When the registry has already been picked over, let these creative bridal shower gift ideas inspire you.
Maybe you choose to go off registry, or maybe the best things have already been purchased. Regardless, a beautiful gift is a beatiful gift, and these are guaranteed to be beloved by the bride-to-be. Whether she’s a cheese aficionado, the queen of relaxation, or a backyard entertainer, Real Simple’s has you covered.
Olivewood 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 cheese has custom stainless blades and handles handcrafted of exotic olivewood, which comes from a tree indigenous to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and Africa.
To buy: $30, 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.
Wedding Keepsake Library
This pretty lavender filing system is designed to help her keep wedding mementos organized and preserved for posterity. It holds things like invitations, photos, party favors, and even dried flowers, and makes them easily accessible for trips down memory lane.
To buy: $100, uncommongoods.com.
The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Decorated Ruffle Top Pie Plate
This super-sweet pie dish from famous food blogger and cookbook author Ree Drummond, known better as The Pioneer Woman, will turn grandma’s beloved apple pie recipe into a company-worthy presentation for the new bride. When not in use, the utterly affordable gem can adorn her new kitchen’s gallery wall.
To buy: $29, walmart.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 $58, 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: $35, 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.
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 décor. 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: $14 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.