10 Thoughtful Engagement Gifts That Aren’t Champagne
Give your friends something useful.
Published Feb 18, 2022 6:00 AM
Chances are you know someone who got engaged recently. And chances are they’re going to be showered with congratulatory gifts, mostly in the form of champagne—lots of it. While a bottle of bubbly is an appropriately festive gesture for the occasion (it’s a classic for a reason), there are many other, equally fitting options that will stand out in a sea of cork-topped bottles.
We prefer the practical route, which involves giving items that will come in super-handy as your friends embark on the planning-filled road to their nuptials. Below, our shoppable roundup of thoughtful yet practical engagement gifts, including a few things that will complement all of that sparkling wine the couple will surely amass.
If you’re looking for a fail-proof gift for the newly engaged, a stylish box of cards is the answer—they’ll be sending a lot of thank-yous throughout the wedding process. This set of six is hand-painted (so no two cards are identical) and finished with gold-foil lettering.
On the Rocks
We mentioned they’ll likely be getting tons of champagne, so why not give them a stylish place to hold it all? Perfect for parties and intimate gatherings alike, this stainless steel cooler, featuring equestrian-inspired saddle leather handles, will help transform their dining room into a cocktail bar.
And speaking of thank-you cards, this well-crafted, solid wood rubber stamp can be customized—using one of the brand’s templates or your/their own original design—with the pair’s return address to make all that snail-mail sending they’ll be doing a breeze. Pair it with an ink pad or two, if you want to be extra thoughtful.
Best in Glass
Because the happy couple is undoubtedly going to be showered with champagne, make sure they have something extra-special from which to sip it. Estelle’s artisan-made glass coupes come in a range of pretty colors, including this saturated green hue.
Shocking as it may be, the about-to-be-married might not want to finish an entire bottle of bubbly in one sitting. This gold-tone, stainless steel, and silicone stopper seals standard champagne, Prosecco, and Cava bottles, so their sparkling will keep its fizz longer.
If the proposal included some new hardware, this set, which includes a cleaning pen and polishing cloth, will help them keep it as sparkling and beautiful as the day the big question was asked.
Everyone you know could probably use an upgraded blanket, so why not use this engagement as an excuse to help them level-up. Made from a lightweight-but-warm blend of wool and cashmere, this pointelle knit throw feels just as good as it looks draped over the back of a sofa.
Each of these colorful, hand-blown glass dishes are completely one of a kind and specifically designed to hold jewelry—a special spot for the newly engaged’s rings, should they ever need to take them off.
Between the engagement and the wedding, one thing’s for sure: There will be pictures. The gift of one of these cool marble frames will double as a reminder to get photos printed so they can be put on display.
A wedding planner but so much more. This beautifully simple, linen-covered notebook includes prompts for journaling, relationship building, and memory documentation, as well as more traditional planner elements like to-do lists.
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