Bridesmaids are your closest friends and family that give it their all to help your day be everything you've been dreaming it would be. They help organize all of the celebration parties along the way, handmake decorations, and help with the wedding set up. A gift is a way to thank them for being there with you and for them to look back on your big day with sweet memories. In this post, we're answering common questions and offering inspiration for bridesmaid gifts.
Are Bridesmaid Gifts Necessary?
Yes, bridesmaid gifts are a way to say thank you to those closest to you that have put in the time, expense, and effort to make your wedding day a success. Also, it's a memento of the special event to remember the big occasion.
Do You Get Your Maid of Honor an Extra Gift?
The maid of honor is your right-hand gal. She's organizing the bridal party, your designated dresser, and handling anything else that may come up. It's because of her increased role engagement that when looking for the maid of honor gifts, you may want to look for an elevated one from the bridesmaid gifts. There doesn't need to be two gifts.
How Much Do You Spend on Bridesmaid Gifts?
An average amount is between $75 and $150, depending on your budget. Another way to evaluate your spending range is to take 10-20% of their costs on your wedding day and try to spend something in that realm.
As noted in the above question, when thanking your maid of honor, her gift should be more elevated as she plays a more significant role. At the same time, be mindful of the differences you don't want too big of a gap between the maid of honor and bridesmaid gifts.
For tighter budgets, remember as long it's from the heart, they'll appreciate the sentiment. A heartfelt note of thanks, along with the gift, will add to its worth as well.
When to Give Your Bridesmaids Their Gifts?
Two great opportunities to give the bridesmaids their gifts are at the bachelorette party and the rehearsal dinner. Opting for the day of the wedding can be chaotic, it's one more thing for you to worry about, and they'd have to keep up with it. Plus, you may be gifting them something to wear for the occasion. If this is the case, it might be best to gift at the rehearsal dinner to limit the time to misplace anything.
What Gifts Do You Give to Bridesmaids?
This is a special thank you present, so personal, unique, or luxurious options are good to look for. It's also a keepsake for the wedding, so anything with their name and role on it would be an appropriate option as well. Do be careful of gifting props for your wedding. While they make for great photos, slippers labeled bridesmaid on the top may not be the way you want to say thank you. However, some gifts can serve a dual purpose, a robe with their monogram makes both pretty pictures and a personal gift for them to enjoy. Below are some bridesmaid gift ideas to help in your hunt for the perfect thank you present.
1. Modern Leather Clutch, $60+ Mark and Graham
This clutch has the option to monogram the front band.
2. Initial Necklace (Similar Style), $50+ at Dainty Personalized US
This delicate 14K gold necklace is personal with their initial and comes in gold, white gold, and rose gold.
3. Succulent Ring Dish, $85 at Waen
This ring dish is made from opal glass, has an array of colors for all bridesmaids' personalities, and makes for a beautiful keepsake.
4. Italian Herringbone Throw, $119+ at Mark and Graham
Monogram this soft throw, and they'll have a remembrance of your wedding in their home for years to come.
5. Travel Bag, $65 at Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique
This travel bag is perfect for a weekend getaway.
6. At-Home Facial Kit, $75 at Uncommon Goods
This at-home facial kit makes for a relaxing night-in.
7. Personalized Thank You Wine Bottle, $59 at Mark and Graham
This etched wine bottle is a sweet gift. They can enjoy their wine and then re-purpose the bottle for a lasting keepsake of your special day.
8. Leather Journal with Hand Painted Monogram, $100 at Leatherology
Add a fun bridesmaid pen to this leather journal. In the same link, there is a more cost-efficient printed monogram option at $70.
9. Personalized Women's Watch, $55+ Tipos Creations
Write them a sweet sentiment on the back of this watch.
10. Charging Bracelet, $99+ at Mark and Graham
They won't have to worry about their battery being low with this modern and sleek charging bracelet.
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11. Engraved Winesulator and Glasses, $89 at One Stop Engraving
This winesulator set is the perfect travel accessory for them to take their special someone on a picnic.
12. Leather Makeup Bag, $37+ at Keep In Your Mind
Your bridesmaids' names will look beautiful in script on these leather makeup bags.
13. Lace Robe, $99 at Mark and Graham
You add their monogram to the front or add their name on the back of this lace robe.
14. Just Breathe Spa Gift, $84 at Knack
After being focused on you, this spa gift set is perfect for them to have some me-time.
15. Drawstring Accessories Pouch, $40 at Leatherology
This leather accessories pouch will keep all of their small items organized.
16. Crochet Fur Slippers, $64 at Nena Knit
Fun and comfortable crochet fur slippers are sure to feel cozy and luxurious on the feet.
17. Hand Painted Floppy Hat, $69 at Mark and Graham
This personalized floppy hat is perfect for a day poolside.
18. Blanket Scarf, $49+ at Mark and Graham
This blanket scarf is versatile and cozy.
19. Bridesmaid Script Bracelet, $49 at Mark and Graham
A delicate and classic memento they can wear with almost any outfit.
20. Filigree Compact Mirror, $50 at Crystal Filigree
This compact mirror comes in a variety of colors and has Swarovski crystals on it.
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Are you still looking for groomsman gift ideas? Visit our Gifts for the Groomsmen post for tips and suggestions.
What Do You Put in a Bridesmaid Gift Box?
This is where you can group small specialty items. Bridesmaid gift boxes are a great opportunity for a theme. The themes can be catered to the individual bridesmaids, or they can tie into the theme of your wedding.
For bridesmaid gift box ideas, visit our Themes for Bridesmaid Gift Boxes post. There you'll find five themes with several possible combinations for any budget.
Be sure to share your favorite bridesmaid gift ideas below, or what you did for the bridesmaids in your wedding.
Until next time,
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