Gift Ideas For A Bridal Shower

Your friend's bridal shower is fast approaching. You can either get the couple something off their registry or use one of these ideas for the ultimate bridal shower gift.

Bridal showers are parties where gifts are showered on the new couple before their actual wedding day. Some people choose to give a smaller gift at the bridal shower and a bigger gift at the actual wedding while other guests choose to simply get the couple one big gift at either the bridal shower OR the actual wedding. Whatever your decision, here are some ideas for bridal shower gifts for your friend or relative.

* Couples will be getting swamped with new small appliances and dish sets and decorative glass bowls at the bridal shower, so get them a gift that will stand out from the rest. After the honeymoon is all said and done and the couple begins their first year of marriage they will soon be eagerly anticipating their first year anniversary. Why not get them a weekend getaway for their anniversary that you book and purchase beforehand. If you know the couple likes the outdoors, book them a night at a woodsy cabin, or if they enjoy being pampered, book them a weekend at a bed and breakfast.

* Many couples enjoy having the feeling of their wedding last throughout the entire year after they actually wed. Give them the gift that keeps on giving, so to speak. Enroll them in an "of the month" club, as in wine of the month, fruit of the month, or coffee of the month. The first year can be prepaid and this will give them the option to continue on with the membership at a later date.

* Whether or not the couple already scrapbooks, buying them a wedding themed blank scrapbbok and some wedding/honeymoon stickers and other scrapbook enhancments will inspire them to begin chronicling their lives together.

* If you are one of the bride's or groom's office workers or friends, get a group of guests together and chip in to buy the couple a digital camera for them to use on their trip. Digital cameras are a great gift as they allow the couple to take a picture and see it immediately. It will also make it easier for the couple to e-mail photos of their honeymoon or wedding to friends and relatives.

* As the wedding approaches, hopefully things will easily fall into place for the couple, in terms of catering, gowns, tuxedos, limos and the like. However, as most married couples can attest to, usually something starts to go awry as the wedding date approaches. To help ease the couple's stress, why not get the couple thirty minute or hour long massages. If money is not an issue, you can easily send the couple to a day spa to get these done. If you want to be more budget-minded, many massage schools offer reduced rate massages (sometimes as low as $20 for an hour long massage) if they are willing to get massaged by a student in training.

* The wedding couple will probably have enrolled in a gift registry so all their basics will be covered, like new plates, new glasses and new minor appliances. Instead of this, why not get the couple a half a year's worth of basic toiletries and cleaning products. In a galvanized tin or wicker basket (that can easily double as a laundry hamper), put together a smorgasbord of items like laundry detergent, fabric softener, anti-bacterial counter wipes, shampoo, conditioner, shower gels, lotion, carpet cleaner and the like.

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