40 Best Wedding Shower Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want to Use

Can’t decide on your wedding shower favors? Here’s 40 favor ideas your guests will actually use!

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Photo by Zola

It’s hard not to love wedding showers—a pre-wedding activity that calls for celebration, relaxation, and enjoyment in anticipation of the big day drawing near. While a key component of any wedding shower is showering the happy couple with gifts, it’s also an opportunity to give your guests a token of gratitude for joining in the festivities and celebrating with you before the wedding day.

Whether you’re hosting a traditional wedding shower with family or a coed shower with your closest friends, shower favors don’t have to be complicated; something small and thoughtful can go a long way in showing your thanks. Read on to learn everything you should know about wedding shower favors and a roundup of our favorite favor ideas—all less than $25!

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Do You Have to Give Wedding Shower Favors?

Giving favors at your wedding shower isn’t a strict requirement, and it’s no sweat off your back if you choose not to, but it’s a nice gesture that many hosts choose to include. It’s an easy way to say thank you, and small gifts can also double as decor or party activities. Regardless of what you choose, your guests are sure to appreciate the thought (but we’re partial to favors that can be used and enjoyed post-party!).

If you’re wondering who’s responsible for wedding shower favors, it’s typically the host. Usually, the maid of honor and wedding party are the ones who coordinate the event, and they’ll often split the cost of the event. The parents of the soon-to-be newlyweds may also contribute to the expenses. Ultimately, there aren’t any hard rules as to who pays—except that it’s almost never the engaged couple!

How Much Should You Spend on Wedding Shower Favors?

You don’t need to think of shower favors as a full-blown gift for every guest—something small is all you need. What to spend on favors comes down to your budget, the number of guests, and your tastes and preferences. If you have a larger guest list, you might want to stick to the $1-$5 range per favor, whereas a smaller gathering might mean choosing to spend closer to $10-$25 per favor. Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you, but there’s no reason to spend more than $25 unless you want to.

1. Wine Gummies

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For fans of bite-sized treats, gummies inspired by your favorite varietals are a must. You can find them made with or without alcohol if you want something kid-friendly!

2. "Thank You" Matchboxes

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These matchboxes make a sweet little favor, especially when paired with candles!

Buy on Zola, $17.99

3. Smudge Bundles

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Traditionally used to remove stagnant and negative energy, this hand-assembled smudge bundle is created with ethically sourced elements and makes an inspired favor idea. Not to mention, it’s gorgeous!

4. Essential Oil Shower Steamers

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Give your guests the gift of an at-home spa experience with these essential oil shower steamers.

5. Temporary Wedding Tattoos

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Celebrate in style with these glam rose gold temporary tattoos. Have friends and family choose their favorite and add a little fun to your shower!

Buy on Zola, $7.99

6. Fig & Olive 2-Piece Gift Set

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This sweet set comes with a freshly milled soap bar on a charming melamine soap dish. Captivating fragrances of Mediterranean fig and soft olive blossom make washing your hands feel luxurious.

Buy on Zola, $25

7. Bath Soak

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Help your guests unwind after the festivities with a bath soak in soothing aromas like sweet clementine, jasmine and orange blossom.

8. Chalkboard Love Hand Sanitizers

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Pretty meets practical with these adorable hand sanitizers.

Buy on Zola, $23.99

9. Trinket Boxes

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Your guests will think of you every time they use this cute trinket box adorned with delicate gold foil constellations.

10. Herb Jar Growing Kits

herb-jar-growing-kits Wow your guests with self-watering herb jar growing kits! We love the style of this vintage-inspired mason jar design, which can also double as an eye-catching detail in your shower decor.

11. Glam Mint To Be Slim Mints Tin

glam-mint-to-be-tin It’s hard to go wrong with a practical favor, like this endearing “mint to be” slider tin filled with sugar-free peppermints.

Buy on Zola, $3.99

12. Teami Blends Green Tea Face Scrub

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Treat your guests to an invigorating facial scrub they can add to their self-care routine. We love this one for its all-natural, organic ingredients of matcha green tea, lemongrass, and sugar.

Buy on Zola, $24.99

13. Lip Balm

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You simply can’t go wrong with lip balm—we love ourselves a hand-poured balm for a perfect pout!

14. Blooming Lollipops

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Garden-inspired lollipops aren’t just a delectable treat—the sticks are embedded with seeds that you can plant to watch your herb or flower bloom!

15. Ceramic Candles

groovy-flower-power-candle Your guests are sure to adore a candle blooming from a darling ceramic holder with sweet cozy scents of cardamom and sparkling citrus.

16. Strawberry Gelato Chocolate Bites

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It’s hard to go wrong with a tasty treat as a favor, like chocolate bites dipped in a cool strawberry shell! Bonus points if you find some with cute packaging for an adorable favor display moment!

17. Cocktail Grow Kit

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Your guests can enjoy an aromatic happy hour with this nifty grow kit, which comes with thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage seed packets. Use the starter soil to plant your favorites, and enjoy a unique cocktail experience once they’ve grown!

18. Rose Lip Polish

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Pamper your guests with a gentle lip treatment made with soothing shea butter and plant oils. Bonus points if you find one that’s free of sulfates, parabens, and fragrance oils!

19. Shiraleah Marta Zip Pouch

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Gift your guests something they’ll get plenty of use out of—this shimmering gold pouch will make organization a breeze for vacations and events (like your wedding!).

Buy on Zola, $10.99

20. Loose Leaf Teas

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A gorgeous set of three loose leaf teas is perfect for any garden-inspired wedding shower, and your guests will love the flavors of and unique blends.

21. Fragrance Rollerballs

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Sweet scent combinations make perfume rollerballs irresistible, and they’re perfect for on-the-go!

22. Lilly Pulitzer Drink Koozie

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Help guests keep their favorite beverages cool with this neoprene koozie, featuring lovely gold accents and eye-catching patterns.

Buy on Zola, $9.99

23. Sophistiplate Cupcake Cups

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If you’re going the edible route, present your cupcake favors in these sweet gold dot cupcake cups. Guests can munch theirs at the party or choose to save it for a late-night snack!

Buy on Zola, $11.99

24. Heart-shaped Sunglasses

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Retro-inspired heart-shaped sunglasses make for a fun party favor that can double as a cute prop for photos!

25. Floral Hand Cream

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Your guests will appreciate receiving a gift they can use on the regular, like a pampering hand cream. Choose from scents like gardenia and jasmine, exotic lychee rose, or a sparkling mix of pink grapefruit and peony to go along with your garden-themed shower!

26. Scented Botanical Sachets

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Botanical wax sachets offer a unique alternative to burning a candle, and double as both a pleasing aroma and a beautiful adornment.

27. Ring Dishes

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Your guests will appreciate a useful and beautiful ring dish. Whether they stash it on their desk, by the sink, or on their nightstand, they’ll be reminded of your special event each time they use it.

28. Mini Zodiac Crystals

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If you're throwing a cosmic-inspired event, mini zodiac crystals are a must—besides being beautiful, they make a truly memorable keepsake.

29. Tea Towels

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Gift your guests something both practical and beautiful with vibrant printed tea towels.

30. Tote Bags

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Help your guests keep everything together in style with a gorgeous tote bag. We love ours with big, beautiful designs!

31. Sour Rainbow Candy

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Sweet and sour gummies will bring a fresh burst of sunshine to your guests’ taste buds.

32. Writing Pens

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Let’s face it, you can never have too many pens—your guests will get plenty of use from colorful rollerball pens!

33. Event Blossom Cactus Hair Ties

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Hair ties always come in handy, and we love the metallic foil cactus pattern with pops of gold! Each hair tie even comes with a cactus-shaped card, making this a one-and-done favor that won’t disappoint.

Buy on Zola, $16.99

34. Sparkle Maple Syrup

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Love is sweet, and so is this edible favor idea! All-natural Vermont maple syrup adds some sparkling flair to your brunch-themed shower.

35. Chocolate, Pretzel, and Chip Caramel Popcorn

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A scrumptious treat for a favor is always a good idea—if you can’t decide between salty and sweet, go for chocolate, pretzel, and chip caramel popcorn for the best of both worlds!

36. Picture Frames

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A picture frame is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—fill each frame with a photo of you and each of your guests to send them home with a thoughtful keepsake they’ll look back on for years to come.

37. Mini Sparkling Wine

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Truly a no-fail favor idea—because every celebration calls for popping some bubbly!

38. Mini Jam Jars

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Your guests will be thrilled to leave with mini artisan jams in their pocket! Whether they spread it on their morning muffin or add it to their next charcuterie board, this food favor is one they’re sure to love.

39. DIY Potted Succulent Kit

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For those that love the look of succulents but don’t have a green thumb, paper potted succulent kits are the perfect favor for your guests!

40. Heart Keychains

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Adorable heart keychains make a lovely trinket for guests to take home!

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