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Do You Bring a Gift to a Bridal Shower?

Do you bring a gift to a bridal shower?

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Of course, you need to bring a gift to a bridal shower. That’s the whole point — to shower the bride-to-be with gifts and celebrate nuptials. And how better to celebrate nuptials than with gifts? As for the gifts themselves, we have a few ideas below:

  • Silk sheet sets;
  • Wedding keepsake diary;
  • Coaster sets with the couple’s initials;
  • Expensive candles;
  • Silk sleepwear;
  • Luxury picture frames;
  • Ice machines;
  • Pressure cooker.

These are just a few of the ideas we’ve come up with. It all depends on the bride. If you’re close — and we assume you are — you should know their mindset and what they love. But, the gifts above should be fail-safe bridal shower gifts that most people go with.

Are bridal shower gifts just for the bride?

This is entirely optional. If you think your dear friend/relative deserves something personally for her, like nice and delicate lingerie, luxury beauty products, or a fully paid spa day, you can decide on giving a gift just for the bride. You can also give her funny gifts, provided they are tasteful rather than tacky.

The other way to go with this is to find bridal shower gifts that are not just for the bride. They can be anything from dishes, pots, and pans to appliances, decorations, and gift cards. Check if the bride has a bridal shower registry; if she doesn’t, buy items she will need to get her married life started.

How much to spend on a bridal shower gift?

The average people spend on bridal shower gifts ranges between $50 to $75. You can even go as low as $30 or $40 if that is what you can financially afford. A DIY gift could also be ideal as it carries more meaning and would likely cost you less.

Deciding what amount to spend on a bridal shower gift is up to you.

Are bridal shower gifts different from wedding gifts?

Let’s be clear on one thing first: a bridal shower gift is not a wedding gift. Those are different events that require different gifts. Even though they are different, you may buy almost similar gifts. For instance, if she loved a bridal shower cooking set, you may buy something almost similar as a wedding gift.

Our advice is to look through the wedding registry for inspiration to get an idea of what the bride might need and pick something less pricey than what you would normally spend on a wedding gift.

Bridal shower gift advice

To be safe, it is best to check if there is a bridal shower theme involved, or if the bride has made a gift registry for the occasion.

For the former, try to make your gift choice fit into the theme. Here is some advice:

  • If it’s a tea party bridal shower, choose a chic tea set with a pair of floral teacups and a matching teapot.
  • If it’s a stock-the-bar bridal party, get the bride her favorite whiskey and cherry-pick some fancy glassware so she can get the best out of the cocktail hour.

If the bride has a registry, it will be much easier: pick whatever you like the most soon to avoid being left with the most modest ones.


Whatever you settle for — personal, for the home, or DIY — pricey or affordable, always bring a gift to a bridal shower.

I am Megan Nova, a wedding planner and Author based in New York City. My vast exposure in the wedding planning trade and my passion for storytelling has inspired me to share expert advice and creativity on this blog.

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