Hosting a baby shower is a big job, and it's always nice to thank the person who planned your party. One great way to show your appreciation is with a host or hostess gift. After all, you'll be receiving lots of presents and it's always nice to spread the love around.
12 Great Baby Shower Hostess Gifts
These days, your baby shower might be hosted by a woman, a man, a couple, or even a group of friends. Fortunately, there are gift ideas that are perfect for any kind of host or hostess.
Wine and Special Bottle Stopper
Wine is a traditional gift for a host or hostess, but you can take it up a notch with a special wine stopper. This is a gift that can't miss as long as you are certain the recipient drinks wine. It's also an inexpensive hostess gift if you're on a budget and have to buy hostess gifts for a group of people.
Choose a bottle you know the recipient loves and then select a unique stopper. You can buy really creative options at HomeWetBar.com. There's everything from stoppers shaped like Buddha to those with a crystal monogram. Most stoppers cost between $10 and $20.
Dried Floral Arrangement
For women, a great gift is a dried floral arrangement for the home. These natural arrangements never die, so they can bring color and beauty to a room all year long. Consider the colors in her house before you decide on the perfect arrangement for your hostess.
A personalized umbrella is a cute idea for any shower host. Umbrellas are very useful, and the recipient will think of you every time she uses it. Include a note that says, "Thank you for showering me with love!"
You can buy personalized umbrellas at Inkhead. They come in several styles and retail for about $30 each.
Artisan Honey and Honey Pot
Honey is an especially appropriate gift if you had a bee-themed shower, but it's a sweet choice that will work for any host or hostess. Choose local artisan honey for an extra special touch. You can find this honey at farmer's markets and local craft stores.
Add in a honeypot to make the gift even nicer. A Stoneware Honey Pot by Le Creuset is an excellent choice. Sold by Wayfair, it comes with a matching dipper and features a bee embossed on the side. It retails for about $45.
Monogram Etched Glassware
Give your hostess a gift that will make her future meals and dinner parties as personal as she made your shower with DIY etched glassware. Start by picking out a set of glasses that speak to the hostesses taste, anything from wine glasses to glass beer mugs will do. Other supplies you'll need are etching cream, masking tape, a paintbrush, and letter stencils for the hostesses initials. Simply attach the stencils onto each glass and paint with etching cream then you've got a custom monogrammed set of glasses. If the shower was hosted by a couple, make his and hers sets.
Handmade Cutting Board
If your hostess held the shower in her home, it's nice to bring a gift that she can use there. A handmade cutting board is a thoughtful choice, whether you're buying for a couple, a woman, or a man.
You can purchase handmade cutting boards on the artisan marketplace Etsy, which is an ideal place to shop for baby shower hostess gifts. There are thousands of options to choose from, including cutting boards with personalized messages, boards made of exotic woods and boards with ornate designs. Prices start at about $20 and vary depending on the size and type of cutting board.
A framed picture is a classic, personal choice for any host or hostess. It is also a very inexpensive gift idea. You can use a photo of the baby if it is already born, or you can include a picture of yourself with the host.
Buying a personalized frame makes the gift even more special. Basic Silver Frames from Things Remembered comes in a number of different sizes and can be personalized with any message for about $20 to $30.
Remind your hostess how sweet she is with a homemade candy bouquet featuring her favorite sweet treats. Make a large bouquet with dozens of individually wrapped candies in a large flower pot or create a smaller version in a decorative mug. A little hot glue, some wooden skewers, and a styrofoam ball are all you need to create this delectable gift. Don't forget to add a card that says something like "Thank you for planning such an indulgent shower, you're sweeter than sugar!"
A fun idea is to get each hostess a gift basket of shower essentials with a note that says, "Thanks for hosting. Hope your next shower is just as nice!" You can include the following items:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash
Alternatively, you can buy a gift set such as the Freida and Joe gift set which contains shower gel and lotion and retails for under $30.
A gift certificate is a great choice for anyone who throws your shower. You can choose the amount yourself, which makes it easy to fit into any budget. It also offers flexibility for the recipient who can spend it any way, or at any time, they wish.
For ladies, consider a certificate to a local spa or a gift card to Sephora. For guys, choose a favorite sporting goods store. For couples or for anyone else, a Starbucks gift card or a certificate to a favorite restaurant is always a hit.
Personalized Tote Bags
A practical gift that any host or hostess would love is a personalized, sturdy tote bag. These bags are great for carrying everything from beach items to sporting goods, and they're a hit with both men and women.
The LL Bean Boat and Tote is a classic choice. It comes in 15 different colors and four different sizes, and you can have it monogrammed with the recipient's initials or full name. Prices start at about $25.
Coffee Gift Basket
If you know your shower host loves coffee, choose a coffee gift basket as a gift. This is an excellent choice for showers hosted by a couple since both people can enjoy the coffee selection.
You can buy a coffee gift basket at your local cafe or order one from a specialty shop. The Classic Coffee and Chocolates Gift Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets comes with several flavors of coffee and delicious treats and retails for just about $80.
Don't Forget the Note
Baby shower planners put a lot of work into making the day special! That's why it's so important to express your appreciation with a thank you gift. No matter what type of host or hostess gift you purchase, remember to include a handwritten thank you note. That way, you'll be telling and showing the recipient just how much you appreciate the thought and planning that went into throwing your baby bash.