30 Classic and Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Whether you want to stick to the tried and true or hot and hip, here’s a quick list of gift ideas to get you started.
by Andrea Fowler
Bridal shower gift ideas
photo by Jonathan Canlas Photography

If you have a bridal shower in your future, you might be struggling with what to give as a gift. More specifically, whether or not it should come from on or off the registry. We know, we know—gifting a set of spatulas doesn't exactly say, “We're BBFs and I'm so happy for you!" But at the same time, the newlyweds-to-be put a lot of time into their registry and it's important to respect that.

In case you find yourself in this tiff, here's how we like to think about gifting off-registry: If there's a set of tumbler glasses on their wish list, it's a safe bet the couple would prefer that set over one you came across during Sunday afternoon errands. But what about extras like cocktail napkins to go with those tumblers? Or a cocktail book? Totally up for grabs. Go for it. With that in mind we rounded up 30 of our favorite bridal shower gifts, half of them for a classic bride and the other half for the more contemporary bride.

15 Classic Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Place Mats

Formal place mats for your registry

The couple might have registered for place settings aplenty, but what will they set those dishes on? Okay sure, they'd be just fine on the table, but these European-inspired place mats will really round out their dinner presentation.

Juliska Jardins du Monde place mat, $25, NeimanMarcus.com

Picture Frame

Kate Spade picture frame

A sweet side-by-side frame is the perfect desk accessory or coffee table décor. After the wedding, the couple can slip an extra wedding invitation into one side and their favorite snapshot from the wedding day into the other.

Kate Spade New York Take the Cake double picture frame, $100, KateSpade.com

Linen Napkins

Sferra Hamilton Napkin

You can never have too many sets of napkins, especially if the to-be-weds are avid dinner party throwers. 

Sferra Hamilton napkins, $90 for a set of 4, Bloomingdales.com

Dessert Stand

Dessert stand from Anthropologie

Every hostess needs a few dessert stands in her repertoire. Our pick? A pedestaled stand that can double for sweets or appetizers.

Anthropologie Glenna cake stand, from $58, Anthropologie.com

Crystal Vase

Vera Wang flower vase

A quality vase adds instant class to an entryway or dining table. The diamond cuts in the design create a bit of illusion on the clear crystal—a design subtle enough to catch your eye but won't distract from the beautiful flowers.

Wedgwood Vera peplum 10.75-in. vase, $150, Wedgwood.com

Appetizer Plates

Appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel

Appetizer plates are a great gift. They're a nice little extra the couple might not have thought of, but are really great to have on hand for casual cocktail nights or formal holiday parties.

Crate & Barrel appetizer plates, $25 for a set of 12, CrateandBarrel.com

Champagne Glasses

Baccarat crystal champagne flutes

Ah, champagne glasses—the quintessential wedding gift. Shower the couple in luxury with a set of crystal flutes that are sure to be a meaningful keepsake.

Baccarat Jupiter champagne flutes, $165 each, Baccarat.com

Cashmere Throw Blanket

Cashmere throw blanket from Williams-Sonoma

A good, and we mean good, blanket never goes unappreciated. Just looking at this cozy cashmere makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Also, the product page uses the phrase “whisper-soft," so you know it's good.)

Williams-Sonoma cashmere throw, $249, Williams-Sonoma.com

Stand Mixer

Mini Kitchenaid stand mixer

Perfect for the couple who cooks together, a KitchenAid mixer is the holy grail of kitchen appliances. If they're tight on counter space, opt for the mini mixer (it has the same motor speed, but in a smaller package).

KitchenAid Artisan mini series tilt-head stand mixer, $238, Amazon.com

Jewelry Box

Classic white jewelry box

The name says it all: the ultimate jewelry box. Linen-lined drawers safely protect all her baubles from being bumped around and scratched, with both winged sides opening to reveal hanging necklaces. It's as beautiful as its contents.

Pottery Barn ultimate jewelry box, $169, PotteryBarn.com


Parachute waffle robe

There are few joys in life as comforting as wrapping yourself up in a brand-new robe, and with all the running around the bride-to-be will be doing, slipping into a comfy robe at the end of the day will be a stress-relieving necessity.

Parachute waffle robe, $119, Parachute.com

Bed Sheets

Boll and Branch bedroom sheet sets

A newlywed nest can't have enough high-quality sheets—that's just a fact. This certified-organic sheet set checks all the right boxes, including Fair Trade certified and eco-friendly gift box packaging.

Boll & Branch hemmed sheet set, from $200, BollandBranch.com

Slow Cooker

Williams-Sonoma slow cooker

A slow cooker isn't the sexiest present, but who wouldn't be psyched about this? It's the perfect party food prep assistant for appetizers, main dishes, soups, dips—pretty much everything.

All-Clad deluxe slow cooker, $200, Williams-Sonoma.com

15 Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Subscription Box Service

Birchbox bridal shower gift idea

Subscription boxes are the gift that keep on giving. Pick something the bride loves, from reading to beauty, and treat her to surprise snail-mail deliveries.

Birchbox women's gift subscription, from $30, Birchbox.com

Cocktail Napkins

August Morgan cocktail napkins

A cocktail with a laugh? Make ours a double. These cheeky napkins are the perfect addition to a set of glasses or bar cart accessories.

August Morgan cocktail napkins, $38 for a set of 4, AugustMorgan.com

Script Vase

Kate Spade New York script vase

A simple porcelain flower vase gets a bit of a modern makeover with black script writing and a little bit of contemplative theory. It reads, “I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck, with freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?"

Kate Spade New York Daisy place vase, $75, KateSpade.com


Riedel hanging decanter

If there's such a thing as an edgy, trend-setting decanter, this would be it. It's quite literally living life on the edge.

Riedel Ayam decanter, $425, Riedel.com

Light-Up Phone Case

LuMee Duo Marble iPhone cas

She's about to have more selfie moments in her life than ever before, and this phone case slash LED light ensures she'll always have the best lighting. It was even developed by a professional photographer, so you know it's the real deal.

LuMee Duo Marble iPhone case, $70, LuMee.com

Beach Bag With Honeymoon Essentials

Beach bag honeymoon gift idea

Is the bride-to-be about to jet-set on a tropical honeymoon? A tote bag filled with a few essentials would be perfect for her. Go in with a few friends for a well-rounded group gift.

Electric danger cat sunglasses, $100, ElectricCalifornia.com; ASOS floppy hat, $20, ASOS.com; The Knot Shop Annie stripe tote, $30, TheKnotShop.com

Ring Box

Esselle The Alaia ring box

If she's not a jewelry kind of girl, then maybe a full-on jewelry box wouldn't be worth the space it would take up. Instead, gift her a smaller (read: more counter space for cosmetics) ring box to keep her most special piece of jewelry safe and sound.

Esselle The Alaia ring box, $65, EsselleSF.com

Wall Clock 

Dot & Bo modern Scandinavian design 12-inch Silent Sweep wall clock

Gallery walls are all the rage—contribute something to their newlywed nest that's totally trendy. This clock lends clean lines and a subtle metallic pop from a rose gold frame to your friend's work-in-progress gallery wall. 

Dot & Bo modern Scandinavian design Silent Sweep 12-inch wall clock, $42, DotandBo.com

Travel Jewelry Kit

Travel jewelry case perfect for a honeymoon gift

Is the bride-to-be as much of a jet-setter as she is a bauble enthusiast? Make sure all her accessories get safely from point A to point B with an easy-to-pack travel case with little pockets perfect for all her necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings.

Pottery Barn McKenna leather travel jewelry portfolio, $79, PotteryBarn.com

Sexy Sleepwear

Only Hearts Phoenicia Teddy

No one wants to pull out a sexy piece of lingerie in front of their soon-to-be mother-in-law, but that doesn't mean the bride isn't hoping for some new pieces of fun sleepwear. A chic romper like this is totally "open your gifts in front of everyone" appropriate, but still a bit sassy. 

Only Hearts Phoenicia Teddy, $49, Journelle.com

Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ice cream maker

The idea of experimenting with ice cream flavors is always exciting, no matter how old you are. Even if your friend isn't a total sous-chef, she'll definitely be able to handle this.

Cuisinart ice cream and sorbet maker, $60, BedBathandBeyond.com

Copper Cookware

Lagostina copper Martella cookware

Yes, trendy cookware is a thing, and this copper set featuring a hammered exterior design is leading the pack when it comes to popular kitchen purchases. Not only does it look sleek, but the tri-ply construction makes for even cooking every time.

Lagostina copper Martellata cookware, $500 for 10-piece set, Williams-Sonoma.com


Away The Bigger Carry-On in white

A luggage upgrade before the honeymoon? Yes please. Beside being easy on the eyes, this high-tech roller has major perks, including a TSA-approved lock, a smartphone charger and 360-degree rotating wheels (hello, smooth riding).

Away The Bigger Carry-On in White, $245, AwayTravel.com

Garden in a Can

Garden in a Can herbs

Who wouldn't want some fresh basil or cilantro growing in their kitchen window? A pair of these impossible-to-kill starter plants for the newlywed nest will definitely be put to good use.

UncommonGoods garden-in-a-can, $24 for a set of 4, UncommonGoods.com

Date Night on You

Admit 1 date night bridal shower gift idea
photo by Clarence Chan Photography

The ultimate gift off the registry? The gift of date night (cue the awws). Look into upcoming theater or musical performances, or check into gift cards for the local movie theater or their favorite spot to eat.

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