Gift ideas for engagement parties

Get the perfect engagement gift that's suited just for the happy couple-to-be.

We've got a host of ideas that you can treat the couple-to-be to: Something-new gift for their home together, a something-different experience they can share or even a something-bubbly bottle of celebratory sparkling.

Browse through our top picks on what to bring along to the party below.

A couple things to consider when buying an engagement gift:

  • Are you attending the wedding as well? Not all engagement party invitees will also swing an invitation to the wedding. If you think you’ll be going to both, you might want to set aside some funds for a second present.
  • Does the couple already live together, or will they be starting a new home? If they'll be starting in a fresh place, consider gifting them something they'll be able to use when they settle in to quickly turn their new house into a home.

Top gift ideas to buy your newly engaged friends

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2014
Dan Murphy's
Shakespeare Quote Wall Art
Wedding Countdown
Kate spade new york 'gardner street' toasting flu...
Emily Brontë Printable Artwork
Kate spade new york 'take the cake' frame
Wedding Planning Diary on Etsy
Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay
Dan Murphy's
The Cook's Companion: The Complete Book of Ingred...
Angus & Robertson
The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country ...
Angus & Robertson
Personalised Love Print on Etsy
Wedding Planner, Guide, Journal & Notebook from m...
Trio Of France - Wine Hamper
Macarthur Baskets
Moet & Chandon NV - Wine Hamper
Macarthur Baskets
Luxury Chandon Chocolate Bouquet
Edible Blooms
Luxury Chocolate Bloom
Edible Blooms
Engagement Year
Photobook Australia
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2013
Dan Murphy's
Wedding Diary
Photobook Australia
Michel Cluizel Chocolates
Bockers & Pony
Bockers & Pony
Soon To Be Mrs Personalized Mug- Bride To Be Enga...
Personalised Chopping Board Engagement Gift
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Dan Murphy's
Couple Photoshoot and Makeover
The Wedding Planner & Organizer
The Book Depository
Modern 6 Course Tasting Menu with Sparkling for 2
Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage
Dan Murphy's
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Dan Murphy's
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Dan Murphy's
Bali Holiday Packages (from $661 pp)
Scrabble Fridge Magnets
Yellow Octopus
Love You to the Moon and Back Stars Pattern
Monogamy: A Hot Affair Game
Mac n Cheese Pillow
Maggie's Harvest Cookbook
The Book Depository
Little Miss Rosy - Sweet & Pink
Flowers for Everyone
Willow Tree Figurine - Together
David Jones
The Cranes Bath Towel
David Jones

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How to choose the best present for an engagement party

Choosing the perfect engagement party gift can be stressful. Keep it easy by following these simple guidelines and you can spend less time worrying about what to bring and more time actually enjoying yourself at the party.

Keep it simple and to the point: It doesn’t have to be expensive. Something simple and personalised will be just as welcomed by the happy couple as anything else. Think of an engagement gift as a entree and the wedding gift as the main meal. Don’t go overboard, or you won’t have room for the main event.

Think of a group gift: Have a great idea for something, but can’t quite afford it? Gather your mates and pool your funds together. Bonus points: they’ll be extra grateful that you took the lead on this.

Inject some creativity: There’s nothing wrong with going off the registry if you have an amazing idea for a more personal gift. If you’ve been friends with someone for years, chances are you’ve thought of something they’ll love that’s never even crossed their minds!

Engagement party gifts etiquette: Like everything else surrounding weddings, there’s a certain etiquette involved. Whether or not you follow it is up to you, but our advice is to judge it based on how traditional the couple is.

  • Maintain simplicity. This is an engagement gift, not a wedding gift. You don’t have to go over the top – a nice bunch of flowers goes a long way.
  • Ask for a registry. It’s not uncommon for couples to have a registry for their engagement party, as well as their wedding. Registries might feel impersonal, but at least you know you’re giving the happy couple exactly what they want!
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Even if you’re the only person bringing the happy couple an engagement gift, don’t feel embarrassed! You’ll be their favourite guest by far and you’ll definitely score an invite to the wedding. Thoughtfulness never goes unappreciated.


Clare Cribbin

Clare works as the assistant publisher in the shopping team here at finder.com.au. Whether you're after the best fashion deals, promo codes for your favourite store or just wanting to know what to buy your brother for his birthday, she has all the knowledge.

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    SophiaAugust 12, 2016

    Can you recommend engagement party venues in Brisbane? One of my close friends suggested Factory 51 because of the place’s rustic look and amazing ambiance but I’m still looking for other suggestions. Thanks!

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