Best Bridal Shower and Wedding Registry Gifts Under $50

It's time for the bridal shower, that celebratory event during which ladies "ooh" and "ahh" over the dessert bar, the fabulous décor and, most of all, the gifts. There's such fun to be had in watching a much-loved bride and her best gals bestow new goodies to help feather her nest. If you want to bypass the wedding registry, do so with an amazing gift that will leave her in awe. Plus, sometimes the bride leaves something necessary (think: a new tea kettle!) off her registry simply because she doesn't know she needs it. Trust us: She needs one of these chic items. So stop stressing about finding the perfect wedding gift because we found them for you at West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie and more.

Mud Pie Vintage Wedding Cake Server Set from Dillards photo

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Mud Pie Vintage Wedding Cake Server Set

Being glamorously prepared for a lifetime of serving cake: What's not to love about that? The new bride might not yet realize it, but this chic Mud Pie cake server from Dillard's will improve the wedding reception and many occasions afterward. Any savvy hostess knows that such a multi-purpose utensil has many purposes beyond serving cake. It is also great for serving pie, quiche and, for the Southern ladies, cornbread. We simply adore the vintage styling of this three-piece set, as well as the clever stamping: The server says "JUST MARRIED" and one fork says "I DO" while the other says "ME TOO." Adorbs! ($40; dillards.com)

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Moonside Cake Stand from Anthropologie photo

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Moonside Cake Stand

Your soon-to-be-wed friend may not have mastered the art of making a beautiful cake — yet —but she will. When she does, she'll enjoy this elegant cake stand from Anthropologie. Available in clear pink, mint or gold tones, this cake stand is crafted from soda lime glass that features whimsical bubbles throughout its body. This lovely cake stand will make the perfect backdrop for a cake, pie or cheesecake, and it works equally well as a serving piece for other items. Appetizers, cupcakes and cheese slices will all be stylishly elevated when placed on this serving piece. ($40; anthropologie.com)

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Chantal Green Vintage Tea Kettle Crate & Barrel photo

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Chantal Green Vintage Tea Kettle

Every bride needs a well-designed tea kettle. Even if she already has one, trust us: This vintage-inspired kettle from Crate & Barrel will be a major upgrade. Made of top-notch steel, this whistling kettle looks like it lives in an English cottage, but it features modern accents including a stay-cool handle and spout cover. Bonus: The shiny finish of the heavy-duty green enamel is super easy to clean. ($50; crateandbarrel.com)

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Marble + Brass Round Cheese Board West Elm photo

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Marble + Brass Round Cheese Board

Everyone needs a marble cheese board, even if they are not a cheese snob. Why? Marble is the gold standard surface because it provides the best temperature zone for keeping cheese cool so it doesn't melt or soften. Bonus: Marble does not absorb smells as easily as wood, and we love this West Elm cheese board's steel handles in a brass finish. It's such a chic piece to serve everything from meat and cheese to other appetizers. ($49; westelm.com)

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Gracie Oaks Batton Metal Cake Carrier Specialty Food Storage photo

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Gracie Oaks Batton Metal Cake Carrier Specialty Food Storage

Hostess Rule #1: The bride will need a cake carrier in the future. She will be toting cupcakes to friends' baby showers, cakes to birthday parties and pies to picnics, so get her prepared with this charming Gracie cake carrier from Wayfair. It revives the retro look of those amazing mid-century cake carriers of the past, as it is crafted from a food-safe metal with an exterior that features a cream finish painted with gold speckles. So cute! We love the vintage charm of the script decal that announces "sweet stuff" is on the way. Bonus: Since this is part of a larger collection, the bride can add matching coffee, tea and sugar canisters to her collection at a later date. ($42; wayfair.com)

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Kate Spade New York Take the Cake Picture Frame Nordstrom photo

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Kate Spade New York Take the Cake Picture Frame

"Live colorfully" is the mantra that infuses everything from Kate Spade New York, including this positively charming picture frame that is trimmed in colored enamel that provides the bit of "something blue" that a bride needs at her wedding and beyond. Crafted from shiny polished silver plate, this frame displays photos that are 5" x 7" or 8" x 10." These dimensions create plenty of room for the bride to display a fairy-tale moment from her wedding. We also love that it is engraved with the phrase, "happily ever after." So sweet. ($50; nordstrom.com)

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Nostalgia 4-Quart Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker from Walmart photo

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Nostalgia 4-Quart Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker

The bride who hasn't made homemade ice cream doesn't know what she's missing. Häagen-Dazs? Talenti? Pshaw! Homemade ice cream is head and shoulders above the rest, and a whopping four quarts of it can be easily produced in this wood bucket ice cream maker from Nostalgia. Of real wood construction, it is reminiscent of grandma's simple hand-crank ice cream maker, but the electric motor does all the churning so there's no manual effort. Bonus: It also makes delicious frozen yogurt or gelato. ($35; walmart.com)

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Mud Pie Mr & Mrs Champagne Flute Set Dillards photo

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Mud Pie Mr & Mrs Champagne Flute Set

A set of glamorous champagne flutes is a traditional wedding gift that belongs on every couple's registry. So if your friend hasn't yet added a set to her registry, gift her with this delightful flutes duet from Mud Pie. Made of glass, these flutes are stamped in silver foil with the words "Mr." and "Mrs." for a fashionable and romantic statement. Bonus: This set of champagne flutes is dishwasher safe. ($28; dillards.com)

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Marquis by Waterford Crystal Markham Vase Dillards photo

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Marquis by Waterford Crystal Markham Vase

Displaying fresh and colorful flowers in one's home is a rite of passage to adulthood. It is the easiest way to bring a touch of elegance to any space, be it the foyer, dining room or bedroom. This crystal vase from the Marquis by Waterford Markham collection is the perfect gift for such decorating pursuits. Evocative of traditional Waterford patterns, the vase features a timeless, classic cutting pattern. Measuring nine inches, it is a great height for adding flowers to the dining room table or even a bedside table. Bonus: It pairs with the Markham nine-inch bowl and a bevy of matching barware. ($40; dillards.com)

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Bodum Chambord Copper 34 Ounce French Press Crate & Barrel photo

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Bodum Chambord Copper 34 Ounce French Press

The Bodum brand is renowned as the best French press in the coffee world because the plunger-style brewing method results in rich, deeply flavored coffee. Plus, let's just state the obvious: It looks incredibly chic on a kitchen counter. Made in Portugal with a glass body, chrome-plated stainless steel, black accent and a stainless steel filter, this French press is a top-of-the-line model. Bonus: It's dishwasher-safe. ($50; crateandbarrel.com)

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World Market Black Hexagonal Wine Rack photo

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World Market Black Hexagonal Wine Rack

Nowadays, it's become de rigueur to display one's favorite bottles of wine in a stylish wine rack. Enter this contemporary-styled wine rack from World Market. Created in an ultra-hip hexagonal shape, it houses six bottles and is crafted of metal with a modern black matte finish. It holds six standard bottles of wine and is the perfect size to fit on any kitchen or dining room counter. ($30; worldmarket.com)

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