Post # 1
My mother, Mother-In-Law, and SIL are all hosting my baby shower this weekend and, aside from my mom, I’m at a loss as to what to give them for hostess presents.
I was just going to give my SIL a bottle of prosecco but I’m hesitating because #1: that’s the same thing I gave her for helping host my wedding shower; and #2: my mom is giving her a bottle of booze as a housewarming gift (the housewarming party was last weekend and my mom couldn’t make it so she’ll be giving her the booze at my shower). Am I overthinking it? Does it matter if she gets two things of alcohol? FYI she does love prosecco/champagne and that’s why it’s my usual go-to for her. Also, since she just had her housewarming, I just gifted her candles and hand soaps for that.
My Mother-In-Law is tricky. I always have problems buying her gifts because she honestly doesn’t really need/want anything. Anyone I ask what Mother-In-Law would like as a thank you gift has replied exactly the same: a grandson! She’s super excited about the baby (her only other grandchild is 17 years old, so this is the first grandbaby for a while, plus he’ll be the only boy). The only other thing people have suggested is a gift card to Michaels because she’s very crafty and always doing DIY stuff. But a gift card seems rather impersonal, no? Again, am I overthinking it? Should I just get her the gift card?
Any ideas appreciated!
Post # 2
usually I just give hosts either wine, champagne, flowers, or chocolates (or a combination). So for SIL definitely prosecco as she likes that, then for Mother-In-Law possibly one of the above, or what about something grandma related? Like a photo frame with grandma on if that she can put a picture of herself and your baby in when he arrives?
Post # 3
I thought about something grandma-related because she’s so excited. Maybe a frame is a good idea…
Mother-In-Law doesn’t drink and doesn’t like flowers (mostly because she has 2 crazy cats that would just eat/destroy them). She’s also constantly dieting. Like I said, she’s difficult to shop for. Last Christmas my husband and I bought her a power drill. That’s the kind of stuff she likes.
Post # 4
I think you might be over-thinking a bit 🙂 This may sound bad…. but hostess gifts don’t have be to quite as thoughtful as “regular” gifts. I LOVE that you ARE being thoughtful, but you can cut yourself some slack here. Even if Mother-In-Law is dieting, a nice box of chocolates can be savored over many days.
What about something for the “crazy cats?” Lol Some catnip, toys, or treats?
I would say for anyone, good hostess gifts are something that just says “hey, thanks for doing something nice for me!” Anything that’s consumable is always good – chocolate, booze/champagne/wine, candles, soaps, lotions, flowers – anything that people don’t have to worry about being “stuff” sitting around. Also – if they aren’t ~exactly~ the giftee’s favored scent or flavor or whatever, they can always re-gift it……….
Post # 5
It sounds as if your Mother-In-Law would love a Grandma gift. Proseco sounds like a win for SIL. A heartfelt card letting them know how much you appreciate their efforts and how you look forward to having them be a part of your child’s life would probably be the most appreciated.
Post # 6
Anyone that I know who’s crafty, including me, would LOVE a Michael’s gift card – so much fun 🙂 When I give only gift cards I like to make sure the card is extra nice and put something extra with the card, like a nice chocolate bar with a little bow on it or something.
Post # 7
What about getting your Mother-In-Law a “I love Grandma” frame or something like that? If she’s so excited for the grandchild, I’m sure she’ll love to have tons of pictures around!
As for your SIL – if she likes prosecco, get her prosecco! No need to hold off because someone else is giving her booze for another occasion.