There are plenty of ways you can pick out the perfect bridal shower gift. But picking a nice and unique gift that will fulfill the purposes that a bridal shower places on a gift might seem like a challenge.
We have put together a number of different ways to help you get the right gift that will be both popular with the recipient and fulfill the role of being useful. When you are invited to a shower you are put in the unique position of giving a gift that is both a hit and one that embraces the part of the bridal shower that we all know. That is, the gift that you give needs to be useful. It needs to provide the young lady with a gift she can put into use in her new household, and it has to be a pleasure to have in the home.
This is a great deal of work for a small gift, and when you compare that with other special occasions that you might be invited to.
But unlike other affairs you don’t give the gift simply to please the person receiving it, you give it to be of use. This is the true meaning of a bridal shower. While it might seem like a great way for the bride to exhale before she enters the last hectic phase of a wedding the true reason you are invited to the shower is to help her. And that can be done in a number of different ways. One of the ways is the traditional gift that goes along with the shower. And if you have been invited to a bridal shower before or if you have been in the position to host one you know that there will be a lot of boring gifts.
Though the word boring might seem extreme many of the gifts will either stock the kitchen, a few may stock the bar, or very few will stock the wardrobe.
So how can you take the traditional gift ideas and make them exciting?
That is what we will be exploring here in this little tutorial.
Looking for Clues
When you are invited to a bridal shower you have a number of good ways to find gifts that will appeal to the bride-to-be, while fitting into the traditional role that it should fit.
Here are a couple of the bridal shower clues you can use to help you find the right gift for the occasion.
- Your Personal Experience
- The Bridal Shower Invitation
- A Little Gentle Inquiry
Each of the three points on the list is helpful in helping you define different ways of choosing a gift for the bridal shower you’ve been invited to. Each one offers different strategies to best choose a gift for the recipient of the shower and each one has its benefits.
Your Personal Experience
Of course the most useful information you can possibly put into use is your personal experience.
That is to say, by using what you know about the honoree to select the right gift that will wow her, and at the same time make her home a little fuller with things that she will need in the coming years.
Things to Consider
If you haven’t seen the guest of honor in years, of the sum of your knowledge is that she likes ponies you may want to reconsider this strategy. This gives you a couple of opportunities that you can put to work to help find something for the bridal shower.
What about the people that don’t know the young lady personally? There are of course the people who will be meeting the bride-to-be for the first time at the bridal shower. If you have never met the honoree and you do not know anything about her personally it can be a real challenge finding the right gift for her. In case like this the bridal shower invitation can be a real help. That is why our next section is called, “The Bridal Shower Invitation” and here it is!
The Bridal Shower Invitation
When you really don’t have a lot to go by the idea of picking out a gift for the bridal shower can seem intimidating. It doesn’t need to be. One of the best pieces of information you could have is in your hand. Well, you might not be holding it in your hand but you do have one of the best source of gift ideas, you just might not know it yet.
Let say that the hostess has sent the guests rustic bridal shower invitations. What can you take away from the rustic qualities of the card you received. Since the design of the card reflects the person who will be celebrated during the bridal shower you can assume that the rustic country design on the invitation represents the interests of the guest of honor.
We will stay with the rustic invitation as an example and shape some ideas and look at possible gifts that would work with the party theme.
Rustic bridal showers are something that have made an apparent impression on the recent shower themes you will see being organized. One reason is that the whole event is arranged in a fashion that puts the guest and more importantly the bride-to-be at ease. You will find lots of bridal shower invitations that use the rustic aspect of the special occasion to shape the overall warmth that you would expect. When people choose a country rustic shower the plan is the same as any other theme, the desire to have a good time and to help the bride-to-be get what she will need for her future.
And that is where the invitations comes in. Your desire to give a fitting gift is one that is most certainly in your thoughts. And that is understandable. After all the bridal shower is one of those special occasions that places a great deal of emphasis on the gift you give.
Combine that with the group aspect, all guests will see your gift as it is unpacked, you might feel a little bit of pressure in choosing something that will both wow them, while prove helpful at the same time.
But how do you do that?
Going back to the rustic invitation you received for the bridal shower; what can you take away from the design that was picked out for the party?
There are of course many different types of rustic or country invitations that get sent around every year. And each one is different. But they all have one thing in common. And that is the fact that it was selected for different reasons.
The reason that one bridal shower invitation is picked over another one has everything to do with a person’s tastes. And they are what you need to focus on when you select a gift. By being attentive and picking something out based on the tastes of the individual you are more likely to give something that is actually going to be useful and useful gifts are always appreciated.
A Little Gentle Inquiry
If you aren’t having luck with the bridal shower invitation there is one last trick you can use to help you find the right gift.
The results will really depend on well you know the people organizing the bridal shower, or the people that are closest to the bride.
That being said, if you are having trouble finding gift ideas from the previous options we’ve covered you may want to talk to the people that know the bride the best. A little gentle inquiry isn’t bad if you do it, well gently. When you look for ideas from close friends, or her family, getting ideas will be easy. Keep in mind thought that you may be competing with others who had the same idea as you did.
There is never a more uncomfortable feeling that watching the bride-to-be unwrap two sets of china with the knowledge that your set is yet to be unwrapped.
One more thing that might be helpful, though the chance that it is going to work depends on who is hosting the shower, is to look for a gift registry. As you might know a gift registry is common when it comes to invitations for the big ceremony, they are less common for showers.
But if you happen to be one of the lucky few that has received a country bridal shower invitation that contains gift registry information then you have a good head start to get a gift that will both be appealing and practical.
One of the problems with picking something from a gift registry that has been included on the invitation for the bridal shower is that many times there will not be that many gifts to choose from. It is quite common when people set up a registry that they only pick a couple of items, these items can be seen as hints for what the bride-to-be is looking for. It is also common that the bridal shower invitation with contain more than one registry.
What you will often see when the invitation contains two registries is that they will both contain similar options.
While this might be a good indication of what she really wants or needs for her household, the chance that it will be purchased (possibly multiple times) is high. That means that you need to look elsewhere and you need to come up with ideas of fitting gifts that match the theme of the items she picked out, but not necessarily the same items.
That means that we should go back to the original suggestions, first you should check the invitation for more ideas if you feel that your knowledge of the guest of honor is too limited or gentle inquiry leaves you stumped.
In the case of the rustic invitations we used above for the bridal shower you can take away different ideas. Some of them might include rustic looking decorations, or other things that can be placed around the home. Burlap table cloths, place mats, and napkins. Engraved wood with the couples initials or other items that provide the country rustic ambiance that is close to the future newlywed’s heart.
What every the person’s taste is you can find lots of ways to pick out the perfect gift.
As you can see from the suggestions on this page there are many ways that you can find the right gift for the bridal shower. In fact when you put your creativity to work you can be almost certain that you will come to at least a few ideas when you are invited to a bridal shower.
We’re glad that you took the time to read today’s entry. And it has hopefully been helpful, allowing you to come to the perfect idea for a one of a kind