The bride may be the main character at the bridal shower, but the celebration couldn’t happen without the hostess. She took care of the logistics, games, food and drink, guest list, venue, and more — the least you can do is thank her for her efforts with a thoughtful gift.
Check out our list of bridal shower hostess gifts below for inspiration. You’ll certainly find a token of your appreciation she’ll love.
- Bridal shower hostesses are usually close family or friends of the bride, often her mother, future mother-in-law, maid of honor, or best friend, and they will typically host the event at a home setting or larger venue, like a restaurant.
- Giving hostesses thoughtful gifts — personalized items like canvas wine bags or customized serving trays and consumables like artisanal soaps and chocolates are common choices — is essential bridal shower etiquette.
- Traditionally, gifts should be given to the hostess upon arrival at a home-based shower or at the end of an event held in a venue. They should also receive a personalized thank-you note or card to express gratitude for their efforts.
Awesome Bridal Shower Hostess Gift Ideas
At Wedding Pioneer, we know plenty about weddings and the events leading up to the momentous occasion, including bridal showers. We haven’t seen it all, but we’ve seen a lot, making our ideas for bridal/wedding shower host gifts trustworthy. Check out our recommendations below!
Toast For The Host Canvas Wine Bag
You could show up to the party and pull a bottle of vino out of your purse. Or you could make your gifted bottle a little nicer by tossing it into an adorable “Toast for the Host” wine bag. It’s cute and thoughtful, and it will express your appreciation for their efforts nicely.
Customized Serving Tray with Handles
Any shower hostess will love receiving a serving tray, especially if hosting gatherings is something they do often. We especially love this acacia wood tray’s sleek modern handles. But note that the tray ships with those off for safety, so you’ll need to install them before handing over your gift. Go the extra mile and add a personal touch, an engraving of their last name, on it.
All Natural Soap Gift Set
Natural Amor makes its beautiful soaps with organic and essential oils, and you can purchase them in packs of four or six. With a wide range of scents, from Pumpkin Spice to Lavender Amor, it won’t be difficult for you to assemble a pack the hostess will enjoy. You can also upgrade your gift to include a soap saver, soap dish, and gift box!
“Thank You” Candle
This candle from Fireflies Candlelight is the perfect gift, as it’s simple and straight to the point. Find it in both eight- and 12-ounce sizes and choose from plenty of scents. We recommend the herbaceous Basil, Sage, and Mint scent for someone who hosted a springtime bridal shower and Frasier Fir if the host is throwing you a wintertime bash.
Wine Lover Table Decor or Planter
This Looking Sharp Cactus product is an awesome gift for a wine-loving hostess. The bottle can be used as a planter or serving tray for snacks. Plus, it just looks neat on a tabletop. This piece, with its attached cork feet, is made from recycled glass, which is great for the environment — another plus! Just make sure to order it with a drainage slit if you think your hostess will want to use it as a planter.
Personalized Wine Stand and Hosting Board
We’re betting the hostess with the mostest doesn’t have one of these. But look at this gorgeous wine stand — don’t you think she needs one?
Perfect for holding a couple of wine glasses, snacks, a corkscrew, and her favorite bottle of wine, the wooden stand can be personalized to include her name or a sentimental message.
Simple “Thank You” Necklace
This simple “thank you” necklace packs a punch. We love the simple, minimalistic heart to show your hostess how grateful you are to be showered with her love and care.
The chain can be finished with gold, rose gold, or silver, so pick what you think she’d like best or the color that matches her day-to-day jewelry already!
Box of Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Gifting a box of handmade, bite-sized chocolate truffles is a great way to say thank you — who doesn’t love a sweet treat?
Succulent Gift Box
Let’s face it. Your bridal shower would “succ” without your hostess there, handling things like a boss. If she loves plants, this gift box complete with a spiky succulent and scented candle will be right up her alley.
There are tons of potential add-ons to choose from, too — just don’t forget to include a thoughtful note!
“Hostess With The Mostess” Stemless Wine Glass
Some people are just born to host parties. Schmoozing, small talking, keeping everyone’s cups and plates filled — they shine on all fronts. If your hostess is one of these people, give her something that reminds her to chill out with a drink once in a while, like this stemless wine glass.
Botanical Leaves Throw Blanket
This 50- by 60-inch botanical-themed blanket is a great wedding shower hostess gift for the plant lover in your life, from your mother-in-law who is super proud of her new greenhouse to your best friend who’s just into earth-toned, nature-inspired decor.
Thank You Wine Gift Tag
These favor tags are too cute! We included these because they’re so easy to just download, edit, and print. Attach this to a great bottle of rosé or champagne!
Artisanal Sea Salt Sampler Set
If your hostess is a self-proclaimed foodie, she’ll love this smoked sea salt sampler set — try saying “smoked sea salt sampler set” five times fast! She’ll be eager to try these five gourmet salts the next time she cooks a dish.
Dainty Rose Quartz Bracelet
Lovely rose quartz is known as the stone of love, and its pale pink color complements any skin tone and outfit, especially stacked with other jewelry pieces.
Give your hostess this dainty bracelet to show your love and deep gratitude for them hosting your bridal shower.
Custom Wire Wine Glass Charms
Your hostess will be delighted by these custom wire wine glass charms! Available in gold, silver, and copper, they’ll look great at the bottom of a glass of red.
“Friendship Knows No Distance” Tea Towel
If you’re moving away after the wedding or live miles away from the hostess, these tea towels will remind them you’re still close, no matter the distance.
Wood and Glass Oil Diffuser
This gorgeous wood and glass oil diffuser was made for the essential oil enthusiast in your life. Diffusers add to any household because who doesn’t love the scent of calming lavender or energizing rosemary filling a room?
Box of Melting Tea Jewels
These melting tea jewels are as pretty as they are tasty! Give her a box full of her favorite flavor or choose a variety pack if you’re not sure what kind of tea she likes most.
Handwritten Pillow Cover
Don’t just say or write your thanks; have it printed on a pillow! This clever handwritten pillow cover puts your appreciation on display for all to see.
Miniature Dried Bouquet
If you can’t go big, go small and dainty with these miniature bouquets. They’re so delicate, and unlike fresh flowers, will last forever. After your perfect party’s over, gift your hostess this thoughtful keepsake; she’ll be overjoyed!
Minimalist Reed Diffuser
Check out this clean, modern, and minimalistic reed diffuser with dried flowers. It can elevate any room! We love the Cashmere Vanilla scent — so sweet and cozy! — and the bottle looks so very chic.
Lavender Spa Gift Set
We love self-care here at Wedding Pioneer and are big fans of all things aromatherapy! After a busy bridal shower, give the hostess a hand with this spa gift set stuffed to the brim with relaxing goodies!
She’ll have no trouble relaxing and unwinding with this calming, soothing lavender set.
Art Deco Whiskey Decanter
We’ll say it until the cows come home: whiskey is not just for the men! This gorgeous art deco-style whisky decanter is effortlessly gorgeous, and any amazing hostess would be over the moon to receive it.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Should You Give the Gift to the Hostess?
If the event takes place in a venue — a restaurant, a private meeting space, etc. — wait until the shower is over to give the party host her gift. Then, you can thank her personally for all of her hard work. Plus, they won’t have to keep track of the gift during the party! If the shower will be at the hostess’s home, present the gift upon arrival.
Who Typically Hosts the Bridal Shower?
Family or friends of the bride — commonly her mother, mother-in-law, or maid of honor — usually host the bridal shower. In some cases, an individual takes on the responsibility solo; in others, a team of the bride’s loved ones joins forces to organize the bash.
What Makes for a Good Hostess Gift?
Look for something unique to the hostess’s interests or a gift they can use for future celebrations. You might also consider a gift card or certificate for an experience or place they enjoy going to.
If you’re still unsure what to get, you usually can’t go wrong with flowers or a nice bottle of wine.