(Closed) BP gifts are killing my budget. In need of some budget friendly suggestions…

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve said this before on here, so sorry for repeating myself – but the best bridesmaid gift I ever got was a framed picture of the bride and me from a few years earlier, along with a sweet, personal card.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the key is to find things worth what your budget is, but on sale. Like, for your parents, maybe some gorgeous keepsake frames that are on discount? It doesn’t matter what you paid — only what it’s worth.

I’m still figuring out stuff too, it’s on my list for this week (what’s NOT on my list?!?) — I want something that is a keepsake for each. It’s hard. I’ll post if I come up with anything.

ETA: have you checked redenvelope.com — I get good ideas there. And there’s a sale section.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had 2 bridesmaids, moms/godmother, and a Flower Girl (no dudes), but my budget was similar to yours. I headed to the antique store for handkerchiefs for the ‘maids, Flower Girl, and moms ($5 ea), and a 1940s teacup and saucer ($12) for the Flower Girl. I got the bridesmaids personalized notecards off Etsy ($20 ea) and moms and maids gold jewelry, also off Etsy ($35-45 ea). So bridesmaids gifts = $70 ea; moms: $40-50 ea; Flower Girl: $17. If I hadn’t found the teacup for Flower Girl, the antique store also had these cute vintage barettes.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Why are you buying a gift for your aunt/uncle if you don’t mind me asking?

I went on amazon and searched. I found cute necklaces for the kids for under $20.

I did some personalized gifts so I can’t help too much for your groomsmen but I’ll let you know what I got anyway lol. I went to http://www.gunthergifts.com and bought the groomsmen engraved buck knives, used a free shipping code and got them for $29 including engraving their names, that was the gift for all of the groomsmen and both stepdads. We also got my nephew a baseball in a plastic case that says Most Valuable Ringbearer and has his name and our wedding date on it. That was about $25.

My Maid/Matron of Honor got some fabric bound classic books from amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_6_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=penguin+classics+coralie+bickford-smith&sprefix=penguin+class which came to just under $50 with free super saver shipping.

My bridesmaid, FI’s little sister got a personalized leather bound journal (the leather part is a cover so the journal can be replaced once the original one is full) which was $25 plus $6 shipping. This isn’t the design we got but here is an example of one from the shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/47642796/leather-bound-handprinted-journal The personalization is free, I chose the picture on the front and put a quote about sisters and then her name and our wedding date is on the inside.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I got each girl a cute reusable shopping bag from forever 21 with a pashmina (October outdoor wedding). Each girl also gets a nail polish named after them from Zoya (I lucked out that they had a polish for each girl), and earrings.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah I agree with finding things on sale or at a n outlet. We bought designer ties for the guys that are usually $60-$80 each but were on sale for $20 each, thats a major saving

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re going with a bottle of liquor or fancy beers for the guys… whatever their favorites are.

For the flowergirls I got them Build a Bear gift cards..  they’re 2 and 3, so perfect 🙂

For their mom I’m paying for her hair, and I think trying to get her a massage at our spa here… for the crappy bridesmaid – she gets hair (maybe) and a thank you.

Not what I envisioned early on, but with all the changes to our budget, that’s what’s happening 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh, and I bought Fiance cufflinks for less than $25.  he knows he’s getting cufflinks, but not what they are.  That’s his ‘gift’.

No gifts for our parents.  My mom never used the spa package I gave her for my first wedding, and she’s pissed me off enough with this one that nothing is fine with me. 

(mean, huh?!)

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

It would definitely depend on how girly your girls are, but I got mine a makeup travel palette that has a cute saying. They’re not selling the same ones anymore, but these are really cute: http://www.stilacosmetics.com/product_detail.asp?PMID=940

If you order from VistaPrint a lot, you can personalize bags with their favorite quotes (find them on Facebook), and they’re free. I know it’s not the sort of thing that you’re going for, but it’s free and you’ll need something to put their gift in :). 

Honestly, since you want to get away from the traditional gifts, I would do something different for each girl. Weddings have pretty much used all of the traditional group gift ideas, so you might have to work off of what you know of each girl.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got the girls a pajama set.  I was going for satin (VS has them for 60/each, but they have coupons so it could easily be <50/each for 3), but I wanted to include other stuff, so that was over budget for me.  I ended up with a sateen set JCPenny (which I liked enough to get myself also) and then a few other misc items.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@UpstateCait: Ok so here’s what I did and it will fit for some of what you want…

Our officiant: We bought her a really nice scarf. She loved it. We gave it to her at the rehearsal and she wore it for the wedding.

BM’s: So I know you said not to include jewelery, but I actually ordered what I wanted them to wear for the day from Lia Sophia, which has a very great you can return everything policy, and then gave them the receipts. They exchanged their wedding jewlery, for every day jewelery that they wanted.

GM’s: We got them grill tools and then had Omaha Steaks sent to their house a week after the wedding (this allowed for us to pay after the wedding too 🙂

Parents: We gave my parents a gift card to a night at a hotel. They had helped us out so much and we told them it was for them to get a way and take a little vacation.

Kids: We had Vistapring canvas bags printed for everyone (they were free) and put coloring books, markers, and a little candy in them.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t really see why you’re buying gifts for the kids? Unless one of them is a junior bridesmaid…but we didn’t get our ringbearer/flowergirls anything. They’re kids–they didn’t know or care either way, they were just excited to have cake!

As for the bridesmaids, what about jewelry bags (like the soft travel ones)? Or a bottle of wine and a box of wine charms?

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s hard for me to suggest what to get your Bridal Party since we don’t know them or what they’re interested in, but I can tell you what we’re doing for our Bridal Party, and some of the gifts we’ve gotten that we’ve liked. 

I am giving my girls personalized canvas totes that I made, filled with day-of essentials, snacks, etc. I also got them thermal lunch totes from Thrity-One, which are really cute and a more practical alternative to the purse/clutch theme. I also picked out a necklace for each of them that is their style- nothing matchy- that they can wear to the wedding. 

Fiance is getting his guys beer mugs and glasses that represent them- like getting one has their favorite beer’s logo on it or a favorite sports team. To go with it, he’s going to get them a 6-pack of beer. 

FI’s favorite wedding gift from a wedding he was in was a Avon football themed beer stein from the 80’s- the groom found them on Ebay, and all the guys LOVED them. It was such a different gift. 

My flower girl’s gift is her sash, hair accessories, flower girl basket, jewelry, and a little makeup kit (I’m buying her nice lip gloss, Essie nail polish, etc). 

We’re also not getting parents gifts, because we’re paying for the bulk of the wedding- However, I’ve always thought that handkerchiefs were sweet gifts for parents, especially the father of the bride. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our bridal party is getting shot glasses that several already LOVE (yeah, we showed ’em to our friends who are in the party) and I’m going to make sets of coasters for everyone, too.  

For the kids?  Haven’t yet decided, but I know the girls are getting jewelry and my daughter is getting a tiara (child pageant size), too.  Not sure what we’re getting our son or the nephews, though….

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