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Best Shower Gifts for the Bride and Groom or the Parents-to-Be

Updated on December 12, 2012

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As an alternative to traditional engagement gifts I would give one of the suggestions:

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Innovative Gifts for Engaged Couples

While most guests rush to a registry to help the bride and groom or parents-to-be get started in their new adventure there are more creative gifts that are rarely considered.

Regarding engagements gifts: first consider if the couple have been previously living together or are starting out in a new home after college graduation. If they have been cohabiting for awhile, they most likely have whatever they need in the way of linens, dishware and kitchen appliances. In those cases, think of what the couple enjoys doing as a hobby. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:

1. Sports enthusiasts would appreciate a pair of tickets to a favorite game. Add the fixings for a tailgate party via a large cooler filled with some of their favorite snacks and a small BBQ and you've got a winning game.

2. If it is the outdoors they rave about, camping equipment or perhaps a set of quality binoculars along with a bird or National Park book may be the answer.

3. If you have a couple that loves the sky-an astronomical globe and a telescope, along with a pair of tickets to a museum that has an astronomy observation room, would be enjoyable.

4. How about a set of tickets to an outdoor concert for music buffs complete with blanket, a picnic basket filled with favorite delicacies and wine?

There are so many innovative ways to give a gift that matches their taste and interests.

Innovative Gifts for the New Home

If the couple truly is starting out in a first home together, I like to offer practical things that they may not consider preparing themselves for, such as a tool box. While many guys may already have a tool box this may not be the case if they are more of the academic type with few 'fix-it' hands-on experiences.

A set of tools for basic household repairs and a home repair book addressing common household problems, is really a gift that will be appreciated when the need arises-no need to run to the in-law’s home for help. This applies to the new bride as well. Complete this gift with a nice gift card to a major hardware store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, (in the U.S.) and you will have a couple that is sure to appreciate your gift for a very long time.

The New Parents

Safety and security is a primary goal for new parents. One of the most helpful gifts for their peace of mind is a room monitor. It alerts parents to their baby’s cries and breathing, and is found in most baby department stores or online. Simply place one monitor near the baby and the second one with the parent. The parent is alerted when the baby awakens or fusses.

An infant car seat is another important gift. This gift is a 'must have' and is most often provided by the couple’s inner circle of relatives. However, if there doesn’t happen to be any, and you want to be remembered for the one who gave a practical and loving gift, then snatch this one off the registry.

The Wise 'Old Man'

Dad holding Great Grandchild #3:  Grace
Dad holding Great Grandchild #3: Grace | Source

Other 'Safe' Gift for all Parents

When my father visited me in one of the many homes I lived in as a young mother, he surveyed the place with a keen eye and immediately went out to the store to buy three things: a stairway gate, a small, household fire extinguisher, and a portable window ladder. We lived in a duplex then-upper and lower, not side by side. We had the upper floor and all he saw from his experience was that the old building was a ‘fire-trap’.

The gate was to keep Cara from falling to the neighbor’s door when our entrance door was open, which led directly to the stairway, and the extinguisher and ladder were handy emergency devices if a fire broke out in the house. The ladder followed us from home to home and, although I have never had a need to use it I still have the collapsible ladder in its original box- a gift from a loving father.

Other Great Gifts for New Parents

Finally, if you know the parents are an earthy couple who believe in organic and love to keep the world they live in as natural as possible, go back to the sixties. Give a gift of a baby snuggle or ‘backpack’, cloth diapers, a package of baby pins and a baby food grinder. When my kids where starting solid food, the baby food grinder I used was a simple hand held grinder from a baby department store. It was small enough to carry in the diaper bag and I was confident that the food I offered was what I was willing to eat myself.


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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Eiddwen. Thanks for your comments. It's always a pleasure seeing you. :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Avery useful hub Denise and thanks for sharing.

      Useful/up here.

      Take care,


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks PI for reading and commenting. Glad the list was helpful.

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      puddingicecream 6 years ago from United States

      These are wonderful gift ideas! I usually have a hard time choosing gifts, so this is a great resource to refer to. Voted up and awesome.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Stephanie-it's always fun to find a shower gift that is a bit off the beaten track. Thanks for your comments. Don't feel bad about not seeing the hub...I believe everyone was experiencing that problem. You weren't alone.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub, Denise, and just the right time of year for shower suggestions. Your Dad's idea of some safety items is great! So few people think about things like a fire extinguisher or a collapsible escape ladder, but they are definite must-have items. Another thing I have sometimes put together is a first aid kit.

      Like Dannette, I didn't get a notice of this hub in my "new hub" email -- wonder why? Every now and then I seem to miss some of them.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cool, Marky-great to pass the significance of the ring on. That's quite a sentiment.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Oh I will Denise. My daughter doesn't know he will be popping the question in a couple of weeks when the ring is complete. Linda and I gave him a couple of Linda's diamonds to get reset in the style he like. Stefani will be thrilled that the diamonds were Lindas

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Marky-thanks for reading and commenting. I know you must be excited (and nervous?) about the upcoming nuptials. Be sure to share the date with us. :)

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Great photo of your Dad Denise and some wonderful ideas on gifts for the bride and groom. I will be using some of those ideas for my daughter, which will be getting married in the very near future I hope lol. They have been together for 7 years and finally the boyfriend asked if he could marry Stefani. They have a house with pretty much of everything needed , thanks to dad and mom,but looking for a larger home for the 4 children they wish to have.

      This hub will help many people in their decision on what to get for the bride and groom on their special day.

      Voted Up and Useful!!

      Great Job as always Denise :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks sis, oh, and BTW-got the heads up about the word...I think its been fixed. ?? :) Thanks.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      This must have been one of those hubs that didn't make it to my email letting me know it was here. Anyway, good timing on this hub, it is certainly the season for weddings. Our farmer and his wife are expecting their second and we just had a baby shower for her. She is very much the 'earth mother' and requested 'green' gifts -- organic cotton items, cloth diapers, etc.

      That does sound like dad buying that ladder and gate. voted up and definitely useful!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi B-thanks for reading and commenting. Money is always a good gift, too. :) As I mentioned in my comment to Ruby-I actually wrote a hub about dad in: The Sacrifices of Fathers. He was well liked by all and a very interesting man-very intelligent and loved to share info with anyone.

      Hi Caseworker2-You're right, LOL Thanks for your comments.

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      you arequite right, a couple who have lived together will have so many things- they wont welcome another toaster or two!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a Wonderful Read Denise, and so appropriate for this time of year! Really Great, Fun, Ideas. I've got a Wedding to go to in Sept. We will be giving a "Check" because in their case, that's what they want $$. I Love how your Father was, what a "Special Man".

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ruby-thanks for reading and commenting. Dad was one of the good guys, for sure. Here is the title of the hub I wrote about him: Sacrifices of Fathers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great ideas Denise. Your Father sounds like a loving person. Thank you for sharing.