Post # 1
I just started looking for my bridesmaid gifts but I need some help to know what would be best. I’m not looking to spend a whole lot of money, but I love my bridesmaids so I want to spend a good amount! =)
For some background, their dresses are this style but knee-length in a gorgeous very, VERY light pink color – closer to white than pink, actually (the color in the picture is showing it darker than what it actually is):
I am in the process of making them bracelets very similar to these (but the rhinestone beads are alot more sparkly!):
They will also be recieving 10mm pearl stud earrings:
And I want to get them a clutch as well:
So — what should I put inside the clutch?
(I have an adorable little gift box to put the earrings and bracelet in – so those will not be going in the clutch)
-Nail polish? If so – any color recommendations? I would prefer the nail polish to be under $4
-Pocket Agenda of where they need to be on the wedding day? (Ceremony time, time in the limo, picture time, reception activities, etc.)
-Maybe a little nail file?
-I would also like to get them flip flops – but is this necessary? I don’t want to cheapen the gift. I could only afford some plastic flip flops (~$5)
Any more suggestions? What do you think of the items I have so far? Thanks!!!
Post # 4
@jbarker09: What are some typical things to put in the kit that they will actually use?? =)
Post # 5
@suprsweet: I put gum, mini deodorant, hair ties/pbobby pins, mini lint roller, pain killers, hand cream, burts bees wax chap stick, I got a mini manicure set from $1 store.
Post # 6
Whta’s your budget like after all of those things? Is everything you’re getting them so far to be used/worn the day of the wedding?
I might try and give them something a bit more personal. Maybe a gift card to their favorite store, a necklace based on each girl’s taste, water bottle, blanket, some fun panties, etc.
If you decide to go with more of an emergency kit, here are some additional suggestions (PP had some really good ones).
Granola bar and/or candy
Post # 7
I gave similar gifts to my bridesmaids, a pair of pearl/diamond dangly earings and a wristlet. I printed out day-of-schedules and included those in each along with a little tag with their name (since they all received the same one and carried them that day – no accidentally grabbing the wrong one). I also just included some lip gloss in each. The other item I gifted was VS sleep shirts.
Tissues would be a good idea to include, nail file, mirror (as pp suggested). Extra bobby pins, maybe a personalized notepad for each bm – something that they could use after for grocery lists, etc.?
Post # 8
Please do not take this the wrong way, but many do not consider these items as truly “bridesmaids gifts.” If these are items to be used and worn on your wedding day, you are simply giving them part of their outfit. This is how you want them to look. While beautiful, when will they really use the clutch again? I have read other posts about gifts that were not well-received, and items that are only used on the wedding day were often not appreciated by the wedding party. This is likely why the posters above are suggesting additional gifts.
Post # 9
@imabridesmaid: I have talked to my bridesmaids and they all requested a clutch. And my MOH knows that these will be used many times over – they are a light shiny silver and can be used with any outfit for going out. But I appreciate your concern.
Post # 10
@Josina: All those are great ideas! I will add some additional things to the clutch and maybe add a more personalized gift as well. Thank you! =)
Do you happen to have a picture of the tag you made for each clutch? I’d love to see!
Post # 11
@jbarker09: Excellent, thanks!
Post # 12
@jbarker09: I like this idea…
Post # 13
@suprsweet: Sorry, I don’t have a pic! I printed our monogoram on one wide, and just hand-wrote their name on the opposite side, cut them out in circles, punched with a heart-punch that I had, and tied to the wristlet with bakers twine leftover from the invites.
I even noticed my sister using her wristlet months later and she still had her name tag on it, lol.
Post # 14
Get them mini nail clippers, this is a must have for me everywhere I go!
I would skip the flip flops.
I would fill the cluth with like awsome goodies, like candy and junk lol
Can you tell I am hungry? Seriously though, a snack for sure. I didnt get to eat all day in my FSIL wedding because I was so dan busy
But, if you cant afford to fill the clutch a decent amount, skip that, I think it would be worse to only put one or 2 things in it then to not fill it at all. But you can find great things at the dollar store.
Post # 15
@kjo: Great ideas! I will find some snacks and some dollar store items to fill it up! I can spend about $15 more on things to put inside the clutch! =)
Post # 16
@suprsweet: Here’s the thing… these are gifts TO your bridesmaids and shouldn’t be made up entirely of things that they use for the wedding. That’s not really a gift at all, that’s supplies for the wedding that you want them to wear.
I like the idea of the bracelet, earrings and clutch, and fill the clutch with:
-A personal gift that is not wedding related that is individual to each bridesmaid
-A thoughtful handwritten letter
-Their favourite candy or snacks!