Is there such thing as useful bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think so.

I bought my girls a Petunia PIckle Bottom Powder Room Case, which doubles as a clutch– they each got a different pattern to suit thier personalities.  They are perfect as a clutch (I used one, too!- and I own 3 total!!)– but they are also great make-up bags.  And I love Petunia Pickle Bottom as a brand.


For the guys- we got them each a wooden handled Swiss Army with thier name engraved on it.  

I’d call both of those gifts useful!!

Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee

DisneyKb:  I’m def thinking like you if I don’t need it they won’t either! A dress hanger with their name on it cute idea in theory but then do what with it? So I’m getting them all nice bags. They all could use cute/professional work bags in one way or another. weather its wrapping up there degrees, going to job interviews or just a nice bag to bring work home with. I loved how practical it was I can’t wait to give it to them! 


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Post # 4
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the best gifts are those chosen with the individual in mind, just like birthday or Christmas gifts.

Post # 5
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

DisneyKb:  I think girls are easy.  Jewelry.  But I only have 2 girls so I can spend a little more than most and they’re each getting something different.  I really love those monogram initial necklaces, that’s what I got one of my girls.  

The guys, I have no idea!  My FI is having the hardest time with that one, too.  

Post # 6
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We gave the adults in our party gift cards to pay for dinner for 2 at Ruths Chris. My ladies also got satin robes, each chosen for the particular lady in question. They all enjoyed their dinner with their SOs, and I’ve seen the robes hanging on the back of the bathroom door in each lady’s house.

Post # 8
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been in a bunch of weddings and received lots of stuff that I never used. There was one set of earrings that I happened to like and rewore several times before they broke. I also got a huge zippered tote bag that I use pretty frequently. 

I think the biggest culprit is trying to get the same present for everyone. There just simply aren’t that many things that will appeal to a bunch of different people. My girls each got a tote bag with a quote about something we have in common. Then they also got something that I might have gotten for their birthdays – two got books and one got a couple framed prints. 

Post # 10
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

There are definitely some useful bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts. As a PP said, jewelry is usually appreciated by most girls, even girls who don’t wear it too often because they can wear it for special occasions. I got my girls all matching jewlery. I also got them all makeup bags, which are cute and have their favorite colors as the lining in the inside, as well as their initial. Inside I’m putting the jewlery, and nail polish and chap stick, which pretty much every girl I’ve ever met uses so I think our gifts are pretty useful haha.

‘Useful’ really depends on your bridal party. If you have groomsmen who like to drinks, then those popular engraved beer mugs are a good choice and would be useful to them. I think you really just have to know your BP.


Post # 11
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I am getting the groomsmen each a personalized duffle bag for traveling, and a personalized beer mug.

Post # 12
134 posts
Blushing bee

Lol yes – flasks!! And give the girls garter belts that have a pocket that can carry the flasks for the wedding day! 😉

Post # 13
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

julies1949:  +1

I also think the best gives are those that are chosen with the specific person in mind.  BP gifts don’t have to match!  

For the GM in our wedding here is what we did:

BM: Nice noise cancelling headphones he had been wanting.

GM 1: Rock climbing cam

GM 2: Nice watch

GM 3: Books + small leatherman

GM 4: Larger leatherman

I know my brothers love the leathermans and they use them all the time.

Post # 14
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our groomsmen gifts are admitedly lame – the tie, pocket square and socks for the wedding, and a pair of sunglasses. My FIs friends just won’t care about getting a thoughtful gift, you know? We toyed with the idea of flasks but decided that they are a waste of money because no one really uses a flask in real life.

For my girls, they are also receiving sunglasses (I want a bunch of cute photos with the whole bridal party in sunnies) and then I picked out a nice piece of jewelry for each of them. I didn’t want to go the matching route, and I also didn’t pick pieces that I expect them to wear at the wedding. Just things I think they will like.

Good luck!

Post # 15
34 posts

The wedding is a long way away, so I don’t have reviews of how the wedding party gifts will be received.  However, if you’re looking for ideas: I think we’re going homemade.  I have a pair of quick to knit fingerless gloves that each of the girls have independently commented on, so I’m busy working on a pair for each in a color they’ll like.  I think that’s important – something for them, not something for them in the wedding.  That’s the tricky part with jewelry, it’s often personalized for the wedding and disguised as a gift whether it’s something the recipient would wear again or not. I don’t know what my fiance will choose for his group, but I’m trying to convince him that something turned out of metal (he likes doing metal work) like a nice shot glass might actually be appropriate.   

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