Post # 1
Next month, my FMIL’s friends are graciously hosting a shower in my honor (FMIL has a large group of friends who throw showers for each other’s daughters/ future daughters-in-law). I would like to get them hostess gifts, but I’m not sure what would be appropriate. The main issue is that there are ELEVEN (11!) hostesses, many of whom I’ve never met. I assume they’re typical middle-aged women.
I asked my Future Mother-In-Law what types of gifts she’s gotten when she’s been part of the hostess group and she said she’s gotten a pretty white charger plate, a vase, and an artsy ring holder.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I’d like to keep the costs down (I’m a poor grad student + buying for so many people adds up quickly) so ideally the gifts will cost less than $15 – $20/ person (and really, even less than that would be awesome).
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Well if they have a name for themselves, or if you came up with a cute name for them. i.e. “Shower Team of New York” or something. You could have bags all made for them from vista print with the saying on it.
Post # 4
@moondrop: Not to jump on you or be rude but why does their age matter? A hostess gift is a hostess gift 🙂
linen tea towels
Journals and a pretty pen
gift cards to Barnes and Noble
go to Tuesday morning, Homegoods, Steinmart etc and you can find an assortment of lovely things in your price range.
Post # 5
My suggestion is to write them each a heartfelt card thanking them and maybe put in a 5 dollar gift card to star bucks. Either that or I’d get some small pots and plant an herb in each one for their kitchen.
My Mother-In-Law did this to me (after I told her no showers) and I don’t remember buying the hosts anything. I was in my last semester of college, paying for some of our wedding, and the eight women that attended were all hosts (they didn’t invite anyone else and I had never met any of them). The shower wasn’t for me, it was for my Mother-In-Law. I wrote them all nice thank you cards and was done with it.
Post # 6
@mwitter80: I really like that idea! I don’t think they have a group name but I like the idea of a personalized tote bag
@unixfairy: Good point about the age thing. I guess I just wanted to point out that they’re not my bridesmaids or friends my age, but you’re right that I probably didn’t need to stress it as much as I did. 🙂 Like you said, a hostess gift is a hostess gift!
I’ve actually never heard of ANY of those stores, but I will check them out online. Thanks for the other good suggestions, too.
Post # 7
So funny because my shower is tomorrow and is also being thrown by my FMIL’s friends. There are 6 hostesses and I bought them all gift cards for the movies. I spent $20 on them and will also write them each a nice thank you card.
I think anything you get will be a nice gesture and I don’t think they are expecting anything either.
Post # 8
You could get them each some fancy bath products to thank them for the “shower.”
Post # 9
@maureen9004 – Future Mother-In-Law specifically told me that I should get them gifts, otherwise I’m with you on the heartfelt card (and I also agree that this shower is really for her, not me). I’m really into gardening so I love the herb idea, except that I’m flying to the east coast for the shower and I don’t think they’d survive the trip on the plane!