Giving a thank you gift to your bridesmaids (and his groomsmen) isn’t required, but it’s a nice gesture to show how much you appreciate their support and friendship. The possibilities are endless! We did some research, made a list of quick tips, and included a few of our favorite gifts below.
BEFORE YOU SHOP
First, come up with a list of who you plan to shop for. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, parents? Next, set a budget. It’s easy to go online and start clicking away, and before you know it, you spend more than you want to or even need to. Create a list of ideas before you start looking so you can narrow down which options will work best for your budget. The earlier you decide on gifts, the more time you will have to watch for sales and promotions.
WHEN TO GIVE GIFTS
The rehearsal dinner is the most popular time to present the wedding party gifts, usually following a toast thanking all who will be the closest with you on your wedding day. Any other time you’re with your bridesmaids and your fiancée is with his guys will also work. Choose a quieter, more personal time with your parents if you are giving them something special.
We like gifts that either fit each individual, or more generic gifts that are personalized, or both!
Journals, sketch books, travel records, and music notebooks are easy to find, can often be personalized, or customized to fit individual interests. For quality items at reasonable prices, check out these options from Moleskin.
Any beer enthusiast would argue that you can never have too many steins, glasses, growlers, or mugs. Things Remembered carries a variety of options and brand names (including Waterford) and offers customization options on nearly every item they sell. Pottery Barn also has a great selection of NFL glassware that can be personalized with a name. Even though there aren’t custom options, Govino is an all-time favorite drinkware product because of its shatterproof, reusable, and recyclable design.
Love hiking, camping, or traveling? Anyone who spends a lot of time away from their chargers would appreciate a portable battery pack.
GIFTS FOR YOUR SQUAD
Robes are another great option. You want your gals to feel comfortable and look coordinated for those candid shots while getting ready and hanging out together before the ceremony. Besides, all the women will need to wear something that is easy to take on and off so they don’t mess up their hair and makeup. Kimono style robes come in a variety of patterns, prints, and colors, so find something that you love, but that will also photograph nicely. If you have tall and petite bridesmaids, carefully consider the length when you’re shopping for robes. We’re currently loving this Papinelle cotton robe from Nordstrom and these Dream Lover robes by Yumi Kim. Our research kept leading us to the Ella Winston Co. Etsy shop, best known for their lace and velvet kimono robes.
GIFTS FOR THE KIDS
The littles are probably the easiest to shop for. To make it special, find something that makes a big deal about the important role they have in your wedding.
For a ring bearer, we love this custom printed shirt that advertises who he is. The options for flower girls are endless; we found so many sweet, fun, and girly gifts! This resource is a great place to start. Our favorite is the unicorn. Which is yours?
GIFTS FOR YOUR PARENTS
There really isn’t anything to adequately express your love and gratitude to your parents. The very traditional, but always cherished, gift is a handwritten note. Adding your note to a digital photo book with highlights of your journey together as a couple would also be appreciated and loved for years to come.
SHARE YOUR GIFT IDEAS
We’d love to know what you found for your attendants. Send us your ideas and photos to [email protected] or DM them through Facebook or Instagram! We’ll share them as inspiration for other wedding parties.