Bridal Shower Gifts Couples Will Actually Use
If your upcoming weekends are packed with weddings, that likely means you have a slew wedding-related events to attend, as well. If you have several bridal showers on your calendar, choosing a thoughtful gift that speaks to each bride can feel like a challenge. That's why we put together a list of foolproof bridal shower gifts couples are sure to love—and, more importantly, actually use.
Sure, you can (and should!) consult the couple's registry, but know that it's perfectly acceptable to give a present that's not on the couple's gift list. As long as you know the bride well and think your gift will suit her lifestyle and tastes, there's no rule that says you need to shop exclusively off of the wedding registry. Plus, this guide comes in handy when everything that the couple registered for has already been purchased (this list is for you, last-minute bridal shower gift shopper!). Ultimately, though, this list if full of items that resonate with the majority of modern couples.
What kinds of bridal shower gifts rate highly with soon-to-be married couples? Classic glassware, starter dinnerware sets, a Dutch oven, and a super-cool coffee machine are all safe bets. After all, they're wedding registry mainstays. But if you're looking to gift something a bit more exciting, try one of our favorite unique bridal shower presents. Modern vases, glass cake stands, woven storage baskets, air purifiers, and even a houseplant subscription service will all be well-received. Ready to find the ultimate bridal shower gift for your favorite bride-to-be (and her future husband)? Click through here for some of our favorite ideas.
Colorful Glass Cake Stand
These beautiful glass cake stands make it easy to go off-registry—just match the color (you have seven to choose from!) to the other items on the couple's gift list.
Mosser Glass Cake Stand, from $34, food52.com
They'll have this classic kitchen item for their entire lives (these cast iron vessels are built to last!). We're a fan of the brand's newest color range, which offers neutral, calming shades, like "Sea Salt" (this beachy aqua!) and "Fig" (a muted burgundy).
Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven in "Sea Salt," from $320, lecreuset.com
Full of recipes designed specifically for parties of two, this cookbook is sure to keep them busy in the kitchen during their first year of marriage.
"Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen" Book, $26.96, barnesandnoble.com
Since they'll use this registry classic every day, a high-quality set is a must. The best part about this specific option? You can choose from a variety of knife block shades to reflect the other woodsy tones in their kitchen.
Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Acacia Knife Block Set, $329.95, crateandbarrel.com
Wedding Planning and Marriage Book
This comprehensive book by Eleni Gage will come to their aid during the wedding planning process and beyond, since it's also full of rituals, traditions, and advice, they can carry into married life.
"Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding," $11.72, amazon.com
Comfy enough for naps and pretty enough for a couch throw, this quilt lives up to its name: It's made of the finest 100% long-staple Turkish cotton.
Parachute "Cloud Cotton" Quilt, $249, parachutehome.com
These sleek, simple drinking glasses are perfect for everything from sipping sparkling water to recreating their signature cocktail.
Borosil Simple Glass Tumblers, $34 for set of 6, food52.com
Give the couple the gift of thoughtful meals curated by Martha Stewart, herself; they'll encourage them to make fresh, inspired cuisine together.
Marley Spoon Meal Subscription, from $61.50 per week, marleyspoon.com
If they're a beach-loving, boho-chic duo, they'll appreciate these woven options that'll transform her kitchen into an oceanic oasis.
Serena & Lily "Cabo" Woven Placemats in "Natural," $48 for set of 4, serenaandlily.com
A modern take on a classic crystal registry gift, this contemporary vase's fluted opening is true to its name: It's reminiscent of a hibiscus (bonus points if the bride is a fan of the bloom!).
Vietri "Hibiscus" Large Fluted Vase, $140, bloomingdales.com
This revolutionary wine filter removes sulfates—the chemical that intensifies hangovers—from wine, so they can enjoy that second (or third!) glass while binging a favorite Netflix show.
Üllo Wine Filter and Decanter, $149.99, ullowine.com
Big Storage Basket
There's no one way to use this oversized, woven basket—it's perfect for corralling shoes, blankets, and (someday!) kids' toys.
Garmentory "Indego Africa" Large Raffia Basket, $370, garmentory.com
Just because they didn't include an elaborate china set on their registry list doesn't mean they aren't in need of everyday dinnerware. This comprehensive set, which includes four place settings of everything from plates, bowls, and serving dishes to mugs and flatware, is the ultimate starter set, especially for couples moving into their first homes.
Snowe "The Starter Eat" Bundle, $495, snowehome.com
Another kitchen workhorse, a sturdy mixing bowl set will help them create everything from savory dinners to sweet treats.
Martha Stewart Collection 10-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set, $33.99, macys.com
Fancy Bottle Opener
If they're craft beer lovers, they'll benefit from this sleek, brass bottle opener.
Beklina Brass Bottle Opener, $70, beklina.com
This modern vase—which comes in yellow, orange, and pink colorways—brightens up a favorite corner or bookshelf instantly.
MoMa Ceramic Vases, $60, comingsoonnewyork.com
We're not sure what we love more about this sleek floor mirror: It's unique domed top or it's ultra-sleek brass detailing.
West Elm Metal Framed Arched Floor Mirror, $549, westelm.com
A house isn't a home until it's full of plants—so, start their collection off with this unique plant subscription service, which includes one easy-to-grow house plant per month (you can even choose the pot color!) delivered straight to their door.
The Sill "Plants for Beginners" Subscription, $35 per month, thesill.com
Terrazzo Bath Set
This color-flecked concrete set instantly makes a bathroom feel more cohesive. Plus, it strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine, so it's likely something they'll both thank you for.
Anthropologie Terrazzo Bath Set, from $28, anthropologie.com
Sleek Coffee Machine
They'll skip the Starbucks line with this modern coffee machine in their kitchen arsenal. The best part? It's pretty enough to leave out on the countertop.
Ratio Coffee "Ratio 8" Coffee Maker, $535, huckberry.com
Modern Cutting Board
They'll use this hand-crafted, asymmetrical board for everything from serving cheese and fruits to chopping up veggies during meal prep.
Fort Makers Maple Hexagon Pebble Cutting Board, $95, 1stdibs.com
Watch them turn into highly-skilled mixologists with this attractive set, which will surely see regular use.
Pottery Barn "Bleecker" Bar Hanging Tools, $59, potterybarn.com
There's a good chance that these mugs are the ones they drank out on their first coffee date (all the best cafés use them!), which makes them a thoughtful, as well as functional bridal shower gift.
Acme Cappuccino Cups with Saucers, 6 for $52, espressoparts.com
There's nothing this futuristic fan doesn't do—it offers maximum cooling power while purifying the air. It'll even generate an air quality report as it runs, which they can see on their smartphones.
Dyson "Pure Cool" Air Purifier, $549, bedbathandbeyond.com
Stainless Steel Cookware
This marble stand works for both old-school cooks and contemporary ones: It holds both physical cookbooks, as well as tablets.
West Elm Marble Cookbook Stand, $29, westelm.com
There's something so fun and unexpected about these hand-stitched, translucent shower curtains. They come in a variety of hues, so just been sure to ask what their bathroom color palette is before purchasing.
Quiet Town "The Orient Sun Shower" Curtain in "Atlantic," $62, quiettownhome.com