Must-have hen party gift ideas for the beautiful bride-to-be
By Sophie Carter - 31st March 2023
The venue is booked, the prosecco is ordered, and the bridal party are on standby to ensure every detail has been considered for a weekend all about the beautiful bride. Hen, bachelorette, or bridal shower parties are a fabulous celebration of the bride and the special squad behind her before she heads into a solid commitment with the love of her life. While you may have every party game, bottle of bubbly, and adorable outfit planned to a T, it can be easy to overlook securing a gorgeous gift for the bride. For many brides, the hen celebration is gift enough, but an extra present to signify one of the most important events of her life will always be appreciated. It's vital to ensure a bridal gift is directly tailored towards the blushing bride in question, but when she loves jewellery, adores accessories, and lives for a tasty tipple (or two), it can feel like a minefield trying to find something truly special. We've put together a list of ideas to surprise a special bride at the beginning of her hen celebration, as well as some hen do' must-haves for both her and her huddle of hens to enjoy.
Heartfelt hampers for the bride-to-be
If you and your fellow hens have a wealth of ideas for glorious gifts but can't settle on just one or two, a great present idea is a bridal hamper filled with many items you know she'll love. Grab yourself a sizeable box such as our Personalised Engraved White Wooden Box, and just get filling! You'll know your bride's likes and dislikes better than anyone, but if you're looking for some great ideas to start you off, consider treasurable tokens such as sweet scented candles, delicious bars of chocolate, and pretty personalised accessories. A monogrammed compact mirror is ideal for popping in a gift hamper, as it's small but perfectly sentimental. Our in-house team will stamp the lid of the Personalised Foil Initials Grey Square Compact Mirror with the bride's initials, allowing her to carry a practical, personal accessory that will definitely come in handy on her wedding day.
Every bride needs a wedding diary, and if she doesn't have one already, a hen do' hamper is a great way to gift her one. Our Personalised Wedding Square Linen Notebook is packed with blank pages ready to be filled with notes, doodles, photos and more to create a visual mood board for her to look back on in years to come. If she already has the wedding diary covered, you can personalise the heat-pressed wording on the front of the book to read anything you'd like. If you need some ideas, a 'Hen Party Memories' book creates a fab space to be filled with photos and memorabilia from the weekend once it's all over, or a 'Wedding Guestbook' complete with hers and the groom's names can be left on a table on the big day for guests to write their musings and memories of the happy couple and their special day.
Want to make her hamper super personal? Why not include some memories to remind her of your special friendship over the years, and just how strong that bond will continue to be? Photographs are a great place to start, but if you want to gift her some messages of good luck and endless love, a card such as our Vinyl Dried Flower Greetings Card comes personalised with her name and a loving message printed on the front. The inside of the card is blank, too, with plenty of space for you and your fellow hens to fill with messages of encouragement as she embarks on her great adventure.
Enchanting accessories for the bride to wear
She may already have her bridal jewels sorted, but if she doesn't, a hen party is a great time to gift her the perfect accessories for donning on her big day. Our crystal and opal horseshoe jewellery range is designed with brides in mind, as horseshoes symbolise luck and new beginnings and are often traditionally included in wedding celebrations. This range has just the right amount of sparkle to accentuate her wedding dress, and includes a necklace, bracelet, and sweet stud earrings, so she can even wear the whole set if she wishes.
Looking to gift her some jazzy jewellery she can rock on her hen weekend? Think gold, sparkles, and gemstones galore to get her into the party spirit. If she's a fan of statement styles, pieces like our Large Mismatched Crystal Star and Moon Pearl Drop Earrings are perfect for adding a show-stopping finish to an outfit. The white of the pearls is a great connection to her wedding dress, while the celestial and crystal details help to inject a dash of party vibes to get her in the mood to celebrate a weekend all about her.
Delightful drink gifts to get the bridal party started
The very second the hen party begins, it's likely the bottles will be popped and the fizz will be flowing. But who says a bridal gift can't include even more bubbly? A beautiful bottle of personalised prosecco provides the perfect party-starting opportunity with a unique, sentimental twist. You can add a meaningful message to the label to toast directly to the happy couple on the hen weekend, or, if the bride would rather save it to sup with her significant other, gifting it to her at the hen do' and just before the wedding is ideal timing. If the hen weekend in question is jam-packed with exciting activities - so much so that your bride will barely have a moment to breathe - a handy hip flask filled with her favourite tipple is a must-have. Not only is it a fun novelty gift guaranteed to put a smile on her face, but it's also a practical piece to help her continue the fizz-worthy celebrations while she's busy being entertained. Our Personalised Vintage Swirls Hip Flask comes personalised with her name and drink of choice printed on the front, making a stylish accessory she'll want to keep close to her side.
Hen celebration essentials
A thoughtful contribution to the hen celebrations can make a wonderful gift the bride will thank you for. If you're keen not to confine every detail of the weekend to a budget, a few token touches can make all the difference when it comes to her lasting memories of the hen party. Personalised glassware for the bride, bridal party, and/or the rest of the hen squad provides a cute keepsake to remind everyone - not just the bride - of a truly spectacular celebration. Name-engraved glasses can also be perfectly practical, too, as your name added to your own glass means another member of the party is less likely to pinch your prosecco or nab your gin! Want to provide the same practical touch but on a slightly smaller scale? Gifting each member of the hen party their own personalised glass charm is a great way to ensure everyone sticks to their own glass, and also provides a small but sweet memento of the weekend they can tuck into a drawer or memory box to look back on.
However you choose to celebrate your special bride-to-be, a hen party is about embracing the exciting event to come, and preparing her to make one of the biggest moves of her life. She should feel showered with love and affection, even if you're not able to shower her with gifts, and ultimately, she should be having the time of her life at every opportunity. The more thoughtful touches - no matter the scale - the better, and the more you can inject meaningful mementoes into the event, the more she'll know just how adored she is by you and her humble hens.