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.
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