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Bridal shower on the horizon? You’re probably wondering what you should give the bride-to-be. Traditionally, a shower is a celebration of the bride’s upcoming marriage and an opportunity to give the couple gifts for their home—read: 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 her upcoming marriage, and showering her with good wishes and more personal gifts.
Which is all to say, if you were about to purchase that blender she registered for, save it for the wedding gift. Instead, lean into that personal gift that’s oh so her— the one that will surprise and delight. That silk robe embroidered with her name? It’s perfect for a shower gift!
"While getting something of the couple's registry helps check off her 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."
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 landed Posh Paper in 2033— a high-end custom invitation and stationery business. Since that time she has transitioned into event planning is one of the most highly sought-after planners in the business. Heather has always had a knack for keeping up with the latest lifestyle trends, knows how to make a party a one-of-a-kind experience, and she brings that along with her expertise and unique vision to each event.
From personal PJs to gold earrings and spa sets, we’ve got you covered. Read on for the best bridal shower gifts.
Minted Robert + Stella Leaf Monogram
Part of the Minted + Brides collaboration, this personalized stationary will win her over with the sleek design and high quality materials. Choose from 10 foil colors—if she already has her wedding palette in place, this is the perfect opportunity to feature it—and four different silhouettes. The happy couple can even use their new stationary as post-wedding thank you notes.
Johnson Craft Studio Personalized Wedding Hanger
The most important dress she’ll ever wear deserves a special place to hang—and this custom one fits the bill! Choose from a variety of wood and wire options and personalize it with her name. Complete it with a flower or bow for a hanger that's perfect for her 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. This one is made from vegan leather, comes in a range of colors, and is personalized with a name or monogram.
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. This one is extra special because it comes embroidered with the bride’s name and wedding date. Customize with colors that match the wedding palette or the bride’s style for a robe that’s a one-of-a-kind luxury.
The Brodie Bride Personalized Acrylic Clutch
It’s all glamour with this monogrammed acrylic clutch that has a vintage-modern vibe. With an interior mirror that makes lipstick checks a cinch, this is a gift she’ll want to hold onto on the big day and beyond.
Susabellas Signature Platter
Elegant, timeless, and completely one-of-a-kind, this handmade platter is an instant heirloom. Stamped with the couple’s initials and wedding date, it's a keepsake gift that they’ll use for years to come.
BHLDN Rosa Chemise
Detailed with rose lace, this chemise is feminine, sexy, and seductive. It's the perfect flirtatious get-up for the bride-to-be on her wedding night, honeymoon, or date night.
Kate Spade Mrs. Stud Earring
If she’s all about being a Mrs., she’ll love rocking these golden studs which make her soon-to-be moniker shine. Each 14k gold plated earring has dazzling cubic zirconia that really makes it sparkle. A brilliant gift for the new bride!
Paper Source Jackson Custom Stamp
Brides-to-be and newly married couples have a whole lot of mail to send. Between the wedding invitations and thank you notes, there’s always something to be addressed. As a result, she’ll definitely appreciate this chic custom return stamp—available in a range of styles—that will make popping those notes in the mail a breeze!
The Newlywed Table: A Cookbook to Start Your Life Together
Whether she’s mastered the art of French cooking or is still working on scrambling an egg, this couple’s cookbook means she won’t be going it alone. Since cooking together, nourishing your loved ones, and sharing meals can be seen as expressions of love, this is a sweet gift to inspire connection.
Uncommon Goods First Toast Personalized Art
This vintage-inspired print has an art deco vibe that evokes classic wedding announcements of the past. Created by Chicago-based artist Alexander Doll, the custom artwork has the look of a vintage poster, but is personalized with wedding details that bring it into the modern era.
Date Night In Journal
As the bride-to-be knows, it’s date nights and time spent together that are the building blocks of a thriving relationship. So she’ll appreciate this interactive book that’s designed to spark conversation and intimacy with her boo. After all, the wedding is just the beginning of a beautiful life together!
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. Give her the gift of exquisite slumber with this luxurious collection of silk accessories. She’ll be sure to feel fresh and fabulous on her big day!
The Hrdwood.om Engraved Personalized Cutting Board
Whether her chopping skills are on-point or she’s a cheese plate connoisseur, the bride-to-be will appreciate this completely custom cutting board. Choose from a selection of wood options and designs for personalized engraving to create a gift that’s as unique as the piece of the wood it’s made from.
Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron
We get it—gifting an apron as a shower gift may seem a little cringe-worthy in this day and age, but if the bride-to-be is a baker or chef, she’ll totally appreciate it. Plus, this apron is not your grandma’s apron. It has a fluid design based on consumer feedback and is packed with tons of great features that make it practically an extra set of hands in the kitchen.
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Alphabet Pendant Necklace
Simply chic, this timeless pendant necklace from Elsa Peretti is a beautiful way to celebrate the bride. The 18k gold necklace is also available in sterling silver and rose gold and comes customized with an elegant cursive initial that has an abstract vibe.
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?
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!