Though it may be easy to head to the nearest kitchen appliance or lingerie store when tasked with getting a gift for a bachelorette, if you want to stand out, think outside of the box (or, in some cases, inside of it). A Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower is a great opportunity to get a gift that can make the bride’s life easier in the months leading up to their wedding, and there are a great deal of unexpected gifts that can do so. So while all your friends are toting their pink striped bags, stand out from the crowd with one of these different bachelorette gifts.
1. Mimosa Bar Kit
Many Brides are opting for a fun beverage option such as a Mimosa Bar while prepping for the big day. Put together a fun kit that takes out the guess work – possible items to include (aside from the sparkling wine, of course) are fun dishes for serving fruit-add ins, carafes for juices, a platter for accompanying snacks, cool champagne classes, fun straws, and unique labels.
2. Cleaning Service
Go in with a few friends and get the bride a monthly cleaning service for the months leading up to her big day. Weddings can mean a lot of people coming in and out of the bride’s living quarters, and little time to make sure space is up to her usual standards. A once a month cleaning service means less time to worry about scrubbing toilets, and more time to deal with the details of wedding planning.
3. Meal Delivery Box
Though initially it may not sound like a huge time saver (as you still have to cook the meals yourself), there are multiple subscription boxes that will deliver all the ingredients for quick gourmet meals to your door. Planning, shopping for, and prepping high-quality, healthy meals can take a toll on a bride-to-be. Appointments with vendors can take up many evenings, leaving your bachelorette scrambling to try to find a reasonable meal that isn’t too much fuss. Enter services such as Plated and Blue Apron, which take away the guesswork and planning, and simply deliver all the ingredients for fresh, healthy meals right to her door.
4. Gift Certificates to a Wedding Retailer
There’s nothing wrong with a Target or Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, however, for pre-wedding parties, a bride may be more thankful for a gift card that can be used toward some special extras for their wedding. A gift card for Etsy or a stationary store is flexible enough that it can be used for wedding-related expenses if the bride desires, but also can be used after the wedding for a fun gift as well.
5. A Beauty Box Subscription
Boxes such as Birchbox or Ipsy allow your bachelorette to try out Premium cosmetics with a low price tag and no commitment. Each month, a box full of products – some samples, and some full sized – are delivered to her door to give a spin. Unlike a makeup trial at a store, she can use the sample until it’s gone, and there’s no pressure to buy. A monthly beauty box is the perfect tool to help a bride find products that make her feel her best from the shower, to the rehearsal, and beyond.
6. Clothing Rental Gift Card
Multiple wedding-related events can cause a bride to feel pressured to purchase a slew of white dresses she’ll have little occasion to wear again. Enter clothing rental services like Rent the Runway, where a bride-to-be can rent designer dresses for any occasion for a fraction of the purchase cost. It’s a win-win – the bride gets an affordable dress she adores, but doesn’t have to worry about collecting dust in her closet.
7. Credit for her Favorite Workout
Every bride has a different goal and needs when it comes to fitness prep for her wedding day. While some brides are simply looking to relieve some stress with a few chaturangas, others may want some help from a personal trainer to feel confident in her dress. If you know what helps your bachelorette feel her best, go ahead and pre-purchase some classes or training sessions.
We’d love to hear from any brides who have received a gift that has wow-ed them. If you have received (or given) a fantastic gift you didn’t see coming, let us know in the comments.