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If you’re looking for everything you need to know about bridal shower etiquette for gifts, stick around! Below, we’ll go over all the basics, from how much to spend to which gifts are right for this pre-wedding party.

Bridal Shower Gift Etiquettes You Need to Know

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Consider this your crash course to bridal shower gift etiquette

  • You will have to buy a separate gift for both the shower and the wedding.
  • The shower gift is usually smaller and less expensive than the wedding present. It should be around one-third of the amount of your wedding gift. 
  • The theme of the bridal shower and the personal preferences of the bride should be considered before spending on an unwanted gift.
  • The bridal shower presents received via mail or freight shipping should at least be acknowledged with a thank you card.
  • But wait, let me tell you something. Avoid giving the bride inappropriate presents at her bridal shower. You see, most family members will probably be in attendance. So keep the presents bordering on the “private” and naughty be reserved for the bachelorette party.

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details.

What Type of Gift Should You Buy for a Bridal Shower?

Remember what I said above about saving the really “naughty” gifts for the bachelorette party! Instead, stick with gifts that won’t make the bride (or brides, if it’s a joint lesbian couple’s bridal shower) blush.

  • A spa treatment package that includes manicure and pedicure, facial and body treatment, foot spa, and massage can be a timely present to refresh the bride and reduce pre-wedding stress.  
  • Hand-embroidered towels, a bathrobe, or a luxurious dressing gown with her initials can be thoughtful and sweet.
  • A special gift basket containing toiletries or other personalized items like couple bracelets, his and hers coffee mugs, etc. “Smaller gifts” the newlyweds can both use and enjoy. Simple and practical.   
  • A DIY bridal shower gift can be impressive and budget-friendly — only if you have time to do it. Like hand-made clothing and painting. Think about it, the possibilities are endless.

All of these ideas are perfect for anyone to give, but if you’re the groom’s mom (or the other bride’s mom), we have a few extra tips just for you.

Bridal Shower Gift/s From the Groom’s Mother

A shower gift to your future daughter-in-law is one way of welcoming her into the family and letting her know she has your blessing and support. “I recommend you check out the Miss to Mr.s Bridal Subscription Box – this is one of the best subscription boxes with a lot of helpful and cute items.

The bride-to-be will be happy while unboxing every box with trendy and useful planning items,” says Svitlana Yesimets, Chief Editor at Weddingforward.com.

You can check the video below for additional tips.

Do You Have to Buy a Shower Gift If You Can’t Attend?

Philadelphia wedding planner Rebecca Richman explained to Philadelphia Magazine that you don’t have to send a gift if you can’t attend the shower. “However,” she says, “if the bride herself is a close friend or family member, you may want to consider sending a gift, but that would depend on your relationship with the bride.”

FAQs

Do you have to buy a separate gift for both the shower and the wedding?

If you’re attending the bridal shower, you are required to give the bride-to-be a gift. And another one on her wedding day. However, if the bride requested “no gifts”, that’s the only time you don’t have to prepare a gift. gift with floral decoration on white backgroun

How much should you spend on a bridal shower gift?

“The standard amount to spend on a bridal shower gift is around $50-$75,” *[4] according to the Shuttlefly Community. Lower or higher than that depending on your relationship with the bride. Gifts should be within the budget you can spare.

Do bridal showers call for specific types of gifts?

Some bridal showers are themed. It can be a tea party. Or a backyard bliss. This is usually indicated in the bridal registry information. If so, then find something that fits the shower theme. So you know where to shop.  

Is it appropriate to bring the bridal shower gift or just send it through the registry?

Yes, it is. After all, the bride will opt to open her gifts during that time. So you can just arrive at the shower party with a card that suggests the present. So she knows you have sent it separately.

Who hosts and pays for a bridal shower?

Traditionally, hosting a shower by any of the bride’s immediate family is discouraged. It gives the impression that they’re soliciting gifts. Nowadays, it’s perfectly acceptable. It’s heartwarming how family and close friends share the cost and hosting of the shower.

When should a bridal shower be and how many times? *[5]

Showers are typically held a few months to a few weeks before the wedding. You see, it’s common for a bride to have multiple showers. When this occurs, the hosts should consult one another about guest lists to avoid duplication.  

 Conclusion

The gift-giving in a bridal shower is an opportune time for everyone involved to renew ties with one another. Simply put, it’s not the amount of the shower gift that matters. But the appreciation and love that goes with it.

References

  • “Bridal Shower Etiquette and Expectations for 2021 | Shutterfly.” 2021. Ideas & Inspiration. February 25, 2021. https://ideas.shutterfly.com/bridal-shower-etiquette/amp.
  • Carrie Denny Whitcraft. 2014. “Ask the Expert: Should I Send a Gift for a Bridal Shower I Can’t Attend?” Philadelphia Magazine. Philadelphia Magazine. May 14, 2014. https://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2014/05/14/ask-expert-send-gift-bridal-shower-cant-attend/.
  • Jenkins, Jennifer. 2018. “Bridal Shower Gifts: 7 Gift Etiquette Questions Answered.” TODAY.com. TODAY. October 24, 2018. https://www.today.com/style/bridal-shower-gifts-7-gift-etiquette-questions-answered-t140135.
  • Stewart, Martha. 2011. “Bridal Shower Etiquette You Need to Know.” Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart. July 27, 2011. https://www.marthastewart.com/7933019/etiquette-bridal-showers.
soon-to-be bride opening gifts at her bridal shower party

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Andreea Juganaru
Andreea Juganaru

Andreea is a very passionate content creator and her purpose is to provide you with the most interesting articles, while constantly discovering new facts. She’s been freelance writing for the past five years and has created numerous articles and educational materials while managing her own blog.

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