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Bridal Shower Gifts: What to Give and Gifting Etiquette

by Clean Origin
Last updated on August 21, 2023

Are you currently shopping for bridal shower gifts? Maybe you’re wondering if there’s a difference between bridal shower gifts and a wedding gift. We understand the etiquette around weddings and gifting can be confusing, and we want to help.

Look no further because we’ve done our best to compile some information for you. In this article, we suggest some ideas for the perfect bridal shower gift that the bride to be (and even their future spouse) will love.

FAQs About Bridal Shower Gifts

Before we jump into our wedding shower gift ideas, let’s cover bridal shower gift etiquette and FAQ’s for bridal showers. And if you’re wondering what to expect at an upcoming bridal shower, check out our article on bridal showers here.

How Much Should You Spend on Bridal Shower Gifts? 

If you are invited to the bridal shower, then you are likely their good friend or a relative. Shower gifts are typically less expensive than wedding gifts, and it’s important to note there are no set rules for giving a bridal shower gift. Many people spend $50-75, while closer friends and immediate family may spend around $100. 

You should also consider other contributions you are making to the wedding. If you are hosting the bridal shower, throwing the bachelorette party, or providing nail, makeup, or hair services for the wedding day, don’t feel obligated to buy an expensive gift.

Keep your wedding gift budget in mind while shopping as well. Ultimately, the gift you give should be meaningful or useful to the bride, whether it costs $10 or $100. 

Does the Bride Open Gifts at a Bridal Shower?

Most of the time, yes! Wedding presents aren’t traditionally opened at weddings, but bridal shower gifts are. Therefore, bring your gift with you. A portion of the shower will likely be dedicated to opening them. 

However, it isn’t considered rude if the bride to be does not open gifts at their shower. Instead, they may opt to have guests bring their gifts wrapped in clear cellophane bags or not wrapped at all. This way, gifts can still be on display without the bride opening them.

Are Bridal Shower Gifts Just for the Bride?

Gifts certainly can be just for the bride, but they can also be for the couple. You can even opt to give a small gift to the bride and groom separately. This way, they each receive something they enjoy. 

Should You Purchase Gifts for Both the Shower and Wedding?

If you are invited to both the wedding and bridal shower, then you should purchase a separate gift for each. Don’t forget, shower gifts are smaller and do not need to be expensive.  

Do You Buy a Bridal Shower Gift if You Are Not Attending?

A gift is certainly not expected but would be greatly appreciated by the bride. Do what feels right for you and for your budget. And remember, you plan on spending money on a wedding gift as well.

A handwritten note with a gift card tucked inside is a great bridal shower gift idea if you are not able to attend. This way, the bride to be knows you wish you could have been there. 

Can You Buy a Gift off of the Wedding Registry?

Yes! Buying a gift off of the wedding registry ensures the bride will love your choice. If you are closer to the bride, we recommend choosing a more personalized and unique gift. 

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Not all gifts need to have a personalized touch. However, the bride to be will likely cherish more personalized gifts. Regardless of whether or not you choose a sentimental gift, the best bridal shower gifts are those you put some thought and consideration into.

Custom Gift Ideas

Personalized Champagne Glasses

Perfect for the couple’s first toast at their wedding, personalized champagne flutes or glasses can be used even after the wedding to celebrate anniversaries–they’re the perfect gift!

Custom Cutting Board

A custom cutting board can be customized for a special touch.

For a bride or couple that loves to cook, a cutting board is a great way to show your love; personalize it with the couple’s initials–or even their last name and wedding date. This will be a sweet reminder for them every time they cook together.

Jewelry Dish 

With their growing collection of fine jewelry, any bride could use a cute and safe place to keep their wedding ring. A personalized ring dish could be the perfect bridal shower gift. 

Personalized Stationery

Stationery is a unique gift giving idea in an age where hand-written notes are rare. You can have stationery personalized with the name of the bride to be, or even the couple’s initials.

Aside from being a nice personal gift, stationery is also a practical gift. The couple can use it to send out bridal shower gift or wedding gift thank-you notes.

Monogrammed Luxury Bath Robe 

Pamper the bride with a luxury bath robe -- bridal shower gifts.

A bride deserves pampering. And there is almost nothing better than getting cozy in a big luxurious robe. A soft bathrobe is one of those unexpected, personalized bridal shower gifts someone doesn’t know they want until they have one.

Personalized Candles

Candle--bridal shower gifts.

There’s nothing like a good candle to cozy up a home. Candles are especially. nice gifts because you can have them personalized. Gift the bride to be a candle with a cute message on the label or the couple’s last name and wedding date. You could also have a candle sculpted into different shapes.

You could even find a candle scent that reminds you of the bride. For example, if you used to bond by the campfire or if they love the smell of fresh-cut grass, those personalized scents will remind them of you. 

Unique Bridal Shower Gifts

Unique Luggage Tags 

Whether the couple is going on a tour of Europe or a tropical honeymoon, a nice set of luggage tags is always helpful. A thoughtful and practical gift, tags that stand out and suit their personalities can make a unique bridal shower gift. They also make luggage easier to spot.

You can buy a personalized luggage tag in metallic gold or vegan leather, and some even have a fun vintage vibe–the options are endless!

Beauty Box Subscription 

A beauty box subscription for the bride to be -- bridal shower gifts.

Beauty box subscriptions are very popular in recent years. They’re a great way to not only give a luxurious gift but also to continue the giving in the upcoming months when a bride needs it most. It makes sense because they’re likely stressed from wedding planning, and a beauty box showing up at their door might be exactly what they need.

Generational Bride Portrait

If you want to go more sentimental with your gift, or if you’re close with the bride and their family, a generational bride portrait might be the perfect gift for the bride.

These portraits often depict the bride in their dress, the mother of the bride in her dress, and sometimes even the grandmother in her dress. This can be an incredibly special bridal shower gift, especially if the bride is close to their mother and/or grandparents. 

You of course would have to wait until after the wedding for a picture of the bride in their dress. But until then, give them a wrapped picture frame with a note explaining your gift and its significance.

Vintage Cake Cutting Set

Another big part of the wedding day is when the couple cuts their cake together. Gifting the bride a vintage cake cutting set can be a wonderful way to help with the wedding day. It will also give them a beautiful kitchen accessory they’ll use on birthdays and holidays for years to come.

Personalized Heart Map

A personalized heart map is a unique and personalized gift--wedding shower gifts.

A personalized heart map is a unique and personalized gift.

A personalized heart map is another great bridal shower gift, especially for the traveling couple. If the couple met in a foreign place or if there’s a special place that is significant to them, a personalized heart map could be the perfect gift. It is both unique and thoughtful. If you can, make sure it matches the bride’s style or home decor–this way they can put it up immediately and enjoy it.

Inexpensive Bridal Shower Gifts

Recipe Cards

Make or buy a set of recipe cards and have guests can write their favorite recipes or cooking tips. These cards are a sweet gift and can help the couple when they don’t know what to make for dinner, and it’s a nice way to remember the special people in their lives.

Picture Frame

A picture frame is a lovely gift. The couple can use it to frame a memorable picture from their wedding even from their honeymoon. If you have a nice picture of the couple together.


If the bride enjoys writing, then a journal is an excellent and practical gift. It can also be a sentimental one because they can journal all of their thoughts and ideas leading up to the wedding. It can be used for wedding planning ideas and even as a place to keep their thoughts during the first year of marriage.

Movie Night Kit

Who doesn’t love a good movie and some snacks? Gather up the couple’s favorite goodies, drinks, and a cozy blanket. If you can, consider adding a gift certificate for a local movie theater. Anything movie-related will work in a movie night kit.

Practical Bridal Shower Gifts: Household Items

Good bridal shower gifts don’t have to be expensive or incredibly unique. Sometimes, the basics are all a couple needs.

Housewarming Bundle 

A housewarming bundle is a beautiful gift for any couple, especially if you know they will be moving into a new house after they get married. Additionally, housewarming bundles can be personalized, and you can include what you know the couple will use and love.

These bundles can include kitchen accessories, towels, oven mitts, linens, a candle, and much more! Housewarming bundles typically are always on the couple’s wedding registry because they include all the necessities! It can be fun to include things that you use and enjoy that you think they might like as well. This adds an extra touch of personalization to the basket. 

Additional Ideas For Bridal Shower Gifts

If you still can’t decide on the best bridal shower gift to give, here are a few classics that most couples would be thrilled to have.

A Bottle of Wine or Champagne

If the bride and their soon to be spouse drink, a nice bottle of wine or champagne is an excellent bridal shower gift idea. They can save it for their 1-year wedding anniversary or maybe their second wedding anniversary, or pop it open for a date night.

Make this an even more thoughtful gift and include a gift box with a couple of special wine glasses or champagne flutes.

Gift Certificates

Almost anyone can appreciate a gift certificate. Useful gift certificates are for grocery stores, home improvement store, and garden centers. Does the couple enjoy the outdoors or sports? A camping or sporting goods store would be a great option for a gift certificate. And finally, you can’t go wrong with gift certificates for local restaurants they enjoy.

Jewelry for the Big Day 

Finally, jewelry is an essential part of the bride’s wedding day look. A special piece picked to match the bride’s wedding dress or wedding colors makes the moment more memorable!

This gift would be most appropriate if you’re a close family member or even the bride’s best friend. It would also be appropriate if you know the bride’s style and the look they’re going for.

Here are a few jewelry suggestions to consider:

Diamond Earrings

Round blue studs.

Diamond earrings are always a classy and elegant touch to any bride’s look. And giving them earrings on their big day can be an incredible gift for any bride to be.

Does the bride need their “something blue”? Why not give them a pair of blue diamond studs? They’re gorgeous, eye-catching, and appropriate for the occasion. Plus, the bride can wear them for many years to come.

Our 2 ct. tw. Round Blue Studs make the perfect “something blue” addition to any bride’s wedding day ensemble. With lab grown blue diamonds secured in a 4-prong setting, these earrings feature screw-back posts for an added layer of security.

Choose either 14k white gold or 14k yellow gold settings for a gift the bride-to-be will love for a lifetime.

Tennis Bracelet

Petite Tennis Bracelet

A beautiful tennis bracelet is a timeless choice for any bride. It’s a chic gift that easily goes from day to night wear and can complement a more casual look that includes jeans.

Our 1 1/2 ct. tw. Petite Tennis Bracelet is not only beautiful, but also under $1000. It’s the perfect price point and just a stunning piece of fine lab grown diamond jewlery.

Diamond Necklace

1/2 ct. tw. Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Whether you’re looking at a diamond tennis necklace or a diamond pendant, either make a stunning addition to a wedding look. And honestly, a necklace just pulls an entire outfit together effortlessly.

You can’t go wrong with a classic, and our 1/2 ct. tw. Solitaire Diamond Pendant is just that. It features a round cut diamond on a simple cable chain that won’t detract from the diamond’s shine.

Stacking Rings

Layla Ring

For many couples the wedding rings are the stars of the wedding ceremony. But, there’s nothing that says additional rings can’t be a part of the bride’s overall look.

Stacking rings are usually less ornate and less expensive than engagement and wedding rings, and can be used to enhance them. They’re the perfect present for any jewelry lover because they can add versatility to any outfit.

Our Layla Ring features an oval-shaped diamond on a simple, asymmetrically proportioned band. Get it in either 14k white gold or 14k yellow gold for under $475.

Jewelry Gifts With Clean Origin

With Clean Origin, gifting diamond earrings made with lab grown diamonds is both generous and beautiful. You will be sure to find a jewelry gift that complements all engagement rings. Additionally, this makes an ideal gift for a bride to be who cares about responsibly-sourced diamonds. Let us help you find the perfect pair for them.

Does all of this talk about bridal showers have you thinking about your wedding day? Don’t start engagement ring shopping until you have a better idea of how much you want to spend–find out more about how much to spend on an engagement ring here.