Hen parties (often called "bachelorette parties" in the United States) are meant to be the last chance for the bride to party before she settles into married life. In most cases, the bride-to-be is treated to a night on the town by her girlfriends (usually the bridesmaids). In return, the bride-to-be gives each woman a gift bag as a thank-you gift.
Every woman appreciates a little sugar in her life. Place some sweet treats in the gift bags, such as chocolate truffles, hard candy or even something silly, such as a candy necklace. Include a little note that tells the girls how "sweet" of them it was to "treat" you to a night on the town.
Pamper your friends by slipping some luxurious beauty items into the gift bags. Scented lotions, bath soaps, perfume and other such items are terrific and thoughtful additions. Pretty compacts and lipsticks are also always appreciated by most women. You can also spoil your friends and get the ladies gift tokens for spa treatments such as facials, manicures or pedicures---all of which are sure to be met with delight.
Include some fun (and even rather silly) items in each hen party gift bag. Remind the women that they are princesses at heart by placing a glittering tiara in each gift bag or a huge, gaudy ring. A chick-lit novel is a fun addition if the group is comprised of women who love to read. Naughty items, such as those found at sex novelty stores, can also be slipped into the bags if the girls have a sense of humour.
Scented candles, potpourri and other small, lovely knick-knacks are commonly favoured by women. You can even personalise these items by finding out ahead of time what each woman collects and getting her something to add to her collection. For another meaningful gift, try giving each friend a pretty necklace or bracelet that is meant to be worn to the wedding. Include a small, silver-framed photo of you and the girls in each bag for a sentimental touch. On the other hand, if the night was especially wild, you could commemorate it with a souvenir shot glass for each woman.