Bridal Shower Gift Ideas: A Guide

Traditionally, a bridal shower was intended to lessen the impact of paying a dowry by giving the bride gifts of jewelry, money and household items for her new marital home. While all of these gifts are still perfectly valid (and no doubt will be greatly appreciated), many people are stepping away from the traditional in favor of more modern gifts.

For brides you are not so close to a small token gift is absolutely fine, but if you have been invited to a bridal shower for a close friend or family member you probably want to push the boat out a little. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for the perfect gift, here is a guide to inspire you.

A Spa Day or Treatment

While the run-up to the wedding is exciting, it can also be a very stressful time for the bride. Why not spoil her with relaxing massage treatment or a beautifying facial to help ease the tension? If your budget can stretch to it then you could even book you both into a spa for the day in the week before the big day for some much-needed downtime and rejuvenation.

Bridal Lingerie

It’s certainly a more modern gift, but buying bridal lingerie, negligees and accessories are often very much appreciated – by both the bride and the groom! If you aren’t sure of her size or style then you could buy her a voucher or a garter that is less size dependent.

Bridal Photoshoot

On the same theme as the bridal lingerie but much more fun is the bridal boudoir photoshoot. A professional stylist and photographer will give the bride the opportunity to feel seductive and elegant as they take professional quality photographs of her in her bridal lingerie.

These photos can then in a photo album for her to keep and surprise her groom with on the night of the wedding. Visit to find out more.

A Map of the World

If she and her husband-to-be like to travel or are intending traveling together as a married couple, a beautiful framed map which they can display at home is a great gift. There are many maps which enable them to mark off the countries they have visited together so they can keep a record of their adventures.

Activity or Experience Voucher

Give the happy couple an activity or experience they can look forward to once the wedding is over with an activity voucher. Ideally, it would be something they can do together such as a dance class or a cookery workshop of some kind.


A piece of high quality luggage or travel accessories like a travel pillow or beach towel could be a great gift which she can use on her honeymoon. If they aren’t heading off on a honeymoon or they have everything they need, then consider buying an overnight bag which she can take with her for the wedding night with all her toiletries and a change of clothes.

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