If you have a bridal shower on your calendar but are fresh out of ideas for a creative bridal shower gift, you’ve come to the right place.
We get it, you want to purchase something special that shows just how much the bride and groom mean to you. And that may mean venturing away from traditional wedding registry gifts like casserole dishes and blenders.
So, if you need a little bit of inspiration, look no further. We’ve curated a list of gifts that every bride will love — even if they’re not on her registry.
We’ve even broken down our bridal shower gift ideas into five popular categories to help you choose the perfect present:
- Personalized Bridal Shower Gifts
- Unique Bridal Shower Gifts
- Practical Bridal Shower Gifts
- Cheap Bridal Shower Gifts
- Faith-Inspired Bridal Shower Gifts
If you’re a first-time bridal shower guest or want to brush up on your gift giving etiquette, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also answered the top two most frequently asked questions when it comes to bridal shower gift giving:
- How much should I spend on a bridal shower gift?
- Is there a difference between a shower gift and a wedding gift?
Now, let’s dive into our best bridal shower gifts list. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for the soon-to-be married couple in your life.
Personalized Bridal Shower Gifts
Nothing says you care quite like a personalized bridal shower gift. Here are five gifts she’ll be sure to cherish.
If you want to give the gift of comfort, you can’t go wrong with this embroidered arrows and heart sherpa blanket. Available in camel, grey, navy, burgundy or cream, this plush 50×60 throw is the perfect gift for couples who like cuddling up together on the couch. Simply enter the couple’s first names and their wedding date, and select a thread color when ordering and you’ll have a gift any modern bride will love.
Whether the bride and groom will be new home owners or already have a house together, they’re sure to love this metal monogram sign. Available in black, silver or red, the sign displays the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.’s family name and initial as well as the year they are to marry. This hand-made laser cut sign is available in five different sizes so you can find the one that’s perfect for the newlyweds’ home.
If the bride or groom spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a personalized wood cutting board is a great way to commemorate their big day. This laser-engraved maple cutting board is available in a number of different styles. From the traditional family name and wedding day, to a fun ‘Eat, drink and be married’ board, you can’t go wrong with this gift.
Made from a champagne bottle, this personalized glass vase is a wedding day keepsake the bride will cherish. The forest green glass vase is etched with the couple’s names, wedding date and the location they said “I Do.” At eight inches high, this custom vase is the perfect size to display florals, greenery or dried bouquets.
If you want to celebrate the love the couple shares, this personalized wedding sign is a unique way to do so. The acrylic sign displays the inspirational quote: “I have found the one my soul loves” in white cursive font followed by the first names of the bride and groom and the date of their wedding. You can choose the stain color for the wooden frame or opt for no frame, depending on your preference.
Unique Bridal Shower Gifts
If you want your gift to stand out from the rest, these four unique bridal shower gift ideas fill the bill.
These hand painted and wrapped book sets are a lovely and creative way to commemorate the bride and groom’s nuptials. Available in a set of three or four, the books are painted and bound together with twine. This lovely book set displays the married couple’s surname and marriage date for a unique keepsake she’ll cherish.
This pine, hand-carved wine box is decorated with birds perched on a branch as well as the names of the bride and groom in lovely cursive. Perfect for storing the couple’s favorite wine, they’ll be sure to use this custom wood box each year to celebrate their anniversary with their favorite vintage.
Speaking of wine, this rustic wood rack looks beautiful in any kitchen. With the ability to hold four wine glasses and five bottles, it can be customized to say a quote or the couple’s last name in the font of your choice. So, if the soon-to-be happy couple have a passion for wine, this bridal shower gift will definitely be a winner.
If the happy pair have a favorite saying, verse or quote, this is a gift they’ll love. More unique than a picture or sign, these custom, laser cut, wooden words can be hung on the wall above the couple’s bed or in another room of their choosing. If you don’t already know what quote or saying the bride favors, ask a close family member or her maid of honor for some insight.
Perfect for the honeymoon, these matching Mr. and Mrs. bathrobes are a fun gift that is sure to delight the bride. Ideal for both the honeymoon and married life, these sweatshirt robes are both comfortable and cute and are great for bath time or lounging. Personalized with Mr. or Mrs. and the couple’s last name in block or script font, these robes are 80% cotton and come in seven different colors.
Practical Bridal Shower Gifts
If you’re more of a practical gift giver, but want to surprise the bride with something that may not be listed on her registry, these modern yet classic gifts will please her.
From the honeymoon to the couple’s 10th anniversary and beyond, this is one gift that will get a lot of use. The 480-thread count,100% long staple cotton luxe core sheet set from Brooklinen is sure to be a hit with the couple. Rated as the best sheet of 2019 by Good Housekeeping, this premium sheet set comes in a variety of colors and all of the standard sizes.
This classic wine glass set is as beautiful to look at as it is to use. Crafted by expert Italian designers, each one of the glasses features a swirled bowl with a thick band of pastel colors surrounded by gold rims. Perfect for hosting future dinner parties this set of six wine glasses is a wonderful addition to any bride’s home.
If the couple is having a destination wedding or is planning a honeymoon abroad, this thoughtful gift will be a big hit. Not only does this set feature the bride and groom’s last name, the design and cover can be personalized as well.
Not only is this useful for cutting the cake on the love bird’s big day, this personalized knife and server set makes a memorable gift that keeps on giving. This dishwasher safe, silver-plated knife and server set is engraved with ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ on each handle. Perfect for creating memories on their wedding day, the bride and groom can also use it to serve cake, tart or pie each time they entertain as a married couple.
Perfect for couples who enjoy entertaining, a cheese board is a handy addition to any kitchen. She’ll love this monogrammed seven-piece wooden cheese board and serving set. Far sturdier than a marble board which can be chipped or cracked, this bamboo set includes three removable ceramic bowls inset in the board and three small bamboo serving spoons.
Cheap Bridal Shower Gifts
Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t choose a gift the bride-to-be will love. She’ll be thrilled to open any of these thoughtful, yet affordable gifts.
If you’re looking for a beautiful yet classic wedding album that will store the couple’s precious photo memories for years to come, this is the perfect gift. This affordable yet charming album boasts a faux leather cover, stamped with metallic silver foil design. It has a 160 4×6 horizontal photo capacity and features a memo writing area on each page so the bride can record thoughts of facts about each snapshot.
Perfect for the couple who enjoys cooking — and a good joke — this Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right apron set is sure to put a smile on the bride’s face. She’ll love this fun kit that comes complete with oven mitts, and cute Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs, all in a lovely gift box. Whether they cook a lot or only on the weekends, this apron, oven mitt and coffee mug set will certainly come in handy.
These modern vow books are the perfect gift for any couple who plans to write their own vows. Boasting rustic wooden covers, his and hers are scripted on the front of each. With 20 blank unlined pages, these handmade vow books are small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. Not only are these vow books a wonderful keepsake, they look beautiful in wedding photos as well.
This multi-use acrylic cake stand is a kitchen essential that every new couple needs. Perfect for storing and displaying cakes, it can also serve as a salad bowl, punch bowl, veggies and dip tray or chips and salsa server. Perfect for entertaining, the cake stand is far more durable than a glass dish, making it perfect for a potluck, outdoor barbecue or even a child’s birthday party.
This cute Just Married cookbook is a fun and thoughtful gift for the future newlyweds. Containing 130 recipes, this cookbook will teach the new Mr. and Mrs. how to throw together quick work-night dinners and elegant anniversary meals for two. This cookbook will also teach them how to prepare delicious cocktails, party-friendly appetizers and dishes for entertaining.
Faith-Inspired Bridal Shower Gifts
If faith plays an important role in the life of the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs., why not give a gift that highlights their convictions? Here are some great options:
Perfect for any newly-married Christian couple, this modern picture frame displays a favorite Biblical verse about love. The white and light gray frame boasts a subtle distressed swirl design and holds a 5×7-inch vertical photo, displayed by raised white wood molding. Mr. & Mrs. and the classic ‘Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind’ verse from Corinthians is screen-printed in gray script on the frame.
This personalized Bible is a wonderful bridal shower gift for any bride with traditional family values. The burgundy leather-soft cover can be engraved with two lines of personalization for family names, dates or sentiments.This New King James version Bible comes with family genealogy pages, such as matrimonial records, family names, family trees and record of births and important events.
If you’re looking for a gift that you can personalize, look no further than this beautiful Judaica print. Perfect for any Jewish couple, this linked trees print can have the names of the future wedded couple, the wedding day and other custom details added such as poems or blessings.
This Mazel Tov bag for the Breaking of the Glass ceremony is both practical and lovely. Fully lined with a 100% cotton fabric, the bag is personalized with the names of the soon-to-be husband and wife. Available in ivory with navy embroidery or navy with ivory embroidery, this smash bag is a beautiful symbol of marriage that can be treasured for many years to come.
A wonderful keepsake for any engaged Muslim couple, this personalized three-tiered wedding sign set comes with the quote “And we created you in pairs” from the Qur’an. This set of three signs displays the first names of the soon-to-be wedded pair and their wedding day. You can also choose the sign’s background color to coordinate with their home’s color scheme.
How Much Should I Spend on a Bridal Shower Gift?
The average bridal shower guest spends at least $50 on a gift for the bride. That is not a hard and fast rule, however. In most cases, we recommend matching the dollar amount spent with how well you know the bride.
If for instance, you’re invited to a shower and aren’t especially close to the bride or are on a tight budget, it’s perfectly acceptable to shop for a $25-$40 gift.
Regular friends, co-workers and distant family members are typically expected to spend between $50 and $75 if they can afford to do so. Sometimes co-workers or a group of friends will opt to buy a joint gift. If that is the case, the group spend should be equal to at least $50 per person.
If you’re a close family member or friend, you may want to spend $100 or more — and that’s OK too. Again, if there’s a big ticket item that the wedding party or another group wants to buy for the bride, etiquette dictates that each person chip in $75.
What’s the Difference Between a Shower Gift and a Wedding Gift?
Traditionally, guests purchased gifts off of the wedding registry for both the bridal shower and wedding. While most guests today still purchase a present for the bridal shower, many opt to give cash or check as a wedding gift.
Much like with shower gifts, we recommend matching the size of the wedding gift to how well you know the bride or groom. If for instance, you don’t know the couple well, you could spend $25 on a shower gift and give a $50 check as a wedding present. Going below those amounts would be considered poor taste.
Why? Etiquette dictates that your wedding gift should at least cover the cost of your meal and drinks — and that means spending at least $50 if you’re going solo and a minimum of $75 if you’re bringing a date.
If you’re a close family member or friend, you should expect to spend $75 or more on a shower gift and $150-$200 on the wedding gift. While there is no maximum spend amount, you shouldn’t spend less than this if you know the couple well.
Whether all of the gifts on the bride’s registry have already been spoken for or you want to give a more personalized or custom gift, our list of bridal shower gift ideas are sure to be a hit with any modern bride-to-be.