Bridal Party Thank You Gifts

When it comes to bridesmaid thank you gifts, make sure you choose something that truly makes your bridal party feel appreciated.  Keep in mind what it’s like being on the receiving end of those gifts and that should hopefully help you weed out the not-so-great gifts out there! 

So where do you start? 

First, think budget.  Figure out how much you can spend on each bridesmaid.  It’s important to spend roughly the same amount on each girl (say, if you are choosing different gifts for each of them) and slightly more for the maid / matron of honor.

Second, let’s start out by going over what not to get your girls.  Remember, anything you want your bridesmaids to wear for you is not a gift for them.  Items to avoid include;

-Tshirts that read “BRIDESMAID”

-Personalized bridesmaid panties

-Jewelry that you want them to wear on the wedding day

-Paying to have their hair done for the wedding

-Paying for the bridesmaid dresses

Ok, now that we have established items to stay away from, let’s get to the good stuff.  After speaking with several girls who have held the coveted role of “bridesmaid”, I have come up with a list of the top 10 gifts for today’s bridesmaid.   

1)  Manicures / Pedicures at a spa
Treat the girls to a day at the spa – either a few weeks before the wedding or a couple days before the wedding itself.  If this is something they would love, try to get a group deal and reserve some slots to have everyone go at once to enjoy each other’s company.  It can be a great day for everyone to get to know each other (if they don’t already) and just provides a relaxing atmosphere before the big day.  Some spas will even let you bring in some champagne so ask around!

2) Massages scheduled for the day after the wedding (gotta relieve all that dancing somehow!)

3) Jewelry that reflects their style (if a bridesmaid only wears silver and white gold, buying a yellow gold necklace as a thank you gift to them will just leave them rolling their eyes)

4) Gift certificates to each of their favorite restaurants or stores

5) Monogrammed tote bags or overnight bags  

6) Something unique to the location of your wedding (for instance, this would be great if you had a destination wedding)

7) Cosmetic bags filled with their favorite line of make up

8) Small Coach (or other designer) purses (I did this and the girls really seemed to like it)

9) Tiffany perfume (who can resist the little blue bag?)

10) iPod Shuffle

Just remember, what is most important is that you make your bridesmaids feel appreciated and that you put some thought into their gift.

Happy shopping!


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