Bridesmaid gifts? HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
11634 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For me, a personal note of appreciation goes a lot further than knickknacks.  I do like your hoodie idea (and especially that you aren’t getting it monogrammed!).  Perhaps you could find an awesome photo of you and the BM and get it framed?  You can get cheap frames at Michaels for less than $10, but they’re good quality and still look nice.  

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@flaminga:  I think your idea is grest and is a good place to look for personal items like that

Post # 6
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

@Daizy914:   +1
Etsy is awesome. You also don’t have to get them all the same gift. My FI is getting his groomsmen all something different that he knows they will like. 

Post # 7
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Other gifts:


Decorative wine glass

gift certificates to their favorite store, spa or restaurant

picture frame



Post # 8
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I gave my girls polaroid cameras and film. 

Post # 9
14 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wanted to get my girls Tiffany necklaces with their initials (they’re about $120 each) but someone pointed out to me Dogeared website, and they have necklaces much cheaper that are specific to Bridesmaid, MOH, etc… I just wonder if these would look too cheap? I want the girls to have nice gifts but spending $400+ on their gifts is a bit excessive, right?

Post # 10
687 posts
Busy bee

A plain hoodie sounds kind of useful. I wouldn’t mind that. 

I also wouldn’t mind a bottle of wine, a jar of olives, or my favorite chocolate 😉

I don’t see why bridesmaid gifts (or any gift for that matter) should have to be expensive!

Post # 11
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I found really cute MK purses at Macy’s onsale right now for 100. I’m getting each of my BM’s a purse in their favorite color, I’m also adding a $20 scarf/pashmina/shawl in green (my wedding color, but not to be worn the day of the wedding necessarily), a flask (tj max for $10, shh!), I might add another $20 worth of things for a total of $150 and a note. 

I also paid for their dresses and am paying for hair and makeup so I feel it”s fine. The one I have to worry about is my Man of Honor. I have no idea what to get him! 

I think your idea of the hoodie is nice, especially since it is not monogrammed! Maybe tuck the note into the pocket? 

Post # 12
30 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Okay, one thing I did to help cut down on gift costs was experiment with some DIY. Obviously, don’t go for anything TOO complicated as it will stress you out. But I’m making something similar to the chalkboard prints you see on Etsy for my maid of honor, because the print + frame would have been too expensive (we’re on kind of a tight gift budget, lol).

Basically, I just opened up a chalkboard background in my fave photo editing software (Gimp or Picasa both work and are both free) and added different fonts. I found my backgrounds and fonts here:

You don’t have to be quite this fancy if you don’t want to, but the same basic idea works. Find a meaningful quote, play around with fonts, and stick it in a frame. It’s a really inexpensive gift that looks like you spent way more than you did. 😉

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