3. Cigar aficionado? Give him a classy way to store and carry his smokes. This sophisticated leather case fits two standard size cigars. Fill it with his favorite variety for an extra-special gift. Cigar Holder leather case, $22, Amazon.com
2. Who can resist chocolate-covered strawberries? They're such a treat, especially when they're outfitted with wedding-esque bow ties. Best of all, if you can't attend the party, you can easily mail these sweets right to the couple's doorstep. Shari's Berries full dozen wedding strawberries, $45, Berries.com
5. Send your words of congratulations on cupcakes! Sprinkles allows you to mix and match flavors and add decorations to your assortment (there's even a diamond ring perfect for the occasion). Get creative with a custom message. Sprinkles Cupcakes custom cupcakes, from $52 for a dozen, Sprinkles.com
6. Gift the couple a carefree card game that will have the lovebirds competing against each other with good deeds, like cooking dinner and carrying groceries. The winner can cash in for breakfast in bed—how great is that? UncommonGoods marital bliss game, $20, UncommonGoods.com
Maybe you're friendly with the groom and will be meeting his fiancé for the first time at the engagement party. Or perhaps you're shopping for the couple that already has everything. Finding the perfect gift for a new duo can be tricky. Our expert tip: choose something they can enjoy together. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for couples.
3. It's time to pop bottles for the to-be-weds! Bring some elegance to their first toasts as a newly engaged couple with a set of champagne flutes. This pair has a contemporary geometric pattern that will complement any table setting. Mikasa Avenue silver-plated champagne flutes, $40 for set of 2, Mikasa.com
6. Gift the soon-to-be-newlyweds a set of custom wood coasters. Personalize with the couple's names and any US state. You can also add a date. Turn the coasters over to reveal a hidden bottle opener—genius! Personal Creations State and Date to Remember coaster set and bottle opener, $25, PersonalCreations.com
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Looking for a funny gift for a newly engaged couple? Maybe they're hilarious jokesters, or maybe you're just looking for a playful present. We've got you covered. From silly gags to amusing token gifts, we've rounded up a few of our favorite ideas that are sure to result in a chuckle.
1. Give them something they can lounge in—his and hers bathrobes. These 100 percent cotton terry velour robes are season-less and perfect for getting ready on the morning of the wedding or any day. The Knot Shop Mr. and Mrs. bathrobes, $80 each, TheKnotShop.com
3. Cue the confetti—she's engaged! We love this delicate gold bangle, dipped in 12-karat gold and engraved with party sentiments like "cheers," "kiss the bride,"" tie the knot," and "cut the cake." She can stack the bangle with her other baubles and wear it long after she says "I do." Kate Spade New York Bride idiom bangle, $58, KateSpade.com
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2. Give her more bling—in the form of a decoupage tray. We love this square design, inspired by a vintage print. The tray is a great catchall for jewelry, lipstick and other ladylike essentials. John Derian Company Inc. Diamond un Vide poche, $72, JohnDerian.com
Did your nephew just pop the question to his longtime love, and now you're frantically searching for a congratulatory gift? Or maybe your first single guy friend is taking the plunge. Either way, the occasion is reason to celebrate. Here are a few of our favorite engagement gift ideas, just for him.
7. You can count on at least one guest to arrive at an engagement party bearing a bottle of champagne—trust us. Take the road less traveled and gift the couple a champagne bucket instead. They'll need something chic to chill all those bottles, and the cooler will last long after the party. CB2 Duke stainless steel champagne and wine bucket, $35, CB2.com
What do you get the couple who has everything? Go for something unique and personalized—something they would never buy for themselves. From address stamps to custom puzzles, we've got something for every hard-to-shop for couple you're celebrating.
4. There will be plenty of toasts and celebratory sips in this guy's honor, so why not give him a sophisticated decanter? Personalize the glass spirit holder with his initial and fill it with his favorite whiskey for the ultimate congratulatory gift. Target glass decanter, $60, Target.com
Is it an impromptu celebration at a local bar days after the proposal? If the invitation is casual (you were invited by text), the celebration will probably be too. In this case, no engagement party gift is necessary, but a bottle of champagne wouldn't be out of place if you want to spread some cheer. While a gift isn't "payback" for free drinks or food, if you're sharing in the expenses of the evening, you're not usually expected to bring a gift as well.
4. We love the sweet and quirky sentiment of animals that mate for life—this print showcases those special species. This reminder of one and only love is a perfect gift for the couple who's finally found each other (no longer the lone wolf!) and who likes playful prints.
10. Help him stay organized (his other half will thank you) with a classic leather valet. This catchall is perfect for corralling watches, cuff links, keys and change. Add a monogram for a personalized touch. Mark & Graham rustic leather valet, $119, MarkandGraham.com
2. Commemorate the start of a family with a custom cross-stitch portrait. Send the artist a photo of the couple and their new name or their wedding date. You can even include the couple's beloved cat or dog. The cross-stitch comes framed, matted and ready to adorn the walls of their newlywed nest. Stich People custom cross-stitch family portrait, $189, StichPeople.com
5. If you've been invited to a casual fete, a bottle of wine is the perfect way to extend your congratulations. We love the graphic packaging of this bottle—it's personalized and makes for a perfect keepsake for storing openers and saved corks. Bonus: This gift ships quickly if you want to send your well wishes from afar. Gift Tree personalized congratulations wine crate, from $55, GiftTree.com
8. Flowers and romance are synonymous. Gift your favorite duo a unique arrangement of red rosebuds and lichen moss. The flowers come assembled so presentation is flawless. And thanks to tiny water tubes at the end of each stem, no watering is needed! Olive & Cocoa Le Coeur flower display, $98, OliveandCocoa.com
2. Perfect for the cocktail-loving couple, this love potion makes mixing up an amorous evening as easy as one-two-three. This magical elixir comes in an adorable muslin bag—full of aphrodisiacal ingredients so you can mix your own batch of love. Norse Hutchens Aphrodisia love potion kit, $42, UncommonGoods.com
3. Make date nights at home extra-romantic with these cloth napkins. Each includes a love letter written by a literary icon (think: Emily Dickinson or Mark Twain). Perhaps it will help inspire some expressive prose from the newly engaged pair. Embroidery Patterns Love arrow cloth napkins, $48 for a set of 4, Zazzle.com
Perhaps you're newly engaged—congratulations! Or maybe you know a couple lucky in love. Whether you're a guest or the guest of honor, we've got your gifting needs covered. We've rounded up 56 of our favorite engagement gifts to give (or register for) along with everything you need to know about hosting an engagement party. We've even answered the tricky question: Do you have to bring a gift to an engagement party?
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6. Help them hone their kitchen skills with this inspiring collection of recipes. The book takes couples through stocking their pantry to making meals. The recipes are easy to execute and the responsibilities are meant to be shared—perfect for a date night at home. Crate & Barrel The Newlywed Cookbook, $35, CrateandBarrel.com
4. A cake is in this couple's very near future. Gift them the necessary tools to cut the first official slice. Opt for a simple and timeless design that the couple can use for occasions beyond their wedding day. Mikasa Kya cake server set, $40, BedBathandBeyond.com
4. A lingerie fete may be in her future, but why not kick off the party a little early with a comfy sleep shirt? She's sure to have sweet wedding dreams while wearing this bridal sleepwear. Bonus: The V-neck and buttons means she can slip it on and off while getting ready on her wedding day.
5. Looking to send some spirited congratulations from afar? Order the groom-to-be a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, aged 12 years or more. It's perfect for sipping on its own, or great in classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned and the Rusty Nail. Jonnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky, $69, 1-877-Spirits.com
You don't need to bring a gift to an engagement party—but it's more appropriate to do so at some types of events. Couples want your heartfelt congratulations most of all and for you to share in their happiness. So gift or no gift? Here's what you should consider:
5. Give the couple a jump-start on romance with a collection of quotes, passages and phrases—all about love! The words of wisdom from greats like Woody Allen and Miss Piggy come bound in a beautiful leather book. You can even personalize it with the couple's initials. Mark & Graham leather love book, $99, MarkandGraham.com
When you're picking out the perfect engagement gifts, they should reflect both your own style and the personalities of the couple you'll be sending them to.
Your best friend just called you with the exciting news—she's engaged. You want to give her something special to share your well wishes and we've got just the thing. We've rounded up our favorite gifts perfect for the newly engaged gal.
6. She'll need a place to store her new ring (if she ever takes it off!), so gift her an elegant ring holder. This ring dish has a multifaceted design that will sparkle alongside her diamond. Monique Lhuillier Waterford Atelier ring holder, $50, Bloomingdales.com
5. Did the couple meet while they were in college? Gift them a jigsaw puzzle of a map of a meaningful location. This 400-piece puzzle covers a four- to six-mile radius from any address you specify. Signals personalized hometown jigsaw puzzle, from $40, Signals.com
3. She's got a new sparkler, so help her show it off with this cheeky mug. If her coworkers haven't already offered their well wishes, they will when they see this. Simply Made Greetings Engaged mug, $16, Etsy.com
6. Perfect for midday dates, this picnic basket is full of the essentials, from melamine plates to handblown wine glasses. Add nibbles and you have all the makings for a romantic walk in the park. Picnic Time Pioneer deluxe canvas picnic basket for two, $225, JCPenney.com
Remember: This is your engagement party, not the wedding (you definitely don't want to upstage the main event). So make the party as casual or as formal as you'd like. While it's fine for the decor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don't feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match.
10. Looking for a token gift? We love this simple bouquet charm, ideal for wrapping around her blooms on her wedding day. The tiny photo frame can be filled with a picture of a loved one, or perhaps an outtake from the couple's engagement session. Flitter by Frippery wedding bouquet photo frame charm, $14, Etsy.com