Making a wedding gift wish list when you’re a bride is totally kosher in my book (maybe I’m biased given I’ve already made one). From practical presents to use on our wedding day to those pretty little things that I dream to splurge on but likely won’t due to the many other essential wedding budget priorities.
Whether you’re the bride or you have one near and dear to your heart, there are plenty of thoughtful and splurge-worthy goodies out there for your gift list. From shopping the bride’s dream wedding accessories to hey, even a cash wedding registry gift, we’ve rounded up the best holiday gifts (or birthday, or any other occasion!) For the bride in your life.
1. Spa Days & Bridal Beauty Kits
Give the gift of bridal glow! As presented in our Best Bridal Shower Gifts guide, when in doubt, put together a spa gift basket for your bride.
The splurge gift: buy a gift certificate to a swanky day spa near her home or wedding venue. Then she can relieve that wedding planning stress with a massage or prep for the big day with special facials.
The budget gift: put together a gift box with DIY at-home spa supplies. We love natural face masks that leave your skin exfoliated and silky smooth. Jade rollers are a fun tool & who doesn’t love basically any beauty splurge from Aesop!
2. Wedding planners, journals & organizers
A thoughtful bride gift if there ever was one! We’ve rounded up 10 beautiful wedding planners, journals & organizers that help couples keep all of their planning, budgeting & vendor details all in one place. And I’m not talking those hefty binders from the 1980s. Shop personalized journals, chic appointment calendars & boxes filled with ready-made wedding planning checklists.
3. Wedding Veils, Shoes, Jewelry & Accessories
If you’ve ever shopped for a wedding dress, you know it can be a massive investment. Often, brides dedicate their entire wedding fashion budget on their dream dress (and understandably so!) But then, they’re left with little to none to finish their wedding day look.
Purchasing your beloved bride’s dream bridal shoes, wedding veil, wedding-day jewelry or other accessories will likely make her heart aflutter, or at least induce some happy tears. If you want it to be a surprise, we implore you to check in with her maid-of-honor, closest family members or her Pinterest account to figure out what she’s pining for. Otherwise, you can be upfront and tell your bride that you’d like to buy her dream pair of shoes, or accompanying bridal accessories.
Here are our favorite places to shop for wedding veils & bridal accessories plus our favorite bridal shoe shops, too!
4. A Luxurious Bridal Robe
We don’t know a bride on earth who wouldn’t love a luxurious robe to wear while getting ready on her wedding day. High-quality bridal robes can be worn & worn again for decades to come. Here are our favorite robes for 2022 brides (my vote goes to this floor-length lace bridal robe – absolutely photo-op-worthy!)
5. Pretty Cake Stands
A piece of decor that ends up low on the priority list is a great splurge for any shoppers looking for the perfect bridal gift. Enter cake stands: a pretty piece of wedding decor that can live in your kitchen after the wedding! Shop our favorite cake stands, including this gorgeous modern marble dessert display.
6. Ring Dishes
Let’s keep your bride’s new engagement ring sparkling! Etsy is filled with adorable handmade & personalized ring dishes. You can also opt for these ring dish alternatives like sparkling geode ring holders & gorgeous velvet ring boxes.
7. Vow Books
One of our favorite trends in wedding stationery is keepsake vow books. These pretty journals look fabulous in wedding ceremony photos (much better than that glowing iPhone screen!) Plus, brides can keep their vow book somewhere special to cherish throughout their marriage. You can find plenty of pretty vow books on Etsy, we love these heirloom-worthy letterpress vow booklets by Michelle Renee Co.
8. Wedding-day Fragrance
Scent is one of our most powerful memory recalls, allowing us to bring back moments in our life we may never remember otherwise. A wedding-day fragrance is a wonderful way to let your bride relive her special day in the years to come. Modern-day perfumes are less gender-based and more sophisticated. We love brands like Le Labo & Byredo that make tantalizing fragrances worthy of your bride’s wedding-day routine.
9. Cash Money!
According to our polls, the vast majority of brides & grooms want money as wedding gifts. We absolutely understand if you want to put together a thoughtful & creative gift. Good on you! But, if you want your bride’s holiday or wedding gift to be as practical as can be, consider gifting cash. That way she can allocate the funds to the many wedding planning expenses to come.
But don’t worry, there are classy ways to gift money these days! Birdie is a fabulous new platform to send cash gifts to couples getting married. Choose the gift amount and personalize it with a fancy digital greeting card. It’s instant – all you need is their email!
For more gift and registry ideas browse through our many gift guides in the archives.