For a Bridal Shower

When it comes to giving a gift for a bridal shower, it can be hard to decide whether or not to give a gift that they couple has put on their gift registry. While the bride and groom-to-be have put a lot of time into thinking about what should go on their registry, you may feel like you want to give something a little more personal. The best way to go about this is to get them something that pairs well with their registry item. For example, if they’ve put a dish set on the registry, maybe you could get them matching placemats. Whether you choose to buy from the registry or not, here are some ideal gifts for the bridal shower.

Picture Frames

After the wedding, the newlyweds will surely have a large variety of pictures that they may want to display. Pair that with the inevitable redecorating that comes with marriage, and you have the perfect situation for giving a photo frame. Consider a side-by-side frame, where the couple can display a favorite picture alongside an invitation from their wedding for an adorable keepsake.

Champagne Glasses

Champagne glasses are an iconic bridal shower gift. These are great for socially inclined newly married couples who you can see hosting fancy dinner parties in the future. Consider having this gift engraved, or choosing glasses that are already etched in some way that the couple might find significant.


For the culinary inclined couple, consider gifting a small collection of cookbooks. Any “cooking for two” type cookbook would be an ideal addition to this new couple’s kitchen. Cooking with a partner can be an intimate and rewarding bonding experience, so you aren’t just getting them a book; you are getting them an experience.

Specialty Cooking Tools

Perhaps the couple has listed several cooking implements on their registry, but either they’ve all been taken, or you can’t afford what is left to buy. Consider buying a cooking tool that the couple may not have realized they needed. Maybe the newlyweds enjoy camping and haven’t yet considered a food dehydrators. If they love coffee, maybe they would like a french press or a burr grinder.  Or maybe, for the Europe obsessed, a crepe pan would be ideal.

Novelty Wine Openers

Are you the fun friend, and want to reflect that with your gift? Combine the bride-to-be’s love of wine with one of her husband’s obsessions. Corkscrews with cartoon moustaches for the hairy groom, baseball bat wine openers for the sport obsessed, and fish shaped wine openers for the outdoorsman are some options. It’s as simple as searching for the term “wine-opener” and adding one of the groom-to-be’s hobbies.

Cleaning Appliances

Be responsible for keeping the peace between the newly married couple. Consider purchasing them a nice vacuum, fabric steamer, or fancy hardwood floor cleaning robot. All of these things make cleaning more easy, and will be appreciated by the newlyweds.

Buying a gift for a bridal shower doesn’t have to be difficult. Just remember to review the registry, but for a unique and unexpected gift, consider things that will complement the newlyweds to be in a truly personal way.