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)

These deep blue agate coasters are stylishAF, and and chances are nobody has seen them yet.

Bottle of Moscow Mule cocktail syrup on white

W&P Design Moscow Mule Cocktail Syrup via Need Supply Co. ($12)

This cocktail syrup will save you a few steps so you can spend more time drinking your Moscow Mule than making it. What we all want, no?

 

Box of carry-on cocktail kit

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

The snack cart has the booze, but maybe you want the whole cocktail. This kit lets you do this that, and they’re perfect for those honeymoon flights.

Bottle of Mateus rose wine

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

This rose wine pairs perfectly with foods such as BBQ, Chinese, Indian, and Thai cuisine. Which means that you should always have some stocked just in case.

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

Pineapple Ice Bucket via Bonjour Fete ($40)

Sometimes you want tiki-reminiscent theme items, and sometimes you want fancy tiki-reminiscent theme items. This is the latter.

Pair of rose gold martini glasses on table

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

Clear glass cocktail glasses can get boring easily and fast. These Copper Rose cocktail glasses will never be boring and show everyone else that neither are you.

Bottle of whiskey on white background

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

Made from a blend of aged rye whiskies and three citrus peels—this is as close to an Old Fashioned straight out of the bottle as you can get.

Pimp your Fizz kit with bottles and box

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

This gift set comes with syrups, menus, and accessories. Perfect for a cocktail party of one or if you’re feeling generous, with friends.

Trio of Koloa rum bottles sitting on rock among leaves

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

This set bottled cocktails will immediately transport you to that vacation you once took in the South Pacific and drank just the right amount while lounging on the beach all day.

Bottle of whiskey on white

Custom Whiskey Blend via Whiskey Blender (around $100)

This is your chance to create the perfect whiskey blend and then give it to your friends and loved ones, or even your enemies too.

Lingerie Bridal Shower gifts

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

Twig Garter via Melinda Rose ($85)

Some people think the whole rose blush rhinestone and pearl twig garter craze is over. We beg to differ.

Teal and white jar of Kopari coconut melt

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

If organic coconut moisturizer is good enough for Gwyneth, then it’s good enough for you too.

Close up of woman wearing white floral waist garter and underwear

Blooming Embroidery Garter via Intimissimi ($44)

A seductive garter belt that’ll have you feeling sexy wearing it for anyone you choose, or just for you…

Blonde woman wearing short lace white robe

Eveline Robe via BHLDN ($120)

Made with delicate, beautiful lace, this robe is perfect for… well, everything. Honeymoon included, obviously.

Brunette woman in underwear set sitting

Bare Plunge Bra via True & Co. ($64)

This Bare Plunge bra is all about natural looking cleavage without the heavy padding.

Redhead in white underwear set

Honeymooner Short Set via Solstice Intimates ($185)

The perfect outfit on your honeymoon, or the weekend, or any night you want.

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

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

For those times after a hard day’s work and you come home to strip down and stretch out exasperated against your couch—and still look amazing.

kitchenware Bride To Be Gifts

Pearlescent cake stand on white background

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

Hand blown by skilled glass artisans and colored with a layer of iridescent pearl paint, this will show off anything you put in it.t

Black coffee pots next to coffee mugs on marble table

Matte Black French Press via CB2 ($29.95)

Common glass french presses are so passé. This matte black french press is the opposite of that.

Two waffle irons with heart shapes on a marble table

Nordic Ware Sweetheart Waffle Iron via Food52 ($53)

How do you make heart shaped waffles? With this sweetheart waffle iron! That’s how!

Two teal and orange colored hanging tea towels

HAY Tea Towels  via MOMA Design Store ($25)

Tea towels do not come in only flower prints. They also come in modern art prints.

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

Shallow Ocean Bowls via Helen Levi ($68 each)

These bowls evoke the planet Earth and it’s relationship with the turbulent, yet calming ocean. Or something. Anyway, they’re stunning.

Three marble mixing bowls sitting on marble counter

Faux Marble Mixing Bowl Set via CB2 ($39.95)

Sometimes you don’t want your mixing bowls to be real marble, because, well, heavy. And for those times these are the perfect set of faux marble mixing bowls.

Red heart shaped dutch over on marble table

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

Finally a Le Creuset dutch oven in the shape of a heart, and with their candy apple color red.

This and that BRide To Be Gifts

Art print that with florals and the word Flowers

Flowers Art Print  via Paper Plane Store ($62)

Flowers hidden among the flowers.

White napkin with sonnets printed on it

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

These can be either perfect conversation starters, or conversation non-starters (because you’re all reading). But they also work perfectly as napkins too.

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

Mimosa Platform Smoking Slippers via Soludos ($75)

On a weekend morning when you’re headed out to brunch, you need these slippers. Or really, any morning.

Pile of black and gold tarot cards

Golden Thread Tarot Deck  via Labyrinthos ($45)

A little art deco, a little Egyptian, all kinds of magical.

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)

No one story can hold us. See us. Reveal to us our journey.Stories that illuminate our past, current and future possibilities. Stories that reveal our struggles. Stories that help us to unlock our potential.

Rollerbal bottle of perfume with box

Lovers Rollerball Perfume via HI Wildflower Botanica ($59)

This Loves Rollerball Perfume harkens back to a time when couples danced slow, fell in love, and stayed the night.

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

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

Few things convey whimsy and seriousness at the same time like a custom portrait stamp.

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)

Basic tools of the trade for practicing or non practicing woo-practitioners.

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

Rainbow Unicorn Float via Ban.do ($99)

Whether you have a large pool, or a small pool, this Rainbow Unicorn Float is the perfect size.

 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)

Matching your passport holder with your luggage tags is the pinnacle of fancy flight… flying.

Handmade pillow doll with an illustration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg Doll via Etsy Decor ($30)

Notorious.

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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