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Looking for a unique bridal shower gift? While we recommend sticking to the registry for wedding gifts, a bridal shower is a perfect opportunity to gift something that's a bit more personal. It's also a chance to give her something that can be used on the actual wedding day, honeymoon, or beyond.
Go beyond the bridal theme and consider the bride's personal traits and hobbies when selecting a gift. Does the bride like to cook, play board games, entertain or travel? It’s fun for the bride-to-be to be surprised by a unique gift that she might not think of for herself. Whether the gift is useful or indulgent, she'll surely appreciate the sentiment behind it.
Read on for the best bridal shower gifts.
Johnson Craft Studio Custom Bridesmaid Gift Hanger
Not only will the bride love how cute this personalized hanger is, but she'll also appreciate how beautifully it compliments her wedding dress in the "getting ready" shots from her photographer.
November and Mae Honeymoon Sweatshirt
Send the bride off to her honeymoon in style with this adorable sweatshirt that is perfect for the plane. Who knows—maybe it will even help score her and her new spouse an upgrade from the airline.
Just Married Cookbook
This eye-catching cookbook is the perfect gift to inspire lots of great date night dinners. With information on everything from grocery shopping to entertaining, this book is stocked with useful tips and recipes that are sure to be referred to again and again.
Susabellas Personalized Signature Platter
This classic-style monogrammed platter is a timeless piece that is sure to be used by the couple when entertaining for years to come. The modern, monochromatic design means that it will fit in with the rest of their dinnerware, no matter what the pattern is.
The Brodie Bride Personalized Acrylic Box Clutch
The bride-to-be will love this stunning custom hardshell clutch bag that can be used for the rehearsal dinner, wedding day, and even on the honeymoon. Choose from a variety of colors for the font to match the bag with her overall wedding day color palette.
Paper Source Jackson Custom Stamp
This sophisticated custom stamp is the perfect way for the bride to sign, seal, and deliver her shower thank you notes in style! Choose from a range of designs to find the one that's perfect for you.
Alexander Doll First Toast Personalized Art
At first glance, this framed artwork looks like a classic vintage poster. Upon further inspection, you'll notice that it's customized with details about the newlyweds and their wedding venue. Uncommon Goods offers other poster designs with this same theme, so you can be sure to find something that will compliment the bride’s personal taste!
Cathy's Concepts Personalized Golden Cake Serving Set
Not only is this a timeless serving set that can be used on the wedding night to cut the cake, but you can personalize each piece with details such as the couple’s names and wedding date.
Art via a Gift Card from Minted
For couples that already live together and have a lot of essentials already, wall art is always something that can be updated to enhance their living space. With a gift card from minted, the couple can take advantage of the complimentary art styling service. All they have to do is text a photo of the wall they want to decorate and a designer will make recommendations for the perfect pieces that complement the rest of their decor.
Mosser Glass Cake Stand
Give the bride an opportunity to showcase her wedding cake in style on the big day. These classic stands are made of glass and come in a variety of sizes and colors.
Havenly Virtual Interior Design Gift Pack
For a great budget price, you can give the couple a chance to have an entire room in their home designed from scratch. A professional interior designer will work one-on-one with them to come up with three different initial concepts, virtual floor plans, and a shopping list to purchase the furniture from the final layout.
Mignon and Mignon Custom State Necklace
This sweet necklace is the perfect gift for a bride-to-be–customize it with the two home states of the happy couple, or with the states where you both live (if it's a present for a long-distance bestie). Choose from a delicate rose-, gold- or silver-plated finish.
Framebridge Gift Card
You can’t go wrong with this thoughtful gift that allows the couple to pick their favorite engagement photo or wedding day portrait to be professionally framed. All they have to do is upload their favorite photo online and select a frame design, then the finished product will be sent to their home within a week.
State Cashmere Women's 100% Cashmere Slippers
These luxe 100% cashmere slippers are perfect for dressing up the getting ready experience—or for relaxing in post-wedding. Choose from several neutral hues or jet black for a dramatic look.
For a custom gift that's also useful, you can't go wrong with the Johnson Craft Studio Bridal Hanger. The Susabellas Personalized Platter is another thoughtful gift that she'll use again and again for years to come. And for a bride who is in the midst of decorating their new home (or just upgrading the one they already share), a gift card from Minted will give them access to all the art they need to create the perfect gallery wall.
What to look for in a bridal shower gift
While it's totally fine to select something from the couple's registry for a bridal shower gift, it's also a great opportunity to gift the bride something special. Personalized gifts, pretty lingerie, jewelry, and champagne flutes are all thoughtful presents that put the spotlight on her!
What are some unique bridal shower gift ideas?
Anything personalized will stand out from the crowd! Experiential gifts like a certificate for a spa day or a self-care gift basket will also be much appreciated by the busy bride.
Should you bring a bridal shower hostess gift?
It's a good idea to bring a small hostess gift for the person who is holding or organizing the event. Gifts could include a pretty candle, a bouquet of flowers, or some bubbly.
Do I have to bring a bridal shower gift to the bridal shower?
It's possible to send a larger gift ahead of time, as you would do with a wedding present. But because the bridal shower is smaller in size than the wedding and presents are usually opened at the event, it's nice to come with something in hand.
How much to spend on a bridal shower gift
Since the bridal shower is a little more casual than the wedding, the price range is also a bit more flexible. Expect to spend between $30-$80 on a gift (on the lower end if you are not particularly close to the bride and higher if she is a good friend or family member).
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