(Closed) What gift would YOU expect as a bridesmaid??

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3930 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

personal individualized note is a wonderful idea…personally, i love getting stationery…

Post # 4
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

This will most probably not help, but I wouldn’t expect anything. If I am in a wedding (I’ve been in two), it’s because I know that person very well and I am honored to do it and don’t expect anything in return. I didn’t get anything for neither of the weddings lol

Post # 5
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@soon2bhis: i only have bracelets too also due to the fact i have 7 bridesmaids lol i am looking for something else to go with it tho.. if not then i guess that will be it i will put in my hardest to wrap them beautifully lol

Post # 6
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

something that fits me and my personality…It can even be small…Im doing wine glasses with a picture of each girl on it Laughing

Post # 7
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@CaliRorter: Yeh, I’d say nothing. A lot of the gifts that I’ve seen given in person (not on the ‘Bee because you ladies usually give super nice gifts to your bridesmaids) have been things that I would be grateful for the thought, but probably never use again. So I don’t think they should be expecting anything outrageously nice, and if they do end up loving the gifts, then its a bonus. A bracelet for the wedding is a good gift.

Post # 8
3358 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wouldn’t expect anything specific.  My only gripe is when the gift is something to wear for the wedding.  That’s not really a gift in my opinon.  that’s just telling me what to wear and paying for it.

Post # 9
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i am giving each bridesmaid a silver pandora bracelet.  I have bought their other jewelry that really only goes with the wedding colors but thought the pandora bracelet is something they each could continue to use and add to…

Maybe that’s inconsiderate but that’s what i’m doing 🙂

Post # 10
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i would also say that you don’t HAVE to give anything, although it’s obviously nice if you do. if you’re short on money, i think you could do the bracelet and then maybe frame a picture of you with that bridesmaid and a heartfelt note? i think when it comes to bridesmaids gifts, it’s more about showing your appreciation for them rather than loading them up with swag.

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a friend who just got married and shared this idea with me for a bridesmaid gift…. buy a case of wine (e.g. Trader Joes – very inexpensive AND very yummy) and add your own wine label to it. She suggested making a personal label like a picture of you and that bridesmaid. Perhaps that’s an inexpensive, personalized gift that could work with your budget.

I think I’m also going to get the girls purse holders for restaurants. I have a couple and really like them. I saw some that you could put a monogram on for only a few dollars total.

Hope this helps!

Post # 12
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would definitely just include a really nice thank you note.

Post # 13
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What I would REALLY like is something that entails thought! It doesn’t have to cost much (or any) money at all! Walmart has small photobooks you can make for very reasonable prices. Do you have a handful of pics of you and your bridesmaids? If so, how about putting one of those together for each of them?

Post # 14
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you have limited budget, I would suggest (in order of preference):

– Pay for their hair/makeup

– Pay for their dress

– Jewelry to accompany the dress


If you have a small budget you should be practical – give something that will help save money for the other bridesmaids too.  I wouldn’t want a tote bag or something i dont need, i rather have someone pay for my expense.


Post # 15
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Half the time, I haven’t gotten a present.  Once, I got a jewelry box engraved with my name and the date of the wedding.  Nice token, I suppose.

My girls are getting jewelry recommended for the day of (it’s silver and clear, so there’s a chance they may be able to re-wear it), and a gift basket from bath and body works.  

Post # 16
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m with @meggyo: on this (and not just because she is a fellow Jayhawk!) that the bracelet and a lovely framed picture and a personalized note would be plenty! I know it sounds like an unlikely place, but TJ Maxx has some seriously cute (and cheap!!) picture frames in their housewares section!

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