Post # 1
My (non-surprise) bridal shower is next week and I’m so excited!!! However, I am panicked because I haven’t thought of what to give the four hostesses, and also I don’t know when to give it to them. I’m on a budget so it definitely has to be between $20 to $50 each. Would products from something like Bath and Body works be appropriate? Do I give it to them on the day of the shower? Three of them are coming in from out of town. Can I give it to them the next day? Do they all have to be the same presents? I was thinking of maybe a gift certificate for a nice spa for two of them for us to get manis and pedis the day before the shower, and jewelry for one, and maybe a picture frame for another, since they’re in different age groups (stepmom, sister, godmother, step-grandmother). What do you think??
Post # 3
When I’ve hosted showers, the bride has presented gifts at the end of the shower kind of when guests are leaving. I’ve received something as simple as a tube of Bath & Bodyworks lip gloss and a small travel bottle of lotion (nicely wrapped though) with a nice note. Since you have items in mind I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have different items for each hostess–it shows you’ve thought about them specifically.
Post # 4
I gave my hostesses their gifts at the end of the shower after most of the guests had left. I did get them all the same thing, a box a See’s candies (I had 4 people throw the shower as well and spent $20 on each person). I think your gifts sounds great!
Post # 5
I gave mine all a nice bottle of wine with a corsage attached that they could wear for the shower (I gave my mom and mil a corsage as well). I did it right when I walked in the door.
Post # 6
You gifts sound good!
I gave my mom, sister, and aunt all gifts and cards at the end of my shower after most guests had left (there were a few stragglers, and, of course, the guys who were doing mop up on the food : )
I got them all something different: my aunt – a vera bradley travel bag filled with crabtree & evelyn goodies, my sister – a pair of gold sandals she had been coveting, my mom – a card with a one night stay at our reception venue the next time we go up together.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
At the shower makes sense, and I like the idea of getting them each something they will enjoy! Shows you really thought about it.
Post # 8
I think your gift ideas sound good. I had an engagement party thrown by my friends. I gave them all something a little different but spent $20, because I knew I’d be giving them gifts again at other parties and for the wedding (they are my BMs). Just make sure you give them the gift the same day. I’ve had one wedding I’ve been in that the bride didn’t give them the gift that day. She had them the day of because I helped her wrap them etc. She thought she was suppose to give them to them at the Rehearsal Dinner. So when the rumor mill made it’s way back to me that she didn’t have the “nerve” to get them gifts it had been almost a month. Yikes! So I don’t think it matters when you give them before, during or after but just as long as it is that same day.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone for your replies! I feel weird bringing the presents to the restaurant though, and giving them the presents in front of the guests. I think I’m going to give it to them the day before if I can.