You can’t underestimate the value of a good bridesmaid. They will be there through thick and thin helping you with mundane tasks such as addressing envelopes, and sharing your joy during memorable moments, such as your grand entrance, your first dance, and of course, your hen party. So choosing the right bridesmaid’s gift can be one of the toughest decisions you make in the run-up to your wedding.
First thing’s first: bridesmaid dresses, shoes and bouquets are all part and parcel of the bridesmaid experience and do not count as gifts. The perfect bridesmaid’s gift will be meaningful, valuable and memorable a token of your friendship as well as your appreciation for their support on your big day.
These are our top picks for bridesmaids’ presents and the gifting pitfalls you should avoid.
Top five gifts for bridesmaids:
This is probably the most common and most welcome of all bridesmaid gifts, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. As a general rule of thumb, stick with fine, delicate jewellery in a classic style and always engrave it if possible.
Freshwater pearl jewellery is cheap and pretty, and you can choose a colour that matches your wedding dress. Alternatively, choose a simple gold or silver chain necklace or bracelet with a little monogrammed pendant or meaningful charm.
2. Monogrammed spa wear
You can’t go far wrong with a monogrammed bathrobe or a pair of fancy slippers, especially if you spent your hen do at a spa. Keep it simple with just your bridesmaid’s initials, not your own.
4. Something bespoke
This is where you can really let your imagination run wild! If your wedding is taking place on a beach, have some customised flip-flops made up for your bridesmaids. If your friendship goes way back, create a bespoke scrapbook of your ‘single years’ together. Etsy is great for one-off items and gifting inspiration.
5. An emergency beauty kit
Tweezers, an emery board, a comb, lip salve, a needle and thread you can never find them when you need them! Put together a mini emergency kit that includes a few special additions (a favourite perfume, a designer lippy) customised for each bridesmaid.
Three things to avoid:
This is just confusing.
Can you really put a price on friendship?
3. Leftover wedding supplies and freebies
Your bridesmaids have probably been involved in every stage of the planning, so they will know if you try to fob them off with a freebie from the venue or a leftover bottle of wine. By all means share the spoils of your wedding with your bridesmaids, but don’t try to pass them off as a gift.