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Bridal Shower Gifts for a Daughter-in-Law

The right gift can set the tone for your relationship

By Kimberly Ripley

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When you are invited to attend the bridal shower for your future daughter-in-law, you are actually given an opportunity you may not fully realize. The gift you give can help set the tone for your relationship with this important woman in your son's life. Consider the gift a "welcome to the family" gesture, and you'll be well on your way to establishing a very special bond with your new daughter-in-law.

Sentimental

Nothing symbolizes "Welcome to our family" better than a family heirloom or a piece of family history. Give the bride one of Grandma's handmade quilts from a generation ago or a nicely framed copy of the family tree. Use the gift to say, "You're one of us now," and it can set the tone for a loving and accepting relationship. The gift needn't be of significant monetary value: The most important component is the sentiment it conveys.

Personal

Give your future daughter-in-law a personal gift that will touch her heart. A piece of jewelry is a perfect personal gift and will likely become one she will cherish for a lifetime. Other options include a high-quality handbag or a personal electronics item such as a laptop computer or an electronic planner. To go a step further, have the piece engraved or personalized.

Handwritten

Even more important than the gift itself is the accompanying sentiment. Perhaps you don't have an heirloom piece to pass along or the money to purchase an expensive gift. Don't despair. Simply enclose a personal, handwritten note in whatever gift you choose, telling your future daughter-in-law how much she means to you and your family and officially welcoming her. It will cost you nothing but time and thought to touch the bride's heart.

Photo albums

Give your future daughter-in-law a look into her husband's life by presenting her with a photo album with pictures from his life. Pick out your favorite pictures of your son as well as ones that show the kind of person he is. Pictures of major life events are always safe bets, but find ones with character and . Put the pictures in a nice photo album and note the date or memory underneath pictures if you can. Alternatively give her a photo album with pictures of the family and leave a few pages for her to add in pictures of her family as well.

About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and contributor to DexKnows.

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