Pro tip: Personalize them for extra sentimental value.
An invitation to a bridal shower almost always comes with a link to a registry full of gift options. But sometimes ordering off the registry isn’t possible, whether that’s because you’ve put off the gift-buying so long that nothing is really left, or because you just want to get the bride-to-be something that feels a bit more personalized. In either instance, opting for a bridal shower gift basket is an excellent idea.
What Is a Bridal Shower Gift Basket ?
A bridal shower gift basket is either a box or an actual basket that contains several different products instead of just one gift. It usually features some sort of theme and is given to the bride at her bridal shower.
A gift basket like this not only allows you to make the gift feel more sentimental but also gives you the opportunity to include several items instead of just one. “A bridal shower gift box is the perfect way to never show up empty-handed,” Chelsea Moore, founder and CEO of BOXFOX, tells Brides.
There is no exact formula to follow when creating the perfect bridal shower gift basket. You can choose to include a wide variety of small items with one stand-out item, you can just select three or four items to include, or you can do a bunch of smaller items. The possibilities are endless, making this a really versatile gift idea. Moore adds, “It can be a small token or a grand gesture, whatever your budget allows.”
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How to Create a Bridal Shower Gift Basket
Once you decide to gift a basket like this, your first step in creating it (if you choose to put one together yourself instead of buying one already made) is to settle on a theme. There are so many themes you could pick, like a kitchen/cooking theme filled with basic cooking utensils and some food or a romantic newlywed theme filled with items like a bottle of wine and Mr. and Mrs. glasses.
While bridal shower gift baskets certainly don’t have to be picture-perfect, it’s always a nice perk to make them look beautifully put together. “The easiest way to look like the most thoughtful person in the world is to stick to a color palette,” Moore says. Select a color or two colors, and try to pick only products in those shades. It delivers a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing basket every time.
You should also decide whether you want the gift basket to be completely focused on the bride or more on the couple. It’s nice for the bride to receive a gift basket full of items just for her, but it’s equally as nice to receive useful gifts for the couple. So, really, the decision is yours!
What to Put In a Bridal Shower Gift Basket
Once you have a theme and potential color palette in mind, you can start selecting items to add to the gift basket, and there is no right or wrong amount. “You can include two items or 20, it really is up to you,” Moore says.
She recommends selecting items that are personal to your relationship with the bride, groom, or couple. “A little can have a big impact that way,” she says. “My favorite shower gifts are the ones that maybe call out a specific memory or lean into their honeymoon or the wedding destination.” Choose items that feel personal to make your basket stand out.
You can also pick items off the registry to add to the gift basket—this is a good way to buy them some of the smaller items they registered for. But don’t feel like you have to stick to that. “We are huge fans of going a little bit rogue and ordering off registry for bridal shower gifts,” Jamie Kutchman Wynne of Marigold & Grey says. “Let the grandmothers and aunts handle the pots and pans and spatula while you show up with a gift that’s unique and perfectly designed for just the bride.”
Specific themes are a good way to narrow things down, but you can also choose a slightly more vague theme—think “Something Blue.” In either case, make sure the items complement each other and make sense together. Don’t pair something like matching coffee mugs with the laundry hamper from their registry. The goal is to make the gift basket look curated instead of a jumble of random items.
Finish off any gift basket with a personalized touch. “We top all of our gifts with your note, handwritten, and honestly, the personalization itself is priceless,” Moore says.
How to Determine a Budget
It’s easy to get carried away and end up spending a lot of money on your gift basket, but that isn’t necessary. “We truly believe it is about the thought and intention,” Moore says. “There isn’t an appropriate amount and there doesn’t have to be.”
A bridal shower gift basket is a great gift idea for multiple people to get in on. It allows each of you to pick items you like and gives you a larger budget to work with.