If you’re looking for a gift for a recently engaged couple, a gift box or basket is a winning option. Ranging from useful home items to treats that will help them unwind after wedding planning, these thoughtful collections are truly gifts that keep giving.
“An engagement box is one of the best show-stopping gifts for a newly engaged couple,” says wedding planner Samantha Goldberg. Goldberg suggests gifting a themed box based on the couple’s shared interests and hobbies. She also recommends gifts that celebrate their life together—especially if they’re moving into a new home or are avid entertainers. Think new cooking supplies, bar décor, or other edible treats that will help them host their first party (or just enjoy a well-deserved date night at home).
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Many companies offer completely customizable engagement gift boxes, but there are also many ready-made options that make gift-giving a breeze. Read on for the best engagement gift boxes to help usher a couple into married life.
Price at time of publish: $135
For a couple that loves to cook together, this Italian Dinner Party Basket is a must-have gift. The basket includes all the fixings for a romantic date night, including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, canned tomatoes, rosemary parmesan, bread mix, salami, and pasta. This basket will inspire a luxe foodie experience for the couple as they anticipate their big day.
Price at time of publish: $179
Calling all wine lovers! This custom box features three slots for wines that can be opened by the couple on important anniversaries to come. The wine itself isn’t included, but that gives the gift-giver more flexibility to choose varietals that are local or special to the couple. The box also features a custom wine barrel stamp with the couple’s names, as well as the location and year of their wedding.
Price at time of publish: $59+
This subscription box is perfect for couples who love craft cocktails and want to improve their bartending skills at home. Choose from 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or a 1-year subscription. Each month, the couple will receive three new recipes with all of the ingredients to make 12 drinks. They’ll be thrilled to try out new drinks and start a collection of favorite recipes for their home bar.
Price at time of publish: $35+
Toast the happy couple with this gift box from One Hope. This engagement gift set includes party confetti, stemless champagne flutes, popcorn for snacking, and a champagne stopper, along with a bottle of red, white, sparkling wine, or rosé (your choice!). It’s an excellent gift for long-distance celebrations or for wedding planning milestones, like securing a venue or choosing a florist.
Price at time of publish: $90+
Ditch the gift box for this picnic backpack, which includes everything a couple needs for romantic al fresco dates. The backpack doubles as a cooler and comes with portable salt and pepper shakers, a Mr. and Mrs. cutting board, a knife and corkscrew, ice cooler pocket, plates, stainless steel silverware, two goblets, and a picnic blanket. It also has lots of food compartments, as well as a full-size pouch for a bottle of wine..
Price at time of publish: $52
If you want to gift something a little more personal, this sweet box will do the trick. It comes with a custom photo block and a range of accessories to choose from, including a “Let Love Grow” potted succulent, chocolates, a mini candle, and wildflower seeds. Choose a photo from the couple’s engagement announcement and include their names and engagement date—they’ll treasure it for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $65
If you want to gift the bride-to-be something special ahead of her big day, this playful box is the perfect option. It includes a sparkly “diamond” pen, an event planning notebook, a custom mug, a candle and matches, lip balm, and a t-shirt with “bride” written across the front. It’s a fab gift for brides from bridesmaids, or a nice way to say congrats from co-workers and other friends.
Price at time of publish: $75
Treat the couple to an at-home movie date night, courtesy of this clever gift set from Knack. The box includes specialty popcorn and seasonings to share, along with fun activities like a cinema-themed card game and a cookbook for movie lovers. They’ll have everything they need to have dinner and a movie together, all from the comfort of their couch.
Price at time of publish: $83
This fun box will make sure that their next date night is anything but ordinary. It comes with everything an engaged couple needs to create portraits of each other, including two canvases, two easels, a variety of paint brushes, paint palettes, acrylic paint, pencils, a conversation card deck, plus some snacks.
Price at time of publish: $100
If your couple loves Moscow mules, this Alder Creek gift box is a fantastic engagement gift. The “box” is actually a rustic metal tin that doubles as an ice chest and features everything they need to perfect the classic cocktail: Fever Tree Ginger Beers (which, in our opinion, is the best ginger beer there is), lime juice, a cocktail shaker, and a 2-piece hammered copper Moscow mule mug set. There are even several specialty snacks for pairing with the finished drinks.
Price at time of publish: $105
Couples who crave breakfast-in-bed moment (who doesn’t?) will swoon over this pancake breakfast gift box. The luxe gift basket includes a range of high-quality maple-infused items, including syrup, shortbread, cookies, pancake mix, coffee, and candies. It also includes a maple-themed cookbook and comes wrapped together in a chic, reusable woven basket.
Price at time of publish: $90
Whether they love to binge-watch their favorite shows on Netflix or catch the latest movie release at home, this “Film Festival” gift set is a dream for cinephiles. The gift features a variety pack of popcorn kernels and five different popcorn seasonings, plus a Whirley-Pop stovetop popper they’re bound to use over and over again. We love this gift set on its own, or as an add-on to other movie-themed items like movie tickets, gift cards for streaming services, movie-themed games, and more.
What to Look for in Engagement Gift Boxes
When giving an engagement gift box, Goldberg says it’s important to consider the theme of the box. Is it focused on cooking, entertaining, relaxing, or something else? You’ll want to make sure that the gift box goes along with the couple’s interests or hobbies. And if you don’t know them well or are looking for a more general gift, a bottle of champagne paired with savory or sweet treats is always a good option.
The quality of the items in a pre-made gift box is also important. In addition to specialty foods and other treats, look for items that the couple will actually use and love. “Invest in a gift that meets the needs of the couple” says Goldberg.
If you’re going the DIY route, the first thing you need do is decide on a theme, advises Goldberg. Sticking to a theme will make it easier to put together a thoughtful gift basket that truly reflects the couple.
For example, if they love movies, Goldberg suggests making a movie night basket. “Add a few tickets to any movie of their choosing, popcorn, candy, a Netflix subscription, candle, and blanket,” she says.
If the couple loves to make cocktails together, a “bar cart” basket is another great gift. “This basket theme could include utensils, favorite wines, glasses, mixers, and more,” says Goldberg, adding that this gift helps the couple build an entertainment area for future celebrations in their home.
Goldberg says that engagement gifts can include a vast range of items—it’s a good opportunity to get creative. She recommends gifting the couple something that works with their lifestyle and new married life together. If a couple plans to share the same last name, gift them a set of luxe monogrammed bath towels or robes with their last initials. Or, help them with some practical wedding preparations, such as gifting them a session with an engagement photographer or a wine tasting to help them decide what to serve during their reception. You could even treat them to a couple’s massage so they can unwind after some of the more stressful wedding planning moments.
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Contributing writer, Jessie Quinn is a bridal-obsessed lifestyle journalist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. At Brides, she covers everything from what jewelry to wear on your wedding day to the best invitation options. Jessie considers gift-giving her love language and finds great joy in finding the perfect gift for her loved ones—she is also a big fan of gifting themed baskets and boxes for any occasion.