While wedding season is just getting underway, engagement season never ends. And while engagement gifts are certainly not mandatory, you may want to consider springing for something if you're especially close to the newly betrothed couple (or if you attend a formal engagement party in advance of the wedding). The question is: What to buy? You want to gift them something they can use, but that also feels like
them. Well, we’ve found the perfect item for every couple out there. Whether they’re camping pros, decor buffs, or winos, you just became their best friend (if you aren't already!).
For The Bookworms The Kindle really is the gift that keeps on giving, putting a 24/7 library at your fingertips. For couples who like to curl up with a good book, the Paperwhite is a must-have, and since it's relatively affordable, you could even spring for two — or throw in an Amazon gift card so they can start tackling their honeymoon reading list. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $119, available at Amazon.
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For The Couple That Wants To Capture Every Moment What could be more thoughtful than helping the soon-to-be newlyweds preserve their honeymoon memories, no selfie stick required? This brilliant service allows travelers to book a session with a professional photographer in 180 cities worldwide, from Paris to Tokyo. The photogs have all been carefully vetted, and snaps are delivered within five days. Packages start at $250 for a 30-minute shoot. Flytographer Gift Card, available at Flytographer.
For The Ceramics Enthusiasts New York-based ceramics brand The Setting recently launched a bridal line, and pretty much every item makes a perfect engagement gift (or wedding gift, or anniversary gift, or for-no-reason gift for yourself...). We especially love these handmade organic-clay serving bowls, which can be customized with your choice of lettering. Get the couple's name and future wedding date, or just keep it simple with the outline of a heart. The Setting Harvest Serving Bowl, $120, available at The Setting.
For The Big-Time Whiskey Connoisseurs This nine-piece set (made with crystallized Italian glassware) includes a decanter, four short tumblers, and six linen cocktail napkins — i.e., all the ingredients you need for a super-fun night. If you really want to impress, gift the set together with a bottle of the couple's favorite brown spirit. Snowe Whiskey Set, $125, available at Snowe.
For The Serious Jet-Setters It costs a pretty penny, but this exquisite reimagined suitcase is perhaps the sexiest bag-on-wheels we've ever seen. Several designs are available, though we're partial to the khaki, twill model, which has a timeless, explorer-like quality. Either way, it's a substantial, incredibly useful gift that will ensure the couple thinks of you every time they travel. Ghurka Kilburn RS No. 252 in Khaki Twill, $1,695, available at Ghurka.
For The New Homeowners It's no secret that One Kings Lane is the ultimate resource when it comes to decor that reflects your style and personality. And with OKL's new wedding registry fund, you can gift a newly engaged couple dough towards an item they'll cherish in their new home forever. One Kings Lane Registry Fund contribution, available at One Kings Lane.
For The Juice Heads Think Vitamix is the Rolls-Royce of juicers? Guess again. Impress your health-nut pals with this sleek, self-cleaning device by Replenish. Replenish Self-Cleaning Juicer, $299, available at Replenish.
For The Hosts Does the newly minted couple love throwing dinner parties? This gorgeous Heath Ceramics serving tray needs a place in their cabinet. Heath Ceramics Serving Platter, $96, available at Heath Ceramics.
For The Artsy Types Birds of a feather, right? These gorgeous stained-glass pieces are perfect for the creative, artistic duo. The Wilderness Workshop Stained Glass Feather, $30, available at General Store.
For The Weekend Wanderers Are your pals the types who get out of town every chance they get? Gift them an oversized travel bag to accompany them on their adventures. Cuyana Weekender Bag, $150, available at Cuyana.
For The Party Animals Every host needs a fun wine stopper like this. For some added oomph, give them a nice bottle of vino to go with it. Lulu & Georgia Flamingo Wine Stopper, $24, available at Lulu & Georgia.
For The Homebodies This Simone LeBlanc x Jenni Kayne kit is coziness in a box. It's full of everything the two lovebirds need for a zen night in. Simone LeBlanc x Jenni Kayne Cozy Home Box, $225, available at Simone LeBlanc.
For The Techies Do your pals love to record everything? This discreet device will be their new favorite toy (and is especially useful for capturing wedding candids). The wearer just clips it onto his or her shirt, and BAM — a hands-free way to photograph special moments. Narrative Clip 2, $199, available at Narrative.
For The Foodies If your pals love to cook but are too busy to shop for groceries, gift them a Blue Apron subscription — and then invite yourself over for dinner. Blue Apron Gift Card, available at Blue Apron.
For The Type-A Couple For those who want to get a leg up on invites or save-the-dates, a gift card to online wedding stationer Minted will do the trick. Minted Gift Card, available at Minted.
For The Note-Takers Is there anything more luxe than taking notes in a marble notebook? This is great for jotting down those wedding-planning aha moments. Mikol Marble Notebook, $85, available at Mikol.
For The Winos Turn Two-Buck Chuck into a vintage, aged wine in just days with Oak Bottle. Your wine-loving pals will love it — especially if they're on a budget. And if they're planning a wedding, they probably are. Oak Bottle, $79.95, available at Oak Bottle.
For The iPhoneographers It's great to capture and share snaps on Insta, but sometimes you want a tangible photo print. Gift the betrothed iPhoneographers in your life a credit to Social Print Studio, and let them share all their special moments IRL. Social Print Studio Gift Card, available at Social Print Studio.
For The Yogis Your yoga-loving pals will really appreciate this playful print. Sara Combs Yoga Print, $50, available at Sara Combs.
For The Netflix & Chill-ers A cozy throw for binge-watching Netflix? Yes, please. The Citizenry Diamata Throw, $135, available at The Citizenry.
For The Decor Buffs Since they're going to be living together forever, might as well make their home pretty, right? A Homepolish credit is a great way to help the happy couple put together their perfect living space with the help of a professional. Homepolish Gift Card, available at Homepolish.
For The Sentimentalists If you're looking to save your pals some time going through hundreds of pics post-wedding, let Tweed Wolf do it for them. The site selects the best pics and then turns them into a beautiful hardbound photo book. Tweed Wolf Gift Card, available at Tweed Wolf.
For The Drinkers There are going to be A LOT of toasts during the course of the next year — and hopefully for many years to come. AllModern Champagne Glasses, $23.99, available at AllModern.
For The Wilderness Lovers The outdoorsy will love this cozy tent to snuggle up in under the stars. Shelter Co . Huckleberry Tent, $250, available at Shelter Co.
For The Coffee Table Book-Lovers The friends who can appreciate a good coffee-table book will adore this visual nod to cabin life. Cabin Porn, $27, available at Cabin Porn.
For The Beach Bums Are your pals big fans of the beach? Gift them this beautiful circular towel — perfect for sandy picnics and backyard barbecues alike. The Beach People Towel, $110, available at The Beach People.
For The Aroma-Obsessed Because nothing says love like a high-end candle. Le Feu Profond Rose Candle, $62, available at Shopbop.
For The Music-Lovers Your pals can jam out just about everywhere with this portable little player. Roll, $99, available at Ultimate Ears Ultimate Ears.
For The Tea Drinkers Tea for two? This modern set is simple and elegant — a great addition to your tea-loving pals' collection. Amorim Cork Composites Tea Kettle Set, $66.99, available at All Modern.