(Closed) Bridal Shower Hostess Gifts

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Holy, moly!  NINE hostesses???  Wowsers!  Luckily my 3 showers had a total of 4 hostesses across all of them and I sent each a flower arrangement on the Monday following the weekend shower. 

Are you crafty?  Can you bake goodies?  Or make the tea cup candles a la Mrs. Cookie??   See here – http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/05/20/how-to-make-a-soy-candle/  I made these candles (which were very easy) and gave them for Christmas gifts and my girlfriends LOVED them.  For a shower hostess, I would probably give a little something in addition.  Maybe a tea cup candle AND a little bag of homemade cookies, or a pretty dish cloth? 

Good luck to you.  I will be watching this thread to hear all the crafty ideas that other bees give you.  Don’t panic! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

EVERYBODY loves baked goods.  And even if you wanted to get serious and do loaves of bread or something, doing that many at one time is easier because you can set up an assembly line in your kitchen.

OMG!!!!!!  WAIT ONE MINUTE… I just typed the word “bread” and thought of something!  EEEK!  Panera Bread has a cinnamon bread that is FREAKING DELICIOUS.  It sold in their bakery area by the loaf (and it’s a big loaf).  I know they’re under $5 per loaf but not sure of exact cost.  And I can’t remember now if it is plain cinnamon or cinnamon raison, but regardless – it’s delish!!  What about a loaf of that??  Then you don’t have to bake anything yourself!  You can put each into a gift bag OR if the bread is a good bargain, you can find nice dish towels for cheap somewhere, you could wrap each loaf in a towel, with a bit of ribbon to hold the ends together. 

If you do go the Panera route, you will want to call your order into Panera ahead of time as they don’t just keep a bunch of loaves on hand but you should be able to bake you nine loaves if you just call a day or two before you need it. 

Post # 7
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Oh sister — that sounds awesome!  And as a girl myself (obviously!), I can honestly tell you that I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to receive bread and/or a candle for a gift.  🙂 
     
And if you’re buying 9 loaves of bread, I think you are totally entitled to ask for a discount.  That’s a big order and the worst they can say is no. 
      
P.S. One of my BFs just moved from Normal to Savoy so I’ve been to your corner of the world.  It’s nice and I love all the corn!!! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yeah, I had 9 hostesses too! It was a lot, but I felt like I had to do it… I ended up looking for deals at Bath & Body Works and The Body Shop. I got a loufa (no idea how to spell that lol), a candle, and a body wash for each (a little bit more expensive for my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor who both put in the most money/effort). I wrapped them in one of those clear plastic gift bags, tied them off with a bow and a gift tag reading ‘Thank you! – I hope that your next shower is just as wonderful as mine was!’ I think in the end it ended up being about $15 for each person.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mmmm… Great Harvest Bread…. 🙂

Do you have a flower market near you?  I’m going to head up to Pike Place Market the morning of my shower, they have places that sell gorgeous bouquets for only $5.  I have 5 hostesses for the shower this weekend, plus TWO more showers (eeek!  That’s a lot of hostess gifts!) so I definitely feel your pain.  I didn’t even think about baked goods though- I will definitely have to consider that for my hometown shower!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Speaking of delicious bread products–by far the most delicious bread product I have ever tasted is Cinnamon Babka from Green’s Bakery. It is so MOIST and surprisingly heathy! It’s available at Wegmans, as well as online– http://greenscakes.com/Products/Cinnamon-Babka—24-oz__22.aspx

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have 6 hostesses and am giving them each a nice candle that is made in the area where I live, (which isn’t the same place as my shower hostesses) 

They are about $15 each.   The hostesses are each putting money in to give me a nice shower, and it probably adds up to more than $20 each.  So I wouldn’t feel bad about 20, but if you think $200 is too much, lower it to like $15  or so and save a little.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yikes! I didn’t even realize that I should do this! Luckily I am having one shower and my mother is throwing it for me but I do think baked goods are such a great way to go!

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