Top 10 Gifts for the Bride

Wow the bride-to-be with a thoughtful gift before she ties the knot

Friends and loved ones of the bride have it tough. You have to find birthday and holiday gifts, and great engagement, shower and wedding gifts. When a bride is already getting dozens of presents directly from her registry, it can be hard to figure out other things she wants and give her a unique, sentimental gift. This guide has great gift options that any bride would be happy to receive.

  • 01 of 10

    A Spa Gift Certificate

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    Every bride is stressed out. A manicure or pedicure will help her look her best at pre-wedding events, tense muscles love a  deep tissue massage and a facial will help her skin look fantastic for wedding pictures.

    You can even splurge and get her a full-day of pampering that will allow for maximum relaxation time. Try a gift certificate from spafinder.com. That way the bride can visit the spa she already loves and choose her own treatments.

  • 02 of 10

    A Book That Will Make Her Laugh

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    A stressed out bride needs to laugh. Why not give her a book such as "Diary of a Mad Bride," a comedic tale told in diary format. After pooh-poohing her friend's engagement mania, the protagonist finds herself being ​that crazy bride. If that's not her taste, try a wedding comedy movie or tickets to see some stand-up. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

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    A Custom Portrait

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    If you're shopping for an artsy bride, why not commission a handmade, personalized portrait of her and her hubby-to-be? Depending on how much you're willing to spend, a custom painting might be a little pricey, so split it with a friend. Etsy has tons of artists who can sketch a realistic portrait or a fun, quirky couples' caricature.

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    Monogrammed Goodies

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    If a bride is changing her name, she'll appreciate getting towels, slippers, keepsake boxes and literally anything else that bears her new initials. If she's not changing her name, similar items featuring the two initials for her and her fiancee's last names will give hints of the new life she'll soon lead.

    She most likely won't have registered for monogrammed items (most registries that I know of don't have this option), so your gift will be completely unique.

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  • 05 of 10

    Confirmation of Youth

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    Remind the bride that just because she's getting married doesn't mean she has to change who she is. Give a gift bottle of her favorite whiskey, a gift certificate for sex toys or a coupon for a girls night out. If she's not a wild child, give her the kind of present you would have given her if she wasn't getting married. She'll still love the sappy movie or funky t-shirt.

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    Honeymoon Gift

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    If you know where she's planning on honeymooning, she'll love a helpful guidebook on the spot, a fun excursion or any appropriate accessories, like a beach blanket for a Caribbean honeymoon or a cashmere scarf for a ski-resort getaway. She won't have registered for it, but it will be tremendously helpful.

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    Lingerie

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    Every bride can be reminded of her beauty and sexiness. Give her some ​gorgeous lingerie that will help keep the spark alive long after the wedding night. Those of you who are conservative can give a beautiful peignoir set, while adventurous types can opt for skimpy or crotchless panties, latex bras, or, well, you get the picture! Get some ideas from our top picks for wedding night lingerie.

  • 08 of 10

    Holiday Decorations

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    Today's brides register for furniture, electronics, kitchenwares and entertaining supplies, yet very few brides have the holiday decorations they'll need to start new traditions and recreate old ones.

    Whether you give a holiday ornament with both of their names engraved on it, a beautiful menorah or a cornucopia to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece, your gift will be put to use for years to come.

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  • 09 of 10

    Engagement Memories

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    A newly married couple will have lots of documentation of the wedding itself, yet few have documentation of the moments leading up to the big day. A bride will love a beautiful album with pictures of her shower, a journal for recording her thoughts during the process or a scrapbook you've put together.

    Grooms, why not put together a scrapbook of your dating memories? To make it extra special, add tickets or gift certificates so that you can revisit the places where you two made such great...MORE memories.

  • 10 of 10

    A History of Her Fiancee's Family

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    The bride will be gaining a whole new set of family members, but she probably doesn't have any idea who they are! A thoughtful gift would be a labeled photo album with all of the new people in her family or a beautiful groom's family tree - make sure to include the bride!