Let us guess – your best friend got engaged over the festive period and now you’re looking for the perfect engagement gifts for a 2023 couple? We got you.
Read on for the best engagement gift ideas to say congratulations to your besties, daughter, son, brother, sister, cousin on their upcoming nuptials!
What is an appropriate gift for an engagement?
The best engagement gifts for couples will depend on what they’re like, their style, and preferences.
Popular engagement gift ideas in the UK are:
- Gift vouchers
- Experience voucher
What you choose to gift them will also vary based on whether you live nearby and can deliver it personally, or whether the engagement present will need to be sent by post.
While the ideas above will work for any couple, here are a selection of the best engagement gifts for couples in the UK in 2023 if you want something that really shows you share their joy.
Thoughtful Engagement Presents
1. An Arty Love Print
A great way to celebrate a couple’s love for each other and mark the promise they are making to one another is with a bit of romantic artwork for their home.
One of the best places to get romantic prints is Etsy. You could go with something classic like the All you need is love poster above (£9.95), or give them a personalised engagement gift with some custom artwork.
2. Wedding Planner
Ok so they might just want to enjoy the moment of being freshly-engaged for a minute, but there’s no time like the present to get planning the wedding!
There are a few beautiful wedding planners and journals on the market, but we particularly love this one from Paperchase (£15.00.)
This makes a lovely engagement gift as it enables the couple to start getting excited about and jotting down initial ideas and inspiration for their wedding.
3. A Romantic Getaway
You could treat the happy couple to a romantic weekend away together – they can spend a full 48 hours reliving the proposal and starting to think about ideas for the big day!
Check out the weekend away gifting options on Buyagift.co.uk – this way you can treat them to a stay somewhere of their choosing.
This is a good engagement gift for a colleague, since it’s more affordable if several team members are chipping in for it and the couple will definitely love to have the chance to getaway together.
4. A Celebratory Experience
Your loved-up pals will be wanting to spend all their time together in the weeks following their engagement, so why not gift them a romantic experience at a time when they’ll get the most from it?
You could treat the couple to an afternoon tea, dinner or a fun and memorable experience such as a visit to Kew Gardens – perfect for taking some engagement photos!
5. Engagement Biscuits
Have you ever seen anything so cute as these engagement cookies from Biscuiteers? You can have them ordered straight to the couple’s doorstep with a personal message, making them the perfect couples’ engagement gift that you can organise from afar.
6. Engagement Flower Gift
It’s an oldie but a a goldie – you can’t go wrong with flowers to say congratulations on your engagement.
A good way of sending blooms if you don’t live close by the newly-engaged couple is to do Letterbox Flowers.
7. Wedding Fund Money Box
This is a bit of a gimmicky idea, but also a fun one that will definitely get your couple excited to start thinking about their wedding itself, rather than just focusing on the engagement.
We love this Wedding Money Box from an Etsy seller called NikitabyNiki which costs £25.
You can get lots of different ‘wedding fund’ money jars and piggy banks online – the best ones you can even have personalised with the couple’s name for an extra personal touch.
Of course, they’re unlikely to be saving all the thousands they’ll be needing for their wedding in a money box, but having a place where they can stash spare change to add to the wedding fund is a good idea!
8. His & Hers Engagement Mugs
Time to share a little cheesy engagement gift idea – you could get the couple his’n’hers mugs that either say Mr & Mrs, or have them customised with their names, future surname or the date and location of their engagement.
Every day they’ll be able to enjoy their morning coffee and think back to the day they got engaged. This pair of marble mugs is from Etsy and costs around £26.
9. Custom Star Map
Another cute engagement gift idea is to source a personalised star map gift for the engaged couple.
Some might find this couples gift idea a bit on the cheesy side, but we like how you can personalise it with their names, location of the engagement or where they met using the longitude and latitude coordinates.
This Night Sky Star Map is from Etsy and costs £11.95.
10. Engagement Photo Gift
There’s no better time to buy a photo gift than when someone has got engaged.
By the time they decide to spend the rest of their lives together, most couples have hundreds of photos together, so you’re bound to have one or two in your photo reel that would look good on a cushion/keyring/photobook.
Shop for all kinds of photo gifts on Photobox.co.uk.
11. Engagement Chocolates
Nothing says YAY quite like chocolate, right?!
You can get the most delicious chocolate gifts these days, but how about a chocolate photo box from Lily O’Briens for just £16.50?
It’s really cute because you can upload your fave photo of the couple so they’ll get a surprise when they open it later together.
12. Engagement Balloons
Another classic idea that always works is a bunch of engagement celebration balloons. The obvious choice is to go with a ring-themed balloon like the one above (available from Moonpig, comes pre-inflated and costs £22).
There are other engagement balloons available, or of course you could go with a simple Congrats! balloon as an engagement present.
13. LEGO Bride & Groom
A great nerdy engagement gift idea is to give a bride & groom LEGO set – particularly good if one or both of the couple are LEGO fans and they could add it to their existing collection to mark the occasion of their engagement.
14. Engraved Wooden Champagne Box
There was never a better time to bust out the bubbly – so why not gift the happy couple a personalised champagne case with their name and date of their engagement engraved on it.
It even comes with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier included – £54.99 from Gettingpersonal.co.uk.
15. Big Spoon, Little Spoon Bedding
When you commit to being with someone the rest of your life, what you don’t immediately realise is that you’re securing yourself the position as either big spoon or little spoon forever, and that’s something to celebrate.
Get the couple this cute engagement gift of Big spoon, Little spoon pillowcases, £22.99 from Prezzybox.
Should I give an engagement gift?
The decision on whether to give a couple an engagement gift is entirely up to you – most likely it will depend on how close you are to the couple, how regularly you see each other and how much you want to spend.
Most commonly, engagement gifts are given to the couple by just close friends and family members. However, it is also popular to get engagement gifts for colleagues, especially if the whole team is keen to pitch in.
What gift should I take to an engagement party?
If you’ve been invited to an engagement party, then it’s customary to take along a little something. That could be a gift such as flowers, balloons or chocolates. Another idea would be to take a nice bottle of wine for the party, or offer to bring along a dessert for the celebration, depending on the venue.
Check out the engagement gift ideas above for more ideas about what to bring to an engagement party.
So now you know where to look when it comes to finding the perfect engagement gifts for a couple you love.
Take some time to browse the various options, but remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune – a small gesture to show them how happy you are for them will go a long way.