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bridal shower gift suggestions

anyone have any that is cheap but a great gift for a bridal shower?

Mon. Jun 26, 7:08pm

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Check the bride's gift registry! Even a cheap item on the registry is appreciated.
I alway give the book linked below called Advice for a Happy Marriage : From Miss Dietz's Third-Grade Class. It is darling!
Also for the last shower I attended, I gave the bride magnets, 1 of a Boston Terrier, 1 of a Black Lab, to symbolize the "marriage" of her dog and his dog. The groom loved it too. Something personal like that is appreciated.


Monday, June 26, 2006, 7:17 PM

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I always thought gift registries were in such poor taste. Its sort of like, oh this is what I want so you can get it for me.
You must know these people get them something you think they would like or appreciate, just don't forget a gift receipt. Money is always good as well.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 1:38 AM

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As a soon-to-be bride, who had a shower in May, I whole-heartedly agree with the poster that suggested looking to the bridal registry. Find something on the registry that's unique and fun, if you don't like registries in general b/c they're so generic.

The idea of a bridal shower, traditionally, is to help a new bride set up a new household. That's really what they're for. The gifts aren't really supposed to be "fun" and "original." Traditionally, gifts are things like pots, pans, tupperware, silverware, etc. Very basic stuff. Now that people are marrying later, living together, etc., most have the basics already, but still, that's what a shower is really for.

Everything that I got for my shower was off of my bridal registry (or gift cards/checks) except for three items. Everything from my registry I love! One non-registry item was a very fancy serving plate from a very upscale brand (Kate Spade). I love the piece! It's probably more expensive than what I think it's worth, and that's why it wasn't on my registry, but still I love it!! Another was a handmade afghan that a friend's mom made for me. Again, I love it! The third was a set of dessert plates. They're cute, but, I registered for other ones that I like better, and still want. Unfortunately, these dessert plates will likely never be used. They were probably cheaper than the plates on my registry, but, there are plenty of items on my registry in the $20 range, and I would've been happy with any of those as well!

In short, if a bride wants something, it's probably on their bridal registry. And unless you have a special talent - i.e. making a homemade afghan - you're really best off sticking to the registry. Unless, maybe if the bride is your best friend in the world and you know her taste better than anyone. Then you can stray a little. But, don't get her, for example, a set of dessert plates with one pattern on them when she's already registered for a set with a different pattern. She doesn't need two sets, and she likes the ones she picked. Plus, if she's your BFF, you're probably not looking for a cheap gift.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 10:40 AM

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my cousin got married last year and i did not know what to get for her. so, since i am a chef, i gave her cooking lessons. she married a man from puerto rico and he loves beans-n-rice. so i taught her those basics and other staples, as well as a couple main courses. she and her husband were very grateful! think about your talents and maybe give them something of yourself.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 10:47 AM

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I've been to about 50 weddings in the past 15 years...I have loads of ideas.

Here is a good question though-- how "cheap" is "cheap"? $10, $25, $50? What's your budget?

Here are some ideas I use...

I, too, HATE shopping off of a registry-- I feel like it requires no thought from me. What I do, however, is to look at the style of items that they have and go with something similar in style.

Some of the things I like to give:
Crystal or glass bowls or serving plates, etc. for entertaining. Note: these don't really even have to be very expensive, but make sure you look at the brides' taste in things. If she likes conservative things, don't get her something ultra contemporary and vice versa. I find that crystal is usally a good choice (unless you know that the person is super casual) because if you get clear crystal fruit bowls, platters, etc. then it should match any type of decor. Mikasa often times is on sale and has both contemporary and more traditional lines.... You can also find some really great deals at someplace like Marshall's or TJ Maxx...

If you have other friends or are throwing the shower, I suggest gathering recipes from family and friends. This is a very unique and personal gift. You could either have the people email or hand write them and send them to you (maybe on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper). Then, put them into sleeve protectors and a pretty binder. It's personal, and the bride & groom will have something from family and friends for the future. Add some measuring spoons or a small mixing bowl...

Picnic basket - something romantic that the bride and groom might use, but might have never thought of. If they like to drink wine or beer, add their favorite beverage. You can buy pre-made baskets or make your own. :-) Add some napkins in her favorite color... Try someplace like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Cost Plus World Market, etc....

Kitchen towels (i.e. the ones for drying dishes). You can never have enough of these! Look on her registry and find ones in a color that matches her linens if she hasn't registered for them. Add some measuring spoons or some spatulas and a mixing bowl. OR, get some plain white kitchen towels, buy some rubber stamps and fabric paint and make something unique for her.

Recipe books. I go to Barnes and Noble and Borders' books and scan their "discount" tables. Generally, there are a gazillion recipe books on sale! Find something in a cuisine that she likes. Add that to some small kitchen gadgets, or maybe the ingredients for a recipe, small platter, etc.

Find out if she has toasting glasses for her wedding. You can usually find nice simple ones and they don't have to be too pricey, either. Tie a nice bow around the stem, and include a mini bottle of champagne.

Something for her honeymoon--If she's going somewhere warm, get her some sunscreen and a nice body lotion or a scented candle or 2. For fun, I will oftentimes get some "temporary tatooes" and add them in the gift with the note that they are to wear only the tatooes on their honeymoon. ;-D Lacy underwear (panties) might also be nice, too-- just make sure you know her size. Body gels and fun little oils might also be fun (beware of the audience, though--don't get too racy if grandma and mom are there!) Another fun "food" for a honeymoon-- a bottle of hershey's syrup...especially if she is a chocoholic :-)

How about spices for a favorite recipe? I.e. if she likes fajitas, get her things to go with making fajitas? maybe with the small cast iron fajita pan as well? If she and hubby are coffee drinkers-- maybe go with a nicer quality coffee and his and her coffee mugs (or even one of those 2-serving coffee makers-- that make 2 cups of coffee in 2 of the insulated mugs)--I think you can get that for about $20-25...

BTW-- I disagree one of the replies about giving money-- Generally, I find that if I'm giving money, I need to be MORE generous. I also feel that it takes very little effort on my part. (for instance, 4 of our friends gave my hubby and me $40 at our wedding--we know that at the time, they were not overly wealthy, but $40 between 4 people seemed a bit on the chintzy side.) ON the other hand, if I buy something, I can get something on sale and pay 1/2 the price and get double the gift. (i.e. crystal--I've gotten $100 crystal for $30 depending on the sale.)

If your friend is a gardener, how about a nice house plant or packets of seeds and some small gardening tools? You could find a special pot, so that she thinks of you whenever she is watering the plant?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 1:56 PM

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