Post # 1
For a gift for my bridesmaids I picked up some really nice christmas ornaments this past Christmas. My wedding is in middle of November, so I think it will be appropriate.
I also plan on getting them some nail care supplies. Nail Strengtheners along with some nail polish (Maybe one colour and one clear top coat). They won’t be obligated to wear it on the wedding day or anything. Maybe I’ll pick up a small travel kit that contains a nail file, clippers, etc.
I thought I’d pit it in a small makeup bag for them.
Is this enough? I’m not paying for their dress. Shoes, hair, nails, makeup, etc. is all optional if they want it professionally done.
They’re all out of town right now so they aren’t too involved in the wedding planning. Only one will have to travel for the wedding, but her family will pay for it. (They’re here).
The cost of the nail stuff is about $30 each – not including the makeup bag or travel kit, just the polish and nail strengtheners. The ornaments were about $5-$10, regular $15-$25 (I got them on sale).
I’d like to get my Maid/Matron of Honor something extra but I haven’t decided what yet.
Post # 3
I think the Chrismas ornament sounds great!!! They’re not the kind of present you see all the time (which I like) and it’s at the right time of year!
Honestly, I’d be less excited about the nail care stuff. I’ve got tons of nail files, clippers, clear nail polish and makeup bags. And I don’t use strengthener. But that’s me. Maybe your girls are all really into painting their nails?
I’d, personally, use that $30 to buy them each something small and individual. Something that does’t match, but that you think they would appreciate. But I’m a fan of individualized gifts (vs getting everybody the same thing) and that seems to be a bit in the minority when it comes to bridal party gifts. I can just rarely think of any one thing that would be a good gift for multiple people. But maybe my friends are unusually different from each other. Bottom line, you know your girls best and will be able to evaluate what they would be excited to recieve.
And, of course, include a nice personal note telling them how much they mean to you and thanking them for supporting you on your wedding day!
Post # 4
I’m with @JenGirl I have enough nail stuff.
I do like the idea of a travel bag/makeup bag. Mine always get gross or break so getting a new one would be cool. Maybe something monogrammed so it’s a bit more personal and pick different colors depending on your BM’s tastes.
This website has a lot http://www.themonogramdivas.com/mocoba1.html
ETA: I have not bought from this website just did a simple search and liked what I saw. PotteryBarn Teen has a lot of good bags also and they are a bigger company http://www.pbteen.com/shop/backpacks-luggage/toiletries/
Post # 5
@Bazinga: I like the idea of the makeup bags being personalized! Thank you!
If nail care stuff is not a good gift, what would be to put in the makeup bag? One of my BMs has sensitive skin and store bought lotions from Bath & Body Works and stores like that completely dry her skin out. So something like that would be out of the question (for her, anyway)
Post # 6
@MissKit: Burts Bees? or order some organic soaps online or if you have a local store that sells them that would be nice for all of your BM’s not just the one with sensitive skin.
Post # 7
Do they all like to do their nails? If not, I don’t think it’s a good gift.
Post # 8
@MissKit: I gave a similar gift to my FSILs for Christmas. I made little make up bags and then bought a few things from Sephora. Stila makes cute makeup pallettes that are just $10 each. Then I bought the Chloe 3 roller ball set & divided it up between them. I also bought a 3 Sugar set from Fresh & divided that up too.
Chloe was $55 for 3 (so about $18 each). Sugar was$45 for 3 (so $15 each). So the stuff inside the make up bag came to about $43 per person before discounts. I had a gift card for being a frequent buyer, so my total was less. You could, of course, do the same thing with less expensive brands. Stila also has nice lipgloss sets and there’s a mini version of the Sugar set for less than $30. I think a few, good brand name things would be awesome. Quality trumps quantity.
Post # 9
@cmbr: Well if they hated to do there nails, I wouldn’t be considering it. the nail stuff is expensive, good quality stuff which is why I thought it was a good gift. But apparently no one cares about there nails like I do.
Makeup I feel is so iffy because I don’t know if they’d actually like what I pick out for them.
Post # 10
@MissKit: Whoa. You asked for opinions. I never said they hated to do their nails, but some people don’t care about it, or won’t have their nails done often — it doesn’t matter how good of quality the product is if they won’t use it. If all of your bridesmaids love doing their nails, then that’s a great bridesmaid gift.