52 Classic and Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
If you have a bridal shower in your future, you might be struggling with gift ideas. Or specifically, whether bridal shower gifts have to come from the to-be-wed's wish list. We know, we know—gifting a set of spatulas doesn't exactly say, "We're BFFs and I'm so happy for you!" But at the same time, the couple put a lot of time into their registry and it's important to respect that.
In case you find yourself in this conundrum, 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 appropriate. With that in mind, we rounded up the best wedding shower gift ideas—half of them for a classic couple and the other half for more contemporary to-be-weds. When it comes to what to bring to a bridal shower, this list is it. (And if you're a soonlywed currently building out your registry before the shower, consider these great ideas for that too.)
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Classic Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
Not sure what to get for a bridal shower? Check out these tried-and-true presents. These traditional and personalized bridal shower gifts please couples year after year, so they're a great place to start if you're really feeling stumped—and know the gift recipients have classic style.
Every host needs a few dessert stands in their repertoire. Our pick? A pedestaled stand that can double for sweets or appetizers. Now that's a good bridal shower gift.
Anthropologie Glenna cake stand, from $58, Anthropologie.com
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 beautiful place mats will really round out their dinner presentation.
The White Company woven place mats, $24 for a set of 2, Nordstrom.com
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 darling point Mr. and Mrs. double invitation frame, $110, KateSpade.com
They can never have too many sets of napkins, especially if the to-be-weds are avid dinner party hosts. No wonder they're such good bridal shower gifts.
SFERRA Hamilton napkins, $90 for a set of 4, Bloomingdales.com
A quality vase adds instant class to an entryway or dining table. The diamond cuts in this design create a gorgeous sparkle that'll make them feel like they're living the high life whenever they walk past it.
Waterford Grant 10-inch vase, $65, Amazon.com
Appetizer plates are a great bridal shower gift. They're a nice little extra the couple might not have thought of, but are really good to have on hand for casual cocktail nights or formal holiday parties.
Crate and Barrel appetizer plates, $25 for a set of 12, CrateandBarrel.com
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 (and could just work for the wedding day toast).
Vera Wang Wedgwood Love Always Toasting flute pair, $90, Bloomingdales.com
Cashmere Throw Blanket
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 "irresistibly soft," so you know it's awesome.)
Parachute marled cashmere throw, $349, Parachute.com
Perfect for the couple who cooks together, a KitchenAid stand 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 stand mixer, $300, Amazon.com
Help her stash her wedding jewelry (and all the other baubles her partner's given her) with an elegant jewelry box. You can choose a standing chest that sits on her dresser or this more versatile, travel-ready zippered case she can take on the bachelorette party or honeymoon.
WOLF Marrakesh zip jewelry case, $155, Nordstrom.com
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 wrap at the end of the day will be a stress-relieving necessity.
SNOWE classic bathrobe, $100, SNOWE.com
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—it's fair-trade certified and comes in eco-friendly gift box packaging.
Boll & Branch classic hemmed sheet set, from $160, BollandBranch.com
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. Not sure which one to buy for your bridal shower gift? Look no further than this The Knot 2019 Registry Award winner.
All-Clad gourmet slow cooker with all-in-one browning, $300, Williams-Sonoma.com
Make the couple's mornings just a little bit cuter with a retro-style toaster in their favorite hue. Talk about a clever bridal shower gift.
Smeg 50s retro-style two-slice toaster, from $170, Nordstrom.com
Everything old is new again, as evidenced by the popularity of farmhouse-style housewares. If the bride goes nuts for anything shabby chic, she'll be into this quaint and super-useful bread box. It's a truly unique bridal shower gift.
Typhoon Homewares black steel bread bin, $60, Food52.com
Who couldn't use a cutting board for chopping veggies or presenting cheese and charcuterie? Bonus points if it's personalized with the couple's names. This one even comes engraved with their future wedding date for an extra-cute bridal shower gift.
The Knot Shop personalized round wooden cutting and serving board, $21, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com
They can keep cakes, pies, hors d'oeuvres and more protected with this attractive server. The olive branch motif makes it a conversation starter.
Michael Aram olive branch glass dome serveware, $150, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Blenders are yet another staple on the list of classic bridal shower gifts, and this one was our couple's pick for The Knot 2019 Registry Awards. It crushes ice, frozen fruit and more with ease.
Ninja professional 72oz countertop blender, $100, Amazon.com
This gorgeous dish's design is reminiscent of a diamond, so it seems extra-appropriate for a wedding shower gift.
Orrefors Precious large dish, $200, NeimanMarcus.com
Choose a pretty platter that complements the couple's dishware, and you might just get invited for Thanksgiving dinner.
Juliska Le Panier large ceramic platter, $98, Nordstrom.com
Monogrammed bath towels are foolproof personalized bridal shower gifts—they're just the thing to make the future newlyweds feel super-posh right in the comfort of their own home.
Land's End Turkish spa towel set, $130 for a set of 6, LandsEnd.com
The perfect knife set comes in a block that'll look stylish on their kitchen counter. If the couple loves to cook, this bridal shower gift will get used every day.
Zwilling Zwilling Pro knife block set, $370 for a set of 7, Verishop.com
Cake Cutter and Server
The cake cutter and server should be gifted by a very close family member or friend. That's because it's an ultra-special and unique bridal shower gift that will probably be used on the wedding day, and become a memento for the couple.
The Knot Shop silver plated cake serving set with elegant crystals, $35, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com
While a Dutch oven can be a little pricey, it's really an amazing kitchen must-have. This multipurpose cast iron pan goes from stove to oven to tabletop to tackle a variety of cooking methods. And it's got a perfectly classic look, so it can be used for serving too.
Le Creuset signature round dutch oven, from $150, BedBathandBeyond.com
For the couple obsessed with having a perfect cup of java, an upscale espresso machine is sure to impress.
Nespresso Pixie aluminum coffee maker, $199, Nespresso.com
A glass pitcher is a useful gift for the couple who loves to host summertime guests—especially because they might not have thought to register for one. We're digging the French vibe of this bee-motif beauty.
La Rochère bee pitcher, $39, SurLaTable.com
Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
These trendy, Instagrammable and all-around unique bridal shower gifts are ideal for the modern couple and great supplements to what's already on their registry.
Subscription Box Service
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 $45 for a 3-month subscription, Birchbox.com
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, $40 for a set of 4, Tnuck.com
A simple porcelain flower vase gets a bit of a modern makeover with black script writing and some 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 I'd Rather Be vase, $68, Amazon.com
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 (and, bonus, comes with two glasses for the couple).
Swoon Living revolving wine glass and decanter set, from $199, Etsy.com
Light-Up Phone Case
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 iPhone case, from $60, LuMee.com
Beach Bag with Honeymoon Essentials
Is the bride-to-be about to jet-set on a tropical honeymoon? A themed set filled with a few essentials would be the perfect unique bridal shower gift for her. This kit includes a "bride" swimsuit, an "amore" beach tote and a lemon slice-inspired pouch. Go in with a few friends for a well-rounded group gift.
Brideside Sun Seeker gift box, $200, Brideside.com
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 ring box to keep her most special piece of jewelry safe and sound.
Esselle Lovita ring box, $65, BirdyGrey.com
Gallery walls are all the rage—contribute something to their newlywed nest that's totally trendy. This clock lends clean lines and a subdued pop of color to your friend's work-in-progress gallery wall.
Newgate Clocks modern Scandi wall clock, $105, Food52.com
Portable Cocktail Glass
Fancy crystal glasses are just what some couples want, but if you're looking for unique bridal shower gifts more personalized to a modern duo, try these portable ones instead. They're perfect for soonlyweds who love casual sipping.
W&P portable Porter wine and cocktail glasses, $25 each, Amazon.com
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. This ultra-trendy (washable!) silk set is a totally "open your presents in front of everyone"-appropriate bridal shower gift, but still a bit sassy.
Lunya washable silk tee set, $198, Lunya.com
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. Now that's a unique bridal shower gift.
Cuisinart ice cream and sorbet maker, $60, BedBathandBeyond.com
Yes, trendy cookware is a thing, and this copper set featuring a hammered exterior design leads 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 hammered copper Martellata cookware, $500 for a set of 10, Williams-Sonoma.com
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). If you're on the hunt for a personalized bridal shower gift, know that you can add on a monogrammed luggage tag.
Away The Bigger carry-on $245, AwayTravel.com
Garden in a Jar
Here's one of the most unique and clever bridal shower gifts we've seen lately: an herb growing kit. Even those without a green thumb can get in on the fun thanks to this self-watering jar set. Who wouldn't want some fresh basil sprouting in their kitchen window?
Modern Sprout Harvest Live Well gift set, $50, Bloomingdales.com
Coffee Pod Organizer
This cool cactus-shaped organizer not only keeps single-serving coffee pods from taking over the cabinet, but it's also—dare we say it?—chic.
Sheyne green cactus Nespresso Original capsules holder, from $110, Etsy.com
Essential Oil Diffuser
Oil diffusers are all the rage for those who are into aromatherapy or just like being surrounded with subtle, pleasant scents. You can also get her a sample kit of essential oils to go with it.
Zen Breeze essential oil diffuser, $30, Amazon.com
Maybe they registered for a bar cart, but no actual tools. Surprise your favorite budding mixologists with this ultra-modern wood, stainless steel and marble set.
Rabbit bar tool set, $150, Bloomingdales.com
Shopping for a bridal shower gift for the bride who seemingly has everything already? This gorgeous watercolor-style print can be personalized with the couple's names and their wedding location's geographical coordinates. Expect everyone to ask, "How did you do that?!"
Karidy Walker watercolor coordinates art print, $89 for a framed 11x14 print, Minted.com
The latest kitchen appliance that's all the rage? The air fryer, which lets you cook up fried foods without oil splashing everywhere. (Um, yes and yum.) This one doubles as a toaster oven, so it's basically two bridal shower gifts in one.
Cuisinart air fryer, $136, BedBathandBeyond.com
Bridal Emergency Kit
Make sure she's prepared for anything that comes her way. This cute bridal shower gift is stocked with a safety pin, double sided tape, floss, a mending kit, tissues and so much more.
Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit for brides, $19, Francescas.com
The to-be-weds will love a good excuse to do some alfresco dining with this cute picnic backpack.
apollo walker picnic backpack bag for 2 people, $43, Amazon.com
The crafty couple will surely treasure a wedding album where they can preserve their favorite photos and mementos. This could just be the cutest bridal shower gift option out there.
Amy Wooden Decor personalized leather photo album, from $39, Etsy.com
A custom piece of jewelry can become a treasured keepsake. For a personalized touch, have it adorned with her initials, or hers and her future spouse's.
BaubleBar custom black Pisa necklace, $36, BaubleBar.com
Wedding planning is definitely fun, but it can be stressful at times. The best bridal shower gift might be a gift card for a relaxing massage or facial. Or she can use it to get a mani-pedi or salon service for her wedding day.
Spa Week gift card, amount of your choice from $10 to $500, SpaWeek.com
Choose a letter board that they can use to count down to their wedding (or write sweet notes to their partner) with, and you've got a unique bridal shower gift idea.
Felt Like Sharing felt letter board, $18, Amazon.com
Date Night on You
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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Updated February 2020