Need shower gift ideas? Think outside the box!

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the perfect gift for the bride to be! My sister Elizabeth got engaged this past January and I wanted to give her and her fiancé (Mike) the perfect gift for Christmas.! I decided to give them a hamper full of presents, things that my husband and I have found useful in our first year of marriage. I’m obsessed with presentation and thought long and hard about how to present the gift in a unique way. I bought a stylish hamper (can be found here) and decided to wrap all of the gifts in brown paper and tie them with twine. I had a hard time finding inexpensive twine but I ended up finding a great deal at Home Depot, around $3.00 for 200 feet. I tied a bow around each gift with the twine and then decided to create a little poem for each gift that described the wrapped gift. I bought red cards at Target and cut them in half to write the poems on. I also found the cutest tiny clothes pins that had Christmas sayings on them and clipped each poem to the twine. Elizabeth and Mike had a great time reading the poems aloud, trying to guess what the gift was and then opening!

I think this would also be a perfect shower gift, all you would have to do is change the color paper for the poems and the theme of the clothes pins! I loved the vintage look of the entire presentation of the gifts. Here is a picture from Christmas:

Elizabeth Gift

I situated all of the gifts on the mantle to complete the look!   In case you are interested, here is a list of gifts that I purchased and put in the hamper:

  • Wine Glasses
  • Griddle
  • Game of Monopoly
  • Bottle of “Boxer Blush” wine since Elizabeth & Mike have a boxer
  • Scarf/Necklace
  • Flameless Candles
  • Soda Stream Bottles
  • Ear Plugs (this was a joke 😉
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Sheets
  • Cocoa Mugs
  • Dog Towels
  • And a copy of the book I wrote (can be purchased here)!


I attached a card to the hamper that read the following:

“2012 and was a big year for you two

Engagement, planning a wedding and a house that’s new

Here is a laundry basket full of gifts

Things that Brian and I recommend for a first year of marriage, many to avoid tiffs”


I then had Elizabeth open the wedding planning book I wrote with the following poem:

“First things first, read this guide…

….To make sure you’re a happy bride!


Then her and Mike opened the rest of the presents one at a time! The gift was a big hit and would be perfect for a shower present! Creative poems can be made up for all gifts both on or off registries.  If you are stuck and need help coming up with a poem for a specific gift, leave me a comment and I will help you create one!

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