(Closed) Bridal Shower HOSTESS Gifts?! What is proper etiquette??

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I plan on giving my shower hostesses each a small gift.  So far, I purchased mini heart-shaped soaps from Sabon.  I’m not sure what else I will pick up but they will be more non-wedding related items and something cute and thoughtful.  I don’t plan on spending more than $15 each.  Just a small gift and a heartfelt note letting them know how much I appreciate them!

Post # 5
23 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

One of the best gifts someone got me for hosting a shower was a gift card to Bath and Body Works and a cute purse-sized compact to go with it. 

Post # 6
1165 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got them small gifts since I was also giving them gifts at the wedding.  I found these great beach bags at Ross and filled them each with a nice beach towel and some after-sun lotion.  They seemed to really like them.

Post # 7
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My Mom took care of that for me. She got bracelets for all of the hostesses. I think a small token is nice and then a bigger gift for the wedding.

Post # 9
184 posts
Blushing bee



My daughter had 30 hostesses for her tea.

We got them Bath & Body Works soap & lotion beautifully wrapped.

They have a sale twice a year and we got all of their gifts for about $180, excluding wrapping supplies.


For teas I have hosted….I have received the following for hostess gifts/thank yous:

A picture frame

A manicure kit (purse size)

Homemade cookies

A candle w/ holder

A cake server shaped like a high heel shoe

Hand soap from B&BW


Of all of these, I appreciated the Bath & Body Works the most—it was practical.

Honestly, the other stuff, well, ended up in a drawer or in the trash.

But we’re talking bridal teas with anywhere from 15-30 hostesses so it’s not really feasible to spend $25-30 on each.

Post # 10
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I gave my 2 bridesmaids each about $10 of small items — shower gels that were clearance from Bath & Body Works, a $5 clutch from Sam Moon, & emry boards. I got the family friend who helped/let us use her home a $15 dip holder you put ice in. 

Post # 11
14 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

I (along with another bridesmaid) recently hosted a bridal shower and bachelorette for a friend and she sent us each a bottle of champagne in the mail the next week. It was a great surprise.

Post # 12
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My 3 BMs all pitched in to throw us a laidback Jack n Jill shower at our home. I wanted to give them each a small token of appreciation for their hard work, but I couldn’t spend much at all. I borrowed the “From my shower to yours” concept that had been mentioned by another bee so they each got two shower gels (my Maid/Matron of Honor got three) and a soft bath pouf in a gift bag. I got the shower goodies on sale from Avon and the gift bags and tissue at Target. I spent under $10 per girl.

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