Bridesmaids Gifts: What to Get Your Girls

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When considering how to buy gifts for your bridesmaids, I have one piece of advice: Do not think of them as goodie bags. There was a time and a place for those plastic baggies stuffed with candy and clearance-item doodads, but I think we all agree you should show your wedding party a little bit more creativity. Here are some ways of thinking about bridesmaids gifts that avoid conventionality and overspending.

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Mini Birthday Presents

This is a way to avoid the unimpressive uniformity of gift bags. Instead of packing a basket with the same generic chocolate and wine for each person, take into consideration their personal taste. Choose white or red depending on what they seem to prefer, or simply take the time to ask what their favorite bottle was. The same process goes for the chocolates: find out what their guilty pleasure is, even if that means buying a king-sized butterfinger. They will notice and appreciate the thought you set aside for them during the hectic planning process of your wedding. Also, don’t underestimate the power of capitalizing on a good inside joke. Of course, this wine and chocolate example is just a way to highlight the importance of putting a personal touch on the gift, regardless of what it actually is; let your creativity, imagination, and specific relationships guide your choices.

Bridesmaids Gifts: What to Get Your Girls

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A Reverse Wedding Registry

Another way to pamper your most prized gals is to consider utility and what you yourself have asked for. When they buy items off of your bridal registry, they probably get thinking about a few ideas for themselves — after all that shopping, I know I’d be chomping at the bit for new towels and kitchen utensils! Careful not to edge too far on pure usefulness; keep them fun, too. Consider quirky wine openers or unique aromatherapy candles, whimsical measuring cups and uniquely-shaped cutting boards…something with personality (another way to individualize!) that also serves a purpose.

Bridesmaids Gifts: What to Get Your Girls

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Wedding Inspiration

Why not think of the gifts as extensions of your wedding? Don’t worry, this isn’t self-centered; it is a way of making the gifts more unique, and they can serve as tokens of this special time in your lives. They are your closest friends, after all, and this is a time of shared happiness that you all can remember fondly. If your wedding is outdoors, some fresh-inspired ideas include making personalized flower pots and including pouches of seeds for seasonal vegetables, plants, or flowers that they are known to love. If your wedding is more of a romantic evening affair, perhaps handmade wax candles are in order, or tins of different kinds of loose tea. Again, let yourself be inspired by what’s around you.

Bridesmaids Gifts: What to Get Your Girls

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Experiential

Just like your wedding, a gift for your bridesmaids can also be something to actively enjoy. Instead of a tangible or wrappable item, consider booking them all tried-and-true spa appointments. It may seem like an overdone idea, but I think there is something to that. Who couldn’t use some pure, unadulterated R&R? There’s plenty of variety out there in terms of spas and treatment packages, so get creative when it comes to specifics. If you’ve got an adventurous group, go ahead and book one of those crazy fish pedicures.  Or, if working on a tighter budget, give them the means to create a spa night on their own. Check out Etsy for deals on handcrafted soap and bath salts. The same idea could be transferred to mani/pedis — pick an assortment of their favorite colors for that personal touch!

Bridesmaids Gifts: What to Get Your Girls

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Whatever you route you take, whether it be one of these ideas or something you think of on your own, you can’t go wrong so long as you leave a personal mark.

About the Author:

Morgan is a young writer with a degree in English and Media Studies based out of New York. She has recently been asked to be her sister’s Maid of Honor and has subsequently fallen in love with everything wedding. Despite a slight fetish for stationary, she has taken to the online world to share her words of wisdom.

Thank you for this helpful post, Morgan!

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