with this one. You also have the option to purchase up to 12 customized labels in a bulk order to use as wedding favors.
To pair with their favorite wine, this personalized bottle stopper displays the couple’s names and the date of their engagement on a wooden, cork-like background.It comes with a gray fabric gift bag for storage when not in use.
A charcuterie board can be a great gift for the newly engaged couple who loves to host. This 13-inch by 13-inch bamboo option from CTFT has a hidden tool tray to store the included four small cheese knives, two pieces of food-safe chalk and two slate labels to identify various meats and cheeses. As a proud charcuterie lover, I whip out this board whenever guests come around.
A wedding can be an expensive ordeal, and saving up for it can add some stress to the otherwise joyful engagement period. This stylish wooden box, which functions like a piggy bank, has a white floral backdrop, gold italic text and a transparent cover so they can see their money fund grow during the planning process. And when they’re ready to retrieve what they saved up, they can remove the silicone plug at the bottom or simply take out the back frame.
These wedding-themed all-white mini cupcakes are made of vanilla cake with a Bavarian cream stuffing and topped with vanilla icing and white chocolate curls. The cupcakes come in a 25-pack wrapped in the brand’s rainbow Congratulations gift box. If you’re looking for an assortment of flavors, Baked by Melissa also offers its The Latest & Greatest gift box — which is my go-to gift for friends and family for any occasion — that includes a range of eight flavors like cookies and cream, chocolate chip pancake and red velvet.
For the newly engaged couple that loves to cook together, this live, virtual cooking class can help them learn new skills from the comfort of their home. The Table Less Traveled offers small classes with up to 15 people and lets you interact with the instructor and ask questions. If you aren’t sure which class will work with their schedule yet, you can also buy them a gift certificate to redeem later.
The Classic Box by wine subscription service The Sip — one of our favorite Black-owned brands — includes three mini Brut champagne bottles to pop open in celebration. You can also choose between a white tulip flute or a shooter glass as an additional gift to accompany the set. The Sip also offers multiple other gift boxes for every taste, including novelty champagnes, sparkling wines and rosés.
Help them celebrate the holidays as an engaged couple with this personalized calendar-style ornament, which shows the month, date and year that they got engaged. The ornament is crafted from high-quality ceramic material and comes with a gold string to hang it on the tree. It also has a one-sided design and measures 3 inches in diameter, according to the seller.
Harry & David’s Chest of Chocolates includes several delicious treats to celebrate a couple with a major sweet tooth. The treats include chocolate-covered popcorn, mini mints, pretzels, truffles, cake and more. The chest itself is made from wood and pleather, so it can serve as a keepsake once it’s empty.
The Ember Mug2 is my favorite work-from-home accessory that keeps my coffee warm for up to 80 minutes. The Ember Mug2 wedding collection includes two 14-ounce mugs that can be inscribed with “Mrs.” or “Mr.” that you can purchase separately. It’s made of durable stainless steel with a sleek, scratch-resistant ceramic coating. With the Ember app, your giftees can control the temperature of their drinks with the swipe of a finger and see both the selected temperature and the current temperature of the drink inside the mug.
This mini photo printer can make a great gift for the couple who loves to snap photos together. The printer connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth so you can conveniently print pictures from anywhere in under 60 seconds, according to the brand. Kodak says the printer’s built-in rechargeable battery can print up to 25 photos on a full charge, and it works with sticky-backed photo paper that you’ll need to purchase separately.
This stylish ice bucket from Mark & Graham — a brand that makes some of our favorite personalized gifts — is meant to keep up to 150 ounces of wine and champagne chilled and ready to drink. It has a delicate stamped detailing and engraving of the couple’s initials. It’s also crafted from durable stainless steel, and you can choose between a silver- or gold-plated finish.
Homesick’s Let’s Toast soy wax candle has a burn time of up to 80 hours and is scented with fragrance oils that feature notes of mandarin, grapefruit, apple, pineapple and champagne grapes. To add a thoughtful touch, you can include a personalized note printed on the back of the candle or on the packaging. The candle has a 4.9-star average rating from over 100 reviews at Homesick.
I tried Trade’s coffee subscription as a way to expand my coffee knowledge and get to know different roasters — I love that I can rate each coffee on the service’s website and get similar coffees that I actually like in future shipments. Your favorite coffee-loving couple can answer a few questions about their coffee preferences and Trade’s algorithm will curate options for them from their list of 450+ craft coffees from U.S. roasters. The coffee is roasted within 48 hours of shipping and is sent directly from the roaster, according to Trade.
The Hoya kerrii is a type of succulent that’s often called the Hoya Heart Plant due to its green heart-shaped leaves. Though it’s available to purchase as a single plant on The Sill, which makes some of our favorite indoor plants, this set of two mini plants can help celebrate your favorite couple’s special moment. The plants come in your choice of the brand’s Upcycled or Hyde planter.
This photo frame displays a photo of your favorite couple on a natural wood panel, and it includes a tiny chalkboard and chalk to count down to their Big Day. Senior social media editor Rosalie Tinelli received this photo frame as a gift when she got engaged and loves it. “I'm a sucker for personalized gifts and I especially like looking at my engagement photo when I change the number daily,” she says. “It's fun to remember the excitement of the day we got engaged and look forward to our life together when wedding planning becomes stressful.”
Whether they’re veteran chefs or only recently started crafting home-cooked meals, this personalized cutting board from Etsy can be a thoughtful addition to their shared kitchen. You can choose between two sizes and four wood finishes: Hickory, Maple, Mahogany and White Oak.
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Mili Godio is an editor at Select who has written gift guides for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, weddings and more since joining the team in 2021. For this piece, Godio researched highly rated options from popular retailers Select readers shop at and also included products that she and other Select staff members love.