Bridesmaid Gifts? Help!

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Ashley029:  shop for them individually like you would for their birthday. If one bm likes books get her something book related etc. 

Post # 3
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ashley029:  I agree with shop like you would for their birthday.  Just to give you some ideas to get started here is what I’m going for my girls.

I made them all a tote bag to also act as the gift bag and I made them hangers with their names.  I also bought them all matching jewelry for the wedding.  and as not to be too self serving with their gifts I also am buying them each an individual gift in the $20-30 range.

My friend who is in med school- a stethescope cover

My friend who loves tea- a sampler of loose teas and a cool tea infuser

My firend who love painting her own nails- a nail art kit with fun brushes and instructions how to use them to create fun designs

and the last two girls are getting gifts that are more inside joke/ sentimental.  One is a t-shirt and the other a whistle necklace.

I just thought I would throw some things out there to get your brain going.  I know “shop for them like it was their birthday” isn’t always super helpful! lol  I struggled coming up with some of these ideas!  You would think it would be easy to buy for my closest friends lol

Post # 4
4591 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a post like this earlier this week and after much debate, I am just going to give them something different for their main gift, but then do similar little gifts. I figured it’s also more personalized that way, too.

For example, my sister (MOH) has SO many purses/wristlets/wallets that there is no point in getting her something like that. However, my FSIL (BM) barely owns any smaller purses (wristlets, mainly), so that would be something that I know she would appreciate getting.

Post # 5
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ashley029:  Hi!

Here is what I got my girls:

A large tote bag with their initials, a yoga/workout mat ( I am an instructor and all my BMs work out alot) that has their initials/monogram on it, a robe to get ready in the AM with me ( just a floral robe) and their wedding jewelery ( bracelet and earrings) 

I spent about $70 per bridesmaid ( I have 6) If i can find a cute makeup bag on sale I might get them that as well but I might be done.

I tried to get them stuff that they could use after the wedding- ie no stuff that reads “bridesmaid” 

Post # 6
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Looking back, I wish I had gotten my girls more, especially my one friend who flew out twice to come to the bachelorette and the wedding.  I’m a jerk!  However I’ve since taken her to a couple concerts and gotten her lots of dinners when I was back in my hometown visiting.

I got necklaces for each girl as well as a scarf in colours I thought each of them would like.  I didn’t want to get them anything that was only useful for the wedding because that seemed like a waste of money to me.  I also got my sister a Coach purse because she was my MOH and did a lot of extra stuff to help out.

I love the idea of getting everyone a main gift, and then picking out something for them individually too.

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm

So far I’ve gotten them: a chevron tote bag with their initial, a pair of silver flip flops so they can change after the ceremony if they want, a makeup bag from Elf, blush/bronzer duo from Elf (supposedly similar to the Nars orgasm blush and laguna bronzer), some sunglasses…I think that’s it. I’ve read a lot of suggestions to get them something that you’d get them for their birthday which I think is a fantastic idea. I just can’t decide what that might be for each girl yet. I’ve already spent around $60 each on them and I have 8 so I might just leave it with what they have. I also considered getting a different magazine for each girl to look through while doing hair and makeup the morning of the wedding.

Post # 8
3118 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Ashley029:  Have you purchased them birthday or Christmas gifts in the past? If so, you know what to get them for their bridesmaids gifts. Skip the matchy-matchy stuff and just find things that they will get enjoyment in after the wedding.

Post # 9
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Buy them one nice thing that is chosen for each individual, considering their interests and taste. It will be longer lasting and more appreciated that a bag full of makeup, nail polish, etc that can add up to the same cost.

Post # 10
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Not sure what your style is but customized Chuck Taylors would be really cute and unique.

Post # 11
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Caswell Beach- Oak Island, NC

Ashley029:  I did a bridesmaid luncheon and presented them with a monogrammed wristlet (I asked each one of them their preference on color.) At our rehearsal dinner I gave them matching jewelry I had made for them by a family friend.

Post # 14
19 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

I got my bridesmaids:engraved compacts,and picture frames, monogrammed totes and button downs,  hangers with their names on it and I am paying for their hair make up and alterations on the dress.

Post # 15
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think I am doing a small Vera Bradley bag in our wedding colors (Canterberry Cobalt matches perfectly) but filling it with different stuff for each lady. My bridesmaids are: a 10 year old girly girl, a posh, glam college student, a Disney loving 25 year old, and a 30 year old “one of the guys” kind of girl. I really can’t think of one thing they’d all like besides the bag, so I’m buying different gifts for each.

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