Post # 1
Sorry for the length . . .
I am getting a little frsutrated while coming up with bridesmaid gifts. Everytime I think of something that might be good, my mom shoots down. She, obviously, doesn’t have a say, however it’s kind of nice to get a second opinion . . . and it’s always disappointing when that second opinion backfires 🙂
My criteria for a gift is – something practical, that they can use again and something general enough that it can suit all tastes (we all have very different tastes). From what I know about them, jewelry wouldn’t work – their tastes vary from a simple pendant to something fun and chunky. Coach wristlets, which I know are very popular on the boards, wouldn’t be of any interest to them. None of them particularly are into monograms. I know that all makes it a little difficult to come up with great ideas.
One idea I had was make-up. Sephora and even Gilt Groupe both have great make up deals. I could do different high end mascaras, eye shadows, bronzers, etc. that I know they’ve eyed up before but wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves. Easy to select . . . they all love make up and I know their skin tones, etc. My mom said she didn’t think it was special enough or something that would necessarily be memorable in the long run. Strike one.
Another was PJs. More specifically, Victoria’s Secret Long Janes. She said that she didn’t think they would be very flattering and definitely not for my friend who will have just given birth 4 months prior to the wedding. And generally didn’t like them. My fiance agreed. Strike two. Maybe other PJs that aren’t quite so form fitting with a tank top would work?
So, I am asking for your help before I hit strike three! What are your thought of the above. Should I go with them despite objections, or do you have any other fun creative ideas for me?
Post # 3
Would it maybe be easier/ less hassle to buy them all personal gifts, you obviously know them well enough to know what they like, it saves the ordeal of having to please everyone? Maybe buy them jewellery that suits their different tastes or pj’s that suit their bodyshape/taste.
I agree that its important to buy them something practical that they’ll use again but I’m a bit sentimental and would like them to have something they can keep, so although make-up makes a great b’day present (especially if they’re reluctant to splurge) its not very sentimental.
Post # 4
Man you’ve got a tough job! Do your bridesmaids have any hobbies in common? Maybe one like pottery and another likes wine, you could give them gift cerftificates for a class on their hobby (pottery spinning, wine tasting class…).
Post # 5
Yea, I think I want to give them something practical because I have been given so many Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts that I don’t use. Namely jewelry to wear for the wedding that usually ends up in a drawer. I really thought PJs would work, because I know that I love anything comfy!
However, jewelry in each of their tastes could work. Gift certificates could work, but it’s a little difficult since we’re all spread out in different states.
I could do a little gift box that reflects their interests. One loves baking, one loves cooking and eating (especially spicy food), another likes crafting (particularly sewing) and one likes photography (although she hasn’t practiced much lately and her Christmas gift this year was entirely photography themed).
Post # 6
I say going more personal is the way to go.
I’m going to give them a little basket of silly stuff, and then one really nice personal gift. My Maid/Matron of Honor is a writer, she’s getting a leather journal with her name embossed on it. My Bridesmaid or Best Man is a drinker so she’s getting a set of Tiffany beer glasses.
Post # 7
I think your PJ idea is really cute. I got mine robes from Lands End, monogrammed with their names on them. They’re on sale right now, too. Practical, that’s for sure. Personal too. I got the idea from another thread on this board.
A really cute gift idea one of my friends did was have purses made for us. She picked fabric that represented us and then had each one made. Many of us still use them today and that was 7 years ago. If you’re interested, I know a couple places who make these.
Post # 8
I have the same question. I’m thinking of getting them a necklace and earings set that they can wear on my wedding day. The other popular gifts are beach totes, personalized totes, pink flasks.. and I forget the rest! So many options. I think you should get them something personalized that’s what I would want. That or jewelry.
Post # 9
After much thought and searching I am getting my briadsmaid a Tiffany and Co. necklace. Something that will last forever and always remind her of the special day that she shared with us.
Post # 10
A Tiffany’s necklace would be a cool idea for my Maid/Matron of Honor, especially since I was budgeting more money towards her gift.
My newest idea is to get some kind of fun tote bag that represents each girl and fill it with PJs & a tank top (I love Old Navy PJs and they have tons of patterns), possibly a gift card towards them getting their nails done somewhere close to their home, and maybe some nail polish and make-up. That way it combines all of my ideas from above but it gives them something that they can carry around and remember me and the day by.
What do you think?
Post # 11
I like the mae up idea. What girl doesn’t like to do a little shopping in Sephora! What if you paired it up with a nice clutch for everyone so they have something to put their m/u in? I’m getting custom clutches made through an Etsy seller and the artist is really helpful in terms of helping with colors and fabrics that will match your color scheme! PM if you want the name!