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

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Which Bridesmaid Gift Would You Prefer?
    Flip Video : (64 votes)
    71 %
    Standard BM gift (jewelry, purse, pashmina, gift certificate, etc.) : (18 votes)
    20 %
    Something else -- explain below : (8 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I agree w/ your thinking… I may feel a bit of jealousy… sounds like a sweet gift!

     

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i’d want a flip video. but you might also want to make sure that non of your girls already have one.

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I’d want the same thing as the guys!  I never use the purse (other than for the wedding) and rarely reuse the jewelry.  The one Bridesmaid or Best Man gift I use over and over again was given to me over 10 years ago – a monogrammed mini leatherman – both Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen got the same gift and we all LOVED it.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Honestly, I’m not a fan of matching bridesmaid gifts, especially since I’m having a bridesman in my bridal party and I don’t think he’d appreciate a clutch and earrings Smile I intend to just shop for them as though I were buying a birthday present, and try to spend roughly the same amount on each, with a little extra for my Maid/Matron of Honor.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would love a flip video over a clutch… Or a monogrammed robe. I have always wanted one of those too.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I really couldn’t care less about those flip video things. I’m all about the girly stuff – bring on the clutch! 🙂

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    flip video would be nice.  If you got them a really nice clutch full of great accessories that’d be fun too.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee

    Regardless of gender, I would prefer something not wedding-related at all. Basically, nothing you would find on a website listed as an attendant gift. Since these people are close enough to you to warrant a position of bridesmaid or groomsman, I would prefer that the couple shopped as though it was Christmas or a birthday and got something that fit each person’s individual interests and hobbies that will last well beyond the wedding day. Otherwise, it comes across that you are just following a wedding catalog/website’s guidelines and don’t appreciate what makes them unique, even though that may not be your intention at all. That said, a gift is just that, a gift, which is unexpected and not required but given out of the goodness of your heart as a thank you to these special people in your lives. As examples, more folks would appreciate something related to a personal hobby than jewelry that doesn’t fit their style or taste for a woman, as all accessories are the responsibility of the bridesmaids themselves, or assuming that every man on the planet drinks like a frat boy if at all regardless of age and needs another beer mug or flask.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I originally got my BM’s jewelry for the day of the wedding- earrings and a necklace. They were nice (they were by Ralph Lauren), but they weren’t amazing. Then my then-FI came home with X Box’s for all his groomsmen! I knew that I couldn’t give my girls jewelry to wear for the wedding, and have him give his guys X Box’s, so I went and got my girls pashmina’s, black lace undies that said “bridesmaid” in rhinestones on them, and something from Tiffany’s. Tiffany’s has a great $100 section on their website, and I’ll tell you, my girl’s were just as excited for Tiffany’s as the guy’s were for X Box’s!

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I completely agree with Ember.  I plan on giving my girls different things based on what I know about them.  I very much plan on shopping for them as if it was their birthday.  I’ll let them wear jewelry they already have. 

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I was going to spend the same amount on each girl, but personalize the gift…my sister is all about purses and glamour, so I was going to get her a monogrammed faux croc and some other material purse….my best friend is very outdoorsy and loves camping, so I’m getting her this sweet cooler she’s been wanting…

    I was also thinking, maybe gift cards to their favorite store.  I know with the economy, many people are cutting back, so a gift card might cheer them up and let them do the shopping!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Flip! While I would appreciate the sentiment of a nice piece of jewelry or a clutch, they’re often one-time usage things (even if the bride tries to find something that would work otherwise.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    There are just my 2 cents and everybody is different.

    I would want my dress to be paid for. That would be the best bridesmaids gift. It should cost about the same as a flip video camera. Jewelry and other accessories are just too personal to make a great gift out of. I wouldn’t mind having accessory as gift in addition to a great gift (e.g. flip video camera or have my dressed paid for) but if those accessories cost beaucoup $ and are the only gifts I would have, I don’t feel it’s worth it.

    Besides, unless you’re going for a very homogenous look for your wedding party, I feel that it’s demanding enough that the bridesmaids are asked to wear the same dress, why not let them accessorize on their own.

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