Bride-To-Be Gift Ideas


I hope she’s not reading this, but my sister is getting married in just a few weeks!!!  I wanted to get her a fun Sister gift beyond something off the registry. (But don’t worry – still got something off the registry, because nothing says “I love you, Sister” like a spatula.)

We’ve always enjoyed tiny toiletries and used to collect them.  And when I asked her what she would like to do the night before the wedding, and she just said she wanted to relax and do an old fashioned spa night like we used to do as kids.

So I decided to combine those two things – travel sized toiletries and spa night – to create a fun Bride-to-Be gift!  Plus, I figured she could take some of these items on the honeymoon!

First I went out to Forever 21 to pick up a fun cosmetic/travel bag.  I knew they had cute ones because I recently bought myself one 🙂 I found this large floral bag with a black bow detail.  The bow reminded me of the Ted Baker cosmetic bags, which have been on my wish list for months!

While there, I noticed Forever 21 had quite a few cheap face product.  I just picked up a few for fun.  I grabbed makeup remover wipes, a few sheet masks, and two eye masks (can’t find online).  I also saw a cute make up brush set.  They’re polka dot! Love it!


I raided my own stash of tiny toiletries to find a few more things: travel size St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo & Conditioner, Aveda Energy Lotion, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion.20140703-153414-56054009.jpg

And then………. I went to Sephora.  Just to find a few extra things.  A great addition were travel sizes of perfumes. It’s hard to travel with perfume, especially those full sizes.  So stick with a roller ball or a sampler set, like this one.  I also grabbed a Smith’s Rosebud Salve, because it rocks.  The other items were some point rewards (yay me!) that I decided to gift as well.  I got a MakeUp Forever mini set of lipstick and mascara.  I also got a sample of the Algenist Detoxifying Exfoliator.


Finally, I grabbed a travel set of Philosophy products (similar).  This set alone would make a great gift!  Plus it came in a travel bag.  It’s not as cute as a floral cosmetic bag, but it’s useful!20140703-153413-56053427.jpgI’m really excited for her to crack into this!  We’ve got a few things to experiment with the night before the wedding, but she also has some things to take with her on the honeymoon.

I love tiny toiletries!

One of my other favorite gift ideas for a bride-to-be is a recipe card with one of your favorite recipes written on it.  Include a kitchen item to help make it (grab it off the registry!).  It’s personal but still getting the bride something she wants and will use.

For other gift ideas and gift wrap inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board!

What were some of your favorite gifts you have received?

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

TGIF!  And Happy Independence Day!  I hope you’re wearing your best Red White and Blue, and have fun celebratory plans today!

Here’s what I was up to this week:

1. My weekend seemed a bit of a blur. I was sick.  It thankfully wasn’t an “I can’t move off the sofa” kind of sick.  Just a stuffy nose and cough.  Could have been worse.

2. I traveled to the mall on Wednesday (dangerous) to pick up some tiny toiletries at Sephora for my sister as a fun honeymoon gift.  I spent WAY too much, but had a great time!  I also picked up this new Ellen Tracy dress at Macy’s to wear for all the wedding festivities.  So pretty!  Next week is shoe shopping… I’m in desperate need of shoes.

3. I bought some beautiful snap dragons at Trader Joe’s this week, and popped them into my tarnished silver pitcher.  They look really pretty together.  I actually prefer my silver tarnished, if it is a nice tarnish.


4. Elizabeth has been hilarious – every time I get her up from a nap, she’s usually sitting up, peeking at me over the crib bumper.  Makes me laugh every time!

5. Speaking of Elizabeth, we spent some family time outside on Sunday, watching Daddy wash the cars.  I got 6 mosquito bites, but it was fun to all be together, having fun.


Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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