Wedding season seems to always be just around the corner, and there is never a better time to start thinking of gift ideas for the lucky couple. But where do you start? Before long, you’ll be 10 hours into your Amazon cart drowning in questions like, “What is an appropriate gift? What is the difference between a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift? I hardly even know this lady, how am I supposed to know what she likes?”
Well, hopefully you are at least somewhat acquainted, but either way, here is a list of some great bridal shower gift ideas that they will love and will make you look like a champion gift-giver.
What is the difference between bridal shower gifts and wedding gifts?
A bridal shower gift and a wedding gift are, for all intents and purposes, of the same ilk. Generally, you will spend less on a bridal shower gift, and they tend to be more commemorative, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
Here are a few ideas to inspire your bridal shower gift.
Custom presents are a great way to commemorate the occasion and make the bride’s (or groom’s) special day just that much more magical. They are sentimental, heartfelt, and show that you care enough to think outside the box. You can scour Etsy or Amazon to get ideas or search online for stores near you that are willing to do custom projects.
Items that they can use on the day of their wedding are a fun, unique way to choose a gift. Whether they are wearing a tux or a dress, a custom Mrs. or Mr. hanger would be a fantastic gift! A monogrammed cake serving kit is also appropriate.
For other customized options, consider a makeup bag, towels, or Mr./Mrs. stamps. Feel free to do a deep dive and look into what they might like best. After all, you know them better than we do!
Something for the first home
If custom gifts aren’t where your heart is taking you, maybe lean towards a more “homey” experience. The traditional trajectory of new families tends to include living together and/or buying a place to call home. One of the great parts of getting married is the litany of gifts that helps furnish the new digs!
Think comfy and cozy. Look into throw blankets or high thread count sheets. Think slippers, kimonos, or robes. After all of the wedding shenanigans are over, they’re going to want to relax! Be the reason they get to.
Or consider gifts that mark or bless the new house. Decorative plaques, picture frames, photo albums, or inspirational framed artwork are all in the correct price range and great gift ideas.
You can also find wineries that will create custom wine labels to commemorate marriage milestones. Get a case of five or so bottles of wine with celebratory labels that mark occasions like “Honeymoon”, “Baby”, “First House”, “Dream Job”, “Grandkids”, or something to that effect.
Maybe creativity isn’t your strong suit. Maybe practicality is what drives your thinking. You’re in luck! As much as custom commemorable trinkets are fun and good for nostalgia, useful equipment for around the house is sure to be appreciated.
Consider each room individually and see what you come up with. Kitchen? Get a nice knife set, bread maker, silverware set, or quesadilla press. Bathroom? How about a jewelry box, hair straightener, or makeup mirror?
These kinds of gifts are something that the couple can use again and again throughout their happy marriage.
Here is where you separate the ride-or-dies from the good acquaintances. This is where you get to make up for lost time or show them just how much they mean to you. Elegance is not the appropriate category of gift for every guest, but for some, it is right on the money.
Jewelry is the extravagant type of gift that will set you apart from the others and make the bride or groom feel like a royal. Anklets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and broaches are excellent gift ideas to consider. If the bride or couple likes to drink, consider a fancy bottle of wine or champagne for them to open on their honeymoon or wedding night.
After the wedding is over and the energy has died down, the party is sure to kick back up in the bedroom later! Nice lingerie and sexy games or toys are an exciting direction to go — that is, if you are close enough to the bride that this kind of gift wouldn’t be weird.
No ideas? Good thing the couple made a registry! In most cases, the couple will already have a wedding registry online somewhere. This makes it easy to see exactly what they want, where to get it, and for how much. You can never go wrong with a registry gift — in fact, sometimes, it’ll be your best option.
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Now that you have the general idea of bridal shower gift-giving etiquette, it’s time for the fun part. Go explore the possibilities and find the perfect gift for your loved one on their big day.