When it comes to buying the perfect bridal shower gift there’s a lot to consider. Do you want to have some fun and be unique? Or should you go the more practical route? Bridal shower gifts tend to be smaller and less extravagant than wedding gifts. For the perfect shower gift, let your relationship with the couple act as a guide for what you're buying. Try to go beyond the wedding theme and get something that will really speak to them and is from the heart. Think about the person you’re buying for and what their hobbies and interests are.
For more help, read on for some tips on finding the perfect bridal shower gift ideas.
The shower is the first of several events you’ll attend and provide a gift for. Depending on where the shower is held there may also be additional costs you could be on the hook for, including travel and other expenses.
What you can afford to buy should factor into the thought process. Getting something small, sweet, and sentimental is just as nice as something that may be more expensive. However, if you’re able to go all out, that’s fine, too. It's not about how much money you spend—friendship is priceless and getting a gift from the heart for the shower gift just shows how much you care about the couple getting married.
Every couple's registry is different and will have its own sets of wants, needs, and requests. Are they foodies? Do they like to travel? Super into wine? Are they museum goers? Or maybe they are more into the great outdoors.
If the couple being showered is into cooking, get them a copy of your favorite cookbook or even a gift certificate for a cooking class. Kitchen gadgets, such as blenders, Champagne glasses, food processes, air fryers, Dutch ovens, and more always go over, too.
If they love wine, consider a few bottles (or even a case!) of their favorite wine. Gift certificates are always a great idea, too. If the couple getting married has a favorite activity, getting something related to that can also be a fun idea.
Books can also be a very personal and unique gift to get for a shower. If the couple getting married is big into traveling, coffee table books of a country they’ve been to (or want to go to) is never a bad option. Perhaps they have a favorite local bookstore in their area? Getting them a gift card to the shop is also a thoughtful gesture.
If the couple has a registry, look there to see what items they’ve requested. A good general rule of thumb when it comes to shopping for a shower gift is to leave the gifts on registry for the wedding and to spring for something that really celebrates the couple getting married. Remember a shower registry will be separate from the wedding registry and it is important to only purchase items on the one specified for the event.
Handcrafted items with a personal touch can really make an impression. If you're on the hunt for the perfect shower gift, try to think outside of the box. Consider buying a meaningful gift the couple will use. Online marketplaces like Etsy are amazing, because they connect you to artists and craftsmen all across the globe.
Look for items like leather monogrammed passport covers, customized coasters with the couple's initials on them, and personalized home décor items such as pillows, mugs, or salt and pepper shakers. Other things like a personalized cake cutter and server can allow the couple to cut their cake in style. Having a personalized stamp with the couple's names and initials is another great idea and something they will use often.
There are also a few online interior design companies you can hire to assist with your decorating needs. Many offer affordable packages that help the couple come up with a design concept, add some new touches, and more. You can also never go wrong with things like a fancy set of Champagne flutes or even tumblers, depending on the couple's preferences. Elegant Champagne flutes will make just the right statement on their wedding day and many other special occasions to come.
If you have a favorite photograph of the couple or one with you and them, you can create the perfect handmade gift by adding a nice frame. Whatever your budget, there’s certainly an item you can find that will help bring a little joy to the couple getting married. Your friendship with the couple is the most important thing at the end of the day, so keep that in mind as you shop for something. You being there to celebrate them is a gift in and of itself, but getting them a little something just to show how much you care is icing on the cake.