Skip the “MOH” tank top and the “bridesmaid” silk robes the girls won’t wear again and go for more practical bridesmaids gifts. They’re your closest gal pals and you know more than anyone what they really want and need. After all, they have most likely seen you through some frightening bridezilla moments and are still standing by your side so they deserve to receive a gift they’ll truly love.
This is a dual-purpose gift; your lovely maids should be able to wear the jewelry you give them at the wedding and on future occasions, as well. This means purchasing necklaces, earrings, or bracelets that they can match with any dress. Pearls are an excellent example, like this necklace, bracelet, and earrings set from David’s Bridal. Another great piece of jewelry the girls can wear often is a simple silver monogram necklace such as this one on Etsy.
Personalized swim cover
If your girlfriends like to hit the beach or lie poolside on sunny days, a stylish personalized swim cover makes a great gift, especially if you’re having a summer wedding. Make sure each girl gets one in their favorite color to make it more personal and more likely that they’ll wear it. You can find them here on Beau-coup.com.
Monogrammed cosmetic or tote bags
My sister handed out personalized cosmetic bags to her bridesmaids and they were a huge hit. I’m actually still using mine almost a year later. Toss some goodies in each bag that they’ll be able to use on your big day as well as any day after. A great idea for cosmetic bags is to put each girl’s initials or names on them and throw in some makeup essentials, like lip gloss, mascara, a compact mirror, an eyelash curler, makeup remover, etc. If you’re going with a tote bag, one great idea is to put a pair of flip flops in there: they won’t have to dance barefoot at the reception and they can use them any day after. You can also toss in some lotion, body spray, a hair brush, a lint brush, and for the ladies 21 and up, a mini bottle of wine.
Like jewelry, the key here is to get the girls a clutch that will not only match their bridesmaid dresses but most other dresses or outfits they will wear in the future. This will also give the girls a cute and convenient place to put their essentials while they’re busy running around on the big day.
Lounge chair covers
You may have heard of the other gifts on this list, but this one is truly unique. If you have bridesmaids who love to bask in the sun on warm summer days, a personalized lounge chair cover is the perfect gift. Pick one out here at only $35 each and pay a little extra for initials or names. They come in colors and patterns to fit pretty much any girl’s personal taste, fit neatly and easily over lounge chairs, and have two pockets to hold a cell phone, book, or magazine.
Personalized set of wine glasses
Wine glasses make wonderful gifts and the girls are sure to put them to good use, especially if each glass has an engraving of their initials on it. You can find a set of six here for only $40 per set.
Cute coaster sets
You can’t go wrong with a set of cute coasters. Get them in styles matching each of the maid’s individual personalities or personalize a set with their initials. TheKnot.com’s wedding shop has a pretty floral coaster set here or you can head to David’s Bridal for a classy set of four personalized glass coasters.
Every woman can use a pretty vase in their home, and what’s better than one that has their initials engraved on it? She can even use it on your wedding day to hold her beautiful bouquet. You can find them here for only $30 each with monogram.
Picture frame or photo album
Show your love for the lovely ladies in your bridal party by giving them each a nice picture frame or photo album. I personally love this adorable picture frame from MyWeddingFavors.com which your bridesmaids can use later to display a picture of all the girls together from your wedding day. You can also get pretty photo albums from the same website and have the cover personalized with the first initial of each maid’s name.
Help out with the girls’ wedding expenses.
You don’t want your bridesmaids to break the bank in order to be in your wedding. A great gift and a great way to say “thank you” for their undying support is to surprise them by paying for their dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, or mani-pedis. Trust me, they’ll be grateful for your generosity.