Bridal showers are thrown just before the bride-to-be ties the knot. It’s a long-standing tradition that celebrates her last few days of “freedom.” While you may be excited to attend, you may also be wondering, “What kind of gift do I give?” This really depends on the bride. Is she a traditional kind of gal, or is she a bit more modern? We’ve compiled a list of bridal shower gift ideas that cater to both kinds of brides, so you can find the perfect gift for the occasion.

Classic Gifts

Tea Set

There’s nothing more comforting and inviting than a cup of hot tea. Every home should have one. This is a great choice for the bride that has yet to move into her own home or the avid tea lover. If you’re going the traditional route, look for a fancy set that includes ornate designs. Floral patterns are always a safe choice. The set should include at least two cups, saucers, a creamer and sugar set, and a matching tray.

Table Linens

Table cloths, place settings and napkins help a new bride turn her house into a home. For couples who are on a tight budget, this makes for a thoughtful gift and is something they will use time and time again. If you are unsure of the home’s color scheme, opt for neutral colors, such as white or beige.

Crystal Vase

Flowers brighten up a home and breathe new life into a tired space. Give the bride-to-be something beautiful to show off her flowers in with a crystal vase. There are limitless sizes, shapes, patters and designs available. Choose something classic, elegant and simple. This gift may be a bit more expensive, but if you’re on a tight budget, you can choose a smaller vase. These tend to be more affordable and are every bit as beautiful as their expensive counterparts.


No matter whether the bride is a true foodie or a heat-and-serve kind of gal, bakeware is something that she will use time and time again. You have two options here. You can choose to purchase a set designed for sweet treats, or you can purchase a bakeware set that is geared more towards casseroles and savory dishes. Either one is perfectly acceptable, but the bride may prefer one over the other.

Contemporary Gifts

Theater Tickets

If the bride and her groom enjoy the theater, tickets to see a show will make a thoughtful gift. This may require you to plan ahead. Keep the wedding date and their honeymoon in mind when purchasing the tickets. You want to make sure the two really have a chance to enjoy themselves. Buying tickets to a show just before their big day or right after they get back from their honeymoon may be problematic.


If the happy couple is going away for their honeymoon, a nice set of luggage is a great choice. Consider where the honeymoon is when buying the set. If they’re traveling overseas, look for something more durable and built to last. Try to choose luggage with a unique color or pattern so it’s easy for them to spot at baggage claim.

Spa Certificate

What bride doesn’t like to be pampered? A gift certificate to a day spa is a beautiful gift and one she will truly appreciate. If your budget allows, go for a whole day of beauty complete with a massage, hair styling and makeup session.


If the bride isn’t too bashful, buy her a set of nice lingerie. This is a gift that both her and the groom will appreciate.

Emilie Sinclair

I'm a gift idea enthusiast who loves helping people find the right present for their loved ones.