Maybe you popped the question to your ladies in a Pinterest-worthy fashion, or you couldn’t bear to even wait and sent a text somewhat like, “OMG! He just proposed!! Please be my bridesmaid!”
Whichever way you went, there’s no doubt that you’ll be considering what to gift each special lady that will be standing by your side on the most important day of your life.
Your ladies are important people, and this gift can symbolize their significance to you in your life. Whether you want to give them a daily reminder to wear, like this Alex and Ani Bridesmaid Charm Bracelet ($34) (there’s a MoH one, too!), or you would prefer a photo in a frame post-wedding, let’s figure out how unique these ladies (and fellows) are and what gifts would suit them best.
(Scroll down for a few gifts that you can get ALL the girls!)
The Childhood Friend
Whether you were die-hard Grey’s Anatomy friends (“You’re my Person” necklace from Etsy [$45]) or she’d ugly cry over your handmade scrapbook with childhood memories, a letter of appreciation and love, and an empty page for a photo from your wedding (and maybe a page for hers!) ($20), you’re bound to get her in the heart.
A classic favorite is the grown up version of the childhood split necklace, Best Friends Split Heart Keepsake necklace by Her Silver Lining on Etsy ($90) or the Soul Sisters necklace by Bryan Anthony ($39).
All your bridesmaids are full of love, or else you wouldn’t be friends. There’s that one friend that has a heart for giving. She’ll be touched by this amazing gift that gives back, the Giving Keys necklace ($56) are stamped with the word HOPE, DREAM or LOVE. When they wearer feels that someone else needs that encouragement more than they do, they gift the necklace to that person and pay it forward. (Also comes in keychains, bracelets, and earrings).
Gorgeous Punjammies are crafted by rescued human-trafficking victims or potential victims. Every purchase contributes to advocating, empowering and employing women who have escaped from human-trafficking. Your bridesmaid can enjoy these beautiful and comfortable pieces of clothing with total peace of mind. Visit Sudara‘s website to pick the perfect piece for her.
She’s always got your back when you want to try a new sport or exercise, and she’s likely to be the DD since she prefers water over liquor. Do a double gift by wrapping up this super in trend Drink Up Silver Swell water bottle ($45) that also gives 10% of the proceeds to the Drink Up Foundation.
Sephora is her happy place and thank God she can tell you how to wear your make up the right way. She didn’t let you leave the house with tiger stripes on your cheeks when you tried mastering the contour, and you’re ready to recognize her expertise with this personalized Yves Saint Laurent lip color ($34-$40). Best of all, the customization is free!
Send her to a local-to-her spa by checking out SpaFinder and get her a gift card to let her feel her best.
Maid of Honor or the Southern Belle
None of her items are ever lost because her monogram is on everything and she’ll LOVE these elegant monogrammed cut-out necklaces ($249) from Mark & Graham! This gift is on the more expensive end, which makes it a perfect candidate for a very special Maid/Matron of Honor.
Maybe she’s not a chef and just really enjoys cooking. She’s always got a scrumptious dish ready for devouring when you come over, or she’s the first to bring a warm meal to someone in need. An epicurean precision chef board from Williams Sonoma ($35), customized recipe box ($70) or an engraved cutting board ($45) from Lillian Vernon will help her kitchen feel a little extra special.
Haute Couture Friend
Always in style, your trendy bridesmaid will love your Kate Spade clutch gift ($198) to help keep her in style and feminine.
Trends come and go, but she also loves a classic look. Recognize her timeless style with a BHLDN gold compact mirror ($25) that she can put in her day bag.
BridesMAN or Man of Honor
We’ve all had that amazing friend that just wasn’t one of the girls, but he was there rooting for you and your fiancé before there was that pretty bling on your hand. Custom guitar pick Her Silver Lining ($27) is a great way to say, “Thanks!” to that guy that’s been right there with you and your ladies.
For a more classical gift, try- these personalized silver cufflinks ($70) with his initials.
Pick him a themed Man Crate that’ll guarantee he’ll know you’re grateful for his friendship.
Help him feel his best with a Sandalwood Starter Shave Kit from The Art of Shaving ($30)
Rather just get your entire bridal party a royal treat they can wear on the day of as well as any special occasion in their life? This beautiful set of earrings ($60) from BHLDN will glam them up as they stand by your side, and let them have a beautiful set for their next celebration. Let them feel like princesses on the day you feel like a queen.
Looking for those awesome robes? There’s tons of shops online that carry them, but some of the most beautiful and comfortable I’ve seen were the bridesmaids robes from Plum Pretty Sugar! You can get them individually or groupings with various sizes (knee- or ankle-length) and designs to flatter everyone. Add some personalized wine glasses ($10) for those getting-ready mimosas they’ll enjoy with you the morning before you walk down the aisle.
Don’t worry about getting a wedding day specific gift. While this is your day, this is your friendship that you’re also celebrating and saying, “Hey, thanks for being here for me!” We all wants gifts that will stay with us for a while. You can never go wrong with thinking about each person (if you want to do individual gifts) and knowing, Lauren would love this new book, Kelly loves trying new wines…. Go with your gut. After all, they’re your best friends!