Popular Unique Gifts for Bridesmaids Posted by Brian Cooper on 18th April 2009
Surprise Your Bridesmaid with Gifts that Delight
Bridesmaids, usually special friends or relatives, are chosen to be an integral part of planning your wedding day and to help make your day a little easier, which is why presenting them with beautiful, thoughtful bridesmaid gifts is vital. Planning a wedding is a time-consuming endeavor, and this is exactly why the role of bridesmaid was created. There are many perks to being a bridesmaid, including bonding with the bride on her special day and helping her make the necessary choices about colors, themes, food, and apparel.
The downside you ask? Being a bridesmaid can be expensive. Your bridesmaids must purchase a number of items just to be included in the wedding party – from her dress and jewelry to her travel expenses, your friend will have to foot the bill. And not only does she take care of the many menial tasks involved in planning a wedding, but she does them gladly. One of the most important decisions you have regarding each bridesmaid are the gifts you'll give to each friend thanking them for their participation, assistance, and patience in planning the wedding day and the entire event.
Personalized bridesmaid gifts are always an excellent choice, but there are a number of other thoughtful items you can present your bridesmaids with that they will cherish. Just remember to keep in mind the type of girl you're purchasing for, and by all means, don't buy the same kind of 'cookie-cutter bridesmaid gifts' for everyone. Think about what each girl likes, and you're sure to find something she'll love.
Thank Her for Her Help in Planning Your Wedding
Here are some time-tested bridesmaid gifts that continue to be crowd-pleasers no matter the season!
A cosmetic bag is incredibly practical for the bridesmaid who loves her makeup and grooming tools. Available in all sizes, fabric options, and shapes, cosmetic bags can be personalized as well. Plus, they'll not only come in handy later on, but your bridesmaid can carry her makeup here and there while planning your wedding and getting ready for your big day.
Nothing is more useful than a personalized tote bag. Popular in any season, personalized totes come in every color, shape, and size under the sun. Whether you choose a smaller polka dot tote bag ideal for running errands around town or a large canvas duffel or laptop bag, you can choose to have the bridesmaid's initials embroidered on the front in a variety of different thread colors and font choices.
What's better than enveloping yourself in a plush, luxurious robe? Few things are as comforting as a warm robe on a cold night, and your bridesmaid will undoubtedly love the little details, like her name or initials embroidered on the front pocket, and the cozy warmth of terry cloth or velour. You can also pair this gift with comfy bathroom slippers that match the robe and give her the gift of pampering so she can wind down from the busy time spent planning your wedding.
For timeless, elegant bridesmaid gifts they'll be able to use long after the ceremony, you may want to consider the understated sophistication of an engraved compact. With different shapes (the classic round to the fun, contemporary heart) and finishes (satin, silver, and embellished), even the hardest-to-please bridesmaids will find compacts useful companions in their handbags.
Whether you go bright, bold, and chunky or dainty and chic, costume jewelry not only looks great but is wonderful for those special occasions. From hip, vibrant brooches to rhinestone encrusted hair combs, the bridesmaid who loves to dress up will appreciate a new or vintage piece of sparkling faux finery.
No longer an ideal gift just for a groomsman, colorful, feminine flasks are gaining popularity as bridesmaid gifts. Discreet enough to be tucked in a pocket or purse, flasks can be engraved and often come in more feminine colors and patterns, such as pinks, blues, and plaids. Your outgoing, fun-loving bridesmaid will get a kick out of her new flask and appreciate your inventive way of thanking her for her help in planning your wedding.
Stationery is always classy and always in style. There are literally thousands of card stock options, such as note cards, lined note pads, correspondence cards, and letter sheets, as well as colors and fonts to choose from. Personalized stationery is a professional, stylish way to say thank you or let someone know you are thinking of them regardless of the situation. Creative bridesmaids who love to write will certainly appreciate these types of chic bridesmaid gifts.
For the reflective bridesmaid, a photo album is an excellent choice to thank her for her assistance in planning the wedding day. Engraved with her initials (or name) or by simply selecting a pretty, leather-bound album, she can store her memories for years to come. If you have time, you could fill it with pictures of you and her at fun events in the past or leave it blank so she can make her own memories.
Finding a Gift She'll Cherish
If you're still not sure which direction to go, look to the bridesmaid herself to get inspiration for the right kinds of bridesmaid gifts. But most of all, do not give the same bridesmaid gifts to everyone; make it special and personalized and she'll appreciate it that much more. With all the help they've been giving you throughout this hectic time, it should be an honor to present them with a unique gift they'll cherish long after the time spent planning the wedding is over.
About the Author
Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Bride, a one-stop shop for personalized, unique baby and bridal shower, graduation, quinceañera, anniversary, and wedding favors, helping countless couples and families make their big events a success. Before she launched the company in 2006, Cherie worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom's big day. For more information on Creative Bride or to find a variety of colorful, customizable gifts and favors, please visit www.Creative-Bride.com.