Post # 1
I have grown increasing frustrated as I and Mr. Redbee have moved closer to our “big” wedding. I have searched for a unique bridesmaid gift that will suit all bridesmaids. They range from 13 to 31. Some are covered with zombie tattoos while others would never dream of being tattooed. Each is unique. I was hoping to find one gift that is beneficial to each of them. As I have poured over the countless images on the net, perused over a dozen wedding catalogs and sorted through stores, I only come to the conclusion that personalizing gifts has become quite impersonal. All of these places slap the same uniform monogram on varying quality products. I have had an aversion to monograms for quite sometime for this reason. I have often associated them with the upper echelons who stamp their children with their initial crests about the bibs of dresses and pockets of shirts and even on diaper covers and christening gowns in infancy. It seems very pretentious. I do not have the budget to make them each a spectacular basket that they would adore. In the case of the unique what are you doing for your bridesmaids?
Post # 3
@redbee13: I disagree that personalized gifts have become impersonal. Yes, if you mean getting them all a shirt that says Brdesmaid A, Bridesmaid B then yes, maybe so.
I gave my Maid/Matron of Honor a personalized photo cube from Personalization Mall. I got to completely personalize a message on it and placed pictures of us from the time we were little until now, and she was so thankful that I put that much thought into it. If you want to add a more personal touch to gifts, I would suggest going that route.
Post # 4
@megz06: +1 I use personlization mall ALL the time. LOVE there stuff. 🙂
Post # 5
@redbee13: I think I am going to get each other a gift that suits them best. My girls are different but similar. I was thinking of picking out a bracelet or neckalce with a pendent I know they would love and putting it in a jewelry box (each jewelry box also being different to fit their unique styles).
This is how I thought of what to get them. Sometimes writing it out makes it simpler than just trying to categorize them all into one group.
MOH- loves bows, loves yellow and girly cutesy things
Bridesmaid 1- loves beach, ocean, blues and greens
Bridesmaid 2- love neutrals, flowers and simplicity
Bridesmaid 3- loves girly, pink, shiny things
Bridesmaid 4- loves earthy almost indie inspired things, neutrals with pops of colors.
Post # 6
I’m with your bridesmaids gifts are getting really impersonal and all the same. Surprise! A tote and bath robe with your name on it! So Unique! NOT!
I’m getting my girls all gift cards to different stores they love in the same amount. That way they can pick exactly what they want (for example one bridesmaid is obsessed with Victoria’s Secret, another more practical and will get a restaurant one and another loves the deals at tjmax)
Also, adding in their favorite bottle of booze. They will definitely use that. Along with some chocolates and other little things.
I just didn’t want to give them something like a personalized jewelry roll that they would have to pretend to like, sit on the bottom of their closet or end up at Goodwill. What a waste of money.
Post # 7
Giggle, giggle @ engleman10513. I almost did a robe and tote. I won’t say mine are monumentally going to be unique. But I rethought the robe. Who has time to lounge. No one is a brideamaid everyday. I am making hand carved jewelry boxes lined with bits of grandmothers wedding dress for family in the party. The others will have tulle and mesh that I used to make my veil lining them. They are in their favorite colors with initials on the outside and quotes about them on in the inside. I made their earrings, bracelets, rings, their hair pieces and purchased their black lace gloves. I am getting them all leather clutches that turn into wristlets real leather with their favorite colors. I am then monogramming their nicknames instead of initials.