(Closed) What are you putting in your out-of-towners gift bag?

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Contact information.  Welcome letter.  Something local or personal.  Gum.  

Post # 4
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That sounds pretty complete to me! Maybe a postcard of the town where you are, pre-stamped so they can send it to someone while they are on the road?

Post # 5
1012 posts
Bumble bee

Chapstick and a comb. I used the comb to tease my hair (still have it) and my SO used the chapstick all night. Mints. Pins! I used them when my dress broke. Seriously it was an emergency basket and we loved it!

Post # 6
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think I may do gum, mints,chapstick, snacks like peanuts or cookies, my brochure im making, and a few things for the kids that will be there like coloring pads and crayons. But thats it..

Post # 7
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m doing the same stuff you are, but I’m also making homemade vanilla extract as a favor. I’m putting it in the oot guest bag (90% of guest list is OOT) so they don’t have to worry about carrying it with them at the wedding and it will also be one per couple. Mints and gum are good too.

Oh, if you have any favorite stores or restaurants, maybe you could see if they offer any coupons and put them in the bag? 


Post # 8
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Where is the wedding?  We live in South Florida and when we did my best friend’s bags, we included sun screen, flip flops, and a beach towel and the bag was actually a beach bag.  Maybe try to include something that features the location of the wedding….

Post # 9
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My thought was to put stuff in there that would be very nice to come back to the hotel to after the “few” cocktails that would be enjoyed at the reception.  Then we went to Costco and bought bottled water, chips, pretzels, granola bars, and tons of fun size candy since our wedding was before Halloween.  Also, we made a welcome letter that included all of the wedding information (time, addresses, etc.) as well as things to do and restaurants in the area.

Post # 10
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Here’s what we’re putting in the adults’ boxes (1 box/couple):

  • snacks (1 salty, ex. chips/nuts/pretzels; 1 sweet, ex. chocolate/candy) (1 ea./adult)
  • 500mL bottle of water with DIY custom label (1/adult)
  • “welcome package” (thank-you letter, itinerary, list of important addresses/contact information, suggestions of “things to do/places to go”) (1/box)
  • “first aid kit” (tylenol/ibuprofen, tums, gum/mints, band-aids, mini hand sanitizer, gravol, poss. benadryl) (1/adult)
  • taxi cards (includes space for guests’ hotel’s address; addresses for the ceremony, reception, welcome dinner & morning-after brunch venues; and our address)
  • ? instant coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix
  • ? hand warmers

And here’s what we’re putting in the kids’ boxes (1 box/child >2 years old):

  • snacks (1 healthy salty, ex. goldfish/crackers; 1 healthy sweet, ex. fruit leather)
  • 250mL bottle of water with DIY custom label
  • activity booklet (contains colouring pages, word search, crossword, word scramble, mad lib, connect the dots, and an “I Spy” page)
  • crayons & custom-engraved pencil (available here: http://www.orientaltrading.com/)
  • kiddie “first aid kit” (Disney character/superhero band-aids, ? mints)
  • ? toy/game

Post # 11
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I like the ideas for chapstick & other toiletries.

Post # 12
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@kelly105: I’m assuming from your profile pic that you are from Baltimore, if so I included:

2 bottles of Water, a small can of Old Bay, 2 small bags of Utz chips, Goetz’ caramel cremes & cow tales, Tastykakes, chocolate wedding-themed lolipops (made by my sister), Charm City Circulator maps, pamphlets of Baltimore sites, a personalized “Do Not Disturb” door hanger, and an invitation to a pre-wedding open house.  I would have included a 2-pack of Berger cookies, but I used Berger cookies as my wedding favor.  I also wanted to include Natty Boh, but ended up skipping it due to time more than anything else.

Items like Aspirin, combs, safety pins, etc I just had in the bathroom baskets at the reception, I didn’t put them in the welcome bags.

Post # 13
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

Snacks (probably granola bars and chocolate bars)


Painkiller packets (like Aleve and Tylenol)


Safety Pins

Welcome Letter with Schedule and important contact numbers

Map of Las Vegas Strip

And because we live in a dry, sunny desert:

Giant water bottles (like the big Voss or SmartWater bottles)

EOS Hand Lotion

EOS Egg Lip Balm and EOS Stick Lip Balm


Possibly Cheapie Sunglasses and Flipflops, depending how cheap I can find them for.

Post # 14
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

How early are your oot guests coming that they will have time to so anything in the area? Most of our oot guests are coming in the day before and leaving the day after the wedding. The ones staying longer are family, like my aunt and uncLe, who have been here a million times already, and will be staying with either my parents or my grandma, so all these things people put in the welcome bag are easily found, in the house. What do you do in hat situation?

Post # 15
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Here is a photo of what we put in our bags:

* Handwritten thank you note and tag on the outside of the bag
* Packet of things to do in the area/coupons
* Magnet
* 2 bottles of water
* Bag of chips
* Bag of pretzels
* Bag of M & M’s
* Bag of Skittles
* 2 Blow Pops 
* Bag of cashews
* Bag of almonds
* Tube of sunscreen
* 2 granola bars
* Pack of gum 

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