Bridesmaid/Groomsmen Gifts-What did you do?

posted 2 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I am doing bracelets for my girls and for the boys whiskey glasses with their last initial on it. 

For the girls I am also doing robes for getting ready (not a gift)…I also found these cute handkerchiefs that say “no ugly crying” on them just for a funny add in haha 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We got different things for each person.  Here’s some of the stuff we ended up getting:

-Wine Glasses with city skyline etched on them and some jewlery

-Beer Glasses with city skyline etched on them

-Wall art

-Cosmetic Bag with candle, lotions, soaps, etc.

-Liquor with matching shot glass and flask

 

Bascially, like everyone always says: shop like it’s for their birthday/Christmas

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I know I’m in the minority here – We’re probably not buying ours gifts, we are paying for the dresses (individually chosen), suits, robes, hotel rooms, makeup and anything else we can think of that they need for the wedding.  I know none of that is considered a ‘gift’ but certainly saves on a lot of stress.  

We have subtle hidden Disney touches to our wedding, all the men in the wedding have mickey head cuff-links.  IF (unfortunately at this point it’s a big ‘if’) I can afford it near to the wedding I might buy the girls mickey mouse stud earrings that they can chose or decline to wear for the wedding, but that we will all have to keep and match – and I know it’s something they will all like.

 

I don’t necessarily think you have to get individual gifts – We often given all give each other the same ‘group gift’ for Christmas, which works because we have all been friends forever and all like the same things (and also are all poor as heck!)  You can never go wrong with something small and pretty.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

I am getting the girls  a nice keep sake box and will put a nice silk robe, earrings, bracelet, bath and body works or victorias secret lotions and body sprays in them.  The guys are getting nice wooden cigar boxes (amazon) and in them there will be a tie clip, cufflinks, pocket watch and bottle opener.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

hunting_bride :  For the GM/BM my Fiance got them all a personalized baseball bat (our wedding is baseball themed) and for my girls I went specific and asked them all to send me 3-5 of their favorite things/interests and bought things based off that. For example, my Maid/Matron of Honor loves Harry Potter, reading and music, so I got her a wine glass that says “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good”, a hummingbird bookmark (her late mother’s favorite bird) and an iTunes gift card! I also got each girl a baseball jersey to wear while getting ready that I don’t really consider a gift and I am putting all their gifts in personalized tote bags I found on etsy, with just their initials on it. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Bridesmaids:

Paid for their dresses (UK) 

Individual gifts for each girl averaging £80 a head (different jewellery for 4 of the 5; trainers and Lego for the MOH) 

Also put on champagne the night before and morning of

Groomsmen:

Gave them £60 to either pit towards a suit or cover suit rental, and purchased ties

Personalised pint glasses

Paid for room upgrades at the venue

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m paying for the makeup on the day as their gift and they were excited about that. They had originally declined because of finances.

I’m still going to make a little tote bag with a personalized hanger, emergency kit, pashmina and maybe an embroidered hanky. Depends how I do craft wise.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

Well, having received a MOH/Bridesmaid gift on five occasions, I can tell you that the only ones I actually kept/used were the ones that actually had me in mind.  Of the things I have received:

*$25 gift card to Sephora (loved it – I’m a Sephora junkie)

*Water bottle with the wedding date on it (chucked it in the garbage – I only like certain kinds and I have more than enough already)

*Gold charm bracelet that everyone got (gave it to a younger cousin – I don’t like bracelets, hate charm bracelets especially, and don’t wear gold)

*Gluten-free cookbook (love it – use it frequently, I had been talking about wanting to get it and it means my friend listened to me)

*Totebag with my name on it (Goodwill – it was flimsy, I already have a ton of totebags, and I don’t like carrying things around with my name advertised on it)

*White t-shirt with “Bridesmaid” on it (Left it in the hotel room because my suitcase was full as it was, otherwise I would have sent it to Goodwill – when would I wear this ever?  I literally own nothing white and I was a bridesmaid for 8 hours one day).

*Flip flops (Garbage – I hate flipflops.)

*Wall hanging with a saying about friendship on it (Goodwill – I rarely hang things on my walls and the few things I do have on my walls would clearly tell you that a wall hanging like that is not my style.  I would have rathered having the sentiment handwritten in a nice card)

*Bottle of wine – everyone got the same wine (Used it as a hostess gift the next time I was invited over to someone’s house – I rarely drink wine and I have yet to like a single chardonnay I have ever tried)

*Bottle of bourbon (Drank it up – love me some bourbon.  Other bridesmaid got a bottle of Bacardi Limon because that’s her drink of choice).

*$50 amazon gift card (Love it – who can’t find something they want/need at amazon).

*Handmade pendant from a store I frequent and talk about a lot and she contacted the owner to see what I would like best (I’m friendly with the owner and get custom work done there a lot and she knows my preferences pretty well – LOVED IT and I wear it a lot).

There might be thing or two I’m forgetting.  Some of these were part of a gift bag of multiple items.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Commenting to follow.

I have been thinking about these ideas –

Best Man – hipflask and a bottle of whisky. Maybe a pair of socks as well. We’re paying for his entire outfit hire. 

Maid/Matron of Honor – I’m paying for her shoes, hair and makeup. I’ll be getting us getting ready robes but that is not considered as a gift even though I’ll gift it at same time. So gift idea is either earrings or necklace to wear and then keep although only concern is getting her something she would wear again. An alternative idea is a nice clutch/small handbag to use on the day and to keep. They would have to be neutral colours so she would use them again.

No names, wedding dates, logos etc. Not even on the robes.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did monogrammed robes and diamond candles for the woman (robes weren’t for wedding day wear, just to have) and monogrammed travel duffles for the guys, with Nerf guns inside just for fun. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I gave them Kate Spade make up cases for about $50 each during one of their sales

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I very nearly ordered stemless wine glasses with their name and role but after the prudent advice of bees I replaced role to say “cheers” in a language they have a connection with.  I also plan to get them something they have an interest in e.g. Pizza cookbook, yoga gear, TARDIS cookie jar. etc. 

I suspect we will do something similar with the Groomsmen. 

Ill be also providing the accessories, hair, and makeup but acknowledge this is not a gift. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We’re having a very small wedding party, just Maid/Matron of Honor person of honor for the groom (his sister) and flower girl. For my Maid/Matron of Honor I’m knitting a cowl in one of the wedding colors to wear that day but also I know its a color she likes and she likes cowls, then probably closer to wedding a giftcard for whatever shes most into at the time. For the flower girl probably a nice little locket for her to feel special and fancy and something handknit. Not sure what to get for Future Sister-In-Law because shes realllly hard to gift to.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

annabananabee :  So glad you shared this! I will definitely keep these things in mind as I purchase gifts for my bridesmaids!

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