Looking for a unique bridal shower? Try having one that features a specific theme. Themed showers have several advantages. First, if the couple already has all the basic household and lifestyle items they will need to start their new life together, a themed wedding shower is an excellent way to build up the extras they might love (such as items for a hobby or vacations). Second, themed showers take away some of the stress associated with gift giving. Third, themes can be selected that are budget-conscious if the bride is concerned people are feeling the strain of both a wedding and shower gift.
Some theme and gift ideas:
Travel Shower: Either just for the honeymoon or for the couple who enjoys travel, items like personalized luggage tags, guidebooks, travel toiletries, and outlet adaptors will be much appreciated.
Kitchen Shower: Epicurious? Gifts could range from a homemade cookbook of favorite recipes to interesting kitchen gadgets to fun aprons!
Camping: If they are outdoor enthusiasts, head to local hardware stores or outdoor equipment retailers and make a fun gift basket with trail maps, waterproof matches, and a first aid kit.
TV Show Shower: Pick your friend's favorite TV show as a theme. For example, if she loves "Mad Men", serve martinis and give gifts like Rat Pack CDs, vintage casserole dishes, and saucy lingerie that only Joan would approve of.
Date Night Shower: Help prepare your friend for many date nights to come. Give different gifts that will inspire fun at-home or on-the-town date nights. Example: a gift certificate to a local tourist attraction or restaurant or a DVD with candy and microwave popcorn.
Favorite Holiday or Event Shower: Is the bride crazy for Halloween or the Super Bowl? Give her accessories that will make those celebrations all the more fun. Examples: decorative lights, serving bowls, or themed cocktail recipes and ingredients.