Post # 1
I am kind of stressing out about my bridesmaid gifts. I know my bridesmaids are working super hard on my bachelorette party and going way above and beyond (we’re spread all around the country so I won’t be having a bridal shower or anything like that, and I have a planner, so the bachelorette party is really the only thing the bridesmaids have to sink their teeth into and from what I am hearing it will be amazing!)
I really want to thank them for all their hard work and not get them gifts they will never use/hate. I don’t want to be cheap, but I am pretty low on funds. I know that they are putting a lot of their own money into the party (especially one bridesmaid in particular who offered to head up the party planning as I decided not to choose a maid of honor).
My family is paying for hotel rooms for all of the bridesmaids from the time they get to Florida (wednesday) through to the night of the wedding (saturday). I was thinking of getting them each a zip-up hoodie in their favorite color to get ready in, not monogrammed or anyhting, as I know a lot of people don’t like that, writing them each a nice letter about how much their friendship means to me, and then getting them each their own personal gift based on their personalities and what they like.
My question is: is this enough or will I seem cheap/ungrateful? Do I get something extra for the BM who offered to head-up planning the bachelorette party? Do you have any ideas for other great gifts? HELP!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@abbie017 I was thinking of that as well! I wanted to find a frame with room for two pictures, so I could have one already in the frame of me with each bridesmaid, and then the other could be for a picture of us at the wedding.
Post # 5
@flaminga: I think your idea is grest and etsy.com is a good place to look for personal items like that
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
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
Decorative wine glass
gift certificates to their favorite store, spa or restaurant
Post # 8
I gave my girls polaroid cameras and film.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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:
A Few Favorite Chalkboard Fonts
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. 😉