I know you want to buy a thoughtful gift for your bridal party gals, so I’m here to help! One trend I’ve noticed while publishing many real weddings over the years is that gift (and favor) items come engraved with the bride and groom’s wedding date or initials. Personally, I don’t fully understood this practice. I get that it is exciting to share your wedding date with all your friends and family. However, after the wedding is over, who really needs a drink koozie with your wedding date?
JMHO, but the reality is that all those customized bridesmaid gifts ultimately find their way to a garage sale some day. Then, some random guy comes along one early Saturday morning and says, “Hmmm, Jen & Matt’s wedding mug, nice! I’ll buy that for $0.25 please.” Do you really want your wedding date and names on a mug that now sits in a kitchen cupboard of some random stranger’s house?
I didn’t think so.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of the best bridesmaid gifts this year they’ll actually use, all at affordable price points!
To all my wedding couples out there: these are bridal party gift options that can be used for a long time after the wedding date. These are the type of gifts that the receiver will fondly reminisce over the wonderful time they had at your wedding. Most importantly, the gift ideas below are free of tacky wedding date or initials!
Best Bridesmaid Gifts
What do bridesmaids really want for gifts?
1. Gold Initial Jewelry Necklace
A dainty gold filled necklace makes a sweet gift for your ladies for everyday wear. Pretty enough to pair with the bridesmaid’s attire and perfect for layering with other necklaces long after the wedding day. Just make sure to put their initials, not yours! 😛
2. Druzy Jewelry Necklace
If you know your bridesmaids are the types to appreciate a little bling, add some sparkle to their initials with a druzy design. Let your bridesmaids shine on all day (and night) with a necklace that will glitter and shimmer with every spin on the dance floor.
3. Custom Stacking Bracelet
These slim, stackable bracelets are a brilliant way to show how much you appreciate your besties. Pick the quotes or phrases that mean the most to you. Mix and match so that all of your bridesmaids get just the right combination to suit their special role in your life!
4. Custom Initial Ring
Sweet and discreet, I think this custom initial ring is as perfect a wedding day treat as it is for everyday wear. Your bridesmaids will rock a gift like this to the office as well as on nights out. Plus, they’re sure to love a gift that’s so personalized and flexible.
Made from 925 Sterling Silver and gold plated.
5. Crystal Earrings Cluster Stud
For something a little more traditional, why not indulge a love of sparkles with a pair of crystal cluster earrings? They’ll pair well with bridesmaid dresses in all sorts of styles, and will be a firm favourite for years to come.
6. Custom Initial Ring Dishes
Mix things up a little with this gift from top Etsy seller ModParty. Instead of giving your favourite gals a piece of jewlery, give them a special place to store all the rings they already own and love. These classy dishes are great for keeping precious bits and pieces safe.
Bridesmaids Accessory Gift Ideas
7. Silk Robes as Gifts for Bridesmaids
A fun photo I see from real weddings all the time is the bride and her bridesmaids each wearing matching fabulous floral print silk robes while they get ready on the morning of the wedding day. Look cute in matching silk robes as the champagne cork pops, hair spraying begins, and your girlies get all dolled up!
8. Cotton Robes for Bridesmaids
For an understated, chilled out vibe on the big day, you could swap in these delightful cotton robes. The colors are simple and tasteful and the lace detailing really makes them pop. Slip into cotton robes while you’re all getting ready together and make sure you’re ready for a super stylish photo shoot.
9. A Pashmina Scarf
You can’t go wrong with giving your fashionista girls a beautiful pashmina for spring and summer weddings, especially if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony. A pastel colored pashmina is a fab way to cover up through wind or shine. Once the sun goes down, your lovely bridesmaids will have a soft shawl to keep them warm until they hit the dance floor.
10. Faux Fur Wrap
On the flip side, if you are having a winter wedding you’ll want a way to keep your girls nice and cosy all day long. Gift them a beautiful faux fur wrap that will leave them feeling snug and oh-so-glam, no matter how chilly it is outside!
11. Bridesmaids Clutches
How stunning are these vintage clutches? Each bridesmaid could have a unique pattern of her own while still coordinating with an overall color palette. Perfect for the day of as well as long after the wedding.
12. Bridesmaids Flats
Your best girls are sure to look killer in a pair of heels, but they’re also guaranteed to be on their feet 24/7 on your big day. Give their toes a rest with some matching bridesmaids flats that will complement your outfits to perfection. These are so pretty, you’ll probably find your friends dancing round their living rooms in them long after the weeding.
Unique (and Useful) Wedding Day Gift Ideas
13. Custom Hanger
Special dresses or outfits deserve a special hanger, and these lovely designs mean you can personalize everybody’s dressing spot. Your bridesmaids will be able to take their hanger home as a cute and practical memento. Plus, having everyone’s name on an individual hanger will definitely save any confusion on the big day.
14. Wedding Umbrella
Wedding day rain is a source of stress for many brides, but don’t forget it is also good luck! If you are getting married during rainy season or in a climate that has a high probability of rain, give your ladies a cute Totes Dotted Bubble Umbrella to use on your wedding day.
15. Water Bottle
My advice to brides and bridesmaids: drink lots of water on the day of the wedding!
A water bottle from S’wells is both fashionable and super functional. Made from BPA free double-walled stainless steel, this water bottle will keep your cold beverages chilled for 24 hours, and hot water going for 12 hours.
With a vacuum seal that keeps carbonation and liquids fresh, and doesn’t leak or sweat either, which is doubly amazing and important for when you are all gussied up on the big day. Nobody wants big water splotches on their new dress before walking down the aisle.
The water bottle comes in a number of beautiful designs, so everyone can have their own unique water bottle, making this a smart and functional bridesmaid gift.
16. Personalized Wine Glass
Who doesn’t love a personalized wine glass? Your besties will be able to keep an eye on their drinks all night long.
Then once the wedding day is over, they can wind down after a long work week to enjoy a glass of their favorite wine in their custom glass.
17. Unique Bridesmaid Thank You Mugs
Tea? Coffee? Two sugars or one?
I’m a coffee drinker and always love a cool mug design. You cannot go wrong with this sweet Eye Lash or personalized girly mug.
18. Minimergency Kit for Weddings
Maybe a little self serving as it will come in handy for the big day, but this cute bag is perfect long after the wedding day. Get 21 wedding day essentials, or keep it in the car and you have everyday essentials for on the go.
19. Hair Tie Bracelet
How many girl friends do you know that forever have their staple hair elastic around their wrist?
If you’re anything like me, you know the annoyance of carrying the unsightly black elastic hair tie. Here is a fantastic solution, and one your bridesmaids will be grabbing for once they hit the dance floor. Gift them the awesome and innovative cuff bracelet that doubles as a hair tie holder. In fact, you may even want to gift this present to yourself too!
Destination Wedding Bridesmaids Gift Ideas
20. Monogram Makeup Bag
If your friends have makeup collections that are even halfway as disorganized as mine, they’re going to love these cute monogrammed bags. Holidays, weekends breaks, and even messy dressing tables can all have a mini-makeover with a makeup bag that marks your wedding day.
21. Personalized Round Beach Towel
This is a really sweet choice for those saying their vows by the sea or a wedding party staying at a resort with a hotel pool. It’ll also go down well if you and your gal pals travel a lot together. Use the personalized towels as a starting point for planning your next girly trip, post-wedding!
22. Leather Luggage Tag
What do you give ladies who love to travel? A gorgeous leather tag to help them keep an eye on their luggage as they’re hopping on and off flights. Have them monogrammed and choose your wedding colours for the background for a little memento that will make your girlies think of good times forever more.
23. Personalized Jute Tote
You can never have enough tote bags, right? I have a LOT of tote bags, I love them.
They’re super handy for shopping and trips to the beach or gym. Everyone loves a classy version like this. Skip slogans like bridesmaids or bride’s crew and have their individual names or initials put on the bags — a gift they’ll want to use again and again.
Gift Ideas for After the Wedding
24. Spa Candle
by Jo Malone
Organizing a wedding can be stressful. Let your bridesmaids de-stress with a beautifully smelling spa candle from Jo Malone. This lovely glass candle is filled with highly fragrant scent of clementine leaves, orange blossom and water lily will infuse any room with evocative scent that will last for hours. It comes packaged in a beautifully wrapped box that will make for a perfect candle gift. (Ps. Orange Blossom was Kate Middleton’s signature scent that burnt throughout Westminster Abbey on her big day!)
25. Nail Polish
Smaller gifts work too. What bridesmaid doesn’t love receiving a bright bottle of nail lacquer!?
Mix and match different red and pink colors from Essie.
26. Spa Gift Certificate
Your bridesmaids deserve the chance to really chill out and unwind after your special day. Why not spoil them with a gift certificate for a nearby spa? This can stretch to meet your budget – anything from a quick facial to a full massage and day by the pool.
27. Limited Edition Art
Give your ladies something extra special – pick out a limited edition piece of artwork they can hang on their walls. You could commission a unique print that symbolizes your friendship, or there’s the beautiful option of framing a custom poem or quote.
28. Personalized Bridesmaid Gift Bag
Here’s the one gift add-on that you have our permission to cover in slogans and wedding chat! Pop whatever gifts you choose into an adorable, personalized gift bag and make it as wedding-branded as you like.
29. Modern Gift Basket Set
Nothing says ‘thank you for all your love, help and support’ quite like a gift basket of pampering treats!
Inspired to buy your bridesmaids something that they will love and use for many occasions to come?
When your best girl friends say yes to taking on the roll of a bridesmaids (especially Maid of Honor), they are putting a lot of time and effort to make sure your big day will be perfect. Make sure you take time to get them something meaningful and long lasting.
Need to find out what else you need to buy for your wedding day?
Check out our The Ultimate List of Things to Buy For Your Wedding post to find out!