Anyone who has ever been to a bridal shower knows that there is no shortage of cookware, baking pans and lingerie being handed to the bride in fancy gift bags and ornate packaging. While these traditional bridal shower gifts are practical by all means, they can provide even more stress for the bride as she struggles with figuring out where to put everything, and how to make room for larger objects and appliances. The final weeks and days leading up to her wedding are easily some of the most stress inducing for a bride, and sometimes what she really needs is someone to intervene and make her relax.
A relaxation package is an extremely thoughtful gift for a bride, and will help her take a timeout from her chaotic schedule to focus on herself and her well being. Best of all, this gift can be put together very inexpensively, and is a gift the bride is sure to enjoy.
To put together a relaxation package, think of items that you find to be, well, relaxing! Aromatherapy candles and bath salts, a feminine magazine or romance novel, a calming music CD and a box of chocolate truffles are just the beginning of all of the possibilities you could include in your package. A certificate for a massage before the wedding is a slightly more expensive item you could include, while packets of facial and foot masques are extremely inexpensive items you can put in your package. A loofa, a manicure set, colorful nail polishes and an exfoliating cleaner are other small and inexpensive items that will match the relaxation theme perfectly. Try to provide 5-10 items in the package, depending on your budget. This will ensure there are enough materials in the package to truly provide the bride with a full day of rest. Note that none of the items should be wedding related, as these may only cause the bride to stress more over the little details of her big day and will defeat the purpose of your gift.
The way you wrap your relaxation package is extremely important. The presentation should be neat and well organized, so that the bride can easily reach in and grab the item she wants to use. Arranging all of the items in a pretty wicker basket is a great way to present your relaxation package, as this will resemble a professional gift basket. Wrap the basket in colored cellophane and tie it off securely with a decorative ribbon.