My first shower is coming up this weekend and I have to admit that between having recently started a new job and moved in combination with continued wedding planning obligations, I’ve given about no thought to hostess gifts. Well, I guess it’s an exaggeration to say I’ve given it no thought, but I certainly haven’t dedicated the energy to it that I had hoped to at this point. Being lucky enough to have two bridal shower and two bachelorette parties scheduled, I’m on the hunt for thoughtful but affordable gift ideas, which sometimes can prove a bit tricky.

By now I’m pretty sure you all know about my obsession with sweets, so it probably comes as no surprise that I kind of love the idea of homemade baked goods with pretty packaging. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat made with love?


{Both images above from sweet fine day}

Or what about something luxurious and lady-like such as these beautiful handmade soaps from 100 Layer Cake?



Or perhaps flowers in fresh spring colors in honor of the Easter holiday?

{Both images from Martha Stewart}

Or maybe even a boxed set of pretty letterpress note cards from Smock?



What are you doing for hostess gifts? What do you think makes for the best way to show your appreciation? I’d love to hear your ideas!