(Closed) Spinoff: Non-wedding related bridesmaid gifts?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m giving a hanger, necklace and earrings for the wedding.  Like you, I felt like I should give some non-wedding gifts as well.  So far I’m planning on a canvas tote (different for each girl), a small cosmetic bag, and maybe a gift card to a restaurant/Starbucks.

Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas from this thread!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that the tote is an especially good idea – I know I can ALWAYS use a good tote, for the gym, grocery shopping, or just every day.  its foldable and easily transportable for the traveling people, or could become their second carry-on item.

I’m in the camp that ‘wedding related’ bridesmaid gifts (i.e. attire they must wear the day of) is kind of a cop-out – its part of the look one has for their wedding, so its not really a gift.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think getting BMs different gifts is the way to go!  You could have one thing that’s the same – such as a tote or tumbler – but if you make the rest of gifts personal enough, no one will want what the other girl has. I also don’t think you can count hair and make-up and jewelry (if it’s for the day of) as gifts since they are for your wedding.

I haven’t figured out all of my gifts yet, but here are some ideas I have:

Bridesmaid or Best Man 1: Getting married 2 months after me so I thought I could get her something for her wedding – like toasting flutes or cake cutting/serving set.

Bridesmaid or Best Man 2: Last summer we went on a big trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota with a bunch of friends and am going to put together a photo album from for her.

Bridesmaid or Best Man 3: She’s recently started getting into camping and hiking so I’ll probably get her either a gift card to REI or an Under Armour shirt.

 

My BMs are also big readers so I thought about making purses using a hardcover copy of their favorite books.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@futuremrsfitz18:  I kinda agree, but…  I know I’ve worn the jewelry from my cousin’s wedding at least a few times, so in the end I appreciated the ‘gift’.  And if you’re providing jewelry it’s one less thing they need to buy for the wedding.  I wouldn’t ever give it as the only gift, but I think it’s fine to include with other things.

What really bothers me is when brides only pick out gifts in their wedding colors.  Sure, maybe you love fuschia and orange, but not everyone wants a fuschia clutch!

 @RunsWithBears:  Those book purses are so cool!

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