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Darcy's Diary: 5 Perfect Gift Ideas for a Summer Bridal Shower

Our Editor-at-Large, Darcy Miller, shares her favorite present ideas for celebrations taking place this summer.

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Vitamix Mixer
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As a guest, you probably have a number of summer weddings and wedding-related events on your calendar. We know you're busy, which is why we wanted to make shopping for gifts for each party a little bit easier. Attending a bridal shower this season? My five favorite presents are the perfect way to shower the bride-to-be right now.


Related: 30 Unique Bridal Shower Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything


Vitamix 5200 Blender

From smoothies and soups to seed butters and even non-dairy milks, the Vitamix 5200 Blender from Amazon's Wedding Registry really can do it all. With an endless number of different ways to use it, this is the perfect multi-tasking investment for the bride-to-be. And the best part? It can clean itself in 30-60 seconds so the bride can get back to enjoying the newlywed life.

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas, Mini Kitchenaid Mixer
Photography by: Courtesy of KitchenAid

KitchenAid Mini

Nothing makes baking and cooking more special than using a KitchenAid mixer. I live in New York City and understand not everyone has endless counter space, so not only is this mini version of the fan-favorite adorable, it also takes up less counter space and is easy to store.

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas, Chilewich Placemats
Photography by: Courtesy of Chilewich

Chilewich Placemats  

I love all things Chilewich. Their placemats (which I use every day at home) can be used in every scenario—from casual use to setting a more formal table for both indoor and outdoor dinners. The metallic textures will balance any home's style. Plus, they're washable and stain resistant.

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas, Standard Cocoa Monthly Delivery
Photography by: Courtesy of Standard Cocoa

Standard Cocoa Chocolate of the Month

Celebrate the newlyweds with something sweet. There's something so special about getting a treat each month from someone special, especially when it comes long after the wedding celebrations have ended. 

Summer Bridal Shower Gifts, Ribboned Cake Stand
Photography by: Courtesy of Wayfair

Pedestal Footed Cake Stand

Ask anyone and they'll tell you that I love a cake stand. I have a huge collection myself. They look great on display by themselves and you can use them in so many ways—from cakes, sandwiches, flowers, you name it. I love these in particular because you can weave in different colored ribbon for different occasions.