Your wedding is a special day that’s best shared with friends and family. Your bridesmaids help make your experience extra-special, so you want to show them appreciation. Bridesmaids gifts are a great way to commemorate the occasion.
There are plenty of products marked “bridesmaid” on the market. These are cute on the actual day, but after the wedding has passed, who’s going to want to wear a T-shirt that says “bridesmaid” to the grocery store? Instead, choose something unique and memorable to give your bridesmaids that they will treasure.
Here’s a list of some functional and unique bridesmaid gift ideas. Choose something that’s right for your girls’ personalities, your time limits, and your budget.
1. Picture Frame
A picture frame is a thoughtful and relatively low-cost option. Have your photographer take a shot with you and each of your bridesmaids. Perhaps you can designate a spot after the ceremony where you want this to happen (for example, in front of the wedding arch or a particularly nice view), or instruct your photographer to get candids of each of you.
You can gift each girl the frame before the wedding and let them know you’ll send a photo as soon as you receive them from your photographer. Then, print the best shot and send it to your bridesmaid after the wedding.
The memory of an experience can last much longer than a physical object. Why not gift your bridesmaids with something fun? Treat them to a mani-pedi before the wedding. They’ll look good and you can bond over being pampered. Remember to pre-book this event well in advance to ensure all your bridesmaids can attend. Many salons even offer wine or let you bring in your own.
A winery tour is another great experience gift. Find a wine tasting tour near you. If you want to make a whole day of it, many offer shuttles, limos, or buses to all the various places.
If wine and nails aren’t your thing, consider a relaxing day at the spa. Schedule massages or facials (or both) for your bridesmaids before the wedding. It will help them relax and look their best. There are spa retreats located all over the United States. As a bonus, many are nearby wineries and also offer nail services, so if you’re ambitious, you can combine all three!
Everyone likes a pretty new pair of earrings or a necklace. For a personalized twist, get them monogrammed jewelry.
4. Customized Practical Items
If you want to stay on the practical side of things, you can get customized accessories for everyday items. Water bottles will be used every day. At Zazzle, you can add your own image or logo and there’s no minimum order requirement. Lively Bottle offers customization or ready-made designs.
Personalized phone cases are another special yet functional gift. Just be sure to get all the makes and models of your bridesmaids’ phones first.
A personalized mirror compact is a handy gift to give, too. It’s something the bridesmaids will use constantly. You can add their names, a favorite quote from a movie or show you all like, an inspirational message, or an inside joke.
If your budget allows it, consider a customized backpack or carry-on size bag. This allows your girls to remember your special day for years to come. It can travel with them as they move across the country or just for an overnight trip!
On the note of bags, totes are a great item to have, especially if your bridesmaids do a lot of traveling. They may even be traveling to your wedding and would appreciate a tote. A customized tote would be a fantastic and practical gift for your loved ones. It’s also great to use for the beach. Every time they use it, they’ll think of you. Add a monogram to make the gift stand out even more.
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If your wedding venue requires your girls to wear a certain type of shoe, why not gift your bridesmaids venue-appropriate shoes? Wedge sandals or espadrilles won’t sink into the ground and of course, can be re-worn. These may especially be appreciated at destination weddings, where it would be one less thing for them to worry about packing.
If you’re concerned about getting shoes that will fit everyone, some cute flip-flops would fit the bill. Some places even sell them in bulk for wedding guests! Let your girls and guests kick off their shoes and slip into something for comfortable.
7. Monogrammed Pajamas
Satin pajamas personalized with your bridesmaids’ names or initials will be worn over and over again.. Hang out in the pajamas while getting ready (these button at the front so they won’t have to pull it over their heads, ruining their make-up).
The possibilities for bridesmaids’ gifts are limited only by your imagination (and wallet). Get creative and think about what the women in your life need or what kinds of splurges they would love. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show these ladies how much you appreciate and honor their presence in your life.