What Are Your Favorite Bridesmaid Gift Ideas?

posted 1 year ago in Weddingbee
Post # 16
238 posts
Helper bee

I got my girls each a clutch from a popular local designer, I see my Maid/Matron of Honor often and she uses hers all the time. They are made out of repurposed bait bags (I was married in a coastal community). They were a splurge I thought they would all like. 

I also got them a scarf from my trip to Russia. They are traditional Russian scarves, most of them were wearing them at cocktail hour on their shoulders although I didn’t ask them too so I’m assuming they liked them. I got each a different color. 

I also got them a good old water bottle, no monogram or name. I’ve seen them all using these in the past and figured who couldn’t use another one. 

I also got them robes for the morning of, these were definitely photo props but I didn’t get them personalized or anything. I got waffle robes that are more practical for getting ready than the silk ones, I personally use mine everyday but realize they probably don’t.

Post # 17
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The most recent time I was a bridesmaid, the bride paid for our dresses, hair, and makeup, which is ideal but not feasible for every bride. We also got welcome bags at the hotel with nice travel-size beauty products and a mini Diptyque candles, which made for a very luxurious morning showering and prepping before we met up with the rest of the bridal party for hair and makeup – highly recommend, even if your bridesmaids are showering at home. 

Post # 18
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’m getting them monogrammed sandals as part of their gift: https://www.jackrogersusa.com/custom-made-to-order/monogram-shop/womens-circle-monogrammed-sandal-white we all love jack rogers and I think this kicks it up a notch

when I asked them to be bridesmaids I got them each a personalized box with all of the favorite things in it like favorite chocolate, favorite candle etc. they all loved it and this company called fox blossom does a really beautiful job:https://www.foxblossom.com/collections/non-sale-items/products/custom-gift-box-239  

Post # 19
991 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

items that they ALL got were:

huge monogrammed beach totes each in their favorite color (used as gift bag)

earrings from pandora

romper (not personalized)

items they EACH got:

maid of honor: pandora necklace; two travel books; a travel journal; luggage tag and passport holder from her favorite designer

bridesmaid: designer bag; a personalized yeti mug; special coffee she loves (and a personalized stuffed elephant for her new baby)

bridesmaid:50 bags of hot cheetos (dont ask); 4 candles from bath and body works;marble ring holder

i also paid for their hair to be done and breakfast with champagne

they all LOVED their gifts, even the rompers. as long as theyre good quality your girls can wear them forever

Post # 20
5758 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I really think the things that are most appreciated would be paying for anything you require for the day. There is no real need to gift your girls anything, so if you want to make sure them standing in your wedding has no cost. Pay for the dress and maybe pay for all or even a portion of their hotel if you have extra cash for gifts.

Post # 21
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I gifted my BMs some “prop” gifts to use for the wedding, such as robes, earrings and bracelts to wear day-of, and matching tote bags.

I also gave them each a personal gift to express my gratitude. Each was individual to the girl. My Disney-loving bestie got a cute Disney themed sign for her house, my foodie friend got a cool book of food to try in every city, my traveling friend got lingerie wash/wear travel bags, my sister got a picture frame, and my sommelier friend got a wine accessory set. I love when the gifts are tailored like that, it’s more of a tribute to the friendship rather than them just being props for your wedding day.

PS I also had my girls each choose their own dress based on a color, so they spent what they wanted to, and they have all reworn their dresses. It wasn’t an actual gift, but I know it helped all of them. One of them spent $21 on her dress on clearance!

Post # 22
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

Everything we wanted our bridal party to wear for our wedding we purchased. We gave  our bridal party figurine collectibles, from collections that they already have.

Post # 23
5046 posts
Bee Keeper

I think I’m the only one that likes the robe idea

 Lol. Just not super short or so silky that it doesn’t stay tied. 

Post # 24
30 posts
  • Wedding: December 2018 - IU

I paid for my bridesmaids to get their hair done and for shawls to keep warm for winter outdoor pictures to help them with the cost of being in the wedding.

For the fun gifts, all of my girls own dogs and I got them personalized coffee mugs with a really cute sketch of their fur-baby. I filled the mugs with their favorites candy and got them some sheet masks as well. For my Maid/Matron of Honor I also got her a framed vintage page from Winnie the Pooh about friendship (one of her favorite stories and character).

I think a lot of brides feel like they need to pay a lot for wedding party gifts but this isn’t always possible with every budget or bridal party size. I was able to get the girls nice personalized gifts I think they will enjoy for $27 a bridesmaid excluding the price of paying for their hair on the big day. You can still get them cute things they will appreciate without spending fortune. You just have to do a little more digging on the internet and in stores 🙂

Post # 25
163 posts
Blushing bee

I was on a tight budget, so while I would have loved to pay for their dress or hair and makeup, I couldn’t afford to do so. But I did tell them it was optional, and not everyone got it done, some did their own. Which was fine with me! I also wanted to give everyone the same thing. So I did some budget shopping on Etsy and found a few things the girls loved. I got them girly zip-up sweatshirts, tumblers, and rose gold bracelets. All 3 gifts were a big hit and it cose me about $35 per bridesmaid. For my bridesman, I paid for his vest, shirt and tie because the suits were expensive. My maid of honor has been wearing her bracelet since the wedding, and everyone loved the sweatshirts and tumblers! 

Post # 26
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

xiexie :  hmmm….I came to this post hoping to find ideas of what to get my bridesmaids as well, and I really like the idea you mentioned.

Post # 27
2886 posts
Sugar bee

I know it’s against etiquette and not considered a gift, but I love it when they chip in for my hair or make up.  I love being pampered and looking good in photos, so I’m always going to opt in for those services, so having them paid for is a gift to me. 

And the biggest gift of all is to try to not pick out an expensive dress because it will never be worn again.  

Post # 28
203 posts
Helper bee

I paid for my girls dresses, hair and make up.

I also got them two individual pandora rings each that I picked out to match each of their styles. It wasn’t for a photo op and I didn’t expext them to wear them on the day, but they all really liked them. 

Post # 29
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

skunktastic :  Experiences!  Ie: Wine tours/wine making courses, spa packages, shows/concerts, etc.

Post # 30
6 posts
  • Wedding: May 2019

ibtyen :  My bridesmaids are also my sisters.  I am having a destination wedding in Charleston, so in addition to paying for their dresses, hair and make-up, I got them some cute pajamas to take on the trip.  I am also planning a trip for us to the soon to be opened rooftop Citrus Club at the Dewberry Hotel as I think sharing childhood memories over cocktails in a special place is the best gift of all.

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