25 Bridal-Shower Gifts The Bride-To-Be Didn’t Register For -- But’ll Love!

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  • Publication date: 23.03.2019
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There are plenty of reasons to hate being invited to a bridal shower. You have to attend a party with people you’ve never met (or worse, can’t stand); you have to suffer through watching a friend get all excited about marrying some guy or girl you know they’re going to divorce in 6 months; and you have to get a ridiculously overpriced gift off a list of things you know will just be fought over in the divorce.

Well, we can’t manage your RSVP or your friend’s poor choice in marital partner, but we can solve problem #3. Ditch the registry of gifts that are just plain rude to ask from anyone with our 25 hand-picked presents that’ll make you yell out, “That one’s from me!”

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$50 or less

Cat Fanny Pack

Yes, it’s back. The fanny pack. Why not help your friend get into the trend (again) by nabbing her this adorable blush-colored one? (If she hates it, she’ll be guilted into wearing it since YOU bought it for her, and you’re super awesome.)

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LeilaLove Macarons

For a “fresh” gift (seriously, these are made to order), these macarons from LeilaLove are perfect for a shower. Each macaron is filled generously with high quality ingredients. Hopefully the bride will break these out at the shower for everyone to sample!

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Jewelry Dish

Just plain gorgeous, these cream and gold colored jewelry dishes will look beautiful when the Mrs. puts her rings in one overnight. Each one is handmade and can be personalized with the couple’s initials and wedding date.

from $17
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Wine Bottle Covers

A newly married couple is going to encounter a whole year of “firsts”, and these wine bottle covers capture all the good, bad, and ugly. With titles like, “First Dinner Party” and “First Visit From the In-Laws,” this gift will get some laughs from the crowd and the bride-to-be.

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Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

Have you ever sang really loud in front of your friends only to be met with giggles because your lyrics were way off? These coasters made of cork celebrate those moments and will provide laughter for the married couple for years to come.

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The Little Book of Self-Care

We could all use a little more self-care, right? So why not spread the love with this inspiring tome that boasts 200 ways to “rejuvenate”? Maybe the bride will be kind enough to share a few tips on shower-day.

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Chalkboard Boom Bowl

At this price, you might want to get one for the bride and the groom. This portable and personalizable (using a simple piece of chalk) small bowl amplifies the sound of any cell phone just by laying the phone inside. No cords, no plugs, just a great gift.

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Key and Dog Leash Holder

Let’s not forget about the four-legged family member! This “his, hers, paw” key and leash holder makes sure the newly wedded couple remembers that Fido has to give his blessing on this matrimony too!

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Engraved Remote Control Holder

You can help simplify the remote control situation in the bride’s house by getting her this personalized bamboo remote control holder. With “The So-and-So’s” engraved on it with the year of their wedding, it’s both functional and personal.

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Letter Board

You’ve seen everyone using these on Instagram. If your bride-to-be-bestie is an Instagram junkie, this is the gift for her. Not only is it a customizable letter board, but it includes a frame for a 6” by 4” picture.

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Table Topics Conversation Starters

We would love to see the bride break out a box of these on the spot. The cards help break the ice with a set of fun prompts that will get everyone talking. There are different decks for various gatherings, including “Foodies” and “Girls Night Out.”

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Birthstone Wine Stopper

It’ll take a little sleuthing on your part to find out your friend’s fiance’s birthday, but we promise it’ll be worth it. You choose the months for the two wine stoppers and the stoppers will match the birthstones of those months.

from $24
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Above $100

Color Changing Cinema Lightbox

Back-lit like a real marquee, the lightbox cycles through a colors or stops on a hue of choice, including classic white. Perfect for the couple’s first in-laws visit; they can turn it on when the night starts getting weird with the phrase “Please leave” glowing in the corner.

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Puzzle Wedding Guest Book

This’ll solve the age-old problem of picking out a guest book. It’s a wooden puzzle with pieces on which guests can write their well-wishes to the bride and groom. The newly married couple can frame the put-together puzzle and look lovingly at it for years.

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Custom Cutting Board

This cutting board handcrafted from richly grained maple featuring the names of your favorite couple hand-cut along the top is absolutely beautiful. If you have the dough to spend, this is one of our faves on our list of gifts.

from $159
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Long Distance Lamp

We love this gift for the couple who has a long-distance relationship. When you turn one on with your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is. Each person sets up their lamp via Wi-Fi, then touches the lamp whenever they want to let someone know they're thinking of them.

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First Dance Lyrics on Canvas

The lyrics to the couple’s “first dance” song are printed on canvas in the shape of a heart with the date of marriage and the bride’s and groom’s names included. It’s up to the couple to argue where they want to hang it, but that’s not your problem.

from $119
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Between $50 and $100

Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo

Alexa is our new AI family member. The refurbished models make the Echo much more affordable to help the bride enjoy talking to Alexa when she doesn’t want to talk to her husband. (It’ll also keep her from naming her daughter Alexa.)

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“Mrs. New Last Name” Pendant

We included this gift on our list simply because it’s, well, simple. This delicate piece of jewelry includes a double pendant: one piece that reads “Mrs” and one piece that reads the bride’s new last name. In rose gold, it’s a perfect piece that goes with any outfit.

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Personalized Recipe Box

Here’s a natural finish wood recipe box you can have personalized for the Mr. & Mrs. There’s a groove on top that holds a 3” x 5” recipe card, and the top lists the recipe for a perfect marriage. (Well, we all know there’s no such thing, but maybe these ingredients get you pretty close.)

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Himalayan Salt Lamp and Oil Diffuser

Yeah, yeah, everyone’s got one. It’s a fad. But who do you know has a salt lamp that’s ALSO an oil diffuser? It’s got five light settings, comes with himalayan salt rocks...but it’s up your buddy to buy her own essential oils.

from $79
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Grab this gift for the bride, and she’ll be sure to pass it along to her maid of honor (or whoever is in charge of taking pics) for the big day. With instant results from the 60 pack of Instax Mini film, the happy couple will know right away if they’ve got “The Shot” from their wedding day.

from $85
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Wine Bottle Illuminator

Another gift for your wine aficionado friend here. This light for empty wine bottles provides a soft glow for any room, and the color changing version keeps things interesting (which every married couple has to learn to do!).

from $30
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Programmable Air Fryer

If your friend is into cooking, this programmable air fryer and cookbook will help take her culinary skills to a new level. It’ll also help shed the pounds as it allows the couple to enjoy their favorite foods without the added calories of oil.

from $61
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Wall Chess

Even if your bestie isn’t into board games, this gift will look amazing on her wall. It’ll keep the new bride and groom occupied long after their intimate life has entered the marriage slump. (Don’t lie -- you know what we’re talking about, married couples!)

from $95
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Although we can’t promise you a good time at the shower, we can promise that these gifts are sure to “wow” both the guests and the soon-to-be-Mrs. Just make sure your name is on the gift tag so everyone knows the gift was from you.

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