Your RSVP has been sent for your friend’s big day and you can’t wait for her to see the beautiful wedding gift you picked out. When it comes to picking a bridal shower gift, you’ll want to go for something that either pampers the guest of honor, or otherwise speaks to her personal interests and needs (i.e., cooking, entertaining, drinking excellent coffee) Still not sure where to start? Our round up of the best bridal shower gifts has you covered.
35 Bridal Shower Gifts That She’ll Love (and Actually Keep)
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Do I have to bring a bridal shower gift?
You just got back from the bachelorette party and you’ve already picked out a pricey wedding gift, so do you really need to get another present for the bridal shower? Alas, the answer is, yes. The whole thing might feel like a bit too much fanfare but remember that a wedding is a special event that only happens once in a person’s lifetime. (Well, hopefully.) As such, if a friend or a loved one invites you to their bridal shower, it’s probably best not to show up empty-handed. That said, you don’t need to go broke over it.
How much should I spend on a bridal shower gift?
If you’re not in a position to lavish the bride-to-be with a luxurious gift, don’t sweat it. A nice-ish bottle of wine will go down easily. If you can spend more but are trying to figure out what amount is appropriate, the best thing to do is consider the big picture. As you know by now, the cost of participating in matrimonial celebrations can really add up. Our best advice is to allocate 20 percent of your total budget for the affair for a bridal shower gift, and spend the rest on the wedding gift and travel expenses. Another thing to consider is how close you are to the bride-to-be: Close family members and best friends might spend $150 (or even more) on a gift, while acquaintances and distant relatives can get away with a gift that’s $50 or less. Ultimately, use your best judgment and be as generous as you can or want to be and remember that showing up for the celebration is meaningful in and of itself.
Best For Their Honeymoon
With a honeymoon on the horizon, this roomy carry-on from July is an ideal gift for the bride-to-be. Plus, this number boasts some serious bells and whistles—including an ejectable battery with USB-C, a hidden laundry bag, a crush-proof exterior and oh-so-smooth and silent wheels that ensure she’ll be gliding from point A to point B (and looking darn glamorous, too).
Best for the Chefs
A Dutch oven is a must-have for any kitchen, and Staub is the gold standard when it comes to quality cast iron cookware. What sets this attractive enameled number apart (aside from the awesome sale price) is that the lid doubles as a grill, so it can do, well, pretty much everything.
Best for the Baker
These glazed clay bowls are gorgeous and highly functional to boot—the pretty textured pattern improves grip when heavy mixing is required and the material is chip-resistant, dishwasher and microwave safe. (Tip: Buy two sets because you’re going to want to keep one for yourself.)
Best for the Charcuterie Connoisseur
This bamboo cheese board boasts built-in knife storage, deep grooves to hold bread or charcuterie, a ceramic container for other snacks, and slate markers and chalk to help keep it all straight. It’s a novelty kitchen item that will come in handy when entertaining, and the design is downright genius.
Best for the Coffee Snobs
Coffee lovers will go gaga for this reasonably-priced and reliable espresso machine, which pulls a perfect shot every time and features a foaming wand—you know, so the happy couple can indulge in a café-quality latte from the comfort of their new home.
A big ticket item, to be sure—but this miniature version of classic KitchenAid stand mixer scores major points for both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Aside from the obvious baking uses, the appliance also comes in handy when making pasta and mixing salads, among other things. Plus, it manages to make a statement without hogging up too much precious counter space. If you can swing it, this gift is worth every penny.
Best PJ Set
Sexy, feminine and entirely tasteful, this flattering pajama set is seductive enough for a hot night with the spouse, but comfy and casual enough for any occasion.
Sometimes the best gift is one that is totally unnecessary, but just plain fun. Example: An electric ice cream maker that whips up delicious homemade frozen desserts in the blink of an eye (and lasts a lot longer than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s).
Whether the couple in question is into healthy smoothies and morning runs, or frozen margarita Fridays (and sleepy Saturday mornings), the Ninja blender will have them covered—this beast can crush ice like nobody’s business and it makes a mean breakfast shake to boot. (Bonus: The large capacity also means it can make a big enough batch of pina coladas for the whole bridal shower.)
Best Air Fryer
Air fryers are all the rage right now, and for good reason—these suckers require minimal oil to produce perfectly crispy foods. In other words, the bride-to-be can enjoy fried chicken whenever she’s in the mood...with half the calories of KFC. Plus, with 11 different functions, this award winning appliance can do a lot more than that.
Best for the Plant Lovers
Nothing makes a new home feel warmer than a few well-placed house plants, which is why you should hook a sister up with a plant subscription from the Sill. Beginners and pros alike will have no problem caring for the healthy plants they receive, and a pretty ceramic planter is always included in the care package.
Best Wine Glasses
These Schott Zwiesel wine glasses are made from crystal glass that’s been fused with zirconium and titanium. What does that mean, exactly? Basically, they’ve got a lot in common with the rock on the bride-to-be’s ring finger: Sparkly and tough as nails. On that note, we should also mention that these beauties are dishwasher safe. Cheers.
Best Knife Set
An excellent knife set is a priceless investment, but it’s fairly difficult to find one that doesn’t break the bank. This professional-quality 16-piece Japanese knife set from Imoku is an exception to the rule. Elegant and well-made, this gift will serve a married couple well for years.
Prepping for bridal showers can be stressful, but gift-giving will be a breeze with this best-selling comforter from Buffy. It’s engineered to stay cool, making it a perfect summer wedding gift.
Best Sun Hat
This straw hat from J.Crew is a honeymoon must-have, no matter where the bride is headed. It’s made from raffia fiber, so it can be crammed into a suitcase—no matter how limited the space is—and still retain its shape when you unfurl it. Time to kiss bad hair days goodbye!
If the bride isn’t already a silk pillowcase devotee, she’s about to be. They’re lightweight and breathable, making them great for sensitive skin, and they’re also gentler on hair, so even if the bride-to-be tends to toss and turn in her sleep, she’ll wake up to smooth strands and less breakage. So yes, while this 100 percent pure mulberry silk pillowcase will set you back $60, the ability to wake up with flawless skin and hair is priceless. Your girlfriend will thank you.
Best Gift for Virgos
Silverware and knife sets are a go-to wedding gift. So much so, that your pal may not know what to do with ‘em all. Well, here’s where you come in as her thoughtful best friend with a tidy solution in the form of a sustainable wood knife organizer. This one holds 12 knives and fits in most standard kitchen drawers.
If you know your bestie’s shoe size, then these ergonomic sandals are a great gift. They’re casual yet polished—and incredibly comfy. So, if you don’t know her size, it might be time for you to subtly ask, because this breezy, chic Miller Cloud sandal is the hot ticket item of the summer.
Give the gift of comfort with this luxe cotton quilt. It’s aptly-named the Cloud because it’s soft, fluffy and what dreams are made of (that and 100 percent Turkish cotton).