Truthfully, when it comes to wedding and bridal shower gifts, we always suggest sticking to the registry. There's a reason the bride spent time putting it together, after all, and odds are, she'd prefer you pick something she specifically asked for. So you might be wondering why we even bothered to compile a list of the best bridal shower gifts in the first place. After all, our picks are sure to depart from said registry, and they're not entirely conventional either. Well, there are a few exceptions to that age-old rule about straying from her wish list: What if you're a little late to the game and everything on the list is already spoken for? More perplexing yet, what are you to do if the bride didn't register in time for the bridal shower (or at all)? Either way, the last thing you want to do is show up empty-handed. Instead, take the lead and select a thoughtful option from our picks, which are perfect for the bride who has everything and registered for nothing. Your goal: Give her a present so good, she'll wish she had registered for it. (And once you've figured out the gifting situation, make sure you've got the event itself figured out!)
We're obsessed with this "Bride to Be" candle, which comes in a gorgeous kraft paper box tied with a black ribbon. It's chic, sophisticated, and homey, with a subtle enough color scheme to appeal to any bride.
What better way to get her excited for the wedding day than with a custom art print featuring her bridal party? The hairstyles, robes, and hair colors of the figures featured in this illustration can all be customized.
Let her revel in her new last name with some fun kitchen accessories. (We're partial to that quilted oven mitt.)
If your friend is a cheese lover, this bridal shower gift is a no-brainer. "Meant to brie" is just about the cutest thing we've ever seen.
This bag can be filled up with all of her favorite treats (granola bars, mints, candies) and a few "emergency" items (think: Band-Aids and safety pins), then stored away for use on her wedding day. Trust us—she'll thank you later.
How fun is this box full of colorful, handmade bath bombs? It's a best-seller for a reason.
Give her something she can use on the wedding day (hello, wedding cake display!) and beyond. If you're on a budget, go for the smallest stand—it's still a stunner.
These custom hangers have been popping up at weddings all over the country for the past few years, and it's easy to see why. They're an easy way to add a personal touch to the most important dress she'll ever wear.
Personalization allows you to give her a gift that nobody else could duplicate. Here, a simple, beautiful tea towel is elevated with the addition of her new name and wedding year.
This adorable gift is even more appropriate if the bride is heading off to a coastal honeymoon. (Bonus points: Get her excited for a beachside bachelorette by snagging one for each member of the bridal party.)
The homespun look of this calligraphy caught our eyes and captured our hearts. Fill the bag up with a few of her favorite things, and you've got yourself a show-stealing gift.
The best kind of gift is a gift she can use after the fun of the wedding is over. Practicality meets fashion in this old-school pajama set.
If she can't live without her morning latte, this is the gift for her. At just under $70, this sleek, modern-looking coffee press with old-fashioned wood detailing is practically a steal.
Where's the "heart eyes" emoji when you need it?! This stunning art print is another perfect option for anyone on a budget, and it'd go over beautifully with any boho bride.
Coconut oil and sandalwood essential oils meet palo santo and Texas cedarwood in this gorgeous bath oil. We love the bridal look of those white petals within the bottle too.
If the bride's a beach bum, she'll go crazy for this "Mrs." towel, which can be customized with her new last name. Those cascading flowers are the prettiest finishing detail.
These personalized totes are to die for. And that misty blue-gray color pairs well with a pop of metallics.
Get her ready for the day of with this fun "Mrs." robe, which she can wear while she's getting her hair and makeup done.
Give her a place to put her rings at night. This "Mrs." ring dish will look lovely on her nightstand.
Bold black calligraphy, a sweet watercolor design, the date of her soon-to-be anniversary make this makeup bag a must-buy bridal shower gift. Add a few trinkets within it, and we think you'll win "best gift" at the shower.
Two simple initials would be enough to make this spoon gift unforgettable. But that extra message will have her tearing up.
Pick her state and put it in slate! Here's another gift she can use time and time again—and she'll think of you whenever she does.
She's got something to look forward to; now, give her a way to cherish every moment leading up to it! These blocks aren't just helpful—they're also a pretty decor piece too.
Pink Himalayan salt is incredibly on trend. And these shot glasses, which are made of the stuff, happen to come in a stunning gift box.
Go beyond the typical bridal shower gift staples with this basket. It'll make it fun for her to go shopping for more wedding items, and she can use it well after the big day comes and goes too.