Are you tired of giving the same old fondue sets, personalized towels, and kitchenware to friends and family when someone decides to tie the knot? How about a few ideas for unusual bridal shower gifts that'll really make ‘em smile? Here are a few things you might just want to consider the next time someone you know and love is getting married. …

Spa Finder Gift Certificate

Now this is a bridal shower gift that you can present to the bride-to-be only or make it a double to include her groom. At www.SpaFinder.com, you'll find gift certificates available for everything from facials to body wraps to (of course!) full-body massages. A gift like this can be used by the bride (and/or groom) before, during the honeymoon, or after the wedding.

Easy to personalize with the names of the recipient(s), these gift certificates come in all sorts of denominations ranging from $50 to $1,000 in $25 increments. These are accepted at more than 3,500 spas around the world, but make sure there's one in the soon-to-be-married couple's neighborhood before you shell out the bucks! And while you're at the site, check out their candles, Harry & David assorted chocolate truffles, and other goodies created to pamper. You might want to buy a few things for yourself!

Custom-Created Oil Painting

You can give a bridal shower gift that will be cherished forever by having a custom oil painting done of the couple from a photograph. At www.WeddingShowerGifts.com, trained artists render remarkable likenesses in oil on real canvas for amazingly reasonable prices. Send them a picture of the bride and groom, and they'll send you back a rolled canvas (no framing offered) of the subjects in your choice of prices and sizes: 8"x10", 12"x16", 16"x20", or 20"x24" priced from $90 to $470 plus shipping. From the time you send the photograph to them sending it back to you as a real oil painting only takes from between 15 and 20 days. The site also offers this service as a gift certificate.

Lottery Tickets

Now many people might frown on this as a bridal shower gift, but you'd be surprised at how happy the sight of them makes a prospective bride (or groom!). And if they win, well… You can bet they'll forever be grateful to you for having been so thoughtful as to give them the chance to win big bucks in the state lottery! Buy them in a bunch - 20 or more - to make enjoying them that much more exciting. Put them in a small box, wrap elegantly, and then present it with aplomb. You just never know! You might be party to making someone a millionaire!

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking outside of the box - the bridal shower gift box, that is - and on your way to giving a gift that's not only unusual, but always welcomed. So give it some thought! You're sure to come up with some great ideas on your own.