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23 Engagement Gifts From Parents to the Happy Couple

If your son or daughter just got engaged, these thoughtful engagement gifts will kickstart the celebrations to come.

Julie Ryan Evans
Julie Ryan Evans
Stemmed wine glasses in yellow, pink and orange glass

Stemmed wine glasses in yellow, pink and orange glass

One minute you were cradling them in your arms, and now they've found love in the arms of another. Your little girl or boy is getting married and you want to get them the perfect engagement gift before the wedding planning gets into full swing. Cue these engagement gifts from parents. If you're ready to start shopping, we've hand-picked some of the best gifts for the newly engaged couple, whether you're the parents of the bride-to-be, parents of the groom, a future parent-in-law, or another guardian family member. Below, you'll find unique engagement gift ideas to let the happy couple know just how excited you are for them and their big day to come, including sentimental keepsakes, practical engagement gifts, and everything in between.  

Fruit and chocolate basket with 'Congratulations' ribbon

Fruit and Chocolate Gift Basket

Foodies will love this sweet gift basket filled with chocolate, fresh fruit, and other goodies. It's all tied up in a woven basket with a satin "congratulations" bow to make it extra festive.  

1800baskets.com congratulations fruit & sweets gift basket, $99, 1800baskets.com

Cast iron skillet

Cast Iron Skillet 

Even though they're likely planning to create a wedding registry, you can get a head start on their wishlist of kitchen essentials by treating them to a brand-new skillet. This one comes in two sizes and is completely oven safe for added use. 

Smithey Ironware Co. Smithey traditional cast iron skillet, from $160, Food52

Matching mugs with faces that fit together for a kiss

Cute Matching Mugs 

These mugs will make every morning all the sweeter for the happy couple. The lips fit together for a kiss, and the handles form a heart. Choose from pink and blue or pink and white color combos. 

Uncommon Goods the kissing mugs, $65, Uncommon Goods

Gratitude note jars with 'Him' and 'Her' on front

Gratitude Savings Jars

These jars are a great gift to remind the couple to embrace gratitude for each other while saving their pennies. The set comes with two jars, each reading, "Every time you see a penny, take a moment and acknowledge something you are grateful for in [him/her]." It's a perfect inclusive engagement gift from parents—the jars are available in him/her, her/her, and him/him combinations. 

Studio Penny Lane relationship gratitude jar set, $50, The Grommet

Stonewashed linen bedding set in light gray

Beautiful Bedding

As a couple starts building their new life together, luxurious new bedding is always a welcome gift. This set made of stonewashed linen contains everything they need for the sweetest dreams, including a sheet set, duvet cover, and extra pillowcases. Choose from 12 colors to match their home decor style.  

The Citizenry stonewashed linen bed bundle, $455, The Citizenry

Pink dried flowers bouquet

Preserved Flower Bouquet

Flowers are always a nice engagement gift idea, but if you want something that lasts a little bit longer, consider trendy dried flowers instead. This colorful arrangement is like a bouquet of instant happiness, with dried pampas grass, bunny tails, sun palms, and more in pretty pink hues.

East Olivia the Olivia, $95, East Olivia

Resort Pass gift card

Staycation Gift Card

The wedding planning process can be fun but exhausting, so why not give them a reason to unwind? ResortPass partners with exclusive resorts and spas across the country to give you access to swanky hotel amenities (like pools, saunas, and private cabanas) without the hotel stay. A gift card allows them to choose a time and location that works best for their schedules. 

ResortPass gift card, from $50, ResortPass

Champagne flutes with tree trunk and heart with initials design

Commemorative Champagne Flutes

Say 'cheers!' to their big news with these beautiful champagne flutes. The bubbly will taste better than ever in these hand-engraved glasses showcasing their initials and future wedding date. They're the perfect gift if you're looking for something personal and custom.  

Jennifer Francis Fillinger etched champagne flutes set of 2, $85, Uncommon Goods

Candle with label that reads 'About f*cking time'

Funny Engagement Candle 

If you've been waiting (and waiting) for that engagement ring to appear, this candle is a fun way to say congratulations. It's sure to get a laugh from the crowd at the engagement party, and it comes in six different scents.  

904 Custom Events personalized jar candle with label, from $10, Etsy

White bulb vase

Elegant Vase

A beautiful, well-made vase is a classic engagement gift from parents, and something the couple will reach for over and over throughout their lives. This one from Wedgwood is simple yet stunning, and it comes in their signature blue gift box. Choose from traditional white or a soft powder pink color. 

Wedgwood Jasper folia powder pink bulb vase, $100, Wedgwood

Wood grain photo frame with names, 'engaged' in calligraphy and date

Sentimental Engagement Photo Frame

This unique photo frame is a sweet way to display a picture from the special day they got engaged. It can be personalized with a dozen different background options to create a unique keepsake engagement gift they'll cherish forever. 

River Roots Collective engagement frames, $30, Etsy

Wooden cutting board with block names and heart at top

Block Letter Cutting Board

This custom cutting board is sure to get a ton of use over the years (not to mention how stylish it will look sitting on their kitchen counter). The engaged couple's names are carved into the top of the board, and the rest is ready for preparing and presenting their favorite foods. 

Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas personalized cutting board, from $169, Uncommon Goods

Set of craft cocktail mixes

At-Home Cocktail Kit

Stock their bar with this set of craft cocktail mixes that makes a fun engagement present. It comes with everything they need to create favorite drinks like Moscow mules, hot toddies, whiskey sours, and more—just add alcohol.

Bespoke Post last call, $70, Bespoke Post

Stoneware ring dish with sunrise design

Pretty Ring Dish

If they've got a new engagement ring on their finger, they need a safe place to put it when they take it off. This sunrise ring dish has several spokes to hold their engagement ring with plenty of room for other jewelry too. It's a cute gift idea from the mother of the bride to your daughter.

Anthropologie sunrise trinket dish, $14, Anthropologie

Blue keepsake box with drawers, folders, etc.

Wedding Keepsake Box

This keepsake box is a great gift for an engaged couple to store all the sentimental mementos of their engagement, from their proposal to the wedding day. It comes with drawers, vertical file folders, envelopes, and cloth bags to preserve wedding photos, flowers, invitations, menus, and more.

Uncommon Goods wedding keepsake library, $100, Uncommon Goods

Stemmed wine glasses in yellow, pink and orange glass

Colorful Wine Glasses

They likely already have go-to wine glasses for everyday use, but a recent engagement is an opportune moment to treat your son or daughter to a new set of stemware. These colorful wine glasses are a gorgeous gift they can pull out for special occasions in the future, like birthdays and wedding anniversaries. 

Estelle Colored Glass handblown colored wine glasses for a set of 6, from $160, Food52

Personalized hardcover photo album

Custom Photo Album

To capture the memories they've made and those to come, a photo album is always a thoughtful engagement gift. This heirloom-quality album is covered in luxe linen fabric with a foil-stamped cover and spine. Pick from 12 different colors and fill the album with some of your favorite snapshots of the happy couple.  

Artifact Uprising layflat photo album, from $152, Artifact Uprising

YETI cooler

Hard-Core Cooler

For the adventurous couple that's always on the go, this cooler makes one of the best engagement gifts from parents. Lightweight but tough, it lets them bring their favorite foods and beverages along on all their travels. You can choose from five colors, and turn it into a personalized gift by adding a collegiate or MLB logo based on their favorite team. 

YETI tundra 65 hard cooler, $375, YETI

Box of 12 chocolates

Decadent Chocolate Gift Box

If life is like a box of chocolates, we're voting for this one. The pretty gift box is filled with a dozen dreamy chocolates from world-renowned Knipschildt Chocolatier. It's sure to be an instant hit for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

Knipschildt Chocolatier signature chocolate collection gift box, $35, Goldbelly

Assorted pack of wine bottles

Assorted Wine Pack

Not able to toast to the couple in person? Until you're all together, they can toast to their future with this delicious selection of wines. Each bottle of wine contains one glass, so it's perfect for those times when just a little vino will do. Choose from a gift box of 12 or 24 bottles, with a mix of brut, rosé, and red varieties. 

Usual Wines mixed pack, $96 for box of 12 glasses, Usual Wines

SONOS portable bluetooth speaker

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

This engagement gift from parents is our pick if you're shopping for a couple who love the latest tech gadgets. Help them set the soundtrack to their lives together with this high-quality wireless speaker. It's portable and outdoor-ready too, so it's ready to go with them wherever they want to go. 

Sonos roam, $179, Sonos

Truffle sauces set of 3

Gourmet Truffle Sauces

If you're shopping for a couple who love cooking together, spice up their kitchen pantry with this fancy set of truffled sauces. Packed in a gorgeous gift box, this set includes black truffle hot sauce, white truffle hot sauce, and black truffle oil. 

TRUFF best seller pack, $78, TRUFF

Wall art kit

Wall Art Kit

Talk about a fun date night activity. This kit comes with everything they need to create a gorgeous work of art using their bodies, including two pairs of disposable slippers so they can walk straight to the shower after painting. 

Love is Art intimate art kit, from $60, The Grommet