The time has finally come to shower the new bride with love at her bridal shower. But for some guests, picking out the perfect gift can be a challenge. After all, some brides seem to have everything! Whether they already live with their partner, don’t need household items, or tend to be picky in style, sometimes shopping for a soon-to-be Mrs. can be tricky. So, what is there to get a bride that already has it all?
We recommend taking a more personalized approach! This way, any gift you choose will be something they treasure for years to come. Below are some bridal shower ideas ranging from simple DIYs to more elaborate customized gifts.
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These Bridal Gifts Will Be a Hit
What is there to get a bride that already has it all? We recommend leaning into your relationship with the bride and going for something personal. Either opt for a traditional home gift with a customized flair or gift something completely home/handmade that is created with them in mind – like a scrapbook of engagement photos or an ornament with their wedding year! Below are some of our favorite ideas to give you a bit of extra shopping inspiration!
1. Personalized date adventure jar
This idea can be as simple or complex as you choose. Start by finding a nice jar to use, and then decide on the material you want to write the dates on. Consider ordering a pack of small wooden hearts, as they’re sturdier than paper, and add some visual dimension!
Make it extra personal to the couple by sourcing the coolest local restaurants and date activities so it feels unique to them. If you want to spruce the gift up a bit more, consider getting a gift card to one of the restaurants included and attaching it to the card as the “first date.”
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2. Wine tour
If the bride likes wine, a certificate for a wine tour – or better yet, a booked outing – would make for a great gift! Grab your girls, get dressed up and make a day of it, surprising the bride with not only some delicious drinks, but a day of bonding with her closest friends.
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3. A journal to co-document their time being engaged
There are various journals available to document different chapters of your life. One that I received as a wedding gift was a prompted journal to document the first few years of our marriage in a few sentences a day. Gifting something like this is simple yet meaningful, as it gives the couple a chance to reflect on an incredibly pivotal period of time in their lives together.
Wedding planning can be emotional and overwhelming at times, so having an activity to do together for even a few minutes each day can be impactful. It allows the couple to spend some quality time together, and there’s no better gift than that.
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4. A spa day
If there’s one thing that any bride could use during their wedding planning season, it’s a day at the spa! Get the bride a certificate for a massage or team up with other guests, and contribute to a full spa package with a massage, facial, sauna, and more.
If the bride in your life truly loves to be pampered, consider setting up an online bridal registry for gifts and having all of the guests contribute to a full spa getaway weekend as an ultimate gift!
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5. Engagement Photo Album
Head to Shutterfly and create a personalized album of the couple’s engagement photos. Pick from a variety of elegant and modern album templates, and have the finished product delivered right to your door!
This is a very simple yet meaningful gift idea! The couple will absolutely love it and will likely hold onto it for a lifetime. Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
6. A manicure/Pedicure
Take the bride out for a bit of self-care and treat her to a manicure and pedicure from a local nail salon! Or better yet, find out what salon she plans to use for her wedding nails and give her a certificate to cover her nails for the big day! This is a practical gift that will aid in wedding expenses, and you’ll be able to be a part of her special day in an even bigger way!
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7. Local food tour
Similar to wine tasting, some cities offer local food tours of popular eateries. A voucher for a food tour can make for a great date night for the couple that gives them an opportunity to try out some new local hotspots and sample top-notch cuisine. They may just end up finding a new favorite date spot!
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8. Custom couple portrait/art
As someone who has gifted custom art before, I can say with great confidence that the couple will absolutely love this thoughtful gift! There’s something really special about seeing yourself and your significant other immortalized in a work of art. Everyone will have a different approach and that will make the art piece that much more special. Shop around on Etsy or search for artists on Instagram to commission a custom couple’s portrait!
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9. A nice ring dish
Every new bride will be in search of a beautiful ring dish to display her new bling! This can be a great opportunity to support a local business, while also giving the bride a unique and beautiful gift. Head to local craft fairs or shops supporting local artisans and find a handmade ring dish that fits the bride’s personal aesthetic. Here are some online shops that offer beautiful ring dishes at great prices.
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10. Ornament customized for engagement
For those who celebrate Christmas, a hand-painted or customized ornament celebrating the year of the couple’s engagement or wedding will be a beloved gift. Every year, the couple will be reminded of this special time when unpacking it and hanging it on the tree. This is a gift that will become a family treasure as the years go on!
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Shop Small and Gift Meaningfully
Almost all of the gifts mentioned give a chance to shop small and support local businesses, all while giving meaningful things that the bride will love!
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