Want to shower that bride-to-be with
gifts without breaking the bank? Show how you care with do-it-yourself
gift basket -- personalized collections of fun items based around
the same theme. Use some of our theme ideas or just use your imagination.
What better way to make a gift as unique as the bride herself?
Think of the wedding day: what might she need to keep her cool and
collected amidst the craziness? A wedding day planner can help her
keep tabs on all the activity, while an aromatherapeutic bubble
bath in a calming scent will help her from stressing.
for her hair and even a little emergency gown repair kit –
with thread, needle, beads and pearls – are thoughtful items
you wouldn’t want your bride to be without. And don’t
forget to include a personalized note letting her know you’ll
be there for her, wedding day or any day.
After the big day, there’s the big break: the honeymoon. Make
sure the newly-married lady has what she needs for the trip itself,
aside from her groom. If they are going to bask in the sun at a
resort, make a tropical theme basket with sunscreen, a beach bag
and something fun, like a big floppy hat or a hula skirt and coconut
bra. If they’re planning to go exploring, books or maps about
the destination are also thoughtful. No matter where they go, they’ll
appreciate some snacks and games to keep them occupied while travelling.
Whatever you do, remember to keep your gifts rated PG, especially
if family members or (eek!) the mother-in-law-to-be will be at the
shower. Naughty nighties from her gal pals can wait till later!
Of course, married life is more than just the wedding day. Any new
or soon-to-be wife would appreciate a culinary gift set, even if
she’s already gotten that expensive cookery from her registry.
Include a recipe book of her favorite cuisine, as well as dry ingredients
she’ll need for some of the recipes.
Brides who like baked
goods will appreciate a variety of bakeware, high-quality cocoa
powder, spices and extracts, and even some cookie cutters. You can
also include her favorite box mixes for cake or brownies to whip
up when there’s no time to make her own.
If she prefers truffles to cakes, make up a candy-filled basket
with a wedding theme. You can get personalized chocolate kisses,
conversation hearts, red hots, and even a ring pop. Go to a local
candy shop to see what kind chocolate designs you could order that
would reflect the big day or even the bride and groom themselves.
If you’re crafty or creative, make your own chocolates with
molds from the craft store or fashion edible figurines out of marzipan.
No doubt the bride will know all the thought and effort you put
into making a gift just for her.
Finally, remind the bride-to-be to pamper herself with a collection
of bath and body care items. Look for scented lotion, body wash
or even bubble bath. Include candles she could light around the
bathtub to set the mood. A massager for her back or feet, pedicure
set, and body scrubber would round out the gift, letting her know
you want her to feel her best for the big day and beyond.
Whatever theme you decide, remember to decorate your basket with
ribbons, tissue or even balloons in the colors chosen for the wedding.
Creating a unique, personalized gift for the lucky girl is a fun
and inexpensive way to show her you care.