Whether your baby shower is thrown by friends, family, or coworkers, it’s always a good idea to provide a gift to the hostess to show your gratitude for their hospitality and the effort that they put into throwing you a shower.
Planning, sending invitations, arranging a cake and decorations – all of these things take time, effort, and financial resources.
While the party may be all about you and baby, a gift for the hostess is an absolute must.
No matter who the hostess is, I’ve got you covered with 20 perfect baby shower hostess gifts that are sure to show your gratitude and won’t end up in a closet.
How Much Should You Spend on a Hostess Gift?
You may feel obliged to buy something expensive, but whether your budget is large or small, you can find something meaningful that truly says “thank you.”
Personalization is key: choose something that will appeal to your specific hostess’ interests or take the time to purchase something in advance with a personalized monogram.
The more personalized the gift, the more she (or he!) will recognize the consideration that you put into choosing the gift.
Give the gift at the end of the shower and always include a note of appreciation, and then send a formal thank you note after the shower along with the thank you notes for all of the gifts.
20 Best Baby Shower Hostess Thank You Gifts
Whether it’s a coworker, an older woman from church, or a dear friend, these thank you gifts will suit just about anybody at a variety of price points.
1. Monogram Notebook
A woman can never have too many notebooks, am I right?
This personalized journal can be chosen in three different sizes with three different page layouts: lined, checklist, or fitness tracker.
The same company has several different styles to choose from and most orders ship the next business day.
2. Succulent Planter Box
Your hostess will be delighted when she opens the box to find three beautiful succulents, ready for display. It’s a gift with style and creativity that anyone can appreciate.
Who doesn’t need a little more green in their life?
Succulents are easy to care for so even the most forgetful gardener can’t kill them, meaning they’ll be around for years and your hostess will remember you every time she goes to water them.
3. Tea Sampler
Tea Forté has earned itself a reputation for a sophisticated cup of tea.
The Hanami green tea box, inspired by cherry blossoms, has 10 sachets of green tea paired with cherries and flower for a tea flavor inspired by the blooms of sakura.
The black tea sampler includes 2 each of 5 varieties of black tea: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Estate Darjeeling, Black Currant, and Orchid Vanilla.
They’re the most popular flavors for a reason: they’re delicious! Or try the 10 flavor sampler, with fruity green teas, classic black teas, and even a few subtle and sweet whites.
4. Godiva Assortment
It’s impossible to go wrong with Godiva chocolates.
These truffles are worth their weight in gold and there’s not a single woman I know who wouldn’t appreciate them (and hide them away from her husband and children!).
If the steep price of the 36-count box is too much for you, consider a 12-count or a 6-count box instead.
When it comes to chocolate, quality over quantity is key. She’ll melt over each delectable bite of these truffles.
5. Scented Candles
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make us feel special, like a scented candle to bring warmth and calm to our home.
Choose a luxurious scent, like a white tea candle in a decorative tin from La Jolie Muse, or a milk and honey candle from Chesapeake Bay Candle.
If your shower is in the Fall season, consider a seasonal candle like a set of 3 from Old Factory Candles.
6. Serving Tray
This beautifully crafted serving tray is made of walnut and cherry woods and is an incredibly beautiful yet functional statement piece.
It’s sturdy enough for everyday use and special enough for serving tea and coffee for her most honored guests.
It definitely has the “wow” factor for when you really want to show your hostess how appreciative you are.
7. Coffee Beans
If your hostess is a coffee drinker, why not choose some special beans for her to brew at home?
Jamaica Blue Mountain is a rich, chocolatey coffee bean that you won’t find at most local coffee roasters, yet those who know it consider it an uncommon and special treat.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is another lesser-known bean that is considered one of the best beans in the world.
Whether your hostess is a coffee connoisseur or simply enjoys it as a morning ritual, a bag of special beans is a great way to say thank you.
8. Infused Olive Oils
For the hostess who loves to cook (or just eat!), a set of flavor-infused olive oils is a gift she can enjoy again and again.
These organic infused olive oils pack a strong punch of flavor from fresh, organic herbs (unlike other brands that add essential oils or other flavoring oils) and are perfect for finishing dishes, using as a salad dressing, or simply dipping bread as an appetizer.
Moisturizing Hand Cream
Most women keep a tube of hand cream in their purse anyway, so a luxurious hand cream is a gift she will use daily and think of you each time she reaches for it.
Choose an uncommon scent like cherry blossom for something special and unique that she wouldn’t have chosen on her own.
This one, from L’Occitane En Provence, is not only beautifully scented but the packaging is special as well.
L’Occitane En Provence is a French company that uses high quality, natural ingredients to create lush products using traditional French methods.
What woman doesn’t love a luxurious and relaxing bath?
With these scented bath bombs your hostess will appreciate a reason to dim the lights and take a long, relaxing bath without a care in the world.
These bombs are made of natural clay, salts, and skin-softening shea and cocoa oils for an extravagant bathing experience.
What woman doesn’t love wine?
Whether it’s a deep red or a crisp white, choose something in a beautiful bottle and dress it up a little by printing your own labels as a way of saying “thank you.”
While you can never go wrong with a Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir, for something really special, choose a sweet Riesling, a bubbly Cava, or rich, chocolatey Merlot.
Handwritten notes will always be in style, and so will a set of beautiful, quirky, or unique stationary.
Choose a pattern that fits her personality, or if you’re unsure, something simple and elegant will do.
Be sure to get yourself a set of thank you notes as well to send to all of the invitees of your shower.
Inexpensive Thank You Hostess Gifts
If you’re looking for something on a budget or you have multiple hostesses throwing your shower, don’t worry. Inexpensive doesn’t have to mean “cheap.”
Ring or Trinket Dish
Whether it’s by the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, or on the nightstand, a lady can never have enough ring dishes and trinket holders around the house for keeping jewelry safe or just catching loose change from her pockets.
Choose one that fits the style of the hostess: classic crystal, simple ceramic, or something cute and trendy like a unicorn or cactus, or dinosaur.
While it may seem a bit old fashioned, everyone loves the simple luxury of a beautifully wrapped bar of heavenly scented soap.
When I was a child, my grandmother always had a bar of decorative soap in the bathroom that we were strictly forbidden from using.
Now that I have my own home, I enjoy treating myself and my guests to fancy soaps and lotions – use them all, please, for when they are gone I get to choose another!
Choose luxurious scents with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter or Moroccan argan oil.
A set of cute magnets for displaying greeting cards, children’s artwork, or little reminders on the refrigerator is a simple, sweet gift with a useful purpose.
I love these adorable clothespin magnets for holding little notes or reminders in place, or this set of four floral magnets that are so pretty they’ll add a touch of glamour to even the most basic message board.
Thank You Hostess Gifts for Grandmothers
Moms and mother-in-laws look forward to spoiling their grandbabies, but just because she’s your mom doesn’t mean you can skip the hostess gift.
Your baby’s grandmothers will be there for you through thick and thin – in the long, sleepless nights to come, on much-needed date nights, wiping bottoms and baking cookies for special treats.
Be sure to show your appreciation often, beginning with the baby shower.
Here are some special gifts at various price points to show your mother or mother-in-law how much you appreciate her.
Sassy Tea Towels
Becoming a grandmother is an honor for most women, and they’re always proud to display signs of their new status in every room of the house.
With these decorative tea towels, she’ll be reminded of her little ones every time she steps into the kitchen.
Of course, she’ll use them as a conversation starter every time her friends come over so she can brag on the grandbaby.
Whether she goes by Grandma, Nana, Mimi, she’ll love the simple, daily reminder of her precious grandbaby.
Willow Tree Grandmother Figurine
Willow Tree figurines are known for evoking emotion through their simple yet stunning designs.
This beautiful figurine of a grandmother holding her grandchild is a gift she will treasure.
It’s perfect to display on a fireplace mantel or bookshelf, and whether she is already a collector of Willow Tree figurines or not, the graceful simplicity of the design and neutral colors will complement any home décor.
Baby’s First Year Picture Frame
This is the kind of gift that comes with a promise – each month, you will send a new picture to fill the frame until it is completed.
The grandmother will eagerly await each month’s picture as she fills the frame and watches the little one grow.
This is especially meaningful if she lives far away, but even if she lives next door, she can never have enough pictures of her grandbaby.
Sure, she’ll see plenty of pictures on social media but there is nothing quite like a framed photo, constantly reminding her of her loved ones.
These personalized necklaces are made by hand and allow you to include the birthstone of your choice along with the names of children or grandchildren.
If the grandmother in question is anything like my mom, this is a gift that is sure to make her cry tears of love and joy.
If you haven’t announced the baby name yet, this could be a beautiful way to surprise her with the name of her new grandchild, as well.
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This keepsake memory book is not only a great place for her to keep photos and memories of her grandchild, but also a beautiful way to remember her own history to pass along to her children and grandchildren in the future.
There are pages for her family tree, notes about her own parents and memories, along with pages for the new memories she will make with her children and grandchildren.
As your baby grows older, your mother or mother-in-law will treasure the moments spent with your baby, sharing memories from her life and passing on meaningful family history.
Regardless of your budget or your relationship with the person throwing your shower, a little “thank you” goes a long way.
Choose an item from this list and include a heartfelt note and you can’t go wrong!