Category Archives: Gifts

Planning: An Amenity for the Rest of the Room

Have you considered providing your guests with a amenity basket for ladies and men’s Restroom?  In case this is on your agenda, here are some items to consider for it:

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Lotion/Gel:

  • Pretty scented one for the ladies room & a more manly type for the men’s room
  • Skin softening type of lotion
  • Antibacterial Gel
Sweets:
  • Gum
  • TIc Tac
  • Peppermint
Grooming/Beauty:
  • Nail file
  • Nail cutter
  • Clear nail polish ( can double to fix those nasty pantyhose runs)
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Hair Pins
  • Lint Brush
  • Safety Pins
  • Body Spray (Male & Female)
  • Hair spray/Gel

Other:

  • Sewing kit
  • Condoms (we are all adults right)
  • Tampons / Panty liners / Pads
  • Dental Floss
  • GasX / Antacids / Aspirin 
  • Candles
  • Shout Wipes
What’s important to remember is do not go overboard to buying every little thing you kinda sorta maybe think you need. This is an additional expense and you have to consider your budget when planning this amenity. Keep it simple, and shop from your local drug store mini bins to get most of these items. And for your pretty smelling things, I’d try Bath and Body Works, there is always a sale, always a special and always a coupon. To take it up a notch, try personalizing your packaging with custom labels or wrapping items with a fabric or paper that compliments your event decor.
So, is this something that you are considering for your event?

Planning: If the Sock Fits!

Your bridesmaids have been really good to you throughout your engagement. They have been supportive, they didn’t complain about wearing the same lime green taffeta dress with flower applique in every color in the rainbow (with a rainbow pin in their hair). They showed up on time to every rehearsal for your “Beat It” specialty dance routine. No one had a problem spending 200+ on matching shoes. Everyone shoes up to your 2 bridesmaids meeting per month. They dried your tears when you cried because the florist put pink roses instead of blush roses in the floral mock-up. Face it, they have been saints! And now you want to thank them but your not sure how.

Here are some ideas:

  • Jewelry: Do I even need to elaborate on why.
  • PJ’s: Cute ones of course,  with bridal party socks (it ups the cute factor)
  • Spa Gift Certificate: After 8+ months of being your personal b*t… ah mean “helper” don’t you think they deserve it
  • A Gift Certificate: To their favorite restaurant (even if that favorite restaurant is Red Lobster…where applicable)
  • A Clutch Purse: To hold their lipstick, cell phone and blot powder for the wedding day. Nothing big, just something small, cute and that can be used for multiple occasions.
  • A Kindle: such a great gift. And with some many colors, you might be able to find one with a coordinating color to your wedding.
  • Personalize MP3 Player. Personalize it with her name, “Best Bridesmaid” or the wedding date. Get creative with it
  • Personalized Stationary: And then write a personal “Thank YOU” note on the first sheet.
  • Her favorite “__________” (fill in the blank): I’m assuming, because you put her in your bridal party you know her. You know her likes, loves, and dislikes. So get her her favorite wine: if she’s a wine drinker, Magazine subscription: if she’s an avid reader of a particular mag and just hasn’t gotten around to subscribing yet,  Chocolates: if she has an insatiable sweet tooth. The point is pick something you know she will appreciate and appeals to her as an individual AND something that is different for each member of the bridal party. It will make her feel special that you really put some thought into it.

If you get your girls a few small items, put them together in a personalized or a Bridesmaids tote. Presentation is just as important as the gift itself.

*NOTE: Don’t go overboard on the gifts if t is a financial hardship. a GREAT gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Make a budget and stick to it. if they are your REAL friends they will appreciate the gesture and be eternally grateful for it!



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Pretty Little Things: Heel Condoms

I find some of my best information and products while perusing FB and today is no different. Look at this cute item I found which would make an AWESOME gift for your bridesmaids. Heel Condoms! Yeah… I had the same reachtion when I saw it. Think of it as a bra with removable straps that you can make strapless, criss cross, one strap or several other ways. EXCEPT it’s for your shoe.  Take a look at this youtube video I found on facebook (necolebitchie) and see how it works:

The site Theheelcondoms.com, has many other types of shoe adornments to choose from. Here are some of my faves:

I love the concept that you can make your existing favorite shoe new again by slipping on of these heel condoms. I don’t know about you, but I totally see these in my future!