It may be easy to overlook this when you’re knee-deep in wedding preparations, but your future bridesmaids may very well be your greatest allies throughout the entire process. From stuffing hundreds of envelopes to helping the bride shop for her wedding dress and accessories, a bridesmaid has many things on her plate. That’s why it’s customary to reward your bridesmaids with a special gift bag for all of their hard work. While the actual gifts you end up giving will likely be more symbolic than anything else, it’s always a good idea to put some time and effort into picking out just the right things. With that in mind, here are five unique gift ideas for bridesmaids that you should consider:
1. Matching robes
Robes make for wonderful gift ideas because they can be personalized for each bridesmaid, while at the same time conforming to a similar style. It’s usually best to go with thin, one-size-fits-all Kimono robes that will work well for any occasion. If you want, you can pick out a different colour for each bridesmaid, but make sure it falls in accordance with each person’s particular taste. Whatever you do, it’s essential that you add a monogram to the robes, so that your bridesmaids will forever have something to remember your wedding day by.
Jewellery is another popular choice for a gift, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love getting some beautiful trinkets on such a special day? Of course, it also helps to know your bridesmaids’ taste before you purchase anything. Maybe one of them just loves wearing dainty necklaces, while another has a strong preference for emerald earrings. Ask around and see what you can find, then buy the appropriate item of jewellery for each bridesmaid. Try to focus on costume jewellery that the girls will be able to wear to your wedding as well as any other special events they might have lined up in the future.
3. Cosmetic Bags
Weddings can be notoriously fickle environments where many things can go wrong. Help your favorite girls by providing them with a cosmetic bag that doubles as an emergency kit. It should be small and cute enough to be easily carried around, but large enough to contain the various assortment of helpers and fixers they need, including essential makeup products, hairspray, fashion tape, mints, nail polish and the like. These bags can also be matched with your aforementioned robes as far as colouring goes, and they’re also perfect for being embroidered with your wedding monogram as well.
4. Their drink of choice
This is where you really get to use your imagination. Every person is different, but chances are you’ve picked your closest friends to be your bridesmaids, so you probably know a little bit about their drinking habits. Some may prefer a fine wine, while others might be fans of whiskey or other spirits, and those who abstain from alcohol altogether, may have a favourite type of coffee bean or exotic tea. No matter what you choose, however, make sure you pack this gift in a special cotton bag with a personalized dedication on it.
5. A personalized thank-you card
Often, there is no gift that can better sum up your gratitude towards your bridesmaids than a good old-fashioned thank-you card, so go with a professionally-designed one that packs a real visual punch. If you want, feel free to inscribe a personal message to each of your friends. A great method is to send scratch-off cards that hide your message behind the drawing. They’ll be delighted to see your feelings for them expressed in such a creative manner. At the end, always remember to pack the card in a perfumed envelope for an extra touch of elegance.
As you can see, there is more than one option available for when you want to show your appreciation for the time and effort that your fellow bridesmaids have put towards your wedding. Always remember that treasuring their friendship is the most important thing you can do, and that gifts are merely a way to express your special connection. With your wedding day being one of the most important days of your life, it makes sense for it to be an event that strives to bring the closest people in your life together.