Although etiquette says you needn't buy an engagement gift unless you are family or a very close friend, getting one is still a thoughtful gesture. Check out our selection of engagement party gift ideas and choose one that the couple will appreciate.

1. Wedding Planning Guide

As most soon-to-wed couples realize, planning a wedding is no easy task. Therefore, a wedding planning guide is a very practical gift that can make it less of a chore.

2. Photo Album

As far as engagement gift ideas go, you can never go wrong with a photo album. Engagement and wedding photos will become treasured memories in later years. So, what better gift than a beautiful, vintage photo album to keep them in, as a symbol of their enduring love?

Photo Album

3. Champagne Flutes

Another safe bet in terms of engagement gift ideas is to get them a set of elegant, beautifully carved champagne flutes with their names or initials engraved on them.

4. Personalized Gifts

Moving on to engagement gift ideas for close friends, a great idea is to have a photo of the soon-to-be-weds printed on a personalized gift. You can go with mugs, t-shirts, fridge magnets or even a personalized chocolate gift.

5. Gift Baskets

A gift they are sure to appreciate is a relaxing gift basket to help them unwind from all the wedding planning stress. You can choose a couples' gift basket, complete with bath products, massage oils, aromatherapy products and a relaxing CD, or a gourmet gift basket filled with treats.

6. Spa Gift Certificate

Spa gift certificates for two are also wonderful engagement gift ideas, offering the couple the chance to spend some relaxing time together.

7. Extreme Sports Passes

For your more adventurous friends, you can choose passes to sky dive, scuba dive or white water raft, which will make truly memorable engagement gifts ideas.

  • Gift Basket

8. Tongue-in-Cheek Gifts

For a more playful couple, you can choose humorous gifts, anything from wedding joke books and funny t-shirts to bedroom manuals.

9. Countdown Clock

A very original engagement gift idea is to get them a personalized clock or calendar engraved with their names and wedding date to count down the days to the happy day.

10. Tell a Story

The best engagement gift ideas are the ones you do yourself. For instance, you could write down your friends' love story in a vintage notepad or tell it through pictures posted in a scrapbook, which they can add to as they begin their life together.

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