women's retreat

50+ Retreat-Worthy Gift Bag Ideas


One of the most fun parts of planning a retreat is putting together a gift bag that will delight your attendees! I am a huge believer that everything you put into a retreat gift/swag bag should be a useful, delightful extension of your goals and aligned with your event values.

It can feel overwhelming and exciting to imagine filling up a gift bag for your retreat. Begin by outlining your outcomes for the event itself. What do you hope your attendees will walk away with? What topics are you covering? Answering those questions will help you come up with the products and services that will help them continue to meet those goals after they leave your event.

In The Brave Gatherers Facebook Community I asked, "If you could snap your fingers and have ANYTHING YOU WANT - what would be in your retreat attendee gift bag?" We came up with an amazing list of ideas that is sure to spark your imagination! (You won't find any logo stamped flashlight keychains here.)

  • A delicious textile, like a scarf or a blanket because part of my mission in my retreats is to create a sensory experience that is woven into every day life
  • A handlettered inspirational art print from This (Un)Scripted Life Etsy shop
  • A custom journal to serve as a journal the day of the event, but also to continue their writing journey at home
  • Gratitude cards
  • Essential oils 
  • Affirmation deck
  • Inspirational art print 
  • Anything to pamper (candles, bath bombs, etc.)
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated
  • Art prints
  • Books related to the topic 
  • Tea 
  • Essential oil roller bottle (Maven can help you with this)
  • Flowing pen
  • Silk blindfold, candles, creams and oils
  • A card from An Artful Breath card deck
  • Lavender scented eye pillows/bags
  • Gift cards for products of some of the amazing things my friends make
  • Glass water jar (This is one of the gifts we give out at the Mindful Woman Retreat and it is well loved!)
  • Confetti popper (to be used at a celebratory moment!)
  • Homemade essential oil blend
  • Bath bomb
  • Lip balm
  • Art supplies 
  • Artwork for them to display in their work area that has a favorite quote - to remind them of our time together
  • A cute & comfy event shirt with a logo or quote
  • Fun pens in great colors 
  • Warm & cozy blanket 
  • Scarf
  • Planner 
  • Planner stickers 
  • Gratitude notecards (I particularly love this set from Hundred Hearts Project)
  • Organic skin care 
  • Bath salts
  • Ring, necklace or bracelet with inspirational message,
  • Sweatshirt/sweater
  • Cozy socks
  • Packet of seeds 
  • A kaleidoscope
  • Wrist mala from Sacred Becoming
  • Palo santo
  • Candle
  • For the bag itself to be reusable (I get mine from Charlie Thyme)
  • Mantra deck
  • Quartz crystal
  • Recording of a mantra meditation
  • Infinite Receiving Cards
  • Custom event-specific essential oil blend (Sweet Abundance does a lovely job with this)
  • Organic Cotton Recovery Robe from Recoop
  • Aromatherapy perfume
  • Organic chocolate
  • Crystals
  • Organic herbal tea
  • Snack bar/protein bar 
  • Something moon related
  • A small string of twinkle lights
  • Bookmark
  • Magnet
  • Tea wallet

A caveat that came up was to be mindful of anything that is scented (things like lotions, lip balms, bath stuff, or candles) - they can be less appealing to some because of skin and fragrance sensitivities.

What would YOU put in YOUR retreat swag bag? Comment below or join the conversation

Thank you to the amazing Brave Gatherers who contributed to this post! You can check a handful of them out here: 

Xandra O'Neill | sacredbecoming.com

Justine Hwang | itjustflows.com

Sheila Pai | sheilapai.com

Natasha Botbijl | abundanceignited.com

Deanne Kalda | maaorganics.com.au

Rebecca Wong | Connectfulness.com

Samantha Brook Johnston | neapolitancreative.com

Betsey Kelly | Maven