GIFTING THE GIRLS: Say Thank-You to Your Bridesmaids

Karen Bussen, Celebrity Wedding Planner & Author

So many brides ask me for ideas about what kind of gifts to get their bridesmaids. My most important advice is to think about your ladies and who they are. Some brides like to give all their girls the same gift, while others take the time to select individual presents to suit each one’s personality and style. Whichever works for you is fine, but giving some thought to your style and theirs will help you put something unique together.

You can present your presents on the wedding day itself or at a luncheon or get-together the week of the wedding. Below are some of my favorite picks for great bridesmaid gifts, but there is one essential thing you can’t buy that should be included: a handwritten, personal note to each bridesmaid thanking her for her love and support and telling her how much she means to you.

  • Glamorous Jewels: Jewelry is a classic bridesmaid gift. If you want to coordinate the ladies’ accessories for the big day, you can gift them with matching accessories, or select individual styles that will all harmonize, like these romantic earrings.
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  • Pampering Presents: I also love a theme-oriented “Girls Swag Bag.” If your wedding is chic and elegant, start with a pretty bag like this fabulous black and white tote. Then, fill it with bubble bath, lotion, a scented candle, an herbal eye pillow, even a makeup kit or your favorite beauty products.

  • Beach-Bound Gifts: If your celebration is in a fun, outdoorsy destination, consider handy, stylish tote bags in your wedding colors. You can personalize these with your maids’ names or initials. Just add flip-flops, a subscription to your favorite celebrity or fashion magazine, a pair of great sunglasses, and you’re good to go anywhere! I love the fashion-forward handles on these beach totes.

  • Toast-Worthy Treats: For “foodie” bridesmaids, check out these fabulous two-bottle wine totes. Visit your local wine shop and order a case of Cava, a Rose d’Anjou or Cabernet (buying a case often entitles you to a discount), stock these cute totes with two bottles each. Simply add a big satin ribbon, and help your ladies drink a toast to your love in style!

  • Personalized Presents: You can also give an experience rather than an object. Gift certificates for spa services (who doesn’t love a complimentary massage or mani-pedi?), dinners out at your favorite restaurant, tickets to an upcoming favorite concert, memberships to an art museum, or skydiving lessons! The key is to really think about your ladies and design something personal that will let them know how much you love and appreciate them. And don’t forget that personal note!
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