The Practical Bridal Shower Gift (that I wish I would’ve received) …

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With spring comes warmer weather, graduations and weddings.   With weddings come the bridal shower and gifts and all of that fun stuff.  This idea is a practical one.   One that not every bride might appreciate as much as cookware or something frilly.  But that will come in handy and useful without a doubt.  She (or they) will use it often and probably thank you for it later.
the Practical Bridal Shower (or Wedding) Gift -- what I wish I would've received! Printable tag included | Thirty Handmade Days Josh and I got engaged in the spring and married in the summer.  Yes it was very fast.  We were young and naive.   Back then, almost 16 years ago, I really wanted all.the.things.  I registered for a billion place settings, forest green, navy and maroon towels (I’ve seen those colors coming back in recently – what the what?), and china because my Mom wanted me to.  I wanted some cute little numbers for Josh.  (blushing) And I had grand visions of what married life would be.  The white picked fence, the six children (yes we wanted six), the mini van.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Did I mention I was twenty?

the Practical Bridal Shower (or Wedding) Gift -- what I wish I would've received! Printable tag included.  from Thirty Handmade Days What I should have been worried about was cleaning supplies, budgets and yoga pants.  So that’s what I’m presenting for this gift.
Someone on Facebook let me know that she created a Mini Budget Binder to give for a bridal shower gift and I thought it was genius.  That’s where this practical gift came from.  I just added a few more things to make it a gift.
I found a really cute bucket and supplies to add to it.  I created a tag to tie onto it to finish it off.
Here’s what I included:
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Cleaning bucket (I got the one pictured here at Marshall’s)
Aqua dust pan (also found at Marshall’s)
White dish towels/washcloths  – I prefer white because they can be bleached over and over and over
The Organically Clean Home by Becky of Clean Mama
Mini Budget Binder  (or you could do a traditional Budget Binder)

Some other ideas to add to this gift:
Calculator for the Budget Binder
Pens  -these ones are my favorite
Cleaning spray– another favorite of mine
Gift Card 

Have you gotten your hands on that book yet?  I love it! I’ve mentioned it on FB a few times.  It’s full of easy recipes to clean with, well written, beautiful design and layout.  There are some checklists in the back.  Congrats to Becky!

And….Word to the wise- I signed on with Amazon Prime a few years ago.  It has become my go-to for so many things.  I can order something and get it in 2 days with free shipping if it’s from Prime.  I have ordered everything you can think of through Prime- from books, to Christmas gifts, to food, to 6th grade camp supplies, to toilet paper.  Everything!! If you haven’t heard of it, make sure to check it out.

the Practical Bridal Shower (or Wedding) Gift -- what I wish I would've received! Printable tag included.  Download a sheet of bridal/wedding gift tagsFor personal use only.  Thanks!
WIshing You..... wedding gift tag | Thirty Handmade Days

What would you have liked to receive as a bridal shower or wedding gift if you had a do over?

Looking for other gift ideas? Tag posts?  I’ve got you covered:
Printable Chalkboard Tags from
Chalkboard looking letter & number tags 

Adorable printable gift tags- perfect for the holidays from
Photo tags

Birthday Printables from
Birthday Tags

And my Budget Binder/Mini Budget Binder is good for everyone! (not just as gifts)

Month at a Glance- part of the ultimate Budget Binder from
Ultimate Budget Binder


  1. says

    These are great suggestions for bridal shower gifts and something that I would have definitely found useful. I was a virgin when I got married and I wish my family and friends would have gifted me something more practical to implement into my sex life than lingerie. My post is a little different than yours but I think still helpful.

  2. says

    GREAT idea … and adorable packaging!! I hear ya about wanting all the ‘stuff’. Now, I could just use some practical stuff instead of 12 place settings of fancy china collecting dust! Thanks so much for stopping by our new little link party … Cook It! Craft It! Share It! this past week. We really appreciate your support! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Katie @ View From The Fridge

  3. Gloria says

    How about a basket to put the laundry in and pack it full of kitchen supplies and spices! Spices are so expensive when setting up house.

  4. Deanna Natarajan says

    A Moving dolly/cart is a gift that will be used so many times over their married lifetime! It’s not a fancy or pretty gift – but so useful!!

  5. Tracey B says

    When I got married 20 years ago I chose dusty pink and sage green for my registry colors. For my bridal shower/kitchen tea I received all sorts of stuff that at the time I thought was wonderful – 10 years later I was selling many of those items (still unused) at yard sales or sending them to the thrift store. I was young, naive and didn’t have my mom to help me chose more practical gifts. Now a few years after an unexpected divorce and in a new relationship I know that if I go down the marriage path again and if people want to buy gifts, the list will be full of WHITE, practical, timeless and USEFUL things that I know we will use regularly.