Post # 1
I just had a thought and I wanted some opinions…
I’m a terrible gift-giver. However, I tend to go for really practical items when I shop for people, like getting a coffee machine for my mom’s birthday last year because her’s broke. Well, I was wondering if it would be in poor taste to get all of our wedding party members gift cards? Our limit is $35-$50 per person – we haven’t quite decided yet. Or should we do gift cards and a small gift? Would you be offended if you were in a wedding and you were given a card and gift card? I know you typically give something to be opened, but I feel like they would enjoy being able to shop themselves.
Post # 3
I don’t think I would be offended any time I got a gift card, but sometimes I think it is taking the lazy way out.
Have you done a search here on WeddingBee to get some ideas?
Post # 4
I don’t think I would be offended. Actually I might enjoy that more than getting a gift I wouldn’t use. I love the idea of giving it with a small gift so they have something small to open. Some ideas would be a nail polish in your wedding colors for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of, a photo frame with the pic of you and each girl (or with a note inside saying you will be giving them a photo of the wedding). Another option to personalize it would be to do gift cards but to personalize it based on who they are going to (ex. I had a friend get married and he had one groomsman who was a total techhie so he gave him a best buy gift card, but his other groomsman was partier, so he got a gift card to a local bar). All cards would be the same amount but they could be a way to show you know the interests of your recipients and took time to consider them.
Post # 5
I’m going to be honest – I LOVE giftcards! If its to a store that you know your bridal party will shop at, I think thats personal. (like PP said. really try to tailor it to their interests – if you have a bookworm, get one from a bookstore, if you have hunters, get one for a hunting store, a sports store, etc. Same amount, different stores.) Maybe personalize them with a little poem or something too.
That said, I know some people percieve giftcards as the “lazy way out”. (Like one of my bms. But I know her well enough to know that she thinks that, so I wouldn’t get her a gift card. Another BM is like me and LOVES them, so maybe I’d get her one.)
In short I guess I’m saying go ahead and get giftcards for the members of the bridal party that you know will appreciate them and not feel as though you cheaped out or took the lazy way out. If you aren’t sure, I’d probably err on the side of caution and not get the g/c.
Post # 6
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