Not only will your bridesmaids stand by your side on one of the most important and celebratory days of your life, but they will put a TON of effort and time into preparing for your wedding celebration. So, it is only proper to express your gratitude with a thoughtful thank-you present.
“How much should I spend on bridesmaid gifts?”
This is completely up to you. Obviously, stay within your budget, but err slightly on the generous side. Consider how much they are spending to be in your wedding; the more you’re asking them to spend, the more of your budget you should allocate for bridesmaid gifts. Understandably, your girlfriends didn’t agree to be bridesmaids for the gift, but there is nothing wrong with “treat yo self” type gifts. Thoughtful, useful bridesmaid gift ideas can be found within any budget, as seen below.
“Should each bridesmaid get the same gift?”
This answer really depends on your group of bridesmaids. It’s always important to consider each person, their needs, and their interests. If everyone shares a common interest or hobby, then go for it. Conversely, while it is a little more work, think of how awesome each bridesmaid’s reaction will be when she opens up a gift that shows you totally get her.
If you choose the latter, just make sure each gift is in a similar price range.
“But, what are the best gifts to get my bridesmaids?”
Well, as with groomsmen gift ideas, the answer is that bridesmaid gifts can be pretty much anything. The problem is… bridesmaid gifts can pretty much be anything. With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming and stressful to pick the right bridesmaid gift for you and your best friends. Luckily, I’ve done the homework for you and surveyed my brides for actual gifts they gave their bridesmaids.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When personalizing items, try to avoid using “Maid of Honor”, “Matron of Honor”, “Bridesmaid”, or anything related to the wedding, as those items are less likely to get future use.
Below are the top 20 bridesmaid gift ideas, with options for all budgets and styles.
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14K Gold Necklace With Diamond Initials – $131.00 – Amazon
There are several necklace with initials options out there, so find one that fits your bridesmaid gift budget. I’ve seen the option pictured below and it is stunning.
Personalized Flask – $15.99 – Amazon
As with groomsmen gifts, personalized flasks are also a very popular bridesmaid gift idea. This flask is also available in gold.
ICEWATER 3-in-1 Smart Water Bottle – $39.99 – Amazon
Perhaps the coolest water bottle ever created. It glows to remind you to hydrate, plus it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker and dancing lights, so your girlfriends can start a dance party literally anywhere!
Skin Care Kit – $60.00 – Amazon
Several brides said this was a popular and much-appreciated gift for their bridesmaids. This InstaNatural Skin Care Kit is rated highly, but there a million options to choose from.
Crystal Studded Earrings – $13.99 – Amazon
Several brides replied that they gifted affordable crystal-studded earrings to their bridal party. While diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, it’s usually out of the budget for larger bridal parties.
Personalized Bridesmaid Robe – $19.99 – Amazon
You and your bride squad will get a lot of great getting-ready photos in your matching robe set. There are a ton of options out there, so have fun picking out the perfect robe(s) for your girlfriends.
Personalized Wine Glass – $24.99 – Amazon
Pair this bridesmaid gift idea with a bottle of their favorite wine – how delightful!
Personalized Wine Tumbler – $29.99 – Amazon
Available in an assortment of colors, this bridesmaid gift idea will be her go-to wine tumbler for years to come.
Best Friends Coordinate Necklace – $17.50 – Amazon
This is so cool! Engrave a gold plated, silver plated, or rose gold plated necklace with the coordinates of where you first became friends, or a meaningful moment in your friendship together.
Best Friends Long-Distance Necklace – $21.50 – Amazon
This is a great necklace to celebrate a long-distance friendship.
ALTOSY Soft Leather Backpack Purse – $86.96 – Amazon
Go ahead, spoil your girlfriends a little bit with some cute backpacks that will get much use for years to come. Don’t forget to include some gifts inside!
The Gym People Yoga Pants – $22.99+ – Amazon
One bride replied: “I got my girls these yoga pants, and to this day, three years later, it’s still their favorite pair.”
LecGee Silk Satin Pajamas – $15.99+ – Amazon
Available in an assortment of colors. You can even gift a personalized pair, but remember to avoid putting “bridesmaid” or any wedding details on the pajamas, if you want them to get future use.
Personalized Heart Shaped Jewelry Box – $48.95 – Amazon
Inside, place a personalized jewelry item – such as the initials necklace above – to make this one stunning bridesmaid gift.
Personalized Dress Hanger – $22.99+ – Amazon
Here’s another useful bridesmaid gift that will serve a purpose long after the wedding day: personalize a dress hanger (or two!) for each bridesmaid.
The Cotton & Canvas Co. Personalized Name Tote Bag – $19.99 – Amazon
Stuff each personalized tote bag with more gifts for your bridesmaids! After the wedding, this will be their go-to bag for beach and shopping trips!
CHAMBONG Plastic Champagne Flutes – Set of 5 – $39.99 – Amazon
What is a Chambong? It’s a beer bong for drinking champagne, and if your bridesmaids have never seen one before, they will love it the first time they try it.
Personalized Cosmetic Bag – $24.99 – Amazon
Your bridesmaids will love these personalized cosmetic bags, especially if you fill them with a few treats such as lip gloss, nail polish, hand cream, and more. Plus, it will be a bag they’ll want to use for the big day and beyond.
UGG Women’s Scuffette II Slipper – $89.95+ – Amazon
After a long day in heels, treat your girlfriends to the feeling of slipping their feet into a pair of clouds. It’s UGG, so you know it’s going to be good. And with an assortment of available colors and looks, you can pick the perfect pair for each bridesmaid.
Pay For Their Hair, Makeup, Heels, and/or Dresses
Many of the brides I surveyed said they took care of any combination of the above, rather than give a tangible gift. For bridesmaids, a wedding can be a huge expense, so picking up the tab on these incurred costs is always a welcomed gift.
Originally Published: December 16, 2021
Last Updated: December 28, 2021