I've been fortunate enough, over the last few years, to have friends and family host us beautiful showers for our wedding and now for our baby - and I've spent a lot of time trying to find gifts that attempt to show our gratitude.
I feel like the "perfect" gift for a host is one that is nice and meaningful, but also unique and somewhat custom. Those are always my most favorite gifts to give (and receive!) and I like to think, most of my hosts have been touched by the gesture.
For one of my wedding showers, my aunts asked everyone to bring a favorite recipe to stock my cookbook. I tried to run with that theme, so I had one of my grandfather's classic recipes printed onto a platter via this shop on Etsy
Paired with a set of dish towels or an apron, and this gift was the perfect gift - especially considering the shower theme.
Another favorite for shower gifts is a monogrammed blanket. I ordered a few from West Elm and Pottery Barn, and I love the look with the families last name, or initials. It's also one of my most favorite gifts to receive too. I'm not sure who my friend used, but she had our wedding logo stamped into a super cozy blanket that we use all the time.
Champagne is always a hit in my book, but sometimes I feel like it looks like a last minute gift if it's just plopped in a gift bag, so pairing it with custom coasters is my favorite way to show that you put a little extra effort into it.
For my baby shower last week in Chicago, I worked with MaidofClay on Etsy to have a vase made with my parents monogram.
Etsy is my go-to. I find great ideas, great prices, and great shops to work with and I have never had a bad experience with anyone I've worked with their to date.
I've pinned these ideas for gifts to bookmark for future use, too - they beat the heck out of a giftcard.
Do you have a foolproof hostess gift that you use?