I just received an invitation to my friend’s engagement party. Do I need to bring a gift? –Veronica, Anchorage, AK
You are not required to bring a gift to an engagement party; however, taking a gift is never wrong (unless the hosts specifically request that there be no gifts). It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, or off a registry. Just bring something simple, such as a bottle of wine or something small for their new home.
Also, if the couple does not have an engagement party (or you are not invited), you are not required to send a gift if you see their engagement announcement in the newspaper.