As a bride, it’s important to acknowledge and thank all the people who help make your big day happen. And nobody’s more deserving of praise than your faithful crew of besties. Whether someone lent a hand directly by stuffing envelopes or organizing your bridal shower, or simply by being on the other end of the phone when you need them, a thank-you gift is a thoughtful way to show your gratitude.
Like all gifts, the best bridesmaid gifts are those that show you’ve put effort into choosing them. You could give each bridesmaid an individual gift that you know will be most appropriate to her personality, or give everyone the same thing. This works especially well if your gift is something that can be used at the wedding. You could hand out your bridesmaid gifts at a special pre-wedding luncheon, at the rehearsal dinner, or as you get ready on the morning of the big day. There’s no right or wrong time. But whenever you do it, it’s sure to be a special moment in your friendship.
Here are ten suggestions for bridesmaid gifts they’ll actually want to receive!
Jewelry is always a special gift and is especially meaningful if it’s something your girls can wear at the wedding. A custom engraved bar necklace with their name or monogram is a lovely personal option.
Robes or PJs will come in useful on the day of the wedding as you have your hair and makeup done. Plus, they photograph beautifully! Be sure to pick a set in a complementary color to your wedding scheme so that your album looks cohesive.
A Minimergency Kit has ALL the wedding day essentials your girls could need. From bobby pins to stain remover to an emery board, they’ll be ready for any big day.
For the day after, a lady-like late night or morning after kit is just the thing to get her back out for your post-wedding brunch or a day at the beach at your destination wedding. HO2GO kits come complete with sunglasses and flip flops, leggings, headache relief and more!
Leather luggage tags are a great idea if you’re having a destination wedding. You can even personalize it with a picture of the two of you for an extra special keepsake.
A stylish clutch is an accessory that bridesmaids can carry on the wedding day and then continue to use far beyond.
It’s amazing how a fragrance can remind you of a special moment. Burn this candle as you get ready and then gift one to each of your bridesmaids. When they smell it, they’ll always remember your wedding day! …that goes for a nice bottle of perfume too.
Your girls will go bananas over cute little Instax cameras. They come in a range of colors and print photos on the spot, so they’ll instantly be able to enjoy the snaps they take at your reception.
Personalized stationery is one of those elegant, old-fashioned gifts you might not buy yourself, but will use and appreciate. Shutterfly has a great selection of notecards, notepads – even personalized stamps for your maids.
If your bridesmaids are active types, consider getting them a fitness pass. Classpass lets you book fitness classes wherever you are, and has a handy gift card option.
Bridesmaids are on their feet all day – make sure they’re still going when the dance floor opens by gifting them Rollasole flats that they can pop in their purse until the reception.
Of course, giving a bridesmaid gift isn’t required, but it’s sure to be appreciated!
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