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It’s here ladies. Bridal shower season, that is. If you are anything like me, you put the pretty shower invitation on your desk, try to remember to RSVP and say you will get the bridal shower gifts selected and wrapped well before the event. And then you throw all that thoughtful planning out the window and are left scrambling the day of, trying to find a bridal shower gift the bride will like.
I say we end the madness and stock up on a few gifts that can be given at a moment’s notice. This idea of having gifts on hand is not new, and many smart ladies have whole closets devoted to gifts. A handful of items that can be put together in a basket can save us the stress of last minute gift buying. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder that a gift can still be well received and loved, even if it is not on the recipient’s list. Case in point: household supplies.
Have I lost you? Hear me out. I am not talking about going to the grocery store and buying a toilet cleaner and brush as a gift. What I am referring to are indulgent items that can be enjoyed, while serving a purpose in the home. Even better if they are natural, safe to use, and reasonably priced! You see, most women focus their attention and money on serving their families first. Spending money on items that are for their enjoyment is often the last thing they do, but something they long for.
I understand this all too well. As a stay at home mom, the cleaning is unending. I have accepted and embraced my fate. However, that doesn’t mean I should settle for subpar or even toxic and dangerous tools to do my job. Simple items, like Mrs. Myers dish soaps, plush cotton kitchen towels, and beautiful glass spray bottles from Grove help me enjoy the everyday tasks. (I have a slight new fixation with Grove Collaborative and the amazing products they offer.)
These sweet brides will most certainly find that by adding a bit of luxury to the everyday, they too can embrace homemaking! But, brides are not the only ladies who would enjoy a special gift for the home. The same gifts can be given for Mom’s birthday, a housewarming gift, a gift for a new mom, or a friend who needs some encouragement. Having options on hand for giving makes it easy to bless those ladies in your life.
Another practical gifting point: the packaging is important! Just as food presentation alters how we taste our food, the packaging of a gift predetermines how others value the gift inside. If you aren’t great at wrapping gifts, try my easy method of using a basket. A basket intentionally leaves the gift exposed and prominently displayed, and can be used again by the recipient. Just make sure items are tucked in nicely, and use tissue paper to keep them in place.
Not sure what to stock? Start small and find a natural candle, set of lovely dish towels, and a framed picture. Or think ahead and buy soap sets for everyone on your list. You don’t have to give the exact gifts I have pictured, but use this as inspiration to create your own gift sets. You can find the “home” picture in my FREE Printables Library. Also in the library are recipe cards. A personal touch I often give with bridal shower gifts are a few of our favorite recipes. I can’t think of any new husband who wouldn’t love to have his sweet bride make these chocolate chip cookies!
Want to get gifts for free? To save $10 on your purchase when you sign up, use my special Grove link. Then you can buy something for others and you!
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your go to bridal shower gifts? Do you have a designated place in your home for a “gift closet”? Leave a comment below.