Prom Night Gift Ideas

girl wearing a corsage

There are many great ideas for prom gifts that can help make your prom night a special one.

Suggestions for Prom Gifts

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. Most girls love receiving flowers and should put them in a vase with water to enjoy for days after the dance. It's best to pick up the corsage a few hours before the dance. After purchasing it, put it in the fridge to keep it fresh.


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. You can also give something nice as it is a symbol of your love, and encourage her to wear it another time. Guys who want to give their date a piece of jewelry will probably want to do this for a girlfriend, rather than a casual date. This could even be a way to ask a girl to be your girlfriend. However, make sure you're certain she'll say yes or there could be an awkward night ahead.

Renting a Limo

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.

Digital Camera

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. You can go all out by buying a camera in a color that matches the prom colors, your daughter's dress, or a favorite color. Make sure the camera has a full battery before giving it to her so it's all set for prom night.

Making Prom More Special

Prom gifts are a great way to make a special night a little more memorable. Whether you choose something as simple as a corsage or as extravagant as a new digital camera, your generosity is sure to be appreciated.

If you're the one getting the gift, be sure to express your appreciation in words or with a thank-you note.

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Prom Night Gift Ideas