Edible, beautiful, sassy, and sweet — these 12 bridal shower favor ideas feature something for every type of party.

By Stacey Ballis
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Coral Cakes Macarons Or Macaroons On White Marble Spring Background, Copy Space
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Bridal showers can be one of the most special events in the wedding calendar. Whether you are a sister, aunt, godmother, maid of honor, colleague, or just a good friend, hosting a bridal shower is a wonderful way to celebrate your loved one and wish them well on their journey into married life. Also, gathering to celebrate upcoming nuptials is always enormous fun.

Great hostesses know that when you ask people to gather in celebration and bring gifts, bridal shower favors are always a good idea. They're a way to offer a small token of your gratitude for their time.

Bridal shower favors or little parting gifts for guests can be as simple or as fancy as the occasion requires. Is your bride's style casual and fun? The gift of homemade muffins sounds sweet. Does she love florals and beautiful prints? Consider custom tea towels. No matter the style of the celebration, here are some of our favorite bridal shower favors to offer guests.

1. Floral Soaps

Moroccan Rose Soap Petals
Credit: World Market

These Rose-Shaped Soap Petals or Wildflower Soap Petals are beautiful and practical. A romantic take on hand-washing (something we're all doing more of right now), they are perfect for a powder room, or a special treat for your guests own bathrooms. Almost too pretty to use, the gentle scents are like a little bit of aromatherapy.

Buy Rose-Shaped Soaps: $8; World Market

Buy Wildflower-Shaped Soaps: $10; World Market

2. Darling Cookies

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French macarons are perfect bridal shower favors for a gathering like this. Whether you source them from a local bakery or make them yourself, you cannot go wrong when sending your guests home with a beautiful and indulgent little treat. As a bonus, you can customize the color and flavor to your party's theme.

Get the Recipe: Macarons

3. Words of Affection

Inspire Her Pop Open Cards
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When you are celebrating a wonderful bride-to-be, showering empowering messages feels like a great favor. These Inspire Her Pop Open card sets can either be given as favors, or buy a box and include one card attached to each of the favors you are giving away.

Buy it: $7; World Market

4. Cheers for Chocolate

chocolate truffles on a plate
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Is your bride a chocoholic? Celebrate that at her shower by sending guests home with a chocolatey gift. You can buy large format chocolate bars and re-wrap them with custom labels, or if you love to cook and want a more personal bridal shower favor, try making these easy truffles and putting them in pretty boxes or bags for your guests to take home.

Get the Recipe: Easy Decadent Truffles

5. Frame Job

Gold Telescoping Tabletop Frame
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Want a favor that can also be part of your tabletop décor? Small picture frames are a sweet idea. Insert a photo of the guest with the bride at each place, or slide a card with the guest's name into the frame to mark where everyone should sit. At the end of the shower, let guests know to take it home as a gift. Personal, thoughtful, practical and beautiful is an unbeatable combination. We love these Gold Telescoping Tabletop Frame or Beveled Glass Frames.

Buy it: Gold Telescoping Tabletop Frame, $17-20; World Market

Buy it: Beveled Glass Frames; $8-12; World Market

6. Squeaky Clean

Kikkerland Handy Screen Cleaner Kit
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Practical gifts are always a great bridal shower favor. And these days, with our phones and tablets attached to us at all times and cleanliness at a premium, these purse-friendly Screen Cleaner Kits are as adorable as they are functional. Even better, they come in sets of four, so they're a really affordable favor if you are expecting a crowd.

Buy it: $18 (set of 4); World Market

7. Muffins & Jam

Donut Muffins sprinkled with sugar
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Sometimes, one of the best things you can do for your guests is to send them home with breakfast. Bag up a pair of muffins, homemade or from a local bakery, or a small loaf of a sweet bread with a jar of jam or honey, and you have a really lovely way to thank everyone for coming. If you are a jam maker, this Rose-Petal Jam is easy and elegant and would make for a very special gift.

Get the Recipe: Donut Muffins

8. Face It

Formula 10.0.6 Clean Getaway Kit
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Encourage a moment of relaxation and self-care with a great travel-size skin care kit. Guests can keep it in their suitcase or treat themselves to the various products at home before the wedding. We love this one, which includes a peel mask, foaming cleanser, deep pore cleanser, and a packet of 10 facial wipes. Tie a colorful bow around each kit for a custom gift feel.

Buy it: $10; Target

9. Trinket Love

Harringdons Kitchen Dish Towels
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If your shower has a food theme, sending your guests home with a kitchen trinket is a lovely way to thank them for coming. Think about this pretty two-piece spatula set or one of these tea towels.

Buy it: Ayesha Collection Spatula Spoonula Set, $10 (set of 2); Amazon

Buy it: Harringdons Kitchen Dish Towels Set, $30 (set of 12); Amazon

10. Stuck on You

Succulent Shower Favors
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More people are recognizing the power of plants in living spaces, so potted miniature succulents are a great way to encourage green living and provide a long-lasting gift of thanks. Succulents are especially great bridal shower favors because they require little attention, so even unexperienced plant parents will see success.

Buy it: $10.50+; Etsy

11. Tag Team

Blush Floral Favor Thank You Tags
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Custom-decorated sugar cookies are all the rage for bridal shower favors. Whether you make your own or hire a cookie artist to create them, give them a more personal touch by bagging them up with printed tags that coordinate with the party's color and theme. Not into cookies? Try something equally delicious but a bit more unique, like marshmallow-rice treats or bar cookies.

Buy it: from $11; Etsy

12. DIY Thanks

Brajttt 30Pcs Glass Favor Jar with Cork Lids
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Finally, there is just something so special about a gift that is custom made. These lovely little glass jars with cork lids are ideal for homemade food gifts — everything from a special loose-leaf tea blend, to a spice rub, hot cocoa mix, or little snacks. Fill them with caramel sauce or hot fudge if your bride is an ice cream fan, or custom colors of M&Ms or her favorite flavor gummy bears. Beautiful flavored salts or sugars, bath salts, or even portable travel candles make for a great filling, too. You can also make your own labels to really create a personal and special favor.

Buy it: Glass Favor Jar with Cork Lids, $25; Amazon

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