As spring kicks into full gear, bridal shower season reaches its annual peak. I recently had both of my brothers get married within just a couple months of each other, and I was tossed headlong into the bridal shower experience. Given that I’m not married, I wasn’t really sure what type of gifts I was expected to get my future sisters-in-law.
After being at the showers and seeing the excitement on their faces while opening their gifts, I definitely have a better idea of what the bride-to-be enjoys. Here are just a few of the top gifts at their bridal showers.
1. Monogrammed stationery: Having a new last name is exciting, and stationery is the perfect place to show it off. Especially in the South, it’s pretty much expected that a bride will have monogrammed stationery for her thank-you cards. Pick out a simple, classy design incorporating the bride’s new last initial or monogram so she’ll be ready to show it off after the wedding!
2. Personalized jewelry: Whether it’s something she can wear at her wedding or just a little item for her to add to her collection after the marriage, a bride loves receiving jewelry that celebrates marriage. Consider getting her a pretty initial necklace with the first letter of her new last name to let her show that off, or a heart necklace featuring her birthstone and that of her future husband.
3. Wedding chest: Keeping mementos from the wedding safe is easy with the help of a wedding chest, which can also serve as décor in their home together. A large chest will hold everything from the dress to photo albums, whereas a smaller chest is perfect for keeping all the wedding cards in one place. If you’re handy, you can even build the wedding chest yourself.
The most important factor when looking for a personalized bridal shower gift is to make sure it’s appropriate and useful for the bride in question. Choose carefully and she’ll be inspired to think of your kindness each time she uses your gift.