Bridal shower guests will be among your closest family and friends. Keep them in mind as you choose budget-friendly bridal shower gifts to include on your wedding registry
If you’re planning your wedding registry with both your wedding and bridal shower in mind, know that there’s some established etiquette when it comes to registering for shower gifts. Read on for our tips.
What Are Appropriate Gift Ideas for a Bridal Shower?
Bridal shower gifts tend to be less pricey than actual wedding gifts. At least that’s the expectation. After all, anyone invited to the shower will also be invited to the wedding, which means two gifts to buy. Consider that a wedding shower gift is about one-third the price of a wedding gift and create your registry with a range of options in mind.
Are Bridal Shower Gifts Just for the Bride?
Bridal shower gifts aren’t necessarily just for the bride, particularly since these days, showers are often coed affairs. And since it’s customary for guests to purchase a gift off the wedding registry, it’s up to the couple to include gifts both the bride and groom will enjoy. That said, if it’s a ladies-only shower, most likely gifts will veer toward the bride side. (While guests will probably pick a gift off the registry, they can also purchase an experience gift for the couple to share, such as a gift certificate for a favorite restaurant.)
What Is a Good Price Range for a Bridal Shower Gift?
Consider the 60-20-20 formula: 60 percent of a guest’s budget is reserved for the wedding gift, with the remaining 40 percent divided between the bridal shower and engagement party (if there is one). Keeping this formula in mind will help a couple choose gifts for their registry. After that, it’s up to the guests.
Below, find gift ideas just right for showering a bride-to-be, or a happy couple.
Shower Gifts For the Home
A bonsai plant symbolizes peace, harmony, and balance, making this Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai a thoughtful gift for the home of a soon-to-be-married couple. Appropriate for a shower gift, a bonsai is believed to bring good fortune to those who take care of it.
Want to put those early-couple memories on display? Consider this Personalized Picture Frame, with a photo of your choice printed directly onto a wood pallet, for a rustic look that will make a unique statement on a wall or tabletop. Another personalized art option is this Custom Lyrics Print with the words from your song laid out in a vinyl record shape along with a personal note.
Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai | Amazon
Personalized Picture Frame | Etsy
Custom Lyrics Print | Etsy
Shower Gifts For the Kitchen
The kitchen is classic inspiration for bridal shower gifts. This Felt Letter Board comes in a variety of colors with an oak frame and includes 300 changeable letters. It’s a sweet spot to leave love notes (or errand reminders) in this communal space. Also sweet? The Fehr Cake Stand will elevate any dessert, from chocolate chip cookies to a dressed-up cake, and would even make a nice display for fresh fruit or candles.
Finally, no kitchen is complete without a cutting board, and the customized Our First Home Cutting Board, made of maple, cherry, or walnut, is an ideal practical but sentimental shower gift.
Felt Letter Board | Amazon
Our First Home Cutting Board | Etsy
Fehr Cake Stand | Wayfair
Shower Gifts For the Bedroom
The bedroom is your personal sanctuary, where you’ll want only things that bring a smile. This Custom Bridal Hanger is the perfect post-wedding perch for a wedding gown. When it comes to lounging in bed, consider a Silk Pillowcase to protect skin and hair and prevent wrinkles and split ends. Your face (and hair) will thank you later! Bedroom ambiance, you say? A Vanilla Bean Reed Diffuser will send the soothing scent of vanilla wafting throughout.
Custom Bridal Hanger | Etsy
Silk Pillowcase | Amazon
WoodWick® Vanilla Bean Reed Diffuser | Bed Bath & Beyond
For the Bookshelf
Readers, rejoice! Starting with kitchen basics, One Pan, Two Plates emphasizes reduced prep time while creating delicious meals. See proper cocktail parties in your future? The Cocktails Cookbook from Williams Sonoma will help you perfect the art of cocktails, mixed drinks, even bar snacks. Still finalizing wedding details? The beautiful Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding is a collection of wedding planning folklore to add (even more) meaning to your special day.
One Pan, Two Plates | Barnes & Noble®
Cocktails Cookbook | Williams Sonoma
Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding | Amazon
For Date Night
After the wedding is no time to stop dating! And there are plenty of great ideas to keep the spark of those early dating days alive. This Date Night Jar gives couples a year’s worth of weekly date-night suggestions on little cards that can be pulled randomly for a surprise each time. For movie nights at home, this glazed earthenware POPCORN Bowl will come in handy, whatever’s on your watchlist.
Enjoy an evening drive? A couple of Corkcicle Stemless White Wine Glasses will let you take your drink on the road, keeping hot beverages warm for three hours and chilled beverages cold for up to nine.
Date Night Jar | Etsy
POPCORN Bowl | Crate and Barrel
Corkcicle Stemless White Wine Glasses | Crate and Barrel
For the Personal Touch
Who doesn’t like a personal touch? Declutter your dresser with a pretty, gold-trimmed Alphabet Jewelry Catchall. If you’re looking for something a little quirky, try these Marriage Milestones Wine Bottle Labels. You’ll be sipping from your “First Christmas” and “First Anniversary” bottles before you know it! And for straight-up sentimental value, Personalized Wedding Vow Books are customizable His/Her vow keepers sure to become family heirlooms and serve as symbols of your union for years to come.
Alphabet Jewelry Catchall | Pottery Barn
Marriage Milestones Wine Bottle Labels | Amazon
Personalized Wedding Vow Books | Etsy
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