Post # 1
I am at a loss for what to get our wedding party for gifts.
For the ladies – so far I have gotten them their jewelry and a jewelry bag.
For the guys – nothing as of yet.
What are you buying for your wedding party?
What is the best gift you have gotten when you stood up in someone else’s wedding?
What was the worst gift you have gotten?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
My bridesmaids’ big gift was a quilt that I made for each of them and gave them at my bachelorette party. At the rehearsal dinner they each got a gift bag with flip flops, a wrap, a necklace, and a thank-you note from me.
The guys got really nice clay poker sets from my husband.
Post # 4
I was just hanging out with some friends this weekend and one of the guys mentioned that the groomsmen gift he got from another friend was the bet groomsmen gift he’s recieved… it was a leatherman type multitool.
For the ladies, I loved when my friend gave us lotion and shower gel in a handmade bag. It was pretty and useful. She also got us wraps to wear if we got chilly at the reception. I wear it all the time now.
There’s the big push trend to give everyone engraved/monogrammed things. I don’t understand this, especially for females that aren’t married because their monogram will likely change in a couple years when they get married too. ITs just a pet peeve I have 🙂
Give them something useful or something they wouldn’t buy themselves. I would steer away from something too taste specific (i.e. something that would sit out in their home, if they don’t like it they’ll still feel obligated to have it out)
I’m also on the fence about whether the jewelry should be considered a gift or not. Did you want them to look the same? Is it jewelry that they’ll likely wear again? I’ve known some friends that have gotten jewelry like this but its really nothing they’ll wear again because its clearly bridesmaid jewelry. Just food for thought. They may all share your tastes or they may not, but you know that better then me 🙂
Post # 5
I am getting my ‘maids a personalized luggage tag and piece of art, I believe (all from Etsy).
The men are getting swiss army knives (or something in that same style).
I wanted to get each group something they could easily use AFTER the wedding and something that didn’t scream wedding or bridesmaid. I’m so relieved this decision is done!
Post # 6
I’ve been in two weddings so far. The first bride got us each notebooks and stationary. I wasn’t blown away but at the same time it was the first wedding I’d been in and I didn’t even know to expect a gift. So I thought it was a nice gesture.
For the second wedding, we got clutches and rings that matched the wedding and were really intended to look good in the wedding photos. My clutch was kind of defective and the latch wouldn’t stay closed so my stuff kept falling out. I will never use it again, and will also not ever wear the ring. But it was still nice to recieve a little someting.
I have decided to go the route of getting my girls the kinds of gifts that I would get them for their birthdays. They are all so different that I can not think of any one gift that all of them would love. The gifts will not be related to the wedding at all. I kind of see it like, if you get the girls a “gift” to wear in your wedding it’s really more a gift for yourself and your wedding pictures than a true gift for your friend.
My theme is bags and each girl is getting a bag that suits her tastes and lifestyle. So, I got a stylish computer bag for the girl who is a computer programmer and works non stop. I got an insulated lunch bag with water bottle holder for the Bridesmaid or Best Man who has a 1 year old – she can use it to pack snacks for their days out. The food/ drinks will stay cool for 4 hours. I got a picnic cooler/bag for two that contains a wine bottle compartment, two wine glasses, and a cutting board for the friend who enjoys romantic hikes, wine, cheese and charcuterie with her husband. I’m getting a multi compartment makeup bag for my 23 year old, girly Bridesmaid or Best Man. I am getting a dance bag for my Bridesmaid or Best Man who is a dancer. She also likes to go clubbing a lot so I might get her a cute little going out purse instead. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks ladies — keep the ideas coming!
Post # 8
I have been in one wedding and we all got matching earings and a necklace. They are nice but I’m not huge on jewelry and have never worn them again.
I’m thinking of getting my girls either a necklace or bracelet that they can wear the day of, but they wouldn’t be matching. Then I want to get them each something special for themselves. I’m also going to take them all for either a mani or pedi the week before.
It is so hard to decide what to get though.
Post # 9
I have a few different ideas for the ladies right now – sadly I’m not rich enough to do all of them. But they’ll get some combo of:
1. personalized Converse sneakers
2. bracelets with an inspirational phrase engraved
3. mani pedis courtesy of yours truly
I’m not too sure about the GMs – it sounds like they’ll be getting ties and something else TBD.
Post # 10
I guess you have two threads going about this? I posted this in your other thread 🙂
For the Girls
- Coach wristlet and matching ID wallet in their favorite color
- handmade knotted Swarovski pearl necklace, bracelet, and earrings
- handmade designer grocery tote
- wooden shabby chic trinket box
For the Guys
- Best man – fishing tackle box and fishing knife
- Officiant (also my son) iPhone dock with bells and whistles
- Bride’s escort (also my son) – art supplies
- Ring bearer/Jr. Groomsman – flip camcorder, SD card and batteries for flip camcorder, activity books, and a neon glow in the dark squishy ball
Each of the guys will also receive their handmade pocket squares and socks. And the over 21 guys are also getting liquor filled chocolates and a gift pack of Smirnoff flavored vodka.
There is probably something I am forgetting, but these are just some ideas for you.
EDIT: I just remembered that I also made the girls tank tops and hoodies. I didn’t sew them, but I did add rhinestones on the tank tops and I embroidered their first name initial on their hoodies.