Whether you’re on a tight wedding budget or the sky’s the limit, giving bridesmaid gifts is a must. Worried about the cost? Don’t break out in a cold sweat just yet. Remember, the most memorable bridesmaid gifts aren’t necessarily expensive — they’re personal, heartfelt, and hand-picked. Learn five secrets to giving bridesmaid gifts including when to give, when to shop, and the key to each gift.
5 Secrets to Giving Bridesmaid Gifts
1. Shop early.
When you’re buying a bridesmaid gift, particularly a custom-made one (handmade = awesome!), you’ll need to allow extra time for the item to be crafted. Also, you don’t need to add any stress of running around a few days before the wedding to frantically look for gifts. If you shop early, you’ll have more time to select the gift carefully, thus resulting in a better bridesmaid gift.
2. Shop equally.
Spend approximately the same amount on each bridesmaid gift.
3. Make sure the gift is functional.
The bridesmaid gift should be something she will actually use and/or wear. Gift ideas of something she will use includes a spa gift certificate, a tote bag, a jewelry roll, a gift card to a favorite store, or a clutch purse. Examples of a bridesmaid gift she will wear includes a piece of jewelry, a robe, an embroidered shirt, makeup / perfume / bath & body products, or a hair accessory. A functional gift is one she’ll treasure and use for years to come.
4. Avoid overly trendy items.
Stick to the basics. Jewelry – like pearls, monogram necklaces, or a simple pendant – are always in style. Another great idea: monogrammed robes. She can wear it while getting ready every day!
5. Give the gift the morning of the wedding.
The best time to give your girls their gifts is the morning of the wedding while (or before) getting ready. This is so you can have a little time to thank her personally. Prior to giving the gift, write a few lines in a card to convey your heartfelt appreciation. A few lines will do – keep it short, sweet, and sincere. Also, wrap the gift (or place in a pretty gift bag). If you’re giving robes to your girls, wear them while getting ready and make sure your photographer gets a few photos.
Like these? You can find more waffle robes like these here.
it wasn’t your day though, I understand that it was uncomfortable, and that sucks. BUT the bride shouldn’t have to shop for each girl like it’s her birthday, that’s pretty selfish and rude to be honest.the bride has enough to worry about.
Hi Kerri! Thanks for your honest opinion. We love to see both sides of the argument. Some people aren’t robe people, and that’s totally understandable. I like your motto – ‘shop for each girl individually’ – great advice. Thanks for stopping by!
Still trying to decide between the Mr./Mrs. Aprons and the robes. Love them both!
i have to say the personalized waffle robes, particularly the white with pink monogram has got to be my favorite!! :)
love the oversized monogrammed oxfords!
I have to say I’m obsessed with the monogram scarves :)
Love the over sized shirt with circle monogram!
I like the polka dots
still loving the waffle spa robes!
My favorite is still the waffle robe!
I like the pillow cases
This lacy clutch would be perfect for my dress :)
I like the Personalized Pillow Case with Circle Monogram!
Many thanks, Cindi
Love the Hot Pink Personalized Tote Bag with Ornate Layered Name and Initial
I would love to win these for my girls. They would love them!
the lingerie bag with name and corset is super cute!
I love the monogrammed robes and the t-shirts!
I like the Personalized Women’s Polka Dot Pajama Pants with Circle Monogram
I like the
Monogrammed Market Tote with Circle Monogram
I love anything monogrammed, so I adore the Monogram Manicure Nails!! It would be so cute with the monogram robes for my girlfriend weekends!
Wow these are exactly what I am looking for! My girls totally deserve these!
Great idea! Would love to win :)
Would love these for my girls!! Would make for cute pictures!
Personalized Waffle Robes!
Love the robes, fingers crossed :)
I like the aprons
bridal chair sashes
Such great ideas! Thanks for posting :)
Still loving the robes and Mr. And Mrs. Aprons
Love the robes. Still hoping to win!
The Beach Towel Personalized with Circle Monogram would make a wonderful gift…Thanks, Cindi
I like the Personalized Fleece Blanket with Circle Monogram
The Personalized Chef Hat is so cute! Perfect for our new home :)
checked out this site again, there are so many cute things on here and great gift ideas! the personalized bridal soffee shorts would be so cute to wear while getting ready! would go perfect w/ the monogrammed button-ups!
I love the bridal wedding chair sashes
I love the monogramed watches
Hoping to win this one for my ladies!
I love the Chevron Weekender Bag Personalized with Fancy Script Monogram
<3 the aprons!
still loving the waffle spa robe!
Love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram. Would be so fun getting ready with my girls in those!
love these tips
The oversized shirts with monograms would be perfect for my girls while we’re getting ready!
I love these monogrammed robes! My plan is to put these with mini mimosa kits for each one of my five bridesmaids the morning of my wedding. Being comfy plus cocktails = a perfect pre wedding party with my favorite ladies!!
I love the Personalized Women’s Apron with Bride. I think it’s so cute and would definitely wear it to cook for my future hubby.
Love the monogrammed waffle robes and oversized button up t-shirts! Would love those for my bridesmaids!
I love the monogram robes. I would love to win these for my girls!
The waffle robes are my favorite!
Chevron Beach Bag Personalized with Circle Monogram is great!
I really like the Women’s Full-Zip Hooded Sherpa Jacket with Circle Monogram
Love these robes!
I like the Personalized Scarf Cashmere Feel with Fancy Script Monogram
Monogrammed robes are the perfect bridesmaid gift! And of course I’d love one for myself :)
I love the idea of monogram robes for getting ready in the morning of the wedding and pictures are a must!
The Personalized Anchor robes would be perfect for my girls! The navy color matches their dresses exactly.
I would love the monogrammed robes for my bridal party!
I love the monogrammed over sized button up shirts – can’t decide between those or robes for my girls! Both options (from ya’ll) are so cute!
I love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram :)
checked out the site again today, love the market totes! would be perfect for gathering everything in the back of the car/suv!
Love the Personalized Lingerie Bag with Circle Monogram
I love the personalized Mr. and Mrs. apron set.
robes are perfect for bridesmaid and cute tumbler would be perfect for flower girls!
i absolutely love the look of the name layered with the initial of the velour spa wrap
i also really love the monogramed pillow cases. perfect for a new marriage
I love the Personalized Tote Bag and Floppy Hat Set with Circle Monogram! Perfect for beach getaways and days at the pool!
Love the monogram oversized shirts. Just talked to my maid of honor about getting those or robes!
Oh my goodness! I know this is for the girls, but LOVE the market tote for the fellas (for tailgating) and the waffle spa robes for the girlies!
The Monogram Bridesmaid Robe with Circle Monogram Style are fabulous! Thanks, Cindi
I absolutely LOVE the Mr. Right/Mrs. Always Right aprons. These are too cute and too cute! :)
I absolutely LOVE the Mr. Right/Mrs. Always Right aprons! These are too cute and too true! :)
I love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram and Embroidered Cuffs.
I love the pillowcases
I love the robes and the phone cases!
Love the oversize white shirt with Embroidered cuffs
Love the monogrammed pillowcases, how neat!
It makes your wonderful friends feel so special if you gift them with something worthwhile….love the personalized robe idea! :)
The Personalized Cosmetic Bag with Ornate Layered Name is also pretty cool!
I love the name and corset lingere bags
I love the oversized shirts too! Man, thats an awesome idea!
Love the Navy Bride Waffle Robe with Fancy Script Monogram & Back Personalization!
checked out the shop again today b/c there are just so many cute items! love the monogram oversize buttom up shirts for getting ready on your wedding day!
The robes are so elegant and classy I love them!
The monogrammed waffle robe is definitely my favorite!
I love the monogrammed watches too!
<3 the monogram waffle robeee
The personalized Soffe shorts are awesome!
I love the white oversized shirts :)
Beautiful Robes and great Idea for a bridesmaid gift. Perfect for those ‘getting ready’ wedding pictures!
Definitely getting the Blue Striped Oversized Shirts with circle monograms for my bridesmaids! Love the hot pink embroidery on the pockets and the cuffs!
The spa wraps are such a cute idea!!!
I love these robes!
I love these robes! They would make an amazing gift.
Definitely need the Monogram Waffle Spa robes for my bridesmaids!
I love the robes, it would be such a great gift!
Love these robes, great idea. Still trying to pick out my bridesmaids gifts. I am looking for something that would be memorable and meaningful to them and me.
In love with the robes!! This is the best gift idea ever.
I love the chevron wristlet clutch!
The Monogram Waffle Spa Robe with Fancy Script Monogram would be such a fun gift to give…Thanks, Cindi
I LOVE the personalized waffle spa robe with circle monogram! So perfect for the morning of!!
So many helpful ideas!! The robes are my favorite.
Loving the Chevron Wristlet Clutch Personalized with Circle Monogram!!
My plan was to do monogram necklaces, what a perfect add on. Plus it’s so personal :)
The velour spa robes look so comfy!!
the market totes are so cute and functional!
Im in love with the “Personalized Waffle Spa Robe with Ornate Layered Name” they are gorg!
The personalized women’s seer sucker pajama shorts with circle monogram are super cute!
Absolutely LOVE the Monogram Bridesmaid Robe with Circle Monogram!!!! This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for to give my girls! Being on such a tight budget since I was laid off, I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to give them that I could afford AND they would like!
Monogrammed robes are the perfect idea! Getting these no matter what! :)
I love this IDEA!! How cute are these robes!
Love the towels and robes. Great ideas for bridesmaids!
I love the cosmetic pouches!
I LOVE these robes. So classy.
The robes are so classy!
I love the three letter monogrammed tote bags! Handy and classic!
Monogram bridesmaid robe with circle monogram! So classic!
I love the Blue Striped Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram
Love the waffle robes! Every girl should have an adorable robe for lounging! My bridesmaids would love these!
This would be such a great gift for my bridesmaids. I hope I win!
These are too cute! I like this idea! I like the Personalized Layered Name with Initial
Personalized Waffle Spa Robe with Name is my favorite – wish it came in terry!
I really do like the waffle monogram robes, they’re my favorite item!
I love the waffle robes, they are so adorable.
I love the waffle robes, but I also am loving the monogrammed oversized shirts. So cute!
I am in love with the waffle monogram robes!!
Absolutely love the white oversized monogrammed button ups! I have been looking for some to possibly purchase for my bridesmaids and those are perfect!
I am in love with the monogrammed white oversized shirts!
I love these robes!
I really like the personalized waffle robes! White for me, and maybe light pink for my bridesmaids. I’d particularly like to win this giveaway because I’d find out on my birthday! Would be an awesome gift :)
I love the personalized aprons and chef hats! Super cute!!
Love the waffle robes!!!
Great ideas! Although, I usually think jewelery is somewhat overused. If you are going to use jewelery, I would suggest making sure it’s not something that is meant for the wedding but something they will be likely to wear many times!
Toby, Great point. Plus, ‘Bridesmaid’ specific items are never going to be used again, so it is a great idea to go with something more long-term. Thanks for your comment!
I love the pocket T’s & oversized monogrammed button ups!
The Personalized Bridesmaid Robes with Elegant Script Monogram are super cute! My bridesmaids would LOVE these! :)
so many cute items and ideas on this site! love the seersucker bag and koozie gift set! perfect for summer!
I love these personalized robes! They look so comfy!
Would LOVE to win these for my bridesmaids and myself!
I love the cooking aprons! So cute!
I absolutely love these robes! What a great idea to make the wedding party feel special and pampered on the big day!
Personalized Waffle Spa Wrap with Name (hot pink with black writing)
I had never thought of doing personalized aprons before! If you all get together to cook your cookie favors the week before or something like that then those would be so sweet! And they would have some really great memories attached.
I really like the Personalized Bridesmaid Robe with Elegant Script Monogram (5 or more)!!! I hope to get these for my bridesmaids!
These robes are great, I also love the personalized knee high boot socks, so cute!
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