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Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Bridal showers gifts can be a tricky decision process. After all, there are many things to consider here - Does the bride want something unique? Do you want to give her something that is surprising and clever? Should you just go with the registry?

In this guide, we’re going to discuss all of the elements of picking out the perfect bridal shower gift for the bride-to-be.

The registry

Alright, many online guides for buying the perfect bridal shower gift say stick with the registry. And, hey, that’s a good call. The bride herself has picked out the items on the registry. She’ll know what she’s getting. She won’t have to spend any time returning gifts that she doesn’t want.

But, if you have a really good relationship with the bride and groom and have a great bridal shower gift in mind, you don’t have to stick with the registry. A meaningful, useful surprising gift can be something that she loves just as much as whatever kitchen appliance she listed on the registry.

At the end of the day, it’s your call. But, unless you have a specific idea in mind and you know the bride well, going with the registry is a perfectly fine option.

In the case that the bride doesn’t have a registry, or there aren’t enough items on the registry for each of the bridal shower guests, don’t stress. We’ll offer up some great options for unique bridal shower gifts that she’ll love. 

The price

Because you’ll be spending money on both a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift (and also possibly an engagement party), it’s important to consider your price range. It’s generally expected that you spend between $25 and $75 on a bridal shower gift, and then somewhere around $50 to $200 for a wedding gift.

Unique Bridal Shower Gifts

If you want a bridal shower gift that is going to stand out, you might have to put a little extra thought into unique bridal shower gifts. What kind of gift is going to surprise her and be different from anything on her registry?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Personalized Stationery. The bride is going to be writing a lot of thank you’s, so a stationery kit is a good option. It would be ideal if you know her well enough to be able to pick out her style. Make sure the set includes a wonderful pen, envelopes, stamps, and a notepad so that she can keep track of the notes that she’s written
  • Embossed Champagne Bottle. There are plenty of websites where you can order customized champagne for the bride. She’ll love the sparkling wine and be able to cherish the bottle.
  • Wedding Day Robe. The bride will want something to wear while she’s getting ready for her big day, making a wedding day robe the perfect gift. This should be something light and beautiful - photogenic enough to show up on the wedding reel in case the photographer snaps a few pre-wedding photos.
  • Ring Tray Set. The bride is going to appreciate a couple of ring trays that she can keep around for her gorgeous wedding band. A set of three is perfect: one for the bedside table, one in the kitchen, and one in the bathroom. Make sure it’s a tray with a good lip so that that important ring doesn’t slide out.
  • Antique Gifts. Antiques make wonderful gifts because they have character and are generally made to last. Plus, antiques are unique and one-of-a-kind. They’ll make the perfect lasting impression at a bridal shower. You might simply go to an antique shop and see what catches your eye, or be on the look-out for some of the following: antique hair pins (don’t be surprised if you see this gorgeous gift in the bride’s hair on the wedding day), jewelry box, tea set, lace tablecloths. If you can, get some background on the item so that you can share its special history with the bride.

Homemade Bridal Shower Gifts

There’s nothing more unique than a gift that you make yourself. As long as you’re willing to put some time, and invest in some quality materials, you can make a bridal shower gift that she’ll love.

Here are some ideas:

  • DIY Date night. You can create a care package for the bride and groom to have a romantic staycation. Make sure to include a nice throw blanket, her favorite snacks, and maybe even a Smartphone projector for movies.
  • Personalized wall art. If you’re an artist, you might share your talent with the bride with a personalized piece of wall art. A good idea is to keep it simple and elegant. For instance, you might engrave the couple’s name and wedding date onto a beautiful piece of wood, or print their names on a mounted piece of burlap.
  • If you’re a pottery artist, you can really wow the bride with some original pieces of art that they can put on display or use. They’ll love having something that is unique and even useful.
  • Handmade quilt or throw. Back when bridal showers were a new trend, the idea was to shower the bride with gifts that could be used in the home. At the time, that meant hand-stitched linens, quilts, and knitted blankets. If you’re a crafter, you can carry on the tradition.
  • Hand-carved or painted recipe box. Not only will this look great on display in the kitchen, but you can fill it with your own family’s treasured recipes.

Bridal Shower Gift Takeaways

At the end of the day, think about what the bride would like most out of a bridal shower gift. If she’s a by-the-book kind of person, maybe she would appreciate her guests ordering from the gift registry. If she’s more of a free spirit or she enjoys personal gifts, something unique or homemade might be more appreciated.

The important thing is that you consider things from her perspective and give her something that will help her start her married life on a positive note. That kind of consideration is more important than the price tag.


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