Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Comments Needed Please!!!

I am in a bit of a pickle. I have a baby shower on Saturday. It is the first for our baby. It will be held at my mother-in-law's home, hosted by my sister-in-law and two of hubby's cousins.

Where I come from, when someone hosts a shower for you, the shower recipient gets the hosts (hostesses) a gift. My mother would be humiliated if I did not do this. I want to do this. I like them all. They are beyond SUPER nice. The question is, what do I get?

For my wedding, it was hosted by my MIL and hubby's aunts so we got them patio dining wear. Super cute!

Problem - these ladies all live in different cities very far from me. I do not want to buy them trinkety crap. They are all mothers and have gotten enough of that in life.

I was thinking a pedicure would be a great gift for all of them. However, they all live far (I mean over 6 hours) and I do not know which place they like. I am tempted to give them all some cash to go get pedicures. Too tacky?

Do you have any better suggestions? Please let me know!!!!

22 comments:

notjustcelery said...

Not sure how much you want to spend but how about some jewelry? www.bluenile.com has some nice silver necklaces and earrings starting around $30-40.

Alex said...

jewelry is nice...or some cookies and fruit? When I got married the hostesses freakin' loved the good I got them

Food Coma said...

If it were me I would love a gift certificate for a pedicure. If you go online I am sure you could find a place in each of their cities. I bet you could even print the certificates from home for some places. Or if you cannot do that make your own certificate and arrange for them to have a credit at the pedi place. As someone who never likes to spend the money on myself for a pedicure it would be a great gift.

Blossom said...

That's a good idea! Maybe you could research some spas in their areas (big hotels often have nice spas) so they can go together.

Pam said...

I would just say to make sure that they all like pedicures. Me? If someone gave me some sort of spa certificate, it would never get used. And NO ONE touches my feet. Ever.

If you are 100% certain they do, then I think going online and finding a local place to them would be the way to go.

If you are not sure, a nice gift basket would be nice...fruits and snacks are always well received and will be used/eaten by someone in the household.

But yeah, the cash would look like a lazy way out.

F. McButter Pants said...

Any sweet little gift card would be nice. That is very sweet of you.

Hope you get lots of cute loot. I am hosting my daughter's shower the 1st of August. It should be lots of fun.

Katie J said...

Your momma rasised you right my dear!

What about a gift certificate for a restaurant in their area? Their favorite retailer? Target? Starbuck's?

...tish said...

How about new nail polish, sugar scrubs for the hands, scented hand or body lotion etc. It can be along the same lines as a pedicure or manicure. Think bath& body works. Good luck and have fun!!

Janna said...

How about an American Express gift card...with a cute note that says to treat themselves to a little pampering?

Ms. Chunky Chick said...

Well the pedicures is really nice. I know your against trinkets but what happened if you started a brag book(pocketbook size photo album) for each of them with the first pic as one of your sonogram pics? And that way they can keep adding pictures you send them and it will get used. Idk just a thought

mommaof3ontherun said...

I love pedicures, but don't feel that they would end up using the cash for that if you gave them cash. They'd spend it on a toll road or a soda...never what your intent is probably. So, how about a basket with spa stuff? At mine, I gave Bath and Body Works baskets...one to the main hostess and then a smaller one to the secondary hostess. Or a gift card is nice. Have fun!

Learning to be Less said...

Man you all have great ideas. I am going to do some shopping tomorrow!

Rena said...

Spafinder.com gift cards...then they can choose the service and location. Good luck!

cmoursler said...

Thank you bouquets with chocolate...always nice.

Crys said...

I would get them an AMEX gift card with a cute little note telling them the money is earmarked for their favorite spa or salon! That's not tacky at all!

Johanna said...

Sarah got all of her bridesmaids gift certificates from a beauty place that worked in LOTS of salons all over the country. Want me to look it up?

Kathryn said...

Another idea might be movie gift cards. It ensures that they will be used for a specific purpose - a night out at a movie with hubby or boyfriend or friend. Usually movie theatre gift cards are universal for the same theatre across cities.

Good on you for following the advice from your mother. Good etiquette is so often forgotten these days. Your hosts will really appreciate your thoughtfulness. P.S. Love your blog, admire your achievements and you look just too cute pregnant. Best wishes to you. Have fun at the shower. You will remember it always.

CJ said...

Chocolates and some wine! If it fits your budget!

Miz said...

I may be an anomaly but I think GIFT CARDS.
they sell so many cutecute holders these days and then the recipient can choose her treat.

amazon :)

Abby said...

I don't think it would look lazy to give money. You could possibly include like a pair of the cheap flip flops from Old Navy and a small nail polish to help set the tone for what the money is for.

I know that there's not a lot of extra room in our budget for splurges like pedicures, so if I got money for one, I would keep it in a special place in my wallet and no one but me will get to enjoy it!

Remember that it's the thought that counts and your friends will know you were trying to spoil them and appreciate whatever it is you end up giving!

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Hey, I wish I could suggest an idea. I think what you said sounds great.

Sarah said...

My sister gave us bottles of wine that were wrapped in baby onesies. Mine said "Party at Aunt Sarah's. BYOB" (bottle, not booze)

It was cute, but we all live in the same city so I do get to babysit my nephew.

But on that line...what about a nice bottle of wine with a personal note of thanks?