Like me, are you a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to buying gifts or do you simply struggle with ideas when there is no registry? Because I tend to shop last minute, I’m left with rather slim pickings even when there is a gift registry. I end up straying and buying something I hope / pray my friends will love. Since we are on the cusp of wedding season I thought I’d share some of my top picks for bridal shower gifts. It is inevitable that you will end up at one, maybe two of them this year so I hope this is a helpful guide for you. Maybe you won’t have to rack your brain to come up with ideas!
One of my absolute favorite gifts ideas is the Ice Mold/Wine Bottle Chiller from Crate & Barrel. Aesthetically it is a dream, simply gorgeous. Beyond that, functionally, it is a bottle chiller mold which perfectly freezes a tall cylinder of ice tailored to a single, wine bottle (or one of those spritzer juice blends from Trader Joe’s – whatever floats your boat). It certainly doesn’t have to be wine. As you can see from the photo, you can incorporate fresh fruits, florals, herbs…whatever you would like, before it is frozen and molded into the steel coaster. Again, gorgeous!
Marble is all.the.rage right now and really it isn’t likely to change any time soon. Marble + Wood cutting boards are kind of a genius accent piece for the kitchen. They are a great gift and make a beautiful display or foundation piece for cheese plates (with figs..right, and yum) and other hors d’oeuvres. The marble surface keeps food cool as well – that is an added bonus! For me, this is one of those items you ‘gift’ yourself also.
A catchall is a pretty safe gift and depending on how well you know the bride, you can have a lot of fun with this gift. The styles and designs can be very modern and chic but they can also be very glam and trendy. I like this clean, white, personalized catchall because it plays it safe but it has a modern element to it. Your friend can use this one anywhere; her office, home office, bedroom, entryway…it is kind of the perfect gift. I have catchalls strategically placed throughout my house. Love them!
I came out of the kitchen for a moment now I want to take you right back in there. Do you find yourself buying a lot of kitchen and bedroom items as your top picks for bridal shower gifts? This is a great one though for anyone who likes to bake or likes to pretend to bake (like me). A beautiful perch for desserts is a must. Whether it’s cakes, pies or pastries, a lidded glass pedestal like this baby from Williams Sonoma will keep it fresh for days. I like the glass version because you can see the pastry and be reminded of what’s waiting. It’s like art for the counter, LOL.
Lingerie is a given for new brides. They are usually inundated with all types of goodies from the bachelorette party. One item that gets overlooked is a good robe. One of my favorite year-round styles to give is a soft, kimono robe that feels and looks dreamy. I’d like the new bride to have something she would feel good being leisurely in on a Saturday or Sunday morning (pre-kiddos of course). This style of robe is not too heavy and it’s not too hot. There is nothing wrong with an oversized, chunky robe or a “fluffy” robe. That is a gift I let my girls by for themselves however. Indulgences like this Eberly robe are meant to be gifts, in my opinion.
Enjoy all of the love, happiness (and gift-buying). There is nothing better! xx – C