Your partner has proposed and it has begun. You are engaged and currently scrambling to get everything in order for your big day. It can be a nervous yet exciting time for you. There is so much to do and the time always seems so little time. Of course, it can get hectic but with planning ahead and by taking one task at a time, you can easily cruise through this exciting phase of your wedding. The key is to research as much as you can. The more you are prepared, the easier would be your wedding day. There are a lot of aspects to a wedding that have to be taken care of – band, wedding cake, the wedding favors, bachelor or bachelorette party, booking the venue, professional wedding photographers, videographer, and other vendors, etc. We understand that you might have your hands full and thus, you may forget certain things. One thing that many brides forget is to get gifts for their bridesmaids. Sometimes, we easily end up taking granted people to whom we are closest and who work so hard for us. They will be your shoulder to lean on throughout your journey during the preparation phase. Thus, getting them some amazing gifts is the least you can do. And everyone appreciates a nice gift with a little thought behind it.
We know that you’re probably already struggling to get everything together and make your wedding day as perfect as it can be. From nailing down the right wedding invite to getting your dream venue booked, things might get hectic. Thus, we’ve come up with this article to help you pick out the perfect gift for your bridesmaids. You can get inspired by our suggestions, or you can follow the tips and pick out a really memorable gift for your loving bridesmaids. Without further ado, let’s dig in.
All about bridesmaids
As you all know already, there is a clear difference between bridesmaids and the maid of honor. There can only be one maid of honor, while there is no limit to the number of bridesmaids you can have. Moreover, a maid of honor is like a head bridesmaid who delegates work to all the other bridesmaids and coordinates with them. We’ll get to what they do in a bit but first be informed that you should also pick out a gift for your maid of honor along with the bridesmaids.
Bridesmaids along with the maid of honor will help you out at every step leading up to your wedding day. They will help you with the invitations and booking the venue, band, food caterer, etc. The most important ritual that you can have with your maid of honor and bridesmaids in wedding dress shopping. When looking for the perfect wedding gown, you will need second, third, and even fourth opinions. A whole day dedicated to wedding day shopping along with your closest friends can really be a memorable time for you. Even on the wedding day, your bridesmaids and maid of honor will help you with anything that comes up. They will also interact and take care of the guests. All in all, bridesmaids and even groomsmen for that matter end up becoming the backbone of a wedding day. It’s not humanly possible for an individual to successfully take care of all things and prepare for a wedding all by themselves. For a wedding that is planned and executed successfully, you will need all hands on deck. Apart from all the work, bridesmaids and your maid of honor will be a kind of emotional and psychological support for you. The days leading up to the wedding and even the wedding day can be quite stressful. You will need your loved ones by your side to keep your spirit up and prevent you from losing your cool. Your bridesmaids and maid of honor can do just that. Now that you’ve understood the value that bridesmaids hold, it is obvious why you should be picking out some gifts for them.
Why should you get a gift for them?
It must be obvious by now how important bridesmaids are for a bride. Thus, rewarding them with memorable gifts at the end of your wedding ceremony only makes sense. It will not only strengthen your bond with your bridesmaids but also let them know that their hard work did not go unnoticed and unappreciated. Apart from it acting as a way to let them know how important they are, gift-giving is also a sort of ritual that many people expect at the end of a wedding. So, you should definitely not skip it as your bridesmaids might be expecting it. After all, people love to be appreciated and validated. It’s not about the gift but the thought behind it and the context of it.
Our 5 favorite current bridesmaid gifts
If you’re unsure what to pick for your bridesmaids, you do not have to worry. Here is a list of our 5 favorite current bridesmaid gifts that your bridesmaids will love. There are some unique gifts for your bridesmaids on this list, take a look!
A personalized necklace or a unique matching bracelet might be just the right gift for your bridesmaids. You can pick out an aesthetic necklace that is trendy and hip. You can get it personalized by getting something written on it in the script. That’s where your creativity comes in. Try to make the handwritten message as personal and memorable as you can. Go back to the day you met your bridesmaid, to your best moments with them. Think about something you had said to them or what they had said to you. Try to come up with a message or a phrase that is close to your relationship and means something to both of you. After all, it’s the thought behind the gift that counts. There are personalized actual handwriting necklaces that replicate your handwriting. Thus, they can truly be a memorable pick as a gift to your bridesmaids. Your aim should be to make sure that this gift is remembered by your bridesmaids for the rest of their lives.
The engraved flask/glass:
When it comes to royalty, can you imagine something more royal, and regal, yet so wild at the same time than an engraved golden flask, or a personalized tumbler or glassware. It’s a gift that resonates on two different ends of the spectrums. It will look aesthetic and regal, like something that a princess might have. If your bridesmaid is fond of her drinks, then it’s a win-win! They will definitely love such an amazing flask or a delicately engraved champagne glass and will think of you, and your wedding day every time they drink from it. They can even use it as a piece of decoration or memorabilia. It can become something that sits on the shelf with a really cool backstory. You can use your creative juices when it comes to the message that is engraved. You can engrave their name or sentence that means something to both of you. Or you can poke some fun at them and go the comedic way. “My bridesmaid is a raging alcoholic” and “Don’t look at me, I’m just drinking milk” are some suggestions from which you can take inspiration. In the end, it’s up to you. However, all you need to do is make sure that whatever message you engrave on the drinkware is iconic or memorable in some way.
Comfy hip robes:
When it comes to gifts, clothing is overlooked, and in our opinion, the right pieces of clothing are quite underrated as gifts. If there’s one thing that everyone loves, it’s good attire. There are some really comfortable and trendy robes out there that you can give to your bridesmaids. Robes are something that gives off a luxurious vibe, and they’re often overlooked when it comes to bridesmaid gifts. Most people do not realize how comfortable they are and how badly the receiver might need them. Thus, not many end up buying robes. Do your bridesmaids a favor and buy them some cool and comfortable robes, so they can relax in comfort and style. Apart from that, if you decide to give out the gifts before your wedding day, they can wear them to your bachelorette party, depending upon the type of party it is. Not only is it a cute gift that will end up becoming memorable for both of you, but it is also a practical one. It’s something that your bridesmaids can use every day. And believe us, with the comfort that a good robe can provide, they’ll thank you for it every time they wear it.
Custom book collection:
If you’re in academia or love books, chances are that your bridesmaids and maid of honor are fond of books too. After all, like attracts like. A quick Google search will tell you that books are the most popular gifts out there. They can also be a very boring gift given to the wrong person who doesn’t realize the importance of reading and the beauty of fiction. So, what can you do to make a gift that contains books special? The answer is to make it customized. As your bridesmaids are often your closest friends, you will probably know a lot about their likes and dislikes. Thus, you can pick out the books that they love and the ones they are looking forward to reading. You can make a custom book set with them and gift it to your bridesmaids. Brownie points if you manage to get any book signed by the author.
The wild combination:
This is where things get unique and wild. Who says that you have to stick to just one item when picking out a gift? You can always make a deadly gift combo containing memorable, practical, and cool gifts. Pick out a cosmetic set and combine it with a book set. Get them a Yoga mat along with Yoga pants. The combinations are endless. You can pair the most unexpected items this way. They will not expect it and be legitimately surprised. How about a jewelry box and a silk sleep mask? This is another gift idea that requires your creativity and imagination. Go wild and surprise your bridesmaids with the best gift combination ever.
Tips to help you pick out a good gift for your bridesmaids
Of course, you don’t have to give your bridesmaids the exact things that are mentioned on the list above. You can take inspiration from them, and add your own twist. It’s also perfectly fine if you want to gift your bridesmaids something else entirely. In this section, we’ll provide you with some general tips that you need to keep in mind while picking out a gift for your bridesmaids.
Keep the budget the same:
You wouldn’t want to start any heat, so try to keep the cost of all gifts the same. You wouldn’t want to gift one bridesmaid a piece of expensive jewelry, while you gift another a simple mug. The disparity between the prices should be minimum as it can hurt the feelings of some of your bridesmaids. Of course, you can choose a relatively more special gift for your maid of honor, but don’t overdo it.
Make it personal:
Try to make the gift as personal as it can be. It’s the thought that matters, not the actual materialistic product. Gifts become special because of the person gifting them to you and the context around the gift. Without the love you put into it, it’s just another gift that doesn’t mean anything. So, try and make your gift mean something.
Take their tastes into consideration: As a bride’s bridesmaids are usually her close friends, she is probably aware of their tastes. Therefore, it is important that you as a bride take their tastes into consideration. You wouldn’t want to give a bridesmaid of yours a book if she is not into reading at all. Such gifts lose all meaning even if they’re customized or personal.
With all the information above, you will definitely end up picking the most amazing gift for your bridesmaids. Stick to the budget, make it personalized, and make it unique. We’re sure that your bridesmaids and maid of honor will appreciate the thought.