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As you surely know, the woman responsible for hosting your bridal shower is basically an angel sent from heaven. She's been planning this important day for months—and now she's running the show, making sure there’s enough food to go around and keeping the drinks flowing.
After all that hard work, it makes sense that you want to thank her. Whether you're the bride-to-be, a member of the wedding party, or another guest at the event, it's important to show up with something special in hand. To help, we've researched the perfect gifts for your favorite hostess—including decorative items for the home, culinary treats, plants, spa kits, and so much more.
Read on for the best bridal shower hostess gifts.
The Salt Experiment Gourmet Cooking Sea Salt Sampler
To those of us with less discerning palettes, salt is salt. But, if your hostess doesn’t fall into that category, she’ll appreciate the complexity and variety in this gourmet sea salt sampler. The collection includes ten varieties from around the world including Himalayan Pink, Hiwa Kai Black Hawaiian, Pacific Blue Flake, and Spanish Rosemary. The salts come in stoppered test tubes and fit into a wooden stand perfect for displaying in the kitchen.
Herbs and Twine French Lavender Spa Gift Box
We all know that hosting a bridal shower is a lot of work. So, show your hostess you appreciate her with a gift sure to help her relax post-party. This gift box comes beautifully packaged and includes a bottle of French Lavender bath salt, three lavender essential oil bath bombs, “dreamer’s soap” made with moisturizing goat’s milk and essential oils, organic coconut beeswax lip balm, and a hand-poured lavender soy candle.
Towne9 “Hostess with the Mostest” Wine Tote
If she really is the “hostess with the mostest,” she knows enough to come bearing wine wherever she goes. This cute little canvas tote will make it easy for her to carry that bottle of cabernet while she balances the cheese boards and baguettes she picked up on the way in her hands. Give the bag by itself or with a bottle of one of her favorites inside.
Ecko Inc. Custom Coaster Set
Everyone who’s ever hosted a party knows that you can never have too many coasters. Especially not when they’re as classy as these. These Acacia wood and marble coasters come in sets of two or four, and you get to have them laser engraved with her name or a short phrase of your choosing, like “Best. Hostess. Ever” or “#1 Party Planner.” She’s going to love this thoughtful, individualized gift.
Key Lime Pie Milkshake Shea Butter Soap
You can never go wrong with homemade soaps. These are made with shea butter, essential oils, and natural colorants such as turmeric, charcoal, coffee, and indigo powder. They also contain Vitamin E oils that moisturize and rejuvenate skin. All soaps come wrapped in recycling paper and tied with twine for that adorable, rustic look. The fragrance options are out of this world too: jasmine, lavender, lime, lemon, grapefruit, sandalwood, pine, vanilla latte, and orange.
UrbanStems The Catskill Dried Bouquet
For a twist on a traditional bouquet, his dried version is just as beautiful as any of its live counterparts. It lasts considerably longer too. The Catskill bouquet makes a gorgeous centerpiece. The purple, red, orange and yellow hues of its natural and hand-dyed flowers (craspedia, thistle, burgundy eucalyptus, mini pampas, and starflowers) bring the feel of a crisp, relaxing mountain hike right into the living room.
Uncommon Goods Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes
If she fancies herself a mixologist, she’s going to love finding just the right cocktail for these infused ice cubes. They come in five varieties, depending on her liquor preferences. Negroni cubes go perfectly in gin drinks; blood orange cubes complement bourbon; cucumber watermelon cubes add a cool, fruity splash to tequila drinks; peach cubes taste delightful in vodka-based cocktails, and Meyer lemon daiquiri cubes add something special to anything with rum in it.
Mouth Wedge Fund Gift Box
Who doesn’t love a good cheese plate? This gift box provides everything your favorite party planner will need to set up a mouth-watering charcuterie board for her next gathering. Given just how enticing the items in the Wedge Fund box are, though, it might not last that long. This gift set includes Montasio Festivo aged goat cheese, East Meadow cheddar cheese, gin and juice salami, sourdough flatbread crackers, cassava crackers, and fig jam.
A Woman’s Drink Recipe Book
This book will help her find the perfect cocktail recipes for girls’ night. It kicks gender stereotypes to the curb and unapologetically asserts that a woman’s drink can be fruity, bold, strong, or whatever else she wants it to be. The book includes helpful tips, enticing visuals, and interesting tidbits about notable female figures/drinkers. It’s written in a fun, witty style and features recipes that defy tradition in the most delicious ways. We’ll drink to that!
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection
Want to give your chocolate-loving hostess a truly exotic experience? These truffles will let her explore some taste-bud tingling firsts. The chocolatier and founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Katrina Markoff, sample flavors and ingredients from around the world to create unconventional treats that transport her customers to new places. Has your friend ever tried a truffle made with sweet Indian curry and coconut? What about Tuscan olive oil and green olives? Well, she can now!
P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood and Tobacco Reed Diffuser
Want to help her make sure her home smells as good as it looks? The teak, leather, and orange scents emanating from this reed diffuser should do the trick. In addition to smelling absolutely divine, P.F. Candle’s diffuser sets come in super trendy apothecary-inspired amber glass bottles with craft labels and rattan reeds. They’ll add interest to any surface, and they’re incredibly low maintenance. Just flip the reeds every once in a while!
UrbanStems “Like You A Latte” Succulent and Chocolate Box Gift Set
Is she a plant lover? Chocolate lover? Tell her you’re grateful for her in a language she’ll understand. This gift package includes an adorable heart-shaped Hoya succulent and a “Rise and Shine” chocolate box from Maggie Louise Confections. The succulent comes in a white, ceramic pot that will blend seamlessly into any décor, and the white, milk, and dark chocolates come in the cutest shapes and designs, like coffee cups and rainbows.
The High Fiber Kitchen Towels
These hand-printed flour sack towels are so cute she might be hesitant to use them. At the very least she can put them on display for everyone to admire! Choose three designs (from among the thirty plus options) and The High Fiber will print them by hand. Design options include various animals, fruits and veggies, plants, and common kitchen items. Whichever patterns you choose, she’ll be delighted.
Estelle Colored Glass Wine Stemware
She’s going to love breaking out these gorgeous wine glasses at all of her future dinner parties. These beauties have a lovely, tapered shape that gives them a unique, sophisticated, and elegant look. They are stunning in any color, but we particularly love them in coral peach pink, rose, blush pink, and amber smoke. You can also create your own custom set if you can’t settle on a single color.
West Elm Foundations Large Glass Vase
These vases from West Elm are show-stoppers in clear or amber or smoke-tinted soda-lime glass. Their smooth lines and elegant shape make them gorgeous centerpieces, versatile enough to suit any bouquet. They’re also part of a larger collection designed specifically for layering. So, if your friend wants to find more pieces to complement her vase in the future, she’ll have no problem.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Chip and Dip Serving Bowl
Chips and dip always go over well at a party. Those tiny, easy-to-overlook dip bowls also always go over well…right over the edge of the table. Save your friend some trouble with this clever and modern integrated stoneware chip and dip serving bowl. With an attached dip bowl on the upper lip, she won't have to worry about bringing the salsa out separately, and she won’t have to worry about clumsy hands knocking it over either.
Jungalow Planetarium Throw Blanket
This throw is the perfect gift for a hostess who appreciates greenery. The Planetarium blanket is amazingly soft and incredibly beautiful. The design, derived from the artwork of Justina Blakeney, resembles both a trendy, geometric pattern and the leafy stems of a plant. The contrast between the cream background and emerald design has a clean, fresh feel sure to brighten any room.
Conolios Olive Oil 4-Pack Sampler Set
If she loves to cook, you can be certain she also loves to explore new tastes. These sampler sets give her the chance to do just that. You can choose from nine themed collections, each of which includes two olive oils and two balsamic kinds of vinegar that complement one another marvelously. Is she all about Italian foods? Thai dishes? Fruity flavors? There’s a combo for her.
Who hosts the bridal shower?
The bridal shower is typically hosted by friends or family of the bride. It's usually a women-only event, but that has changed over the years. It can be held at a restaurant, home, or other small event space.
What is a good hostess gift for a bridal shower?
What you give depends on your relationship with the hostess. Are you the bride? If so, you'll want to gift something significant that's either personalized or is tailored to the interests of the hostess. Also, a gift card to a favorite restaurant or spa is always appreciated! If you're a regular guest, consider a bottle of wine or a box of fancy chocolates.
When should you give a hostess gift?
You should offer your hostess your gift when you first arrive at the event but don't expect her to open it right away. Offer to put it off to the side or
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