Isn’t it fun when someone you love gets engaged?! Whether it’s your friend, family member, child, or someone else, you want to them to know you’re excited for them, but it can sometimes be hard to come up with a good engagement gift. They really don’t need that many bridal magazines or planning binders, you know?
Maybe you just want something small to pair with a sweet note. Maybe you’ve got a bigger budget and want to fill a basket with 10 items. Either way, here are some of my go-to gifts, and I hope this helps you find exactly what you’re looking for!
1. Ring cleaner and/or ring holder
This ring cleaner* has been a huge hit! My sister-in-law even let me use it on my ring, and I can vouch for it doing an amazing job. Pair it with a cute ring holder like this*, and it really is the perfect for celebrating an engagement.
2. Nail polish
This is also great to pair with the ring cleaner, and the two most best ones I’ve found are Blushing Bridge by essie* or Otherwise Engaged by OPI*. I just love the names!
3. Framed engagement photo
I love doing this! It’s something that most people love to have, but it can get lost in the I-must-book-every-wedding-vendor-right-away frenzy. Go ahead and do this for them by snagging a photo from Facebook and a great frame!
4. Countdown printable
I really like giving some sort of countdown “tool” to help them look forward to the big day! It’s also fun because it shows you are excited with them. 🙂
My favorite, super-easy way to create a countdown is to print a template & put it in a frame. The glass or plastic cover acts just like a dry-erase board! Here are 3 different printables you can use in a 5×7 frame. Just pair with a dry-erase marker, and you’re good to go!
5. Thank-you notes & great pens
The engagement/wedding process requires so. many. thank-you. notes. It’s a great thing, because it means that so many people care and support you! Make it easier for the bride/groom-to-be and give them some super cute thank-you notes* to have on hand. Bonus if you give them great pens* to go with the thank-you notes! If your hand is going to hurt from all the expressions of gratitude, it might as well be made easier with a pen you love. The Pilot G2 pens are my favorite*– seriously, I use them for everything!
6. Coffee, tea, or gift card
Wedding planning requires a lot of hours on the couch or in a coffee shop researching, booking, & making arrangements. Give the gift of caffeine via their favorite coffee or tea, or a gift card to Starbucks* or their favorite shop!
7. Personalized gifts
Of course, Etsy* is full of options when it comes to personalized gifts. It’s so fun to celebrate the pending change of initials or new home together with a unique & personalized item!
- Coffee mugs (just for the bride or for both)*
- Travel luggage tags (perfect for the honeymoon!)*
- Decorative item with new last initial*
- Custom print for their new home*
- Return address stamp*
8. Date night ideas/certificates
It can be easy to focus on all the plans, but what’s really important is nurturing the relationship and preparing for marriage. Give them the gift of time to focus on each other & create new memories together. Whether it’s a gift card to a restaurant, a wine tasting, a Red Box certificate*, bowling or whatever- “gifts of experience” can be the best gifts of all. I’m really working to incorporate this type of gifting for all occasions!
Marriage truly is something worth celebrating, and from my own experience, I know it’s made all the more special when friends & family celebrate with you. Here’s to sharing in the excitement with those we love!
Have you had a special engagement in your family recently, or even gotten engaged yourself?! Let me know YOUR favorite gift ideas!