This past summer was packed with more weddings than I could have ever imagined attending! And with weddings, come bridal showers. I typically don’t gift lingerie to my friends, for many reasons, and my go-to gift is Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette since I know most of my (hijabi) friends don’t really have good quality make-up. But, after being invited to so many, I had to start getting a little creative with my gifts so that I wouldn’t go broke. I keep mind the personality of my friend getting married and set a budget, and then go from there. This idea is one I wanted to share!
This bride-to-be loves baking and nail polish (no wonder we’re friends) and I have noticed that she always tends to stay a bit more covered up at “girls’ parties” than most of my other friends. I took that information and the idea of packing a “Date Night” into a gift and came up with this:
A Sweet Night
So, my Date Night in a gift bag comes down to this: send your husband out to pick up dinner, and I’ll give you a little black dress, some accessories, and a dessert (that you make).
Cost: The great thing about this is that you can choose how much you want to spend. You can hit a sale at the mall or go high-end, but the idea of the gift stays the same. I spent around $20 on this gift with smart shopping.
What You’ll Need:
I picked out something I thought she probably wouldn’t have bought for herself, but would still wear.
This one was 2 bottles of nail polish. I think nail polish is an accessory, and not make-up, lol. She normally just wears reds and maroons, so I thought I would introduce some purple into her collection. My favorite brand of nail polish is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear, so that’s what I got her. I wanted to find her a cute necklace or something as well that would match the nail polish, but I didn’t like what I found and din’t have enough time to go to another place.
What I wanted her to make was: mini cheescake pudding pies! I recently discovered how easy this was, and I know she could make this in her sleep. What I gave her was a box of graham crackers, an instant pudding mix, and the recipe.
And here’s the recipe!
Wrapping It All Up!
Here’s the thing, you take a creative and thoughtful idea, dress it up like mad, and $20 can go a long way! I found a gift bag that matched the colors of her nail polish, and then wrapped the individual parts of her gift in matching tissue paper. I have all of these scented stickers, and went a little crazy with them on the bag. I scrunched the excess tissue at the top into flowers, and glued some rhinestones to little circles of construction paper to make it look cute. (If I had bigger rhinestones, I would have just used those.) I tied the flowers with curling ribbon so that they’d hold, and strung little labels onto them. In her card, I explained the gift on one side, and wrote a message for her on the other side.
*On a final note, I asked a shaykh about his opinion on giving lingerie to friends for their bridal showers, and he said it was completely fine, and he actually encourages it.