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Best Bridal Shower Gifts

Best Bridal Shower Gifts
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Woot woot, we see a bridal shower in your future! What fun you’ll have; but first, create that wedding registry. You can infuse your registry with as much whimsy or levity as you wish. It’s yours for the wishing, after all. Crafting it will be one of the most fun, yet somewhat daunting, tasks of wedding planning. Household items are traditionally put on the list, but with many couples getting married later in life, such basics might not be necessary. For that reason, our list of carefully curated items for the wedding registry includes a mix of kitchen must-haves, creative finds and full-on splurges. And remember your etiquette: Don’t ask for money, list over-the-top expensive items that no guest (outside of Bill Gates) could afford or forget to send thank-you notes out posthaste.

 

 

Best Bridal Shower Gifts in 2019

 

 

Finding the Best Bridal Shower Gifts

 

Tips:

The best advice we can give you is to choose wedding registry items in a range of prices. Include the tea towels and serving spoons for guests who don’t know you well, but add that super-chic bar cart for your close friends and relatives. Some guests will go in together and buy you a major item, but in general you want to spread the price points out in a democratic fashion.

 

 

How to Come Up with Best Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

 

Bridal Shower Etiquette:

It’s common courtesy to create your registry four to six months prior to the wedding. This gives your guests plenty of time to choose gifts for the shower and the wedding (or even the engagement if they’re being generous). On your wedding invitation, be discreet: Don’t include the wedding registry info, but do include a website address for the wedding itself. Then you can put the word “registry” on the home page. Make sure guests have to click through to a secondary page to read the registry. It’s simply bad manners to advertise a wedding registry like an end of season sale.

 

 

Gift Cost:

Make sure you register for enough items, otherwise guests who wait until later to purchase might be left with nothing in their price range. Also: Think about your new lifestyle and how the registry might benefit it. This is the time to register for a big serving platter you’ll feature during future Thanksgiving dinners or for those personalized champagne glasses you’ll use for your anniversary toast.

  

 

 

1 of 19 Image Credits: Zappos

Best Gift for the Bride Who Has Everything

Keds x Kate Spade New York Bridal Champion Dancing Dot

Price: $79.95

These are the best shoes for the bride who wants to kick her reception into high gear. They’re the product of a collaboration between Keds and Kate Spade New York, so the result is comfort and style. Details designed for comfort include a round-toe silhouette and a lightly padded footbed. Any fan of Kate Spade knows the brand has a long-standing love affair with polka dots, which are embroidered on the canvas upper.

Specifications:
Made of canvas upper and lining and a lace-front closure with metal eyelets

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These are my favorite summer sneakers.”

2 of 19 Image Credits: Target

Best Gift from Target

Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Price: $200.00

Anyone who owns an air fryer will tell you two things: First, they’re amazing, and second, buy the biggest one you can afford. This Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven renders all manner of meat healthy and fall-off-the-bone tender. We love this one because it has seven functions: Air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm and toast. And it’s big enough to bake a four-pound chicken or a 12-inch pizza.

Specifications:
Features a nonstick, easy-clean interior and whisper-quiet operation

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s a great air fryer and toaster oven, and it helps beat the summer heat by not having to heat up the kitchen with the full-size oven.”

3 of 19 Image Credits: Uncommon Goods

Best Picnic Gift

Woven Wine Tote with Glasses

Price: $40.00

This awesome gift falls squarely in the “I didn’t know I needed this” camp. Once the couple starts entertaining, they won’t know how they lived without it. On warm summer nights, this hand-woven water hyacinth basket can carry the party outdoors without a stumble or tumbe. It includes six full-size, 14 fluid ounce wine glasses.

Specifications:
Made of water hyacinth fibers

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Be the envy of your neighborhood! I've already used this product to carry a lovely bottle of wine over to a neighbor's bonfire. It's so convenient.”

4 of 19 Image Credits: Etsy

Best Affordable Gift

Whiskey & Wedding Bells Custom Wedding Gown Hanger

Price: $25.00

Did someone say “photo op”? This wedding gown hanger begs to be captured as a beautiful wedding image. Made of solid wood, it will hold the heaviest of wedding dresses. The sculpted aluminum wire spells out a name so nicely in a modern script. This hanger will definitely stay in your memories — and in your closet.

Specifications:
This hanger is made of solid wood. Each letter is sculpted with aluminum wire.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s an amazing bridal shower gift. My friend loved it. Thank you!”

5 of 19 Image Credits: Personalization Mall

Best Personalized Gift

Wedding Couple Personalized Champagne Flute Set

Price: $32.00

These champagne flutes will see many happy anniversaries and New Years Eves. Made of shimmering glass, they feature a unique, twisted stem that gives them an impressive air of uniqueness. They can be custom etched with your choice of title, along with a name and a wedding date (optional). Some personalization items go overboard, but this one is just right.

Specifications:
Each flute stands 8 ½ inches tall and holds 5 ¾ fluid ounces.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These are gorgeous. My favorite personalized product. They are beautiful and a keepsake for our anniversaries.”

6 of 19 Image Credits: Uncommon Goods

Best Sustainable Gift Idea

Cozy Global Gift Basket

Price: $60.00

This gift basket is filled with goodies made by artisans in Mexico, Thailand, Ghana, and Tunisia. The handwoven basket, made in Mexico, is a celebration of the palm leaf’s beauty when dyed and woven. Included within is a handwoven fair trade scarf from Thailand, Ghanaian cocoa and a mug that was hand-thrown and painted in Tunisia. It’s a great gift for a chilly night.

Specifications:
The basket is handwoven from palm leaves.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s the best globally-minded gift. This gift was perfect since it was produced by actual people under fair trade practices.”

7 of 19 Image Credits: Crate & Barrel

Best Crate & Barrel Gift

Copper Handled Utensils Set of Six

Price: $49.95

When one is young, one’s mind isn’t filled with thoughts about the intrinsic beauty of serving ware. But after marriage? Trust us: You don’t want to serve your guests with plastic spoons and such. This set of six utensils mixes steel heads and gleaming copper-clad round handles for glamour that goes from cooking to serving.

Specifications:
Made of sterling silver and metal

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I use a ladle all the time, but I’ve never owned one I love. I love this one’s heft and that it’s elegant and beautiful enough to leave on a table on a pretty plate in between serving.”

8 of 19 Image Credits: Etsy

Best Gift for the Honeymoon

Blue Lion Design Shop Personalized Mrs. Beach Towel

Price: $40.00

Not much can improve a surfside honeymoon, but this towel can. Each towel is hand pressed to ensure a deep color in the floral print and in the personalized name. Made of microfiber velour, it is 30 inches wide and five feet long. It is also quick drying and folds into a compact size, so stick it in your suitcase and say “Bon voyage!”

Specifications:
Made of microfiber velour

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This was the absolute most perfect bridal shower gift for my sister. The quality and design are amazing, and it was so thoughtfully packed and wrapped. I would order again and again.”

9 of 19 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Beauty Gift

Philosophy's Here Comes the Bride Travel-Size Products

Price: $28.00See Reviews

Long a beauty brand with a cult following, Philosophy delivers the goods with this travel-worthy kit for the big day. It includes four travel-sized products from Philosophy’s best-selling skin care and fragrance. It includes Purity facial cleanser, Hope in a Jar moisturizer, Amazing Grace firming body emulsion and Amazing Grace multitasking perfumed shampoo, bath and shower gel. Bonus: There’s a single-use sample of Philosophy’s Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel.

Specifications:
Includes travel-sized best-selling skin care and fragrance products

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I bought this as a gift for my best friend. She was thrilled to receive it. The packaging is very nice and looks fancy especially for the low price.”

10 of 19 Image Credits: World Market

Best Splurge Gift

Gold Cole 3-Tier Rolling Bar Cart

Price: $170.00

There’s no introduction necessary: We’ve all seen a gorgeous bar cart in many a mid-century movie. This splurge-worthy bar cart features three tiers, mirrored trays and an antiqued brass finish. It will light up any room with style while serving the practical purpose of storing your cocktail-making accoutrements. It also features locking caster wheels so the party can travel from room to room.

Specifications:
Made of metal with antiqued brass finish and mirrored glass

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I love this bar cart. It's so pretty and is of very high quality! I use it to store all of my glasses, since I have limited cabinet space, and it looks great. I love the three shelves, as they fit so much. I would definitely purchase again.”

11 of 19 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Designer Gift

Jonathan Adler Dora Maar Condiment Bowl

Price: $48.00See Reviews

This multi-sided vase reveals its artistry coming and going, plus it can house the salsa. Designed by potter and all-around tastemaker Jonathan Adler, it is hand sculpted in white porcelain. The faces were inspired by Dora Maar, the French photographer, poet, and painter known for being Pablo Picasso’s muse. We love that it is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Specifications:
Made of hand-sculpted glazed white porcelain

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I adore this piece. It is bigger than I thought, and it looks really nice on my mantel with some glass pieces I have. Every time I look at it, I literally sigh in awe.”

12 of 19 Image Credits: Macy's

Best Kitchen Gift

Bodum Chambord 8 Cup French Press

Price: $50.00

Once you taste coffee made in a French press, you’ll never go back. It’s a simple appliance, if you can call it that, featuring a carafe, a frame, a lid and a filter. But it brews much richer coffee than a traditional drip coffee pot because it allows the hot water to mingle evenly with the coffee grounds. Bodum is the brand standard and with this version, the 8-cup capacity is perfect for book clubs and Thanksgiving and everything in between.

Specifications:
Made of a stainless steel filter system, heat-resistant borosilicate glass beaker and stay-cool handle and knob

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s easy to use and makes gourmet tasting coffee. This French press is a purchase I regret not making sooner! It's a great value for its price. It's easy to clean and use. I love that it has very few plastic parts.”

13 of 19 Image Credits: Etsy

Most Romantic Gift

Le Rose Gifts Lace Bridal Robe

Price: $34.36

This elegant satin robe goes far beyond similar-looking robes. It features a wide and delicate lace trim at the hem and sleeve, giving it an Old World quality. The internal and external ties keep it cozily closed. Bonus: It is beautifully packaged in a white satin gift bag.

Specifications:
Made from a poly fabric with a luxe matte satin finish

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I ordered these for me and my bridesmaids. They were so beautiful, of a super high quality and very comfy. They shipped quickly, and the price was so reasonable. I even wore mine almost everyday on our honeymoon in Greece!”

14 of 19 Image Credits: Kate Spade

Most Glamorous Gift

Kate Spade New York Say Yes

Price: $78.00

Brandish that “Mrs” moniker with pride with this darling Kate Spade New York necklace. Featuring the “Mrs” appellation, it is made of shiny 12-karat gold plated metal with a lobster claw closure. It’s the perfect size for making a statement without being loud. It comes pre-boxed in the trademark Kate Spade packaging.

Specifications:
Made of shiny 12-karat gold plated metal

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I just got married, and I’ve honestly been waiting several years until I tied the knot to get this necklace. It didn’t disappoint. I love it! It’s so cute and dainty but with a bold statement. It’s the perfect gift for a new bride in your life or to get yourself.”

15 of 19 Image Credits: Target

Most Useful Gift

Lodge 6qt Cast Iron Enamel Dutch Oven

Price: $60.00

Available in shiny blue or red, this is a classic kitchen must-have. The Dutch oven has long been a staple of fine cooks everywhere for its versatility. This one has a six quart capacity, so it’s perfect for cooking large roasts or any sort of stew. It will enhance anything that needs to be cooked slowly by heating evenly.

Specifications:
Made of porcelain and cast iron

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This pot was the perfect size for the pot roast I made. It went from the stove to the oven, and the clean up was incredibly easy. We left the dirty pot and lid on the counter all night. I thought we’d have to soak both before cleaning, but both cleaned up very easily!”

16 of 19 Image Credits: Amazon

Best Gift for Mature Brides

Mixology 10-Piece Bar Tool Set with Stylish Bamboo Stand

Price: $57.97See Reviews

Once you’re what is described as a “mature bride,” you’ve seen it all and you’ve usually got it all. So what to put on a registry? An amazing cocktail set. This one includes a bartender-worthy set of 10 quality cocktail tools. And it comes in a gorgeous bamboo stand, so no more digging for the jigger.

Specifications:
Made of a stainless steel alloy and bamboo

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The set is as good-looking as the pictures show it to be. Aside from looking great sitting on a bar cart or countertop, everything works great. I think my cocktails are even better now.”

17 of 19 Image Credits: Neiman Marcus

Best Gift for the Groom

Molton Brown Explore Luxury Men's Bathing Collection

Price: $35.00

Sophistication will be his with this set of luxurious Molton Brown body washes. Each one is contained in a one-ounce bottle, so it’s perfect for traveling, plus the washes come in a handy bag. The ingredients are sourced from across the globe. The set includes the following: Japanese Orange Body Wash, Suma Ginseng Body Wash, Bushukan Body Wash, Eucalyptus Body Wash, Silver Birch Body Wash, Water Mint Body Wash, Black Peppercorn Body Wash and Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel.

Specifications:
Includes eight one-ounce bottles in a bag

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“A friend loves this line and recommended it as a nice gift.”

18 of 19 Image Credits: Uncommon Goods

Best Couples Gift

Intersection of Love Photo Print

Price: $175.00

Perfect for a Jack and Jill shower, this photo print commemorates the moment your paths first crossed. You can personalize it with your names and the important dates you share. The print is by Philadelphia artist Patricia Carlin, who offers a sophisticated way to celebrate a wedding. It can be produced in color or as a black-and-white print.

Specifications:
The print is made of acid-free matboard, archival pigment ink and Epson enhanced matte paper.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I am going to use it as a decoration at their wedding shower, and then obviously give it to them as a gift.”

19 of 19 Image Credits: Uncommon Goods

Most Unique Gift

The Personalized Anniversary Journal

Price: $130.00

This gorgeous 24-page bound journal is designed to record memories of a couple’s 1st to 60th anniversaries. Prompts are included to help spur the couple’s creativity in recording special moments. Elegant envelopes are interspersed through every decade so the bride and groom may save additional mementos. It includes the couple’s names imprinted on the cover in foil; an anniversary date can be added below the names.

Specifications:
Made of high-quality vellum, cardstock, black silk moiré binding, a foil stamped cover and a matching storage box

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This journal is beautifully presented in a gift box. I opted for the engraved names and dates, and I am glad I did. The engraving costs a little more but truly elevates this journal to ‘heirloom’ status. The bride was touched at the personal nature of this present, too.”