On your wedding day, your big, special, perfect day, who is it that you can count on for anything? Yep, that’s right, your bridesmaids! They do everything for you from giving you a pep talk when your feet turn cold, to throwing you a fantastic bachelorette party, to dashing out for pantyhose or mouthwash 20 minutes before you walk down the aisle! Where would you be without these lovely ladies? Don’t forget to express your heartfelt thanks to them in a creative way. Here are 7 great gift ideas for your bridesmaids that carry a meaning but won’t break the bank.
Consider giving them a piece of jewelry that they can wear on the wedding day. It could be something classic like diamonds or pearls (not real of course!) or it could be colored gems that match your wedding colors! You may even give them hair jewelry or a clip with sparkly stones in it to wear in their hair! A great place to find stuff would be claire's or icing by claire's, they usually carry gorgeous but inexpensive jewelry and hair combs. Make sure they all match in order to keep things looking co-coordinated and to avoid hurt feelings!
2. Something Personalized
Giving personalized gifts shows that you really put some though into what you chose! There’s a lot of different things you can choose to personalize including bags, wallets, necklaces, t-shirts, hoodies, flip-flops, pillowcases, stationary or hair ribbons. You can personalize most of these items yourself, either by embroidery or with fabric paint, or you can order them from online. Any of these items are sure to please!
3. A Picture in a Frame
Nothing could be appreciated more than a memory to treasure forever! You could give each of your maids a picture in a frame with a nice card thanking them for being there for you and giving you their support on your special day! It could be a picture of just the two of you together or you could have one shot of the whole group with you and then make as many copies as needed to give to your lovely ladies. Whichever way you decide to go this will be a big hit with plenty of “ooooh’s” and “ahhhhhh’s”!
4. A Manicure
Now tell me, what girl doesn’t love to be pampered? This is a GREAT idea, and one that will thrill your girls! All of you could go together and have your nails done for the wedding. It would be a perfect opportunity to spend some quality girl time together and relax amidst all the wedding planning and stress. If you can’t afford to go to a spa, check out local beauty colleges that usually provide the same service at half the cost. If that’s still not in the budget, consider buying some fake nails and polish and throwing your own “spa party” and do everyone’s nails for them. The gift of your time could be the most valuable gift of all!
5. Gift Cards
If you are one of those people who have a phobia of giving gifts because you have no clue what to choose, take a deep breath and calm down. Here’s an idea that’s a winner for everyone! Give each of your girls a gift card or certificate for something they could use or love to do. Some ideas include a massage, a fave restaurant, Wal-Mart, the mall, or a movie rental store. Keep in mind that you don’t have to give them $50 on the card, $10-$20 is sufficient. My suggestion would be in order to avoid jealousy or hurt feelings, keep all the gift cards to the same place.
6. Go to Lunch
If you live in a big city where there are a lot of nice restaurants, a great idea would be for you to take all of your ladies to lunch together! Pick a day when you won’t be rushed and can take your time, and be sure and order dessert for everybody. Don’t go to a place like McDonalds or Arby’s, instead think of a more elegant place where you could dine in peace and quiet. The olive garden, longhorn steakhouse, ruby Tuesday, or cheddars are a few upscale, but not too expensive places for you to consider.
If the dresses you chose for the bridal party to wear didn’t come with shoes, or have a matching pair you could order, this is a fantastic gift idea! It would probably be beneficial to let all the girls come along to try on the shoes and get a perfect fit. Unless you want them to all wear the same style they could also pick the pair they love! Don’t forget to bring along a swatch of the dress material so you can match the shoes to the dress! A good tip to remember is if you only have certain amount of money that you can spend, gently and politely tell your bridesmaids before you arrive at the store that you only have x-amount of money to spend per pair of shoes. I’m sure your sweet friends will be considerate of this and choose accordingly!
Make an effort to show how much you appreciate each of your closest friends celebrating the happiest day of your life right by your side! Each of these ideas are unique and inspiring, with a lot of thought put into them. I’m sure your bridesmaids will be thrilled just to share in your wonderful day without a gift of any kind, but when you let them know how valuable their friendship and loyalty is to you, it will pay off in more ways than you imagined!