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Christa Vagnozzi

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Bridal Shower Gifts

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Bridal shower gifts have come a long way since our mothers got married. While the traditional china, silver, and crystal still have their place on bridal registries, couples are requesting eco-friendly household products, colorful appliances, experiential gifts, and more. Once a bridal shower invite is received, it’s not uncommon to learn that the bride and groom are registered at Sandals Resorts and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), in addition to Macy’s. If all these options seem a bit daunting, think of it this way: More choices mean a variety of options in a range of price points, allowing you to pick the gift that you feel most comfortable giving the happy couple. So just what are the top items brides would like to receive as a shower gift? Ultimately, it depends on their individual bridal registry preferences, but be on the lookout for these best sellers.

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  • Cuisinart 6-Bottle Wine Cellar

    Christa says: Whether they’re just starting their wine collection or have been stocking up for years, wine lovers will thoroughly enjoy this miniature wine cellar. It can be placed behind the bar or above or below a countertop for easy accessibility. Add personalization by filling it with wines for the newlyweds to toast major milestones, like their first anniversary, a promotion, or baby news.

    • 8 presets for proper serving and storage temperatures for any variety of white or red wine
    • Thermoelectric cooling technology - no noise or vibration
    • Ability to adjust temperature manually
    • 16-inch height is perfect for countertop use
    • 3 removable chrome racks designed to hold 750ml or 1,500ml bottles
  • The Cellar Whiteware Square 4-Piece Place Setting

    Christa says: You may or may not be surprised to learn that formal china is no longer a registry requisite. Today’s couples are all about entertaining and mixing and matching using both formal and casual dinnerware. That’s why these square white dishes are the perfect gift. You can mix and match them with practically any shape or color of glassware, serving piece, or charger for a clean and modern look. Think white is too boring? Think again. A sleek white place setting will make the newlyweds feel like they’re dining out in the comfort of their own kitchen.

    • Porcelain
    • Dishwasher safe
    • Microwave safe
    • Oven safe to 450ºF
    • Sleek, stylish design
  • KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Sunshine Yellow

    Christa says: Okay, so maybe your mother did receive this tried and true classic all those years ago - but that’s what makes it the best. The KitchenAid stand mixer has withstood the test of time. Now, brides love it because it’s available in a vast array of colors - including Lemongrass, Cobalt Blue, and Clementine - to coordinate with any kitchen. I absolutely love the new Sunshine Yellow hue, available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. It’s just what every new homemaker needs to add a little cheerfulness to their countertop. Personalize this gift by including one of your favorite baking recipes on a pretty note card inside the bowl.

    • Planetary action ensures thorough, even mixing
    • 5-quart bowl capacity
    • Includes flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield
    • 325 watts; 14” x 8 ½” x 13 ¾”
    • Also available in 12 more colors
  • Retro Olive Luggage Set by Diane von Furstenberg

    Christa says: Every pair of newlyweds needs a new set of luggage. This set by signature wrap dress designer Diane von Furstenberg is perfect for the jetsetting bride and groom. The khaki green color won’t offend even the manliest of new husbands, while the orange trim, contemporary design, and the fact that it’s made by DVF will definitely put a smile on his new bride’s face.

    • Olive with orange trim
    • 5-piece set, including two carry-ons, two expandable rolling suitcases, and one rolling transit bag
    • Polished nickel hardware
    • Crafted from ballistic nylon and leather
    • Also available in black with red trim
  • Organic Hemstitch Duvet Cover & Sham

    Christa says: Some couples are going beyond recycled paper wedding invitations in their quest for a green wedding: They’re creating eco-friendly homes, beginning with the bedroom. And linens like these may be just the thing. Why? It’s a proven fact that when you sleep your body perspires. Some bed linens harbor chemicals that, when mixed with perspiration, may create a toxic sleep environment. This organic duvet cover is also machine-washable, so there’s no need to worry about additional toxic fumes produced by dry-cleaning. Stylish, yet environmentally friendly - you may want a set for yourself.

    • Made from 100% organic cotton fiber
    • 200 thread count
    • Machine washable
    • Woven in Portugal
    • Available in Green Haze, Fog Blue, Lime Green, Marigold, Natural, Ocean Breeze, and White

You will be happy with any of these

  • Dream Honeymoons

    Christa says: What could be better than giving a bride and groom a cherished memory of their first days as newlyweds? Couples register for their honeymoon through websites, and guests can contribute a certain dollar amount to the travel agent or resort. Just to clarify: You’re not actually paying for their honeymoon. Couples use these contributions toward a romantic dinner, sightseeing tours, spa treatments, and more. How to package it? Insert a note explaining your gift inside a vintage-inspired Calvallini travel journal.

  • Experiential Gifts

    Christa says: You can give the couple an “experience” rather than a traditional gift - and still be able to walk into the bridal shower with a wrapped box in hand. Many websites are out there for you to take your pick from any number of experiences - think couples massages, cooking classes, hot air balloon rides - pick your price point, pay online, and have the gift certificate mailed directly to your home. Meanwhile, the bride and groom may schedule their experience at a time convenient for them. Experiences are available in all major cities. How to package it? If you purchased a cooking class, wrap the gift certificate with a cool tool, like a set of color-coded cutting boards.

  • Adventure & Sporting Equipment

    Christa says: Outdoorsy types may decide to skip the department store registry and instead check out sporting goods retailers. In this case, gift-givers consider the couple’s personalities and what they like to do for fun. Are the newlyweds honeymooning in Vail? Perhaps a set of skis is in order. Do they love to go camping? Consider a sleeping bag for two, like the red Kelty Lunar Double-Wide Sleeping Bag.

  • Charitable Donations

    Christa says: More than ever before, brides and grooms-to-be want to give back, and charity registries make it easy to do so. In addition to donating a portion of their wedding budget to charity, couples are asking guests to donate. At, couples can create a Charity Registry that allows guests to donate to a charity of the bride and groom’s choice as a special wedding gift to them. How to package it? Attach a note explaining your donation to a small gift. For example, if the couple’s charity of choice is the Susan G. Komen foundation, purchase a bottle of Organic Reserve Cuvee Olive Oil from Napa Valley Naturals and tie your note around the bottleneck with pretty ribbon. An additional dollar gets donated to the foundation with your purchase.

  • Electronics

    Christa says: Just because you’re going to a “bridal” shower doesn’t mean it’s all about the bride. Grooms are getting more and more involved in the registry process, and gadgets are fast becoming a hot gift category. Go online and purchase the newlyweds a new digital camera, GPS navigation system, or DVD player. Or, consider pitching in with a group to get the couple that new Samsung LCD HDTV on their wish list. Maybe they’ll invite you to their first Super Bowl party.

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