Unwrapped: For The Just-Engaged Friend

Proposal season is here

‘Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, it’s 31 days of gift giving; for a month, we’ll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list—from your hard-to-please parents to your ‘90s-loving BFF and even your spoiled pet. Filled with creative picks that got our pulses racing, our Unwrapped holiday gift guides will make Christmas shopping a breeze this holiday season.

As of last week, chances are your feed has been filled with news of engagements and photos of diamond rings and happy couples. It's officially proposal season, that time of the year between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day when couples are actively putting a ring on it. If one (or more like several) of your friends/family members has just made an announcement, you will want to be prepared to gift an appropriate Christmas present which can serve the dual-function of also being an engagement-obligatory gift. (Unless you are generous/not broke, and then, you will probably gift two separate presents because you are good like that.)

As someone who has spent a few years working in weddings, a word of advice: Do not go for the "Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged" mug (yes, it does; it also makes the recipient look obnoxious) or anything bearing the "Mr. & Mrs." signage. It's basic and, in some instances, even tacky; plus, the couple will get plenty of those gifts. Instead, opt for a gift that the couple will inherently need or use, maybe without even realizing, come this exciting year. 

Ahead, 13 engagement gifts that every newly spoken-for individual will love.