7 Affordable (and Thoughtful) Bachelorette Party Gift Ideas

Should you bring a gift to a bachelorette party? Here are some ideas to spark your imagination.

7 Bachelorette Party Gift Ideas
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Weddings are expensive for pretty much everyone involved. If you’re close with the couple tying the knot, you might attend anywhere between 1-5 wedding events, all part of the celebration—and nearly every one requires you to bring a gift (yes, I think this is ridiculous, but it’s the wedding system in which we live). The engagement party, the bridal shower, the wedding itself. But what about the bachelorette party? To gift or not to gift?

A friend and I had this debate before attending our first bachelorette extravaganza a few years ago. We decided, yes, better to bring a small gift. Of course you can make the call on a case-by-case basis, and even if your bachelorette doesn’t want to do a…bachelorette…a small gift is still a nice way to celebrate the pending nuptials.

So if you do decide to gift it up, what do you get? Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination:

  • 1

    Lingerie

    7 Bachelorette Party Gift Ideas

    Either a bachelorette classic or stereotype, depending on your view of the whole thing. Put simply, it’s been done. Lingerie isn’t for everyone—know your bride-to-be before running out and buying her a corset in every color. Also, keep in mind that this is usually the first thing everyone thinks of when they hear the words “bachelorette party,” so there’s the chance of suffering the bachelorette equivalent of showing up at prom in the same dress as three other girls.

  • 2

    Alcohol

    If the bachelorette is at someone’s home, rather than a bar, club, or other place that sells booze, alcohol is a great gift. It doesn’t seem personal, but it can be, if you pick the guest-of-honor’s brand of choice or bring all the ingredients to make a beloved cocktail.

  • 3

    Dress-Up Gear

    7 Bachelorette Party Gift Ideas

    Including: genital-themed “jewelry;” headgear (i.e. tiaras, funky sunglasses); feather boas; beads procured from a Mardi Gras parade or the party goods store; light-up or glow-in-the-dark rings, necklaces, and bracelets; matching hats; and so on. Again—know your bachelorette before going down this road. Some people would rather die than wear a sparkly tiara or a phallic necklace (myself included), and some were born to wear the crown (so to speak).

  • 4

    Themed Kit

    Get creative and assemble a kit for your bachelorette. Some examples: Bridal Emergency Kit (needle & thread, breath mints, deodorant); Sexy Kit (vampy nail polish, lip gloss, perfume); Relaxation Kit (exfoliating face scrub, spa gift card, cooling eye mask). Fo the record, this is the option my friend and I went with all those years ago. It was a success.

  • 5

    Dessert

    7 Bachelorette Party Gift Ideas

    No party is complete without a cake (or something similar). Indulge your sweet tooth and flour thumb and bake something for the whole crew. Or buy some Entenmann’s, whatever. Cake is cake. Bonus: this is an inexpensive option but definitely shows you put effort in.

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    Gift Certificate

    This could be incorporated into the kit idea, or stand all on its own. Conventional wisdom says that gift cards are impersonal, but I disagree. If you really know the gift recipient, pick something suited to them and then they can pick out something specific or treat themselves on their own time.

Of course, what you want to spend will depend largely on what the bachelorette plan is—if it’s a destination party (anywhere you need to pay for a hotel and/or flight), you’ll probably want to go inexpensive on the gift—or forego it completely.

But remember, the bachelorette party is just that…a party. And even though you might not be into all the hullabaloo associated with weddings, they can be a lot of fun. In the end, it’s a good time when you’re celebrating with your loved ones and their loved ones. Gift or don’t gift accordingly, and enjoy!

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