On Friday morning, after I shared my usual Things I’m Loving Friday post, I received a comment from Amanda. She loved the framed verse that my sister gave to all of her bridesmaids on her wedding day and requested a follow up post with additional bridesmaid gift ideas.
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Prior to my own wedding in 2010, I had never been in a wedding myself and wasn’t sure what to give my wonderful bridesmaids on my wedding day. I wanted to find a gift that would let my best friends know just how much their friendship meant to me and how much Ryan and I appreciated them being such an integral part of our special day.
Here’s what I ended up giving to my fabulous bridesmaids:
- Wishbone necklace (from FreshyFig on Etsy) because they helped make “all my wishes come true” along with a cheesy poem I wrote
- Eco-friendly tote bag with their initials
- Embroidered towel wrap
I got married before the days of Pinterest (I am both bummed about this and extremely grateful for this at the same time) and I wish I would’ve done something craftier and more personalized for each girl, but I still see my girlfriends wearing the delicate wishbone necklace, so I’m happy that particular gift seemed to go over well!
Since my own wedding, I’ve had the honor of being a bridesmaid in six weddings (and I can’t wait to stand up with my wonderful friend Kristen at her wedding in July) and since my friends are basically the jam, I’ve received some extremely thoughtful and memorable gifts.
Here’s a highlight of some of the wonderful bridesmaid gifts I’ve received and ideas I’ve stumbled upon or brainstormed that I think might be a hit with bridesmaids out there!
Bridesmaid Gift Ideas
- Vintage Cocktail Ring
This gift absolutely blew me away. My friend Merri lives in New York City and shopped around to find vintage cocktail rings to give to each of her bridesmaids. All of our rings were different and she had a reason for choosing certain rings for each of us which I thought was incredibly thoughtful. Since all of our bridesmaid dresses were different, the funky rings simply enhanced the eclectic look of our dresses. I still wear my ring all the time and love jazzing up an outfit with a piece of jewelry that means a lot to me.
- Makeup Bag
My friend Michaela gave all of us beautiful makeup bags that she bought on Etsy. It’s the perfect size for traveling and has since become my go-to makeup bag for face wash, lotion, toothpaste and floss when I travel. Some pretty and affordable makeup bag options under $10: Romantic rose cosmetic bag, Tribal print teal makeup bag
- Necklace with Special Meaning
I will often see the beautiful and delicate necklaces made by Dogeared pop up for sale online on HauteLook and I always think they would make such a fabulous gift for bridesmaids. Since each necklace comes with a quote or special meaning, I think this makes them the perfect gift for bridesmaids since they already have a thoughtful message attributed to each necklace. (Some of my favorite necklaces: Best Friend Ever, State Charm <—personalized to each woman’s home state) I also love the idea of an initial necklace for each bridesmaid. (Pretty initial necklace options: Olive Yew lowercase initial necklace, Kate Spade initial pendant)
- Nail Polish + Nail File
My friend Laurel added a bottle of beautiful lilac nail polish to our bridesmaid gift bags and I loved that she selected a polish color that matched our dresses. Whenever I paint my nails with the soft purple color, I think of her special day!
- Bracelet or Earrings to Wear with the Bridesmaid Dress
It’s always so nice not to have to think about what to wear with your bridesmaid dress and I know I appreciate it a lot when a bride-to-be says not to worry about accessorizing the dress. Plus, it takes the worry about selecting something the bride may not like out of the equation! As someone who doesn’t have her ears pierced, I was very moved by two of my closest friends when they actually had clip on earrings made for me to wear with my bridesmaid dress so I could match the other bridesmaids. Talk about extra thoughtful!
I love this alternative to a robe or towel wrap. I may be partial to this gift idea since I sleep in soft boxers nearly every night, but I think many bridesmaids out there would love lounging in comfortable shorts that look cute, too! Whether they wear them on the day of the wedding to get ready or not, I think most women out there welcome a cute addition to their pajama drawer. (The boxers pictured above are from the Etsy store Lola Lane Gifts.)
My sister received a personalized tumbler for her best friend’s wedding and I thought it was adorable. Since I use a tumbler or water bottle every single day, this gift gets point for practicality, too! (The tumblers pictured above are from the Etsy store All4MyGirlz.)
- Comfortable Dancing Shoes
This can be something as simple as a throw-away pair of flip flops! At my wedding we had a basket of cheap Old Navy flip flops on display for women to slip into so they could comfortably dance the night away. It was a huge hit! (You may see the basket here.) My friend Leah gave her bridesmaids blush pink Toms as a bridesmaid gift and everyone really appreciated them. (I saw TOMS on sale on Zulily last week, so they do go on sale sometimes!) An added bonus to this gift? The more comfortable bridesmaids feet are, the more likely they are to tear it up on the dance floor!
- Framed Quote or Bible Verse
My sister gave all of her bridesmaids a little bag packed with thoughtful items, but my favorite was, without a doubt, the framed Bible verse she chose for each of us. When Leslie gave us our gifts, she explained that within the bag was a small picture frame with a Bible verse framed in it that she chose specifically for each of us. It meant so much to me and I thought this was such a unique and heartfelt bridesmaid gift.
- Unique Robes
When I found these Plum Pretty robes I thought they were way too cute! I love the idea of patterned or floral feminine robes and love wearing super-comfy clothes when I get ready for a wedding, so this is right up my alley. Here are some more affordable options: Vertical stripe robe, Undersea blooms satin robe (I also see tons of cute, inexpensive robes at Marshalls and TJMaxx all the time!)
- Mini Champagne Bottles
If your crew of bridesmaids is anything like me and my girlfriends, a mini bottle of champagne for each bridesmaid will definitely be a hit. It’s a small addition to a gift bag, but I know we loved it when my friend Leah made them for all of the bridesmaids to sip on while we got ready for Merri’s wedding.
Questions of the Afternoon
- What is one of the most memorable bridesmaid gifts you’ve ever received?
- For the married folks: What did you give your bridesmaids?
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