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« on: January 12, 2009 07:30:46 AM »

I'm going to a  bridal shower in two weeks and I'm having a brain freeze on the gift that I should make the bride. I don't know the bride real well, so that's a difficulty. I wanna make a purse for her and fill it with some kind of goodies...I just don't know what. I need help!!!!  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 04:08:43 PM »

How about filling it with items for an emergency "day of" kit?  Needles; threads of different colors to match the bridal gown, BM dresses, and tuxes/suits; cuticle scissors; breath mints; stain pen; garment tape; hairpins; blotting papers; etc.?

There's always the registry route as well, if the couple has registered.  You're assured of getting something they will want if you buy something off there.
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009 10:05:26 AM »

The emergency kit idea sounds really good!  I have a shower to go to at the end of the month and I found a really, really nice apron pattern (it's called a Friday Night Apron) I'm going to make for her.  It's a bit cliche', I suppose, but fitting especially if the bride has never lived on her own before  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009 09:49:51 AM »

I'm hoping to revive this thread since I have the exact same dilemma.  I know the bride fairly well, but we haven't been friends for too long so I'm hoping to only spend about $10-$15 on her shower gift.  I've made emergency kits in the past, so I might fall back on that (comb, floss, mirror, toothbrush & paste, clear nail polish, nail file, mini hair spray, lip gloss, sample perfume, breath mints, bobby pins, sewing kit, lotion, eye drops, Kleenex, pad - all in a decoupaged mini lunchbox), but I'd prefer something different.  Any other ideas for a fun shower gift that's a little crafty but not too expensive?

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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009 05:04:20 PM »

I like to give games as shower or wedding gifts because they're fun and maybe the couple will both enjoy them. 
You can make a container or bag to hold various card games, chips, pads of paper, pens, dice, dominoes, The Book of Hoyle......   

You could make up some charade/pictionary clue cards.

Or you could customize and personalize a board game for the couple.

« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2009 05:11:16 AM »

I like to give games as shower or wedding gifts because they're fun and maybe the couple will both enjoy them. 
You can make a container or bag to hold various card games, chips, pads of paper, pens, dice, dominoes, The Book of Hoyle......   

You could make up some charade/pictionary clue cards.

Or you could customize and personalize a board game for the couple.

Some good game ideas are Apples to Apples and Battle of the Sexes. They are great party games and you can find them at Walmart or Target. Sometimes we get on set of the Apples to Apples game cards and play Pictionary with them.

I just made an apron for one of my friends and she loved it. It was in a Chinese print of fabric and added a set of chopsticks on top of the box.

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2009 04:53:35 PM »

One thing I saw at a friend's shower that I thought was absolutely brilliant: somebody gave the bride a laundry hamper full of assorted sizes of Tupperware.  Everybody always overlooks food storage, but it's absolutely essential to ANY couple!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009 02:17:26 AM »

How about some sort of book/diary?  There are heaps of options for decorating note books and you can use them for so many things:

> either cut and paste or handwrite a few recipes in and you've started a recipe diary.
> decorate it appropriately and it could be a travel diary for the honeymoon
> a journal for the lead up and immediate aftermath of The Big Day
> speak to wives and recent brides to compile a book of advice

Something for everyone!

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009 05:42:02 AM »

What about your favourite cookbook, and if you want to add something crafty you can give her a decorated recipe box and some blank recipe cards (or you could fill some of them out). 

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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2009 07:35:46 AM »

I've been thinking about this topic alot over the past few weeks b/c one of my DD's favourite TA's is getting married in a few weeks and our church always does a bridal shower for all soon-to-be brides (which keeps us all pretty busy some summers!). Since this TA also goes to our church I know that very soon we will be having her shower. Our church is fairly traditional and most couples do not live together first, so setting up home together when they get married still happens. I don't know this bride-to-be very well other then through things my DD has been telling me, so I would need a relatively generic gift and since funds are tight I would need to craft at least some of the gift to keep costs down.

So far my ideas (aside from what's already been mentioned):

- make coasters (I'm thinking the criss-cross coasters that are on here somewhere) and then buy some mugs and either coffee or tea stuff to go with it, maybe also painting up a tin for tea bags. Or make this for outdoor entertaining and go with an ice-tea theme or whatever.

- fill a colander, or pasta pot, or mixing bowl with all the fixings for a great pasta recipe, then craft some placemats (and possibly other crafty kitchen stuff) to go with it. Could also print out some great pasta (or rice-dish) recipes to go with this.

- Picture frames for the wedding pictures always seems to go over well. Could decorate to match the wedding theme if you know it! (OK, may be overdone in some circles, but there have been other showers where there were none given... so ya never know!)

- One of my most-used bridal shower gifts has been a "conversion chart, measurement equivalents" magnet. I'm thinking you could print one and get it laminated, or make a few based on different charts and add them to any kitchen-themed gift.

- make a set of fun drink charms along with a set of wine glasses so the couple can host some great parties!

- make a birthday calendar so the couple will have all the b-days from both sides of the family in one spot (if you are good at scrapbooking and cardmaking, a b-day calendar would be no problem!).

- an herb garden for the kitchen window sill (if you are into gardening... or if the bride is...  Wink) along with other gourmet kitchen "stuff".

- for closer family members that got married I made a set of "embellishments" for their wedding scrapbooks. I made everything from tags to beaded embellishments to hand cut titles, along with the scrapbook made a very personal gift. These were very much a labour of love and basically covered the shower gifts and wedding gift in one. These were mailed across the country, at a reasonable cost, since we could not attend the wedding. They were very well received! Yes, lots of work but so worth it!

I'm off to make coasters since I love making those criss-cross coasters and they work well for all sorts of gift-giving! (Thinking hostess gifts for the visiting we will be doing this summer....  Cheesy)

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