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Bridal shower on the horizon? You’re probably wondering what you should give the bride-to-be. Traditionally, a bridal shower is a celebration of the bride’s upcoming marriage and an opportunity to give the couple gifts for their home like appliances, china settings, and serving pieces. But the etiquette for showers has changed over time and today’s modern celebrations tend to be more focused on the bride-to-be, celebrating their upcoming marriage, and showering them with good wishes and more personal gifts rather than gifts on their wedding registry.
"While getting something off the couple's registry helps check off [their] wish list, I love off-registry items that are meaningful keepsakes," says event planner Heather Lowenthal. "A few go-tos for me are a custom bag with the bride’s name or new last name or monogram, a hand-painted watercolor of the wedding venue or couple, or a painted champagne bottle with the couple’s name and wedding date." So, to help you find the best bridal shower gifts, we researched various options, considering their personalization, durability, usability, and overall value. With these features in mind, some of our favorite options are the Minted Robert + Stella Leaf Monogram, Johnson Craft Studio Personalized Wedding Hanger, and Slip Beauty Sleep Collection.
Meet the Expert
Heather Lowenthal is the founder and lead wedding planner for Posh Parties, a South Florida-based events and invitation company. Heather got her start when she founded Posh Paper in 2003—a high-end custom invitation and stationery business. Since transitioning into event, she has become one of the most highly sought-after planners in the business.
Read on to discover the best bridal shower gifts for the bride-to-be.
Minted Robert + Stella Leaf Monogram
Part of the Minted + Brides collaboration, we love this personalized stationery for any bride because of its sleek design and high-quality materials. This set is perfect for post-wedding thank-you notes, checking-in letters, and much more.
You can choose from 10 foil colors—if they already have a wedding palette in place, this is the perfect opportunity to feature it—four different silhouettes, and four different weights of paper. There's even a recycled version of the brand's original paper that's ideal for a bride who has a passion for the environment. The foil is hand-pressed, and the finished product comes housed in a complimentary keepsake box.
Johnson Craft Studio Personalized Wedding Hanger
The most important dress the bride-to-be will ever wear deserves a special place to hang—and this custom hanger fits the bill for its attractive design and durability. It's easy to personalize with the bride's name, and you can add numbers and a heart shape as well. Each hanger is made of high-quality solid wood, and you can choose from three colors: natural, white, or brown. The personalized name is made from sturdy aluminum that's available in silver, gold, and rose gold finishes. For an extra special touch, the brand also provides a plain bow or flower bow of your choice to decorate the hanger with. Overall, this is a stunning option that's perfect for their special dress.
Simply Embroidered Boutique Personalized Makeup Bag
From the wedding festivities to the honeymoon, there are countless times when a makeup bag will come in handy for the bride-to-be. We love this one from Simply Embroidered Boutique on Etsy because it's chic and customizable.
Made from vegan leather, this bag comes in white, grey, navy, black, pink, teal, and rose gold. You also have the option of choosing the font and design style for the embroidered name or monogram. It has a smooth zip-around closure and can hold all of the bride's toiletries, like small shampoo bottles, toothpaste, brushes, and more.
Bridal Party Robe Shop Personalized Satin Robes
Essential for wedding day prep, a luxe satin robe is a must-have for the bride-to-be, and this one is extra special because it comes embroidered with the bride’s name and wedding date. You can get up to two lines embroidered and pick the color of the thread. The robe itself comes in nine colors and inclusive sizing, starting with S all the way up to 2X.
There is an interior tie to tighten the robe for a more customized fit and a removable sash belt on the outside. This robe is perfect to lounge around in and great for photo-ops on the bride's wedding day.
The Brodie Bride Personalized Acrylic Clutch
It’s all glamour with this monogrammed acrylic clutch that has a vintage-modern vibe. It's available in two colors, white or nude, and you can choose the font style and color of your monogram as well. The bag is made from pearlized acrylic, so it should hold up to general wear and tear, and it can hold small items like lipstick and hand lotion. Our favorite feature about this clutch is the interior mirror, which makes it easy for any bride to check their makeup quickly. This is a gift they’ll want to hold onto on the big day and beyond.
Susabellas Signature Platter
Elegant, timeless, and completely one-of-a-kind, this handmade, customizable platter is an instant heirloom. Made from glazed ceramic, it comes stamped with the couple's initials and wedding date and is food safe, making it perfect for any party the bride and groom will host in the future.
This also works as a creative gift since the platter is large enough to use as a guestbook. Due to its large size, it can hold up to around 125 signatures (less if guests write longer messages). To make the signatures permanent, bake the platter in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Take note, however, that this does make the platter unsafe for food. No matter how the bride-to-be chooses to use it, it will last for years to come.
BHLDN Rosa Chemise
Detailed with rose lace, this chemise is feminine, sexy, and seductive. It comes in sizes S through XL and has adjustable straps for a custom fit. It's made of soft polyester, so it's comfortable to wear alone or under a bridal robe. Overall, it's the perfect flirtatious get-up for the bride-to-be on their wedding night, honeymoon, or date night.
Eberjey Gisele Short PJ Set
The bride-to-be deserves the royal treatment with fancy PJs, and this dreamy set fits the bill. Made from TENCEL modal and spandex, this set is comfortable and lightweight. Their short design is ideal for hot sleepers, and it's gentle on the skin.
It comes in several colors, including a few fun limited edition shades, like lilac, blush, and ocean blue. Although the size range could be a bit more inclusive, it does come in XS to XL. And for an extra cost, you can get this set monogrammed with the bride-to-be's initials. We also love that this set can be machine washed for easy care.
PCB Home Personalized Calligraphy Name Lumbar Pillow
We love this personalized lumbar pillow from PCB Home on Etsy because it cozies up any space. Each pillow comes in white and natural finishes, and you can choose between 12 different text colors, two different seam designs, and two different fill options. Only one font style is available, but it is still a chic and elegant script. This pillow will upgrade any couch or bed in the bride's home.
Kate Spade Mrs. Stud Earring
If the bride-to-be is all about being a Mrs., they’ll love rocking these golden studs which make their soon-to-be moniker shine. Made from 14k gold plated mixed metal, these earrings have dazzling cubic zirconia that really makes them sparkle. It has a post-back closure, and the simple design makes them pair nicely with any existing jewelry the bride-to-be owns. This is a chic gift that will last for years.
Paper Source Jackson Custom Stamp
We love this custom stamp for its overall value. Between the wedding invitations and thank you notes, there’s always something to be addressed, so this gift is as useful as it is beautiful. The brand offers tons of designs, but we like this one because it's bold yet simple and easy to read, a must for any envelopes or packages going through the mail.
We also love that it's available in two options: a set or just the stamp plate. The latter is a great option if you know your bride-to-be already has a stamp machine.
The Newlywed Table: A Cookbook to Start Your Life Together
If you're looking for a gift that cultivates an experience, look no further than this cookbook from Maria Zizka. With 100 recipes, from basic dishes to more modern meals and desserts, this cookbook will allow your bride-to-be to cook, nourish, and share meals with their partner and loved ones. This pick is especially great for novice cooks since it has a section dedicated to addressing common cooking mishaps and how to overcome them.
Beyond cooking, this book also teaches newlyweds how to properly store food, repurpose leftovers, set a table, plan a dinner party, and more. It inspires connection, making it a valuable gift for any bride.
Uncommon Goods First Toast Personalized Art
For the artsy bride, we love this customizable vintage-inspired print. Designed by Chicago-based artist Alexander Doll, you can personalize this print with the couple's name, wedding date, wedding venue, and city. It comes in a durable, 42 x 30-inch or 27 x 21-inch wooden frame and is printed on double-weight matte paper with archival ink, making it high-quality enough to last for years. The bride and groom will remember their wedding day every time they glance at it.
Date Night In: A Journal for Couples Spark Conversation & Connection
Date nights and time spent together are the building blocks of a thriving relationship, and this interactive journal inspires conversation and intimacy between partners, making it a great experiential gift. With over 75 prompts about a couple's past, present, and future, this book allows them to create a time capsule of their relationship and marriage. It's a sturdy hardcover book with gorgeous illustrations throughout that would look great tucked away on a bookshelf or put on display.
Slip Beauty Sleep Collection
Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of joy in planning a wedding, but it can also lead to some sleepless nights, which is why we love this beauty sleep set from Slip. The set includes a pillowcase and sleep mask made from luxurious Mulberry silk, a material known for its ability to protect the skin from drying out and wrinkling and hair from breaking and frizzing. Overall, this set will help the bride-to-be sleep comfortably and worry-free before and after the big day.
The Hrdwood.om Engraved Personalized Cutting Board
Another great customizable pick, this durable cutting board is perfect for any bride-to-be. It's made from premium cherry, oak, or walnut wood and has been oiled twice with hot mineral oil to ensure its longevity. You can choose between three sizes and engrave a family name and date on the front. What's more is you have the option of adding an engraving on the backside, so you can add your own personalized message to the happy couple. The bride can use this for food prep for daily meals or as a cheese plate for any future parties and events they may hold in the future.
Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron With Built-In Pot Holders
If the bride-to-be is a baker or chef, they’ll totally appreciate a sweet cooking-related gift. This apron is designed based on consumer feedback and packed with tons of features that make it feel like an extra set of hands. Available in three different sizes and five different colors, it has an adjustable neck strap, three pockets, built-in pot holders, extra-long waist ties, and a hanging loop to keep it from touching the ground when it's not in use. It also comes with a conversion chart in the pockets to make baking even easier. If that isn't appealing enough, it's also made of durable, machine-washable cotton twill that will prevent spills from leaking through to your clothes.
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Alphabet Pendant Necklace
Simply chic, this timeless pendant necklace from Elsa Peretti is a beautiful way to celebrate the bride. It's available in 18k gold, sterling silver, or rose gold and can be customized with a cursive initial that has an abstract vibe. It comes on a 16-inch chain and is minimal yet versatile enough to pair with other necklaces the bride may have in their collection.
BoxFox For the Bride
We love this gift box because it helps the bride get down the aisle worry-free. Containing a mini emergency kit for brides, a scented candle, and two silk scrunchies, this box delivers a calming experience that lets the bride know you have their back. Per the personalization side of things, you can choose a creme or matte black box and a greeting card from one of the brand's custom designs.
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! When choosing a gift for the bride-to-be, think of her personal style, interests, and anything she might need for the special day that she wouldn't buy for herself.
What are some unique bridal shower gift ideas?
Should you bring a bridal shower hostess gift?
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 should I 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).
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world—and web—hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to gifts! With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s vetting products. Plus, she’s attended many bridal showers in her lifetime and knows a good gift for the bride-to-be when she sees it. This means these gifts are on point!