Weddings can be wonderful occasions. Almost everything leading up to the big day is filled with happiness and excitement. The bridal shower, in particular, is an opportunity to wish the bride well and help her build her new life with a few goodies and necessities. With this in mind, we compiled ten bridal shower gift ideas. Some of these gifts are practical and some are just special treats for the bride.
Choosing a Gift
Before you start shopping, here are a few tips on how to choose the best gift for a bridal shower.
1. Buy from the Wedding Registry
What better way to make a girl happy than to give her what she wants? If the bride or couple has a gift registry, choose an item off of it—easy peasy! (Just make sure you mark it off the list so no one else buys that item too.)
2. Organize a Group Gift
If you want to go big on the gift but are on a tight budget, combine your resources with friends and give the bride a group gift. This way, everybody stays in budget, and the bride gets something amazing. It’s a win-win!
3. Make it Personal
If the bride is your friend or relative, you probably know her well. Think about the things that make her happy, even if it’s something small. A gift that goes with an inside joke between you two or reminds her of a special memory will make an impression.
10 Bridal Shower Gifts
Now let’s get to the gift ideas. Though these gifts may not be on the wedding registry, many can still be made personal if you select items that fit the bride’s interests, color schemes and lifestyle. And you can combine funds for a group gift by selecting the ultimate version of an item.
1. Cookware Set for the Home Chef
If the bride is a home chef who could probably have her own TV show, a cookware set is a great gift. Holiday meals will be bigger with in-laws, and the abundance of nightly dinners requires plenty of pots and pans. This 11-piece Belgique set from Macy’s has all the essentials and adds a classic pop of color to the kitchen as well.
2. Makeup for Each Special Event
If the bride loves getting glammed up, makeup is the perfect bridal shower gift. Think about all the date nights and special events she has coming up. Blush, eyeshadow and lipstick will come in handy! She might enjoy trying new looks with the Truly Madly Deeply eyeshadow palette from ColourPop or the Ofra X Manny MUA lipstick set.
3. A Spa Day for a Break from Wedding Planning
A relaxing massage might be just what the bride needs to relax during the wedding planning process or to decompress after the festivities are over. And she might plan on starting a bridal beauty routine soon. With a spa gift card that doesn’t expire, this gift will be usable whenever it is most convenient for the recipient to enjoy solo or to share as a couple. Whether she wants to have a day to herself or to spend time with her new husband, she’ll appreciate a spa gift card like this one from Spafinder.com.
4. Comforter Set for their New Home
The newlyweds may want new bedding for their bedroom, and if they have a new home with guest rooms, those beds will need covering as well. If the couple hasn’t registered yet, consider this 10-piece floral set from JCPenney.
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5. Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation Kit for a Keepsake
Some brides hold on to their wedding dress to have as a keepsake or to pass on to their children. Make this process easier by gifting a dress cleaning and preservation kit. David’s Bridal sells a kit along with the cleaning service. All the bride has to do is pack the gown and accessories into the provided package and send it in for cleaning and preservation. The dress comes back cleaned, treated, pressed and preserved. She can even opt to have the display box personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date.
6. Pajamas for Lounging Around in Style
A traditional bridal shower gift is lingerie, but why not get some comfy pajamas? This lace top and pajama shorts set from Macy’s is cute enough for a new bride and comfortable enough for a relaxing day lounging around. For something made just for brides, Linea Donatella makes a robe and chemise set she’ll love.
7. Body Care for Bridal Pampering
When the new bride wants to smell good and feel pampered, personal care gifts like fragranced body wash and skin-smoothing scrubs are ideal. Chanel makes a foaming shower gel that will leave the skin soft with a feminine scent.
8. Happy Bride Gift Card for Whatever She Wants
Sometimes you just want to do your own shopping, right? In those cases, a Happy Bride Gift Card is the perfect present. With a wide selection of brands on the gift card, the bride can use it to pick up something for the house at one of the home stores, buy something more personal at a beauty store or schedule a massage at a spa.
9. New Home Essentials to Get the Couple Started
If the bride is moving before or after the wedding, the bridal shower might double as a housewarming party of sorts. Check out our housewarming gift guide for 16 awesome ideas. Some popular gifts include an Amazon Echo, a Nespresso or Keurig machine and a personalized address stamp with the bride’s new address and family name.
10. Picture Frames for the Memories
Once the wedding photos start rolling in, picture frames will be needed. If you’re not sure what the bride’s home décor theme is, go with a classic design. We found a circular frame set in gold and an Isaac Jacobs 2-opening frame in silver from JCPenney.
Put a Smile on the New Bride’s Face
The great thing about the wedding gift ideas on this list is that they can be found at many of the retailers on the Happy Bride gift card. The newlyweds can buy exactly what they need from the places they want to shop. If you’re not sure exactly what to get for the bridal shower, a Happy Bride gift card might be the best option.
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