The "shower" in bridal shower refers to the shower of gifts and tokens of affection which are heaped upon the bride in celebration of her upcoming nuptials. It's considered obligatory for every guest at the shower to bring a gift for the bride, and everyone wants to believe they're offering a desired, wanted gift which she will put to use. Make use of good bridal shower gift ideas to present the bride-to-be with something practical, fun and functional.
Give the bride several small gifts with a themed gift basket. Buy a basket or another type of reusable container (which becomes a gift in its own right) and fill it with specific items to create a salon, spa, or wedding gift basket. Decorate the basket with colourful ribbon or silk flowers to give it a bridal look.
A salon basket might contain items such as small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, hair products, hair pins and other beauty items. Create a wedding gift basket with note cards, envelopes, stationery and a pen. The bride will send many thank-you cards and invitations over the course of her wedding, so a stationery wedding gift basket makes for a practical bridal shower present. Aromatherapy candles, bath salts and other relaxation-related items may be put together to create a comforting spa gift basket.
Themed bridal showers are becoming increasingly popular. Parties built around a specific theme will often include gift suggestions with the invitations, giving guests a general idea of what they should buy or, in some cases, assigning each guest a specific group of items to choose from. For example, Round the Clock bridal showers request that guests buy gifts based upon a certain time of day, such as gourmet coffee given as an 8am gift. Guests who are invited to an Around the World shower will bring gifts relating to specific regions of the world. A guest who is assigned to France, for example, may bring the bride a bottle of champagne.
Guests who do not know the bride well, or wish to present her with a large gift, may choose to collaborate with other bridal shower attendees. Pool money with other guests who are invited to the bridal shower to buy the engaged couple a large item from their registry or another useful household item, such as an appliance or piece of furniture. When guests collaborate, it's possible to buy a more expensive gift, which will make a bigger impression on the bride.
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