Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

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History of the Bridal or Wedding Shower

Wedding or bridal showers became a custom that started in the 1890s. Back then most brides had a dowry provided by their families. In the United States the hope chest or trousseau was the custom. For brides to be that did not have a dowry for reasons of either being poor or perhaps their families did not approve of the wedding taking place, the bridal shower was a way to help in which friends and women would all get together and give gifts to compensate for the missing dowry.

At first, showers would be a casual event, usually held at the bride to be's home. Guests would come by at different times and drop in unannounced. It wasn't until the 1950s that games and themes started to be part of the bridal shower. Now a days you will find that showers can be anywhere from a simple get together to a lavish catered party.


From Wikipedia

"In extreme rural America, the term was used to describe the act of bathing the bride the day of the wedding to remove dirt and oils from the skin and hair."

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Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
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What does the bride to be need for the home?

Before making a purchase think about the person that you're buying the gift for and either ask yourself the following questions, or if you don't know the bride to be ask the person hosting the shower. Find out what she needs or what shemay like.

  • Does she like to cook?
  • What does she need for her kitchen?
  • Does she have linens, blankets, bath towels?
  • Does she have her china and crystal pattern picked out, and is she registered anywhere?
  • Is the shower going to be a themed shower such as an all cookware shower?
  • Find out her favorite colors, or if she has a specific color theme in mind for her home.

Gift ideas for the bride to be

Gifts for the kitchen
Gifts for the bath
Gifts for the bedroom
Other Gift Ideas
Pots and Pans
Towel Sets
Sheets
Wedding album
Small Appliances
Oversized bath towels
Duvet or duvet cover
Guest book for the wedding
Glasses
Shower curtain set
Blankets
Gift certificates
Tupperware
Bath mats or rugs
Bedside lamps
Cash
Cutlery and utensils
Towel racks
Lingerie
Art work such as paintings or prints
Knives
Towel warmer
Radio alarm clock
Crystal
Bake ware
Gift basket of bath accesories
 
China
Mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons
 
 
Clock
Spice racks
 
 
Telephone set
Cookbooks
 
 
 
Recipe books
 
 
 
You may want to coordinate your shower gift to go along with a wedding gift.

Bridal Shower

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Group Gift Ideas

Going together with other people to buy a large gift is quite common.

  • A large appliance
  • Luggage set for the honeymoon
  • Gift basket filled with various items that couple may need on their honeymoon
  • Tickets for a spa weekend away for the bride to be
  • Furniture
  • A gift certificate for a manicure and hair salon for the morning of the wedding day


Gift Baskets

  • Kitchen items are always nice to assemble into a gift basket. For a bride to be that likes to bake you could gather many small items such as measuring cups and spoons together with mixing bowls, a rolling pin, pastry cutter, cooking timer, , pastry rolling sheet, cookie cutters, and a recipe book. The list is endless and you can get quite creative with a gift basket such as this.
  • For the bathroom, rolled up towels, hand towels, and face cloths. Perhaps add some fancy soaps and candles to the basket.
  • Go together with another guest and make up a basket.


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Wedding Shower Etiquette

Traditional Bridal Showers
Modern Day Bridal Showers
Definite no no's
Bridesmaids or Maid of Honor/Matron host the shower
Pretty much anyone can now host the shower
A bride never hosts her own shower
Only first time brides are to have a shower
Bridal showers are never frowned upon even if the bride has been married more than once
 
Only women attend a bridal shower
Now a days you will find both men and women attending bridal showers.
 
The shower is always a surprise
The bride can be told about the shower
 
Showers are held 4-6 weeks before the wedding
Can be held any time up to 2 weeks before the wedding
 
 
Invitations should be mailed out 4-6 weeks before the day of the shower.
 
Showers are usually held in the afternoon or evening
No longer time specific
 
 
Every guest is expected to bring a gift
 
 
Thank you cards should be mailed out as soon as possible
Not sending out thank you cards is rude.

More Etiquette

  • When attending a bridal or wedding shower try to be on time, especially if the shower is a surprise.
  • If you're bringing along someone with you that wasn't on the guest list, be sure to contact the host of the shower to make sure that it is okay.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Have fun and be sure to thank the host before leaving.

Bridal Shower Quiz

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Mary! I love bridal and baby showers.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

When they talk about Evergreen hubs, this one is certainly on the list. Starting out with the history of bridal showers and then adding all that great information certainly shows the teacher in you.

I have to say I love the bra bag! I know it serves a purpose but it also made me laugh!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

KT, Sounds like an exciting time for you and your family. I'm sure whatever type of shower you plan for your future daughter in law will be beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and have lots of fun planning and hosting the shower.


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KT Banks 3 years ago from Texas

This is just what I needed. My sons Fiancé is from a different state, and she needs to get to know more of our family members, so I wanted to give her a shower. It's been so many years since I was responsible for any wedding type activities, that I wasn't sure where to start.

The good news is that I truly Love her, and she fits right in with our family.

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this information. Voted Up and more!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

jellygator, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

That's an interesting history, all right! Who knew?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Vicki, Yes things have sure changed :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Well put together hub. The tables are helpful, especially the one on etiquette. It's interesting how things have changed!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.

Janine, Thanks :)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thank you for sharing this and will definitely be sharing and voting it up.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hi Susan. Just stopped by again. I just love this. I am sharing all around in case I did not before.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kelley, Thanks so much :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Fantastic ideas, history, and information related to bridal etiquette. Sharing this one! Voted up!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, Thanks. Writing about this made me want to get married all over again :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great history lesson on the Bridal Shower and a look into proper ettiquet. Very interesting and helpful. Pinned!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drbj, Same here. No man would be caught dead at a bridal shower ... it was just unheard of. But as Bob Dylan says "The times they are a changin"


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Susan!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, Thanks.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks RH. I had to go and look up what syrup of ipecac was as I've never heard of it before.

I've been to many bridal and baby showers. I always try to get something that the person can use and enjoy.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for the great bridal shower suggestions, Susan. Back in the days of the Ice Age when I was married, men were never invited to bridal showers, but nowadays they often are. Only fair. They are part of the package, too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pamela

Frank

robie

Thanks everyone!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Susan, you have given some great ideas! I love getting the small kitchen utensils as a gift set.

Great Hub! Votes and shares!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Great ideas for a bridal shower..I lked the no no's too..Thank's..


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Susan! Awesome idea! This is GREAT - I guess it makes me happy and excited to think about weddings and gifts - such an exciting time!

You have awesome gift ideas - the only one I can think of that I've gotten a true friend before was - syrup of ipecac - oh is girl was a BAD BAD cook and imwas certain she would eventually poison her husband - so see?I saved him! Haha!


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Great shower gift ideas and I love the history you included too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rosemay, So glad you found it interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Susan just stopped by to show my support :) Frank


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, Thank you, glad you liked the hub.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Great gift suggestions for the bride to be. I like the way you laid out this hub. Very useful.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I didn't know the history of the bridal shower. Thank you for sharing this interesting info


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Interesting history here. I never thought about how bridal showers got started. But like everything else, they have an origin. I like the charts. Helpful. And the group gift idea is super since most new couples can't afford big ticket items!

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