Irresistible Bridal Shower Gifts With More Than A Few Out-Of-The-Box Twists

Grandma may not approve of these

If you’re anything like me, you love giving bridal shower gifts because, hello, it’s a (mostly) guilt-free excuse to go shopping for your best and beloved people. It’s especially fun when you damn conventions to all hell and start getting really creative with what kind of bridal shower gift a person about to get hitched and pledge their commitment to their person/lobster/constant for the rest of their lives could ever want/use/need.

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Let’s be honest: According to the smart people at Vox, givers are selfish. What gifters actually yearn for is that 😱😍 reaction they (hope to) get from giftees, and you know what? No apologies here. Bridal shower gifts should never be obligations. (I can repeat that if you didn’t hear: Gifts. Are. Not. Obligatory.) So, if you are indeed opting to get involved in the (potentially super fun, I promise!) bridal shower gift-giving custom, I’d hope you’re getting some enjoyment out of it, whether it’s from the feeling of contributing to your beloved friend’s dream honeymoon registry, finding a wedding night lingerie set that hits their style on the nose, or not having to worry about them slicing their hand open with those awful, awful, dull, cheap kitchen knives they haven’t gotten around to replacing.

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For me, a rollicking fun bridal shower gift-giving time means hunting for items that are hopefully useful, easy on the senses, isn’t something they would necessarily think to buy (not that I don’t love a Whole Foods gift card when creative gift-giving block gets me down!), and has a special or unique twist. Bonus points if it’s a conduit to an experience (honeymoon trips! Setting up a new house with their partner! Cooking for their family! A future cocktail party! Having mindful, spiritual moments! That whole wedding thing!) or personalized (oh, say an address stamp for their new digs, a course on how to understand the goddess in their star chart, whiskey blended by you, or stationery sporting a custom illustrated portrait). Think of it as a challenge, a puzzle, or an indulgence to your egotistic “I give the best, most unusual, super-coolest gifts” side.

So yes, I’m a selfish gift-giver, but love me and you may just receive an illustrated Ruth Bader Ginsburg doll for your bridal shower gift. Or, you know, worst-case scenario, a Whole Foods Gift card.

Boozy bridal shower gifts

Pile of blue agate coasters on white

Agate Coasters via Amazon ($27.98)

Bottle of Moscow Mule cocktail syrup on white

W&P Design Moscow Mule Cocktail Syrup via Bloomingdale’s ($12)

Box of carry-on cocktail kit

The Gin + Tonic Carry-On Cocktail Kit via ManReady Mercantile ($24)

Backpack kit filled with bar accoutrements

Bar-Backback via Picnic Time ($222.95)

Bottle of Mateus rose wine

Mateus Rose Wine from Portugal via Wine To Ship ($14.99)

Pineapple shaped gold ice bucket with lid sitting on bar before green wall

Pineapple Ice Bucket via Bonjour Fete ($40)

Pair of rose gold martini glasses on table

Copper Rose Cocktail Glasses via Not on the High Street ($57.88)

Bottle of whiskey on white background

Hochstadter’s Slow and Low Rock and Rye (made with rock candy!) via Wine Chateau ($26.97)

Pimp your Fizz kit with bottles and box

Pimp Your Fizz Kit for Prosecco via Etsy ($34.05)

Trio of Koloa rum bottles sitting on rock among leaves

Koloa Rym Bottled Cocktails via Shop Wine Direct ($14.99)

Bottle of whiskey on white

Custom Whiskey Blend via Whiskey Blender (around $100)

Lingerie Bridal Shower gifts

bridal shower gifts - Close up of woman's leg with pearl garter

Twig Garter via Melinda Rose ($85)

Teal and white jar of Kopari coconut melt

Kopari Organic Coconut Melt and Massage Oil via Revolve ($38)

Close up of woman wearing white floral waist garter and underwear

Blooming Embroidery Garter via Intimissimi ($44)

Full length of woman in window wearing white robe

Constellation Robe via Sunday Forever ($225)

Blonde woman wearing short lace white robe

Eveline Robe via BHLDN ($120)

Brunette woman in underwear set sitting

Bare Plunge Bra via True & Co. ($64)

Blonde woman in black lace bodysuit

Love Stories Chic Bodysuit via Gooseberry Intimates ($89)

Redhead in white underwear set

Honeymooner Short Set via Solstice Intimates ($185)

Woman in sheer underwear set leaning against couch next to shoes and dress

Noemi Illusion Bra via For Love and Lemons ($131)

Woman in pink bustier bra

Ballerina Gioia Bustier Bandeau Bra via Intimissimi ($65)

kitchenware Bridal Shower gifts

Green glasses in shadows

Recycled Glass Moroccan Glasses via Chabi Chic ($20.87 each)

Pearlescent cake stand on white background

Pearl Blown Glass Stand and Dome via Amara ($108)

Tea stoneware colander on white background

Stoneware Colander via Sunday Supply Co. ($26)

Glass on table filled with pink drink alongside other glasses and a fig

Ripple Long Glasses via Ferm Living ($66.29)

White dish and spoon on green leaf shaped placemat

Leaf-Shaped Placemat via Zara Home ($66.29)

Black coffee pots next to coffee mugs on marble table

Matte Black French Press via CB2 ($29.95)

Four chef knives on white

Japanese Chef Knives with Chestnut Handles via Best Made Company ($98–$458)

Two waffle irons with heart shapes on a marble table

Nordic Ware Sweetheart Waffle Iron via Food52 ($53)

Two teal and orange colored hanging tea towels

HAY Tea Towels  via MOMA Design Store ($25)

Stack of ceramic bowls with brown exteriors and blue and white marbled interiors

Shallow Ocean Bowls via Helen Levi ($68 each)

Three marble mixing bowls sitting on marble counter

Faux Marble Mixing Bowl Set via CB2 ($39.95)

Gold patterned trivet on white background

Golden Aluminum Trivet via Zara Home ($35.90)

White circular tray with teal handle

Tray with Mint Handle via Let Liv ($49)

Red heart shaped dutch over on marble table

Le Creuset Heart-Shaped Dutch Oven via Williams-Sonoma ($215)

This and that Bridal Shower gifts

Art print that with florals and the word Flowers

Flowers Art Print  via Paper Plane Store ($62)

White napkin with sonnets printed on it

Sonnet Napkins by Sir/Madam via Burke Decor ($48)

Brightly colored handmade leather wallet on white background

Marbled Leather Envelope Wallet via Lillian Farag ($60)

Blue slip-on shoes with a champagne bottle and orange embroidered design

Mimosa Platform Smoking Slippers via Soludos ($75)

Pile of black and gold tarot cards

Golden Thread Tarot Deck  via Labyrinthos ($45)

Promotional image featuring moon phases and the words “Goddess Wisdom: An Exploration of the Power of the Goddess in your chart. Part 1: Vesta and Juno”

Goddess In Your Chart Online Horoscope Course  via Chani Nicholas ($48)

Rollerbal bottle of perfume with box

Lovers Rollerball Perfume via HI Wildflower Botanica ($59)

Address stamp with illustrated portraits, envelope and stamp roll on marble table

Custom Portrait Address Stamp via Idlewild Co. ($55)

Rose, candle, feather, bottle, crystals, paper roll, wood piece, and bundle of dried leaves on white background

Love and Honor Ritual Kit via J. Southern Studio ($35)

Blonde woman in swimsuit sitting in pool floaty of unicorn with rainbow hair

Rainbow Unicorn Float via ($99)

 Leather, floral printed passport pocket, luggage tag holder and glasses case on white background

Floral Luggage Tag and Passport Holder Set via Anthropologie ($22–$30)

Handmade pillow doll with an illustration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg Doll via Etsy Decor ($30)

Now lay it on us. What’s your favorite wedding shower gift to give? What’s the best wedding shower gift you’ve ever gotten? And what should never (ever) be given as a shower gift?

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