Gift Bag Ideas For Women’s Retreat

Gift Bag Ideas for Women’s Retreat

A great way to make your women’s retreat a memorable one is to hand out gift bags to the women before the retreat kicks off. The idea of this article is to give you some helpful Gift bag ideas for women’s retreat.

Gift Bag Ideas for Women’s Retreat – Guidelines

  • The gift bag is the first thing the attendee sees. Be sure to make a loving statement with this. When you hand attendees these bags, you are saying that you appreciate their attendance and this event is going to be something special.
  • Set a goal that you want the bag to achieve. Avoid any bag design that’s commonplace, boring and forgettable. Go for attractive colors, interesting fabrics and a classy look. Choose a small sized bag and you should consider inscribing the theme of the retreat or a short Bible verse that captures the theme perfectly.
  • Have a communication plan for the conference bag and solid reasons for its contents. To help with this, communicate your gift bag ideas to workshop leaders and exhibitors. Enlist them in the plan.
  • Instead of recyclable bags, go for reusable bags.
  • Fill the Gift Bags with Value. Getting a great-looking conference bag is just the first half. The second part is filling it with great stuff that’s meaningful, and relevant. It is sometimes tempting to try to conserve funds by getting gift items that are inexpensive. The problem with this is that they mostly turn out to be inferior.
Also See: Women’s Retreat Activities

Gift Bag Ideas for Women’s Retreat – Where to Purchase them

  • Get your gift ideas ready. Check with the ladies and families within your church. Supposing your list includes handmade crafts like hand bands, key chains etc., it is always good to check within your immediate family [the church] first.
  • Check with local restaurants for courtesy cards or gift cards. Check with your local Christian bookstore.
  • Dollar stores are great places to find those unexpected goodies

Some Gift Bag Ideas for Women’s Retreat include: 

  • Pens and a small diary
  • Pocket-sized Bible
  • Keychains that carry motivational messages
  • Purse size sewing kits
  • Pocket calendars
  • Perfume samples and Cosmetic samples
  • Scented soap or lotion
  • Framed Scripture verses
  • King-sized chocolate bars
  • Insulated cups (with verse)
  • Devotional books and Christian Fiction Books
  • Christian music CDs or Christian DVDs – Christian bookstores often run $5 specials.
  • Personal Bible Studies
  • Pretty notecard/ Mini stationery notepad set
  •  $5 gift cards for coffee, frozen yoghurt, Chick-Fil-A
  • Postcard (Especially if you are having ladies from out of town. Try to get some that have a landmark or a scenic view from your area.)
  • Magnets, bumper stickers, key chains or novelties from places of business within your local area.
Other things that must be included in the gift bag are;
  • Your retreat/event information,
  • Schedules
  • Map of facility (if large campus or facility)
  • Restaurant locations (if out of town ladies are attending)
  • Retreat Booklet (info about speakers, song lyrics, paper for notes, etc.)
  • Brochure on your women’s ministry/church
Keep reading: How to plan a Women’s Retreat
In Conclusion…

You can and should share your gift bag ideas with sponsors and team members. They may have their own objectives, and they will appreciate anything that makes them look and feel like a part of the big picture. You could also use conference bags to encourage early registration. An idea for this would be to create a special gift bag version that includes high-end items like tickets to shows, paid spa treatment, gift cards, or even tickets to sporting events. Alternatively, you can offer these exclusive conference bags to the first 100-300 people who register for the retreat. Just be sure to fill the retreat gift bags with content that are valuable. It will definitely have a positive impact on the attendees if you fill the bags with unique, exclusive, and valuable items.


Women’s Retreat Curriculum

Your women’s retreat curriculum determines how impactful the retreat will be. However, developing a curriculum for your women’s retreat feels like a great idea in theory but too complicated to make a reality. If you have no experience at developing a women’s retreat curriculum, you can delegate the work to someone on your team or a hired hand who is skilled at writing curriculum. Alternatively, your resource persons for the retreat can send in or come along with their own material for all the times they would be required to teach. If you do not have any of these at your disposal, you can research and develop the curriculum yourself. You can purchase pre-written curriculum studies as well.

Helpful Resources for Women’s Retreat Curriculum

Your content for women’s retreat curriculum must address challenges women face. Try to give the women an opportunity to contribute as well and share their experiences. This will encourage the rest of the women in the group. Some helpful resources for women’s retreat curriculum include:

True Womanhood:

From Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ and Mary Kassian’s True Woman 101: Divine Design. You can develop a curriculum that lays a solid biblical foundation on what it means to be a Godly woman. This will teach them God’s purpose for creating the woman. It will show them their true identity and how much authority they have in Christ. Depending on how long the retreat will run, you can compress the 8-week study guide into rich content that will bless these women.

Also See: Activity ideas for a memorable Women’s Retreat 

From Angela Thomas-Pharr’s Redeemed, you can develop a power-packed curriculum on what it means to live a redeemed life. This will help teach them what it means to allow the Word of God renew their minds. They will get to explore the practical side of redemption, leaning upon Jesus for everything.

War Room:

The movie war room teaches how to fight for the salvation of their husbands in a manner that honors God. Your curriculum should teach them this principle.

Treasured: A Complete Women’s Retreat:

Everything you need to create a complete women’s retreat curriculum can be gotten from this kit. It is centered on being God’s treasured possession.

Beautiful Feet: A Complete Women’s Retreat:

This kit includes a full retreat planning guide focused on the theme of Romans 10:15.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver:

Being a woman can be overwhelming sometimes. Trying to balance your spiritual life, physical obligations to your husband, children and family whilst struggling with your emotions and chores as well. This study guide will prove useful in developing a curriculum to help women who struggle with life.

Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know About Satan, Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram:

Developing a women’s retreat curriculum from this will awaken women to the existence of demons and spiritual warfare. The Invisible War offers a balanced look at this controversial subject. It teaches what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare. I believe it will help the women understand what the Bible says about these threats. It will teach them how they can safeguard themselves and their families by trusting God.

Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories by Beth Moore:

Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. Using this guide to develop a curriculum will be a great idea. There are scriptures to help the women identify spiritual strongholds in their lives, no matter how small.

Choosing a study for the women’s retreat curriculum doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.