What was the best bridesmaid gift you ever recieved?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

monogrammed bath robes!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

i am thinking about giving my gals lockets with a photo of their mom inside as one of their gifts. i only have 2 bridesmaids, so I can spoil them with goodies 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I’m doing a lot of little things for them. I found really cool Target bags, I got black flip-flops at Target for $4.99 each and I’m going to put rhinestones on them, I got earrings and customized notepads and I’ll probably do some more little things, including a gift certificate to something in their area. They’re all traveling, otherwise I love the monogrammed bathrobe idea!

Post # 6
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Wannabee

my favorite was a really cute black purse that could go along with the bridesmaid dress.  i have used it tons since then for more dressy occasions.  its very cute and trendy.  She also gave us chandelier earrings that went with the dress (and also go with lots of other clothes).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

FutureMrs.,

Helping out with the bridesmaid finances is probably the best gift you could ever give. All the other things that are given are fabulous and wonderful but at the end of the day, with the expenses of being a bridesmaid, it would be greatly appreciated. They may not need these nice gifts, but money to help out is always appreciated. You can either help pay for the dresses or whatever, or get them some Visa/AMEX giftcards. 

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

no offense to JCM9608 but a money giftcard wouldn’t be preferable to thoughtfulness and creative gifts….  i would rather you chip in on the dress, shoes, etc… if you go that route.

 i personally am a jewelry & accessory designer so i’m spoiling my girls rotten here’s the list so far:

a tote for the day of/ beach bag later (putting all goodies inside)

custom gocco’d stationery

havaianas with swarovski crystals on the straps

getting ready outfit

pashminas 

gold sand dollar necklace (wedding motif)

custom earrings and bracelet to coordinate with dresses

helped with cost of Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses

mani & pedi’s day before

 

 honestly can’t think of the best gift i’ve gotten as a Bridesmaid or Best Man

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

The best gift I got was a pashmina- an actual pashmina made in Nepal, not a cheapo shall (The real ones are very light, this weight, but much warmer than the cheapo ones).  Actual pashmina’s are VERY expensive and I could never have afforded one.  The bride had them custom dyed to match the dresses (a wine color).  I got it in 2003 and I’ve worn it as a scarf every winter and as a shawl on numerous occasions.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I’m always a fan of jewelry (I still wear any jewelry I’ve received as a bridesmaid) and my best friend got us amazingly soft Nicole Miller bathrobes with our monograms when I was in her wedding.  She’s a great bargain shopper and I know she got all the robes at Bed, Bath & Beyond and used those great 20% off coupons for them (you can use 10 coupons at a time…. they don’t always tell you that at the store!).  It is the coziest robe ever

Post # 11
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Helper bee

i’m getting the girls:

1. bridesmaid dresses

2. custom traditional/cultural dresses

3. shoes for bridesmaid dresses (they can wear any pair with the 2nd dress)

4. professional hair & make-up 

5. alterations

6. manicures/pedicures

7. tiffany necklaces (silver/pearl for the MOHs, silver for BMs)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m chipping in for the bridesmaid dress, getting them manicures, and giving them a pashmina, custom stationery, and an individualized gift that I picked out just for them (some got jewelry, one got a clutch [not for the wedding, for fun], one got a pretty journal, one got an art piece, one got an apron — all from Etsy!). JoieDeVie, getting ready outfits is a great idea! I might have to stick those in there too.

Oh, and when I was a bridesmaid (just once), the bride got me a purse that matched the dress and a necklace. She knew that I only wear the necklace that her brother gave me every day, so that was a little weird. And the purse matched the David’s Bridal dress, so it’s not like I would ever wear that again either. So I guess when picking out the gifts for my BMs, I tried to be a little more conscious of what everyone would like and actually use. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Wow, some of you are going all out!! We are paying for everything so we are on a pretty tight budget. I got my BMs each a different zippered makeup bag that reflects who they are and I am buying Mary Kay makeup for the wedding for them to put inside. I also put in each bag trazel size tubes of Satinhands and makeup remover. I got each one a burgundy gemstone bracelet for them to wear that I got off eBay. They are really cute and I think they will love their bag I got them.

Post # 14
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Newbee

I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man 7 times, and the gifts that stand out are a travel perfume bottle, which I used a lot. I’ve also gotten a Coach coin purse, which I use all the time. Anything that is practical stands out. 

For my own BMs, I’m giving them their dress and making them jewelry. I wish I could give more handmade stuff, but I’m up to my eyeballs in projects!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have only been in 1 weddng (when i was much younger, my Fiance and I are actually the first of our college friends to get married so we’re setting the bar!) and I received some terrible costume jewelry for the wedding day.  That was the only time I ever wore it.  I am putting together some pretty fancy gifts for my girls (well, I think they’re fancy) so I thought I’d share that instead.  I have 6 BMs so it’s a challenge to stay on budget, get nice things, and not break the bank. 

I am doing a little gift bag for each girl to include the following:

1. zippered pouches with little metal tags for zipper pulls that have each girls name engraved on it ($9 for pouch, $8 for tag, both from Etsy),
2. personalized notecards ($9 from VistaPrint.com)
3. LanoLip balm ($7 from lanolip.com)
4. pearl bracelet ($12 on sale, Kohls)
5. pearl drop earrings ($9, Etsy, discount for bulk order)
6. Ms. Manicure nail set ($3 on sale, Kohls)

The total for each girl is about $57.

And in case anyone is looking for good groomsmen ideas, we’re purchasing ties for all of them to wear on the wedding day, and will have each guy’s monogram embroidered on the back of his tie.  The total cost is about $46 ($35 for the tie at mens Wearhouse and $11 for embroidery at Things Remembered).  The total for wedding party gifts for 12 people is going to be about $600, give or take.  

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

The best Bridesmaid or Best Man gift I’ve ever gotten is a Coach handbag.  I’m giving my their dresses, custom-made necklaces & earrings (made by my very talented co-worker) and hand-knit shawls.

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