When the registry has already been picked over, let these creative bridal shower gift ideas inspire you.
Whether she’s a cheese aficionado, the queen of relaxation, or a backyard entertainer, Real Simple’s has you covered. Chances are, you know her better than anyone, which is why we’ve included gifts from the more traditional (an intensely scented Gardenia travel candle) to the modern (a marble and pastel wall clock) to the downright luxurious (100 percent cotton Turkish-inspired bath towels). But if it’s pampering she’s after in the days leading up to her special event, a decadent soap and moisturizer gift set—especially tailored to brides—is also on our list. With the affordable price, you can even surprise her with more than one set (and a bottle of bubbly to boot)—the perfect recipe for a girls’ spa day that’s sure to soothe her pre-wedding jitters. And in anticipation of her impending home décor merger, one of our picks—a marble and wood geometric object—will stylishly fuse her penchant for vintage fashion tomes with his collection of whiskey cocktail books as seamlessly as possible. For dinner parties and evenings spent catching up with friends, the happy couple is certain to get plenty of use out of miniature brass lanterns and a cozy throw fit for two. Their kitchen will surely get an injection of fun if you choose to gift her with a hand-painted watercolor pie dish that doubles as a piece of art when not in use instead. Another gift you can be certain doesn’t end up heading straight into storage? A heart-shaped waffle maker with a sound to alert it’s time for breakfast—perfect for those lazy weekend mornings.
Seashell Cheese Knives
Give her a gift that’s sure to inspire a mood board filled with exotic locales for her upcoming honeymoon. This set of three seashell cheese knives is courtesy of Aerin Lauder’s new home collaboration with Williams-Sonoma, and showcases Lauder’s relaxed approach to entertaining. Crafted from stainless steel blades and natural seashells, she’s sure to enjoy this gorgeous trio for years to come.
To buy: $40, williams-sonoma.com.
Fleece Throw Blanket
This cozy fleece throw blanket will serve a dual purpose when she’s snuggling up on the sofa with her newly betrothed—or stargazing from her backyard. The contrasting strap is detachable for her convenience, and the generous dimensions (60” x 71”) will ensure nobody’s toes are peeking out from underneath.
To buy: $49, urbanoutfitters.com.
Classic Heart Waffler
Whether she’s on the brink of an anticipated late shift at work or simply wants to sleep in the next morning, she can give her fiancÃ©e a not-so-subtle hint by leaving this heart-shaped waffle maker on the counter the night before. A tone alert will ensure the waffles are cooked to perfection, while the nonstick coating makes cleanup a breeze.
To buy: $50, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Marble + Wood Geometric Objects
Present these attractive statement objects as a solo gift or as part of a pair. She’ll surely appreciate the instant pop of style it gives to even the most barren of bookshelves. When not anchoring the soon-to-be newlyweds’ burgeoning collection of coffee table books, it can cap a set of stray papers to make even bill-paying look like a work of art.
To buy: From $39, westelm.com.
Petalpress Pie Dish
This hand-painted dish will turn her grandmother’s beloved apple pie recipe into a company-worthy presentation. In addition, it can adorn her new kitchen’s gallery wall when not in use. Each individual dish features a unique array of watercolor paints and is dishwasher and microwave safe for the utmost in ease.
To buy: $42, anthropologie.com.
“Santa Cruz’n” Spray Roses
For a thoughtful treat she can enjoy right at her shower, this bunch of spray roses wrapped in rustic kraft paper is sure to please. Each “bouq” is shipped directly from a selected sustainable farm or florist (this pick comes from Farmer Paul in California) and can arrive as early as the next day for the procrastinators among us.
To buy: From $50, bouqs.com.
Bodum Chambord Copper Coffee Press
For the woman who is never without her morning (or afternoon, or evening…) cup of joe, this French press reflects the modern resurgence of copper-themed cookware and fixtures and makes for a perfect gift. A stainless steel filter system and heat-resistant glass beaker guarantee a delicious cup time and time again.
To buy: $43, amazon.com.
Lillian Brass Metal Lantern
Despite its diminutive size, this brass metal lantern packs a punch in both the lighting and dÃ©cor departments. She’ll enjoy backyard entertaining with one placed in the center of her dining table or clustered together in a set of three for a more dramatic statement. It can also be strung between trees with the attached metal loop.
To buy: $30, crateandbarrel.com.
Philosophy Here Comes the Bride Set
Pamper your favorite bride-to-be with this gift set of petite favorites. She’ll find four of Philosophy’s bestselling soaps and moisturizers, plus a single use micropeel to ensure her skin looks its best for her most important moment. At this affordable price, you can splurge on two sets for a girls’ day of relaxation to rival the fancy spa.
To buy: From $27, amazon.com.
Fouta Bath Towels
Let her take a taste of the Mediterranean home from her honeymoon with these striped Turkish-inspired towels. The color palette of blues, grays, and neutrals will match any bathroom dÃ©cor and the looped terrycloth will quickly wick away moisture despite feeling relatively lightweight. These towels ship via FedEx Ground, so put this gift on your high-priority list.
To buy: From $8, serenaandlily.com.
Moroccan Glass Cups
These pretty etched glass cups—handmade in Morocco—are sold individually for a custom-colored gift suited to any kitchen or dining room dÃ©cor. At a little less than four inches tall, they are also perfectly suited as votive holders during her next cocktail party or girls’ night in.
To buy: $11 each, abchome.com.
Marble Wall Clock
In an era of instant gratification, there’s something oddly satisfying about an old-fashioned wall clock. Add in a marble pattern and a graphic slash of pastel for a chic, yet practical gift for her marital home. Each clock is handcrafted from high-impact plexiglass and features your choice of pastel primary colors and either black or white face and hands.
To buy: $45, lachichomedecor.etsy.com.
Maison Blanc Petite Decorative Tin Candle
Don’t let this candle’s petite size fool you; this miniature addition to Voluspa’s classic Maison Blanc collection is just as fragrant. Featuring the brand’s signature coconut wax blend and housed in a convenient tin vessel (and lid) for easy transport, she’ll love popping this into her overnight bag to set the mood during a quick weekend getaway.
To buy: $8, nordstrom.com.