Receiving prom gifts from your date or even your parents is a fun tradition. Some gifts are traditionally exchanged by prom dates, while others gifts could easily come from a parent who wants to help commemorate the occasion. Gifts don't have to be expensive because "it's the thought that counts." A small gift with the right intention can be even nicer than something expensive. Here are some gift ideas to consider:
Corsage and Flowers
It is customary to give your date a corsage or boutonniere for prom. Most girls opt for wearing a wrist corsage with a flower, while guys wear a single flower (known as a boutonniere) that is pinned on their suit. Guys can also surprise their date by bringing a bouquet of flowers or roses.
Jewelry can make prom night a special event. Some parents might opt to give their daughter a necklace or earrings. This can be tricky, though, because many girls will have their jewelry all planned out for the evening. If you are giving a necklace or other piece of jewelry as a prom gift, ask ahead what she might like and offer to let her choose.
One idea for prom gifts is the gift of experience, such as surprising your date with a limo ride. To do this, don't tell her ahead of time, and pretend that you'll be picking her up in your beat up car or even having an older sibling drive you. This prom gift will definitely be appreciated. You might also consider getting a group of friends together to pitch in on the cost for a limo.
Parents might find that prom night is the perfect time to give their son or daughter a new camera to take to the dance. This is a great idea, especially if you can spend a few minutes figuring out the settings for darker light and showing him or her ahead of time. A smaller sized camera is the best choice for slipping into a pocket or purse, and a carrying case is helpful.