"If you have a bridal shower in your future, you might be struggling with what to give as a gift. More specifically, whether or not it should come from on or off the registry. We know, we know, gifting a set of spatulas doesn't exactly say, “We're BBFs and I'm so happy for you!"" But at the same time, the newlyweds-to-be put a lot of time into their registry and it's important to respect that.
In case you find yourself in this tiff, here's how we like to think about gifting off-registry: If there's a set of tumbler glasses on their wish list, it's a safe bet the couple would prefer that set over one you came across during Sunday afternoon errands. But what about extras like cocktail napkins to go with those tumblers? Or a cocktail book? Totally up for grabs. Go for it. With that in mind we rounded up 30 of our favorite bridal shower gifts, half of them for a classic bride and the other half for the more contemporary bride.
The name says it all: the ultimate jewelry box. Linen-lined drawers safely protect all her baubles from being bumped around and scratched, with both winged sides opening to reveal hanging necklaces. It's as beautiful as its contents.
The couple might have registered for place settings aplenty, but what will they set those dishes on? Okay sure, they'd be just fine on the table, but these European-inspired place mats will really round out their dinner presentation.
If she's not a huge jewelry kind of girl, then maybe a full-on jewelry box wouldn't be worth the space it would take up. Instead, gift her a smaller (read: more counter space for cosmetics) dish that keeps smaller baubles or rings in a safe place.
Travel Jewelry Kit
Is the bride-to-be as much of a jet-setter as she is a bauble enthusiast? Make sure all her accessories get safely from point A to point B with an easy-to-pack travel case with little pockets perfect for all her necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings. "