Giving a bridesmaid gift is a way to say thank you for being a part of your wedding. Your bridesmaids give a lot of time, attention, and money to make the wedding perfect for the you, the bride. This can include helping with the shower, planning the bachelorette party, answering a million questions, and spending money on things like a bridesmaid dress, hair, makeup, shoes, and gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and wedding. That’s a lot of work! Give your bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor) a great gift that is both thoughtful and sincere – she’ll appreciate it!
Select a unique gift for each bridesmaid
While it is okay to give each bridesmaid the same gift, say, a robe or a blanket or shawl, make sure that your personalize it by choosing each’s favorite color. But it might be more special to choose a gift that fits each of the ladies’ personal tastes or interests. For example how about an embroidered Trendz workout tote for the exercise enthusiast or a wine carrier for the wine lover?
Or, for the avid reader, how about a cool e-reader cover or an engraved bookmark?
Most ladies like a great “on the go” tote like the ones shown below that are attractive but that can hold a lot of items for a busy lifestyle.
Make sure that the gift is something that she can use again
If you are getting all of the ladies matching robes or wraps, make sure it is something that she will want to wear long after the wedding. A comfy robe with her initial or name embroidered on it is perfect. Or a warm embroidered blanket that she will use for years to come.
What not to give your bridesmaids
Do not give them something with “bridesmaid” written on it like the shirt that your bridesmaids wear to the girls’ night out party as their gift. That should be given in addition to the special gift. Also, don’t give them anything with your wedding monogram on it … that is okay for favors, but not as a personal gift.
The best time to give your bridesmaid gift
The best time to give your bridesmaid gift is the morning of the wedding, either while getting ready or sometime before the ceremony especially if the gift is for getting ready (a robe), carried (a clutch), or worn (jewelry). If the gift is for the home or hobby-related, give the gift at the rehearsal dinner so she doesn’t have to carry it around or find a place to store it at the wedding.
Always include a personal note with the gift
Let her know how much you appreciate everything that she did for the wedding and her friendship. Be specific and make sure the note is handwritten. It means so much more.