5 Unique Personalized Gifts for Bridal Showers and Weddings 

posted: 05/17/16
by: Blythe Copeland

Buying sheets, glassware, dishes, or kitchen tools off the registry is always the safest course for wedding or bridal shower gifts, but giving a personalized item is so much more memorable. From practical cutting boards and time-saving embossers to sentimental artwork and engraved jewelry, these five custom items are beautiful reasons to skip the registry.

1. Personalized map artwork

Take your gifting inspiration from the couple's favorite cities -- where they grew up, met, got engaged, or plan to tie the knot -- with personalized map artwork. Give an intricate paper-cut heart (Kartegraphik, $129) that pairs two locales to a couple who grew up on opposite coasts; a watercolor print of two different states to the long distance loves (Justabirdprintables, $15); or a framed section of a map showing the newlyweds' honeymoon destination or new home (BasketfulOfGrace, $45). Whatever their style, it's a sweet way to remind them that home is wherever they're together.

2. Custom embosser

Help the newlyweds make their mark on wedding invitations, thank you notes, and holiday cards with a custom embosser (Paper Source, $31.50). If they've bought a house, choose one that includes the address -- or just stick to names or initials for a tool they will be able to use forever. Choose from traditional script, contemporary initials, or classic block script to create a tool they'll still appreciate when it's time to send out baby announcements.

3. Engraved handwriting jewelry

Jewelry engraved with a loved one's handwriting is a touching gift for any bride -- she can wear a bracelet engraved with a few words from a deceased parent or grandparent (Megangoldkamp, $95), wrap a token around her bouquet, or keep a locket with her fiance's writing close to her heart. Look for old letters, notes, or other handwriting samples to create a custom piece; for the groom, have a few words engraved onto cufflinks (Sparklesme, $195) or on a wooden picture frame.

4. Initial welcome mat

Help the couple's home make a good first impression with an elegant welcome mat showing off their shared (Williams-Sonoma, $99.95) or first initials (Williams-Sonoma, $119.95). Sturdy natural coir yarns are handspun to keep shoes clean without holding onto dirt and mildew for a truly pretty entryway.

5. Monogrammed cutting board

From hosting their first summer barbecue to the annual New Year's Eve party, the happy couple will get plenty of use out of a durable, generously sized cutting board; just add a monogram to turn it from a kitchen staple into a family heirloom. Big Wood Boards sells maple and wood cutting boards in a variety of shapes and sizes for everything from serving fresh bread to slicing pizza, available with script or block monograms and initials (Big Wood Boards, $40).