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5 Secrets to Giving the Best Bridesmaid Gifts

by Emma Arendoski

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.

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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.


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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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Like these? You can find more waffle robes like these here.



customized wine glasses


Happy Planning!


-E.

145 comments

145 comments

Rebecca May 11, 2014 - 6:47 pm

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.

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Emma | Emmaline Bride October 18, 2013 - 4:35 pm

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!

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Charee August 2, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Still trying to decide between the Mr./Mrs. Aprons and the robes. Love them both!

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Toni August 1, 2013 - 10:21 pm

i have to say the personalized waffle robes, particularly the white with pink monogram has got to be my favorite!! :)

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Mallory N August 1, 2013 - 9:13 pm

love the oversized monogrammed oxfords!

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Shaina August 1, 2013 - 8:32 pm

I have to say I’m obsessed with the monogram scarves :)

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Apryl G. August 1, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Love the over sized shirt with circle monogram!

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Michelle August 1, 2013 - 7:34 pm

I like the polka dots

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maxwell August 1, 2013 - 7:30 pm

pillow cases!

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elizabeth August 1, 2013 - 7:26 pm

still loving the waffle spa robes!

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Emilie C. August 1, 2013 - 6:03 pm

My favorite is still the waffle robe!

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Sally August 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

I like the pillow cases

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Kaylene August 1, 2013 - 11:54 am

This lacy clutch would be perfect for my dress :)

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Molly August 1, 2013 - 10:44 am

Love these!!

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windycindy August 1, 2013 - 10:41 am

I like the Personalized Pillow Case with Circle Monogram!
Many thanks, Cindi

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Marnay August 1, 2013 - 9:22 am

Love the Hot Pink Personalized Tote Bag with Ornate Layered Name and Initial

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Charee August 1, 2013 - 8:47 am

I would love to win these for my girls. They would love them!

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Justyne M August 1, 2013 - 8:42 am

the lingerie bag with name and corset is super cute!

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Leah K. August 1, 2013 - 8:41 am

I love the monogrammed robes and the t-shirts!

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Em Ma August 1, 2013 - 8:11 am

I like the Personalized Women’s Polka Dot Pajama Pants with Circle Monogram

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J Toppert August 1, 2013 - 8:09 am

I like the
Monogrammed Market Tote with Circle Monogram

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Julie August 1, 2013 - 6:52 am

I love anything monogrammed, so I adore the Monogram Manicure Nails!! It would be so cute with the monogram robes for my girlfriend weekends!

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Valerie August 1, 2013 - 2:15 am

Wow these are exactly what I am looking for! My girls totally deserve these!

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Keshia August 1, 2013 - 2:03 am

Great idea! Would love to win :)

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Laura August 1, 2013 - 12:21 am

Would love these for my girls!! Would make for cute pictures!

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Amie Wong July 31, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Personalized Waffle Robes!

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melissa July 31, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Love the robes, fingers crossed :)

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Michelle July 31, 2013 - 7:38 pm

I like the aprons

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duk July 31, 2013 - 5:53 pm

bridal chair sashes

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katydebra July 31, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Such great ideas! Thanks for posting :)

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Charee July 31, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Still loving the robes and Mr. And Mrs. Aprons

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Kaylene July 31, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Love the robes. Still hoping to win!

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windycindy July 31, 2013 - 11:39 am

The Beach Towel Personalized with Circle Monogram would make a wonderful gift…Thanks, Cindi

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J Toppert July 31, 2013 - 11:11 am

I like the Personalized Fleece Blanket with Circle Monogram

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Marnay July 31, 2013 - 10:28 am

The Personalized Chef Hat is so cute! Perfect for our new home :)

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tessa July 31, 2013 - 10:09 am

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!

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Justyne M July 31, 2013 - 9:55 am

I love the bridal wedding chair sashes

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[email protected] July 31, 2013 - 9:16 am

I love the monogramed watches

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Tiffany July 31, 2013 - 8:50 am

Hoping to win this one for my ladies!

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Em Mahr July 31, 2013 - 8:05 am

I love the Chevron Weekender Bag Personalized with Fancy Script Monogram

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maxwell July 31, 2013 - 7:13 am

<3 the aprons!

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elizabeth July 31, 2013 - 7:12 am

still loving the waffle spa robe!

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Jen N. July 31, 2013 - 2:15 am

Love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram. Would be so fun getting ready with my girls in those!

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ellen July 30, 2013 - 11:22 pm

love these tips

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Alyssa Loring July 30, 2013 - 10:24 pm

The oversized shirts with monograms would be perfect for my girls while we’re getting ready!

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Jaimie Young July 30, 2013 - 9:33 pm

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!!

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April July 30, 2013 - 9:20 pm

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.

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FutureMrsB July 30, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Love the monogrammed waffle robes and oversized button up t-shirts! Would love those for my bridesmaids!

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Charee July 30, 2013 - 7:58 pm

I love the monogram robes. I would love to win these for my girls!

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Emilie C. July 30, 2013 - 7:36 pm

The waffle robes are my favorite!

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windycindy July 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Chevron Beach Bag Personalized with Circle Monogram is great!
Thanks, Cindi

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Em Mahr July 30, 2013 - 5:14 pm

I really like the Women’s Full-Zip Hooded Sherpa Jacket with Circle Monogram

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Kelsey July 30, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Love these robes!

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Briana Dee July 30, 2013 - 4:01 pm

I like the Personalized Scarf Cashmere Feel with Fancy Script Monogram

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Megan July 30, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Monogrammed robes are the perfect bridesmaid gift! And of course I’d love one for myself :)

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Beth T July 30, 2013 - 12:08 pm

I love the idea of monogram robes for getting ready in the morning of the wedding and pictures are a must!

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Christine July 30, 2013 - 11:46 am

The Personalized Anchor robes would be perfect for my girls! The navy color matches their dresses exactly.

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Kaylene July 30, 2013 - 11:13 am

I would love the monogrammed robes for my bridal party!

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racheltea July 30, 2013 - 10:51 am

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!

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Mary Cinar July 30, 2013 - 9:42 am

I love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram :)

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tessa July 30, 2013 - 9:40 am

checked out the site again today, love the market totes! would be perfect for gathering everything in the back of the car/suv!

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Marnay July 30, 2013 - 9:20 am

Love the Personalized Lingerie Bag with Circle Monogram

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Justyne M July 30, 2013 - 8:24 am

I love the personalized Mr. and Mrs. apron set.

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duk July 30, 2013 - 6:36 am

robes are perfect for bridesmaid and cute tumbler would be perfect for flower girls!

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maxwell July 30, 2013 - 6:34 am

i absolutely love the look of the name layered with the initial of the velour spa wrap

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elizabeth July 30, 2013 - 6:28 am

i also really love the monogramed pillow cases. perfect for a new marriage

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gabby p July 30, 2013 - 2:31 am

I love the Personalized Tote Bag and Floppy Hat Set with Circle Monogram! Perfect for beach getaways and days at the pool!

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Taylor July 29, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Love the monogram oversized shirts. Just talked to my maid of honor about getting those or robes!

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Taylor W. July 29, 2013 - 11:04 pm

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!

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windycindy July 29, 2013 - 10:04 pm

The Monogram Bridesmaid Robe with Circle Monogram Style are fabulous! Thanks, Cindi

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Charee July 29, 2013 - 9:36 pm

I absolutely LOVE the Mr. Right/Mrs. Always Right aprons. These are too cute and too cute! :)

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Charee July 29, 2013 - 9:31 pm

I absolutely LOVE the Mr. Right/Mrs. Always Right aprons! These are too cute and too true! :)

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Kasie July 29, 2013 - 9:19 pm

I love the White Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram and Embroidered Cuffs.

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Michelle July 29, 2013 - 7:32 pm

I love the pillowcases

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Cadie July 29, 2013 - 7:27 pm

I love the robes and the phone cases!

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Anggela July 29, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Love the oversize white shirt with Embroidered cuffs

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Swats July 29, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Love the monogrammed pillowcases, how neat!

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Star Lyn July 29, 2013 - 11:36 am

It makes your wonderful friends feel so special if you gift them with something worthwhile….love the personalized robe idea! :)

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Kaylene July 29, 2013 - 11:27 am

The Personalized Cosmetic Bag with Ornate Layered Name is also pretty cool!

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Altamarie July 29, 2013 - 11:22 am

I love the name and corset lingere bags

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Priscilla Dean July 29, 2013 - 10:07 am

I love the oversized shirts too! Man, thats an awesome idea!

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Marnay July 29, 2013 - 9:46 am

Love the Navy Bride Waffle Robe with Fancy Script Monogram & Back Personalization!

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tessa July 29, 2013 - 9:40 am

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!

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jessie July 29, 2013 - 9:12 am

The robes are so elegant and classy I love them!

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Emilie C. July 29, 2013 - 9:03 am

The monogrammed waffle robe is definitely my favorite!

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Justyne M July 29, 2013 - 8:47 am

I love the monogrammed watches too!

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elizabeth July 29, 2013 - 7:00 am

<3 the monogram waffle robeee

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Tory July 29, 2013 - 1:37 am

The personalized Soffe shorts are awesome!

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Kaylene July 28, 2013 - 11:22 pm

I love the white oversized shirts :)

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Erin Bolivar July 28, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Beautiful Robes and great Idea for a bridesmaid gift. Perfect for those ‘getting ready’ wedding pictures!

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Kendall A July 28, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Definitely getting the Blue Striped Oversized Shirts with circle monograms for my bridesmaids! Love the hot pink embroidery on the pockets and the cuffs!

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Ashley Robbins July 28, 2013 - 9:57 pm

The spa wraps are such a cute idea!!!

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Rosebouquet July 28, 2013 - 8:16 pm

I love these robes!

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Bride2Be July 28, 2013 - 8:12 pm

I love these robes! They would make an amazing gift.

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Alissa July 28, 2013 - 6:29 pm

Definitely need the Monogram Waffle Spa robes for my bridesmaids!

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Kasey July 28, 2013 - 6:29 pm

I love the robes, it would be such a great gift!

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yagirlflo July 28, 2013 - 5:18 pm

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.

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tina July 28, 2013 - 3:28 pm

In love with the robes!! This is the best gift idea ever.

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Amanda July 28, 2013 - 2:45 pm

I love the chevron wristlet clutch!

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windycindy July 28, 2013 - 1:24 pm

The Monogram Waffle Spa Robe with Fancy Script Monogram would be such a fun gift to give…Thanks, Cindi

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Kayli Worley July 28, 2013 - 11:28 am

I LOVE the personalized waffle spa robe with circle monogram! So perfect for the morning of!!

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Tori July 28, 2013 - 10:53 am

So many helpful ideas!! The robes are my favorite.

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Leah Warner July 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

Loving the Chevron Wristlet Clutch Personalized with Circle Monogram!!

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Hilary Gould July 28, 2013 - 9:52 am

My plan was to do monogram necklaces, what a perfect add on. Plus it’s so personal :)

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Shannon to be D July 28, 2013 - 9:34 am

The velour spa robes look so comfy!!

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Justyne M July 28, 2013 - 8:32 am

the market totes are so cute and functional!

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Meg Swiggard July 28, 2013 - 3:22 am

Im in love with the “Personalized Waffle Spa Robe with Ornate Layered Name” they are gorg!

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May July 28, 2013 - 2:40 am

The personalized women’s seer sucker pajama shorts with circle monogram are super cute!

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Heather Reynolds July 28, 2013 - 12:51 am

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!

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future Mrs. Klinger July 28, 2013 - 12:28 am

Monogrammed robes are the perfect idea! Getting these no matter what! :)

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Brooke Groom July 27, 2013 - 11:39 pm

I love this IDEA!! How cute are these robes!

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Cadie July 27, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Love the towels and robes. Great ideas for bridesmaids!

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Krista W. July 27, 2013 - 2:32 pm

I love the cosmetic pouches!

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Bride2Be July 27, 2013 - 11:29 am

I LOVE these robes. So classy.

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Rosebouquet July 27, 2013 - 11:20 am

The robes are so classy!

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Brooke July 27, 2013 - 11:03 am

I love the three letter monogrammed tote bags! Handy and classic!

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Bryanna Mackay July 26, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Monogram bridesmaid robe with circle monogram! So classic!

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Joanna Callinan July 26, 2013 - 9:12 pm

I love the Blue Striped Oversized Shirt with Circle Monogram

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Briana July 26, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Love the waffle robes! Every girl should have an adorable robe for lounging! My bridesmaids would love these!

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Tiffany July 26, 2013 - 7:04 pm

This would be such a great gift for my bridesmaids. I hope I win!

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Melissa L July 26, 2013 - 6:13 pm

These are too cute! I like this idea! I like the Personalized Layered Name with Initial

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Crystal W. July 26, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Personalized Waffle Spa Robe with Name is my favorite – wish it came in terry!

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Emilie C. July 26, 2013 - 5:37 pm

I really do like the waffle monogram robes, they’re my favorite item!

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Stephanie Riesdorph July 26, 2013 - 4:56 pm

I love the waffle robes, they are so adorable.

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Alexis July 26, 2013 - 4:43 pm

I love the waffle robes, but I also am loving the monogrammed oversized shirts. So cute!

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Nicole Bentley July 26, 2013 - 3:44 pm

I am in love with the waffle monogram robes!!

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Ashley G. July 26, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Absolutely love the white oversized monogrammed button ups! I have been looking for some to possibly purchase for my bridesmaids and those are perfect!

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Jessica Shamshoum July 26, 2013 - 3:13 pm

I am in love with the monogrammed white oversized shirts!

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Cambria July 26, 2013 - 3:01 pm

I love these robes!

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Alexis M July 26, 2013 - 2:58 pm

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 :)

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Angela U. July 26, 2013 - 2:49 pm

I love the personalized aprons and chef hats! Super cute!!

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Kristin July 26, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Love the waffle robes!!!

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Toby July 26, 2013 - 2:40 pm

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!

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Emma | Emmaline Bride July 26, 2013 - 2:50 pm

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!

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Jamie July 26, 2013 - 2:39 pm

I love the pocket T’s & oversized monogrammed button ups!

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Paola July 26, 2013 - 2:29 pm

The Personalized Bridesmaid Robes with Elegant Script Monogram are super cute! My bridesmaids would LOVE these! :)

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tessa July 26, 2013 - 2:26 pm

so many cute items and ideas on this site! love the seersucker bag and koozie gift set! perfect for summer!

http://www.shopmemento.com/monogrammed-seersucker-tote-bag-and-koozie-gift-set/

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Rosebouquet July 26, 2013 - 2:26 pm

I love these personalized robes! They look so comfy!

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cheryl July 26, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Would LOVE to win these for my bridesmaids and myself!

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Bride2Be July 26, 2013 - 2:22 pm

I love the cooking aprons! So cute!

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Heather A July 26, 2013 - 2:21 pm

I absolutely love these robes! What a great idea to make the wedding party feel special and pampered on the big day!

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Lisa S. July 26, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Personalized Waffle Spa Wrap with Name (hot pink with black writing)

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Sara Reynolds July 26, 2013 - 2:11 pm

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.

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tammy davis July 26, 2013 - 2:09 pm

I really like the Personalized Bridesmaid Robe with Elegant Script Monogram (5 or more)!!! I hope to get these for my bridesmaids!

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Justyne M July 26, 2013 - 2:04 pm

These robes are great, I also love the personalized knee high boot socks, so cute!

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