A woman’s bridesmaids are often her best friends; girls she has grown up with and shared a lifetime of experiences with; girls who know her even better than the groom does. The perfect gift will make them feel appreciated. Show your ladies just how important they are to your special day with one of the gift suggestions below.
If you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, don’t wait until the last minute to look for gifts!
Bridesmaid gifts should be fun, personal, and make each lady feel appreciated. Surprise the girls with something stylish they’ll love. Don’t let all the options overwhelm you! Keep reading for tons of great ideas.
Keep in mind that what works for one bridesmaid may not work for another. Thankfully, you don’t have to get everyone the exact same gift – although many brides do choose this route.
Ideally your gift should be multifunctional and timeless. Before you buy, take a minute to consider if the item(s) is something you would like to have. Even if it’s cute, you don’t want give a gift that will end up at the bottom of a drawer for the next 40 years.
If you don’t have much to spend, get creative. Include a personal note with each gift. If you’re giving each maid something different, make sure to spend approximately the same amount on each gift. Just because you don’t have much money to spend doesn’t mean you have to give a silly, useless gift. Bridesmaids gifts are not party favors!
The following items can be made at home or purchased at a low cost:
- Scrapbook/photo album
Traditionally, gifts for bridesmaids were accessories like purses or jewelry that went with the theme of the wedding and matched their dresses. For a safe option that all your girls will like, choose a small purse, earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace that matches their dresses. Not only will they be able to show off their new accessory on the big day, but they will also enjoy wearing/using it in the future.
Tip: Don’t pick something too flashy. You want the item to match other outfits.
If you really want to do something special for your maids, consider the following luxurious ideas:
- Gift certificates to a spa, beauty boutique, or massage parlour
- Offer to pay for their makeup/hair on the big day (this is a great option because it reduces their cost)
- Gift basket with items like lotion, foot scrub, and perfume
- Makeup gift bag (this one may be difficult if you don’t know what types of makeup each girl prefers)
- Authentic pashmina
If you’re getting married somewhere special like in a vineyard, on a mountain, or on the beach, surprise the ladies with a cool gift they can use immediately. Here are a few ideas:
- Beach bag with supplies like sunscreen
- Surf lessons
- Wine glasses (with or without a bottle of wine)
- Ski lessons
Personalized gifts are very popular when it comes to weddings. You can distinguish identical gifts by adding a monogram or an initial. Virtually all the ideas above can be personalized.
For example, if you’re getting married on the beach and you’re giving a beach bag as a gift, you could add each bridesmaid’s initials to a beach towel. If you’re surprising the ladies with matching bracelets, add a single, engraved initial for a personal touch.
Our top personalized recommendation is stationary. The options are endless. A stationary set is unique and will encourage your ladies to write letters to each other for years to come. This is perfect if the bridesmaids live in different cities/states.
Monogrammed nightshirts (or bathrobes) are perfect for bridesmaids because they can wear the comfortable shirts as they’re getting ready the morning of the wedding (great for photos). Simply purchase matching nightshirts and take them to a seamstress or embroidery shop.
Surprise your maids with something they might really need on your big day: an emergency kit. Choose a cute bag and fill it with items like:
- Hair spray
- Fashion tape
- Static remover
- Clear nail polish
Not only will this gift them avoid emergencies now, but the girls can use it for future events. Make sure the bag is tiny enough to fit in a purse.
Practical gifts are oftentimes the most thoughtful. Show your girls how much you appreciate them with one of these gifts:
- Help them dance the night away with a cute pair of foldable ballet flats. They fit into a purse and are perfect when it’s time for the high heels to come off.
- Your ladies might have tons of unopened nail polishes at home, but they will appreciate a set of luxury nail polish, such as the Yves Saint Laurent brand. They’ll feel like they’re at the spa every time they put it on. Note: choose shades that match the dresses.
- Help your maids keep track of IDs, credit cards, and business cards with a honeycomb card case – perfect to include in a gift basket.
Keep in mind that your bridesmaids have probably spent a considerable amount of time and money, even taken off work, to help you prepare for your wedding. From the matching dresses to the bachelorette party, these girls are with you every step of the way. You’ve probably known them even longer than you’ve known the groom. Show them you appreciate their time and energy by surprising them with the perfect gift. Gifts can be given anytime, but most brides hand out gifts during the bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner.
Important Note: The maid of honor usually receives a bigger/more expensive gift than the rest of the ladies since she has put more effort into your wedding, bridal shower, and bachelorette party. And don’t forget about your flower girl!
Important Note: If your bridal shower has a host or hostess, don’t forget to give that person a gift as well! Some easy ideas: gift certificate to a nice restaurant, handwritten card, or bouquet.