Why give a gift to the bachelorette?
Traditionally, no gifts are given to the bachelorette. Remember, you probably gave her an engagement gift, then there was the shower gift and the wedding gift. The bachelorette party is an excuse to get together with the bride and her friends, most of whom will be a bridesmaids, and have good night of fun and silliness. Even though gifts are not expected, you will want to get together with her other friends to come up with goofy gifts or party ideas to celebrate her last night of being a single lady.
Unique Gift Ideas
Everyone wants to give a unique gift because the old standards start to get a little tired when you see the same stuff over and over. If you are looking to create a unique bachelorette experience, here are a few gift ideas to help you get started.
1. Spa treatments
Get together with the bachelorette party attendees to book a day at the spa for everyone. It can be a relaxing activity for everyone and will help soothe the stress away. Start off with a steam bath to open up your pores. Book a 30 minute reflexology massage, facial and mud masque, a coffee scrub to exfoliate the skin or a seaweed body wrap to moisturize your body.
Most spas have a beauty salons so you can add on salon services such as brow and eyelash treatments, manicures and pedicures to round out your day of pampering. Top off the afternoon with a cup of jasmine green tea or a veggie smoothie.
2. Psychic readings
Whether you believe in the afterlife or psychic abilities is irrelevant. Inviting a psychic into your home is a blast for everyone. The psychic can read tarot cards or give you messages from those in the great beyond as well as providing predictions of events to come. Ask first, but it is usually okay to audio tape the session. Psychics give a lot of info and when you are in the moment, you may not recall everything that was said, so a recording to go back to is useful.
After the psychic leaves, you can all compare notes and see what jives with your realities. make sure you have plenty of snacks and adult beverages on hand.
3. Axe Throwing
Yes, axe throwing is an actual thing and it will be fun for everyone in attendance. Each group is assigned their own "hatchet master," who will teach you how to be safe and throw the axe to hit the intended target. Anyone can learn how to do it and you do not need any special skills to master axe throwing, other than a willingness to do it. Afterwards, a round of drinks is definitely in order.
Classy Gift Ideas
Classy bachelorette gifts ideas are difficult to come by, but they do exist! Below are a few ideas if you aren't interested in pink flamingos or whisky flasks.
4. Gourmet meal
Hire a professional chef to come to your home and cook a gourmet meal for you and the bachelorette party. Whoever has the nicest kitchen and home gets to host the party, because you will need to have a great kitchen space to have a chef come in and cook.
Book the chef at least one week in advance of the party, longer if it will be more than 10 that the chef has to cook for. Give the chef some idea of the type of meal you want, and allow them to be creative. Buy a few bottles of wine and enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends as you enjoy a chef cooked gourmet meal in your home.
5. Dance class
Find a local dance studio and schedule time for the bachelorette party to come in for dance instruction. You can try ballroom dancing, hip-hop, or the tango, rumba and cha-cha. Party goers will have a blast dancing and laughing as you all try to learn the moves. If you are feeling particularly cheeky, register for a pole dancing class!
The best part of this idea is no one needs to have any prior dance experience, so the playing field is open to all. You may not be able to master the dance after one lesson, but you will feel better about your moves on the dance floor at the wedding.
6. Hotel suite rental
Rent a hotel suite with an indoor pool or an Airbnb for the bachelorette party. Everyone can gather, slip into their swimsuits and enjoy cocktails by the pool. Order room service or takeout and you have the makings of a fun day of girl bonding and relaxation in the sun. Book facials for everyone so you can get the most out of a hotel stay.
Creative Gift Ideas
Some people are just naturally creative. If your bride to be is one of them, then here are a few gift ideas that she might enjoy.
7. Paint and Sip
There are a ton of places where you can get together with a group to paint artwork onto a canvas as you sip wine and eat snacks. There is an artist who is assigned to your group who will lead the troupe as they paint their way to a masterpiece. Everyone paints the same thing, but you will be amazed at how different they all look and how good the art comes out. Check Groupon to get a great rate on this party.
8. Create a custom lipstick
There are many companies who provide this service, and Lip Lab is one of them, with locations in the US and Canada. You will work with a color expert from the lab to create your very own shade of lipstick. What bride wouldn't want to give this a twirl? You decide between matte, satin or frost, the color, the scent and the texture. Everyone will enjoy this custom creation. If you love the color you created, you can order it again in the future.
Homemade Gift Ideas
Homemade gifts are always more thoughtful than any other give you can give. Anyone can run to the department store to buy a present, but it takes planning and thought to come up with a homemade gift. Your bachelorette will appreciate and love these homemade gifts.
9. Favorite Recipes
Ask each friend who will be joining the bachelorette party to give you their favorite recipes. Reach out to the bride's mom and mother-in-law too, (and grandmas if they are still around) even though they won't be at the party, to get a recipe from them. Be prepared for the moms to tell you that they don't have any recipes written down, but that is okay. This is a homemade gift, so you will have them tell you the recipe and you will write it all down.
Compile the recipes onto index cards and present to the bachelorette at the party. She will be thrilled to have some favorite recipes from her friends and family at her fingertips.
10. Bride meal prep
Some people are very creative when it comes to gift giving and bachelorette parties. I'm not one of those, which is why my homemade gifts always involve food. After the wedding and honeymoon are over, the bride and groom will start to settle in to their married life. Cooking for two is an adventure, but if the couple can have some meals ready to go in the freezer when they return from their honeymoon, it will ease them into the life of a married couple.
Having meals already cooked and frozen is a time saver for anyone. Your bride will be thrilled to have this gift neatly tucked into her freezer for when she needs a break. You will wish that someone does this for you!
Last Minute Gift Ideas
While most of the time you want to give a unique gift, there are actually times you do not. If you get invited to a bachelorette party for someone that you don't know that well, you may want to give a token gift that isn't particularly unique or expensive. When you need to pick up a gift on the way to the party, then take a look at these ideas.
It's an oldie, but a goodie. Give her lingerie. Get something provactive and sexy that would be too much for her mom to see at the bridal shower! You know the bride pretty well, so don't get anything too crazy if you know she isn't that kind of a gal. You can go with something a bit more classy such as a silk rombe or kimono if that is more towards the bride's taste.
12. Sex Toys
These are always fun to give, and get, as presents. Edible panties, vibrators, dildos, handcuffs, whips, hot oils, blindfolds are all fun gift ideas for your bride to be. The groom will enjoy these gifts too.
The best thing about bachelorette gifts is the fact that there aren't any hard and fast rules. You can go as far out as you would like or as far out as you think the bride to be may want you to go. It should be a fun time for you and the ladies to giggle and act a little silly. Weddings are serious, but bachelorette parties are not.