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10 Really Bad Gift Choices For Brides-To-Be

Updated on April 16, 2016
A happy bride-to-be.
A happy bride-to-be. | Source

Bridal protocol, thinking.

Let me get this straight. Even with the "political correctness" influence in 2016, brides-to-be want to be as girly and feminine at their bridal shower and eventual wedding day, their most-special of days. Now if I am wrong, forgive me. I'm old, in fair health, and on a whole lot of medications.

And that girly, feminine mindset can be applicable to the gifts a bride receives at her bridal shower. Right? Okay. So far. So good.

Excited brides-to-be love beautiful roses.
Excited brides-to-be love beautiful roses. | Source

Sample gift ideas.

Most brides love to receive pretty lingerie (for their wedding night), lovely crystal glasses and such as well as jewelry and sometimes, I'm guessing here, an iPad, cell phone or something along these lines. I went with my fiance to her bridal shower by her invitation and her girlfriends gave her cookware, dishes, and yes, some girly things, but all in all, I was not uneasy to be there.

This couple are doing what just-married couples do provided everything from the bride's gifts to the reception all go perfect.
This couple are doing what just-married couples do provided everything from the bride's gifts to the reception all go perfect. | Source

There's one in every crowd.

This old saying is easily seen in "some" bridal showers that go wrong. Not because of the bride hating the girlfriend(s), but the strange and non-bridal gift that they give to this blushing bride. It happens. I say that because life is not perfect. Neither are bridal showers.

The goal of any team of girlfriends charged with planning the bride's shower, ceremony, and reception.
The goal of any team of girlfriends charged with planning the bride's shower, ceremony, and reception. | Source
Fishing rod.
Fishing rod. | Source
Sealed jars of fruity stuff.
Sealed jars of fruity stuff. | Source
Tool set.
Tool set. | Source
There are no brides-to-be who want or like men's shoes as a bridal gift.
There are no brides-to-be who want or like men's shoes as a bridal gift. | Source
This bride is smiling because she received all of the gifts that brides love.
This bride is smiling because she received all of the gifts that brides love. | Source
A sad bride. She is remembering all of those awful gifts her friends gave her at her shower.
A sad bride. She is remembering all of those awful gifts her friends gave her at her shower. | Source

This is, without a doubt, "THE" Worst gift a bride can receive!

Bear trap.
Bear trap. | Source

Here is a short list of . . .

10 Really Bad Gift Choices For Brides-To-Be

  • Men's shoes - - what bridesmaid would have the lack of sense to give her best friend a pair of men's shoes as a "real" gift at her bridal shower? New or worn completely out. Men's shoes is surely a "bad gift" to give to a pretty bride.
  • Tools - - I want to be fair to both female and male sexes here. Women today can use tools that were once tagged for men. But now you have to consider the girly, feminine aspect and a set of screwdrivers when unwrapped will cause most brides' eyes to widen, her mouth to fly open and give the girl an angry stare that asks, "why?" I would hope the girlfriend who gives her friend, the bride, a set of tools would think quickly and tell her it is a "gag gift."
  • Fishing Rod - - not the most girly or feminine gift, but barely acceptable "if" the bride has a background of loving the outdoors which includes fishing with her fiance before they agreed to be hitched. But I do not recommend to you bridesmaids to follow my advice except you know for sure that the bride is an outdoors-person.
  • Canned Goods - - green beans, cream corn and the like. No way, if I were a bride, accept this in a good spirit. I have to wonder how strong the friendship is between a girl who gives a gift like this and the bride who receives it. I just hope that they have a history of pranking each other.
  • Socks - - maybe at Christmas or birthday's, but socks at a bridal shower? To the girl giving this gift: "Are you purposely trying to irritate the bride before her day of days? Oh, I see. She stole, "Darryl Ledlow," your boyfriend way back in the eighth grade and you never forgave her." I see. Good luck.
  • A Set of Tires - - all wrapped in pretty gift paper. I didn't make a typo. I said a set of tires. Some practical-thinking brides "might" love this gift for it will save her and her husband some needed-cash when it comes time to buy tires for her. Other than that, I highly discourage you from going this route. Unless GoodYear is having a big sale.
  • Notepads, Pens - - are okay if the bride is going to stay at her job as an "administrative assistant," (thanks to one of my sweet followers, MizBejabbers), then she can use these items. But I have never seen a pretty bride who thought a notebook or pen was girly or feminine.
  • Model Car Kits - - I got nothing. You were not really thinking of giving your friend, the bride, this gift were you? Oh, you like to hear me beg? "Pleeeaaasseee do not do this." There. You got your wish.
  • A Homemade Birdhouse - - Now this is the "perfect" gift for a pretty bride. And since "I" build pretty birdhouses and sell them, go ahead. Contact me for special "bridal shower prices" on girly, feminine birdhouses.
  • Wall Posters - - of Marilyn Monroe; Jessica Alba and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Girl, you must have a "death wish," and nerves of Chuck Ladell, former mixed martial arts World Champion to give a bride one or all of these posters. I am serious.
  • And "the" baddest of all the bad gifts that can be given to a lovely bride is . . .
  • A Bear Trap - - I do not need to explain this to any of any bride's girlfriends, bridesmaids, friendly or holding a grudge.

(Legal disclaimer: My mention of "Darryl Ledlow," in this piece is in no way intended as "making light," or causing anyone really named "Darryl Ledlow," any embarrassment. Kenneth).

Be Advised: Make sure that every intimate detail of the bride-to-be's shower, wedding, reception goes off without a hitch.

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jennifer,

      Knives. Wow! Why in the name of decency did I not think of this one?

      Great item to NOT give a happy bride-to-be and when she unwraps a hunting knife (with pearl handles) she loses her happy face and starts frowning and growling at the same time.

      I am too frightened to any further.

      Thanks, Jennifer, for your lively comment.

      Write me anytime.

      Love you,

      Kenneth

      Sometimes Gift Guru

    • Jennifer Mugrage profile image

      Jennifer Mugrage 

      2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Knives.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, shanmarie,

      How are things in your part of Texas?

      Good, I hope.

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. You made my night.

      And let me know how the wedding goes and if you should be inspired with a new wedding-related hub idea that you do not need, send it to me.

      (((HUGS)))

      Kenneth

    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Good advice, considering I'm in a wedding this coming fall. LOL

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