Planning a baby shower can be both fun and stressful. Choosing the right games, the right people to invite, the right decorations and food can all make or break a baby shower. One thing that many baby shower organizers forget, however, is to include fun prizes for the games. Luckily, shower prizes aren’t about being expensive, over-the-top, or high fashion. The key to giving great shower game prizes is simple, fun, relaxing gifts.
Since baby showers are traditionally all-female parties, it’s important to remember to cater to things that women of all generations enjoy. So, one great game prize would be a set of hand/body lotions that smell wonderful. Women of all ages enjoy having a lotion which both hydrates and perfumes, right?
Another great gift (or game prize) for baby shower participants is gourmet chocolate. Not many people would want to turn down a small box of their favorite kind of chocolate truffles. For the party planner who wants everything to match, giving gourmet chocolates that have an outer shell (or topping) that matches the party’s color scheme will make this baby shower gift hard to pass up.
In the same line of thought, scented candles which are specifically colored to match the party’s décor also make great gifts for the games’ participants. Soothing scents like lilac, lavender, and verbena are excellent options for party planners who want to add a luxurious and relaxing touch to the party favors. (It’s also worth mentioning that lavender has been known to help soothe expecting mothers who have morning sickness!)
For the party planner who really enjoys lavishing the shower game winners giving away gift certificates for manicures or pedicures is a great way to go. Many participants will want to win that prize and the best thing about giving a gift certificate for a manicure is that it’s an affordable yet luxurious game prize that shows the guests your appreciation for attending.
Planners who have a comic side to them might want to give gag prizes for the participants. Assuming that attendees have a sense of humor, this is a great way to go! Filling a baby bottle with Chardonnay and asking them to drink it can often be a funny booby prize. Giving the baby shower game winner a « baby style » hair makeover also will give the guests a good laugh for the rest of the baby shower. Remember, it’s smart to give gag gifts only if you are sure that your guests appreciate your sense of humor!
Lastly, remember that what makes a baby shower amazing really aren’t the gifts. The memories that are attached to those gifts are what matter the most.