I love taking trips and finding unique shops that allow me to bring home great gifts. A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas for a wedding. I was a +1 and didn’t know the bride or groom, but after meeting them and subsequently being invited to attend their nuptials, I thought – these two deserve a gift.
While exploring the Grand Canal Shoppesat the Venetian (I was there just a year ago and boy have they expanded in the best way) I came across Basin White (also known as Basin). Basin White is basically a bath store (like Lush) and has a number of great products and equally impressive packaging.
I was able to pick up a few bath bombs for the – ahem wedding night – and also some very cute “bride and groom” soap. They may never use it but at least it’s festive.
I also got to try my hand at video for the first time (my soror She’Don played the talent) as we watched a bath bomb dissolve and got to test out the products ourselves – which by the way are AMAZING!
Background (per Wikipedia): A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding. This custom originated in the 1890s. *Note: Showers are explicitly a gift-giving occasion, so everyone who attends the shower is expected to bring a small gift.
Lingerie.Since most showers are girls-only events (although some exceptions do exist) it’s the perfect time to give a slightly more intimate gift to the bride-to-be. My recommendation: don’t got too trashy – the bride’s family may be in attendance – and depending on the family it could be embarrassing for the bride or the women in her family (or both).
Travel Accessories. Hopefully the bride is planning a honeymoon or some type of post-nuptials trip. Gifting a leather travel jewelry case or passport holder could be just the trick – especially if you’re not comfortable buying more intimate gifts. In addition, items like this can often be customized with the bride’s new last name. For ideas try Gigi New York or Leatherology. I also love Bag All, which offers travel organizer sets. Classy, but not stuffy.
Wedding Accessories. Cake serving sets and toasting flutes are my go-to gifts when I know that the shower is co-ed. I recommend personalizing these sets with the wedding scripture (if there is one) or the couple’s names. Things Remembered has great options.
Wedding Gifts. If all else fails, buy off of the bridal registry. You cannot go wrong!