Just had your baby shower? The affection, attention, and gifts you get during this memorable occasion make you feel overwhelmed with gratitude towards the hostess* (or host) of this party. The hostess could be your best friend, sister, parents or any other close relative, and you might want to thank them for painstakingly organizing the party in your honor.
So, how do you thank them? You would send a heartfelt thank you message, but if you also send a thoughtful gift, then they will feel appreciated. In this post, MomJunction tells you why a thank you gift for the host is a good idea and gives you 35 baby shower hostess gift ideas.
*in this post we use host and hostess interchangeably
Why Should You Consider Giving A Gift to Your Baby Shower Hostess?
You may want to gift the hostess a gift to thank them for putting in the time and effort and planning your baby shower. Although it is not mandatory, it is considered good etiquette to give a gift and show gratitude. To make it more personal, you may also include a handwritten ‘thank you’ note along with the gift.
When To Give A Baby Shower Hostess Gift?
If you are having a planned baby shower, then keep a gift ready to give it to the hostess before or after the party. But if it is a surprise baby shower, then you wouldn’t have a gift ready. Therefore, you may send it later.
If there is more than one host, then you can either send them individual thank you cards and gifts or take them out for a dinner or movie.
Now that we have covered the why and when part, next we’ll share some baby shower hostess gift ideas you may consider.
Unique baby shower hostess gift ideas
Here are some unique gift ideas, which can make the baby shower memorable not only to you but also to the host.
- Dried floral arrangements: Arrange the dried natural flowers in a beautiful bouquet. These flowers never die and bring color to the room all year long. You can also buy scented dried flowers as they act as room fresheners.
- Candy bouquet: This is a perfect gift for a hostess who has a sweet tooth or an ever-lasting crush on candies. You may make an elaborate bouquet in a basket or create a mini version in a coffee mug. All you need is wooden skewers, glue, candy, and your imagination.
- Wind chimes: This is a perfect baby shower hostess gift. Your host will remember you with every wisp of wind. These are great as garden accessories and home decor. Also, wind chimes are believed to enhance the flow of positive energy (Chi) into the house thus promoting a healthy and harmonious environment.
- Bookends: This is yet another unique gift if your host has a fair share of books. These bookends come in many styles; some are specific to a profession and some are funny and classy.
- Candle holder and scented candles: Buy authentic handmade and best quality candles. They come in different sizes and smells, so choose them as per your host’s preference. You may also buy an artistic candle holder for the scented candles.
- Wine and dish towel: This is a simple and practical gift idea if your host loves wine. Buy your host’s favorite wine bottle, wrap it with a dish towel, tie a ribbon on the top and add a cute ‘thank you’ tag.
- Key and mail organizer: If your host likes to keep things in order, then gift them a key-cum-mail holder. There are several unique designs in the market, but take care you select the one that is easy to install.
- Herb garden kit: If your host is loves gardening and has a beautiful vegetable garden at home, gift her a herb garden kit so that she can grow her own herb garden.
- Wine and dish towel: This is a simple and practical gift idea if your host loves wine. All you need is your host’s favorite wine bottle and a dish towel, wrap the wine bottle with the dish towel and tie a ribbon on the top and add a cute thank you tag.
- Picnic basket with wine glasses: This handy gift stores everything you need for a picnic, and is an ideal way to carry wine without the fear of spilling it or breaking the bottle.
- Herb garden kit: For the avid gardener and a cooking enthusiast in your hosts, gift her an herb garden set so that she can grow her own herb garden.
- A book: If your host is a book lover and you know exactly what their taste in literature is, then gift them that limited edition or the bestseller of that season.
Personalized Baby Shower Hostess Gifts
Personalized gifts make the recipient feel important. Also, if you have multiple hosts, then personalized gifts give you an opportunity to thank each one individually.
- Wine and bottle stopper: What can be more special than a personalized stopper with your hostess’s initials engraved? If your hostess is a wine enthusiast, then help her preserve the finesses of the wines with this special stopper.
- A gift certificate: When you are not sure what your hostess likes, then give her a gift certificate to shop for whatever she wants or buy a gift card for her favorite podcasts or music tracks.
- Personalized apron: Is your hostess good at cooking and has always pampered you by fulfilling your food cravings? Then, the perfect way to thank her is a cute apron with her initials or a thank you.
- Take them out: Another way to thank your hostesses is to take them out for a movie or for dinner at a restaurant. This way, you can spend some quality time with them as well as thank them for that smashing baby shower.
- Customized bracelets: You can never go wrong with gifting jewelry. Gift a customized bracelet with your hostess’s name on it or with some unique charms that depict your relationship.
- Personalized stationery: Gift them a pen, diary or a planner with their initials imprinted on them. You can also give a stationery set.
- Personalized travel bag/passport holder: Is your host an avid traveler who always looks for an excuse to go globetrotting? Then, she could definitely use a good quality duffle bag. What more? You can also have a customized passport holder with their initials printed on it.
- Jewelry box: Every woman who loves jewelry would love a jewelry box. She can keep all her earrings, necklaces, rings, etc., in one place. To customize it, you may add your host’s name on the box.
- Personalized travel bag/ passport holder: Does your host likes to travel and see the world? Then, they would love to get a good quality duffle bag from you. You can also have a customized passport holder with their initials printed on it.
Inexpensive Baby Shower Hostess Gift Ideas
If you are on a budget or have multiple hosts, then here are some best hostess gifts, which are easy on your pocket.
- DIY sangria kit: Your hostess will thank you for this clever sangria kit. All you need is some fresh fruits (strawberries, pears, plums, and limes) and mini bottles of wine and vodka (vodka is optional). Put all the items in an extra large mason jar or a basket, and add a thank you card.
- Print and frame a thank you message: This idea is inexpensive, and at the same time can make your host feel really special. Select a thank you message, collage it with a picture of you and your host, print it and pop it into a picture frame. Voila! Your thank you gift is ready.
- Manicure set: This might sound expensive but you can do it yourself too. In a cute bag, add two nail polishes, a nail file, a mini nail cutter, and a nail lotion, all of these could be travel size.
- DIY gift bundle: Go with this idea if you know your host’s tastes well. Pick up a reusable plastic drinking cup, and fill it up with goodies your host likes, for example, candy, gumballs, travel size body lotion, jewelry, etc.
- Salad bowls and servers: This is an excellent addition at a dinner table. Choose a wooden salad bowl that comes along with a set of servers.
- DIY gift bundle: Go with this idea if you know your host’s tastes well. Pick up a reusable plastic drinking cup, and fill it up with goodies your host’s likes, for example, candy, gumballs, travel size body lotion, lottery scratch cards, etc.
- Tote bags set: These are durable, environment-friendly and can come very handy. Gift a set of tote bags; they come in different sizes and designs. These are a hit with both men and women.
- Home decor: If you know your host’s house well and they have an empty wall, or you know they love artistic wall decor, then you can gift them a beautiful wall hanging.
- A sapling: One more idea if your host loves to grow plants, and appreciates the garden in your courtyard. Assemble a basket full of your garden produce and place a sapling in the middle. Wrap a thank you card to the sapling and gift it.
Baby Shower Hostess Gift Basket Ideas
The advantage of a gift basket is you can use your creativity and customize it as much as you want.
- Pasta gift basket: A gift basket need not always be with wine or chocolates. Here is a rather unconventional idea. Pack a basket with everything you need to cook a particular dish. For example, if the dish is pasta, then fill the basket with a baguette, spaghetti, olive oil, olives, a bottle of sauce and spices.
- Breakfast gift basket: When your hosts are a couple, and they just love to have their breakfast together, then gift them this basket containing pancake mix, cookies, instant coffee powder, maple syrup, and a fruit juice.
- Home spa basket: Pamper your host with a home spa kit. Assemble a perfect gift basket for a DIY relaxing spa session. Place bath bombs, scrub, essential oils, scented candles, pumice stone, body lotion, body scrubs, etc.
- Coffee gift basket: This gift basket is like a pot of gold for a coffee lover. The must haves are coffee (beans or ground), mugs, sugar, creamer, stir sticks, some biscotti or other treats.
- Fruit basket: In this classic gift basket option, load it with all the seasonal fruits, dry fruits, and nuts. Try a ribbon, and your gift basket is ready.
- Baking gift basket: If the host is good at baking, then gift her with this fantastic baking gift basket. You can fill it up with ceramic egg cartons, baker’s twine, silicone mixing spoons, and a whisk, measuring spoons, cupcake liners, sprinkles, etc.
- Cosmetics gift basket: For the fashionista that your host is, gift her a basket full of makeup brushes, lip gloss, lipstick, foundation, eye makeup palette, perfume, etc.
- Game night gift basket: This is the perfect gender neutral baby shower host gift. Fill the basket with snacks like milk duds, chips, m&m as well as some board games like scrabble, Zenga and bingo. You can also include a pack of cards.
- Wine gift basket: If your host is a wine lover, then buy some wine bottles along with their pairing cheese. You can also add a corkscrew remover and a wine bottle stopper to complete the basket.
You might be busy making arrangements for your upcoming delivery or just recovering from your delivery, and wouldn’t be in a condition to think and buy an elaborate gift to your hostess. Therefore, talk to your partner, and seek his help in selecting, buying or making the gift. Do remember gifting your hostess shows how much the baby shower meant to you.
Do you have some more baby shower hostess gift ideas? Let us know in the comments section below.