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Yes, the bridal shower is where the bride will be, well, showered with gifts, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to treat the guests to a little something special. They've come from near and far to celebrate the bride. The shower is a time to relax, unwind, and enjoy time together—and to get excited about the upcoming nuptials.
A small, thoughtful favor can go a long way toward showing gratitude and appreciation, and hey, who doesn’t love to leave a party with a fun little goodie?
Read on for the best bridal shower favors.
Wine Dine and Design Personalized Hand Sanitizer Labels
Pretty meets practical, thanks to these adorable stick-on labels made to fit perfectly on the pocket-sized Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers. (Note, you’ll have to buy those separately.) The chic font and subtle eucalyptus design work well with any color hand sanitizer and/or décor theme; we also love these as an addition to hotel welcome bags.
5 Star Succulents Wedding Favor
Long-lasting and pretty much foolproof, succulents are a surefire gift that your guests will be able to hang onto long after the party is over. These come shipped complete as a kit, and do require a little bit of DIY effort to plant each succulent into the included handmade, wooden planter. The end result is totally worth it, and can easily double as the perfect place setting and favor at any bridal shower.
Vine Wedding Mini Bridal Shower Champagne Bottle Labels
Any and every type of wedding celebration calls for champagne, and this easy-to-design label template is the perfect way to customize the bride’s favorite bottle of bubbly. Download the template and edit the text, then simply print and add to mini bottles.
Westing Organics Personalized Rose Bath Bomb Favors
Give your guests an easy way to create an at-home spa experience with these 100% natural bath bombs that are scented with rose essential oils and smell just as good as they look. The handmade, heart-shaped minis come topped with real rose petals, all you have to do is customize the wording on the packaging.
The Fussy Hostess EOS Lip Balm Holder
A lip balm alone would be a cute favor, but go ahead and up the ante and pair it with this personalized card. Customize it with the bride’s name and shower date (you can even add a photo), then print them out and pop in an EOS lip balm (not included). Mix and match the colors of the lip balms, or choose just one for a more cohesive look.
Escort Tags “And So the Adventure Begins” Luggage Tags
No matter whether the bride-to-be is an avid traveler or she’s planning a destination wedding, these luggage tags are right on theme. (Not to mention are totally practical, too.) The bonded leather is engraved with a foil imprint and comes in over 20 different colors, so you can easily find one that works best with the bridal shower décor aesthetic. Bonus: It comes with an escort card on the inside, which you can also use to provide guests with their table number.
Cookiebox Store Wedding Clear Macaron Packaging Box
Is there any dessert more decadent and feminine than the macaron? We think not. Pick up the bride’s favorite macarons, then use these pretty boxes to package them up. They come complete with customizable labels where you can add the wedding date and couple’s initials, as well as an array of different colored ribbons to choose form.
Kara's Vineyard Wedding Wine Bottle Stoppers
Ideal for either a vineyard- or garden-themed wedding, the floral applique on these stoppers is sure to please. Not to mention that there are nearly 30 colors to choose from, and they come with free organza favor bags to make wrapping them up a breeze.
Engraved Your Way Engraved Champagne Glass
Set these out at each place setting at the bridal shower; they’re great for sipping mimosas or champagne out of during the event (obviously), and double as a great favor for your guests to bring home. Engrave the stemless flutes with each guest’s name, the wedding hashtag, or any other fun phrase that resonates with the group.
Uncommon Goods Edible Gold Lollipops
Lollipops aren’t just a great favor idea for a kids party. This totally grown-up, totally sophisticated version is a perfectly sweet option to use as a favor for any shower. Each is handmade and filled with (completely edible) 24K gold leaf, a great way to add a little bit of extra sparkle to the special day.
Pholk Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist
Ideal for any and all skin types, this spritz relies only on natural and organic ingredients to hydrate and balance your complexion. It feels refreshing and smells divine, the perfect mid-day pick-me-up. The price point is slightly higher, so consider it for events with a smaller guest count, and/or to use as a prize for shower games.
Pop Fizz Designs Store Hair Ties
We have yet to meet someone who couldn’t use a few extra hair ties, truly the definition of arguably the most practical gift of all time. Still, these are still cute enough to work as a great wedding favor and come as a set of three in festive prints and colors on a witty card.
Lazy Perfection by Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Face Roller Petite
Face rollers are all the rage, and this particular one makes for the perfect shower favor. Not only is the rose quartz especially pretty, but the crystal is also known to promote feelings of love—how perfect for wedding festivities is that? It also comes in a mini case that’s ideal for travel.
World Market Gold Telescoping Tabletop Frame
Picture frames are a guaranteed crowd-pleasing gift, always. Use these as a place card, putting a photo of the bride with each guest into each frame. They come in two different sizes that can easily be mixed and matched, and the gold finish makes for a vintage and girly feel.
What to look for in bridal shower favors
Bridal shower favors are by no means a requirement, though they are a nice thank you for your guests, says Sarah Miller, an Event Director with Paulette Wolf Events. If you do one, keep it small; something like a personalized mini bottle of your favorite rosé or scented candle is a great option.
Anything that goes with your wedding theme
Having a destination wedding? Consider something like a monogrammed luggage tug, which will be both fun and practical, says Miller.
Who hosts the bridal shower?
“Traditionally, the bridal shower is hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids,” explains Miller. “However, as brides and weddings have gotten less traditional, family members, close friends, and even neighbors can host a shower; brides can even have multiple showers hosted by different groups,” she says.
Are there other DIY bridal shower favor ideas?
Miller suggests incorporating a fun DIY project as part of the shower, the result of which guests can then take home and you can use at your wedding. Her suggestions: Handmade paper that can be used in a guest book, or wax candles that can become part of a tablescape.
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Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a bride-to-be, currently planning her own wedding and getting ready for her bridal shower next month
Meet the Expert
Sarah Miller is an Event Director with Paulette Wolf Events in Chicago. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Miller works with both the corporate division and high-end social division, producing a wide array of events, weddings included.