Bridesmaids are an integral part of your wedding. Questions you may have include “What are some bridesmaid gift ideas to give?” and “What are we going to be doing as a group?”
- Bridesmaid Ideas for Group Events
- Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Ideas
- Bachelorette Party Ideas
- Bridesmaid Gifts for the Wedding Day
- Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Ideas
Before delving into detailed gift ideas, think for a moment about what you’d like to do for the bridesmaids.
How elaborate you get will depend on your time, budget, and preferences. Here are a few ways you can show appreciation to the maids while also having fun, followed by gift ideas to make the experience more meaningful to you all.
Bridesmaid Ideas for Group Events
Besides the gifts, there is also camaraderie. Here is some inspiration for what types of events to have with your bridesmaids. Followed by a list of products to help make these activities the best.
The Bridesmaid Proposal. Many brides are getting creative with asking BFFs and family members to be their bridesmaids. From a simple card to more elaborate approaches and gifts, several ideas are below.
Dress Shopping. A group trip to choose and try on bridesmaids dresses or wedding gowns can help you all get to know one another better and begin connecting as a group.
A Fun, Bonding Experience in the Outdoors. Outdoor activities such as a day at the beach or pool, round of mini-golf, camping trip, or boating adventure is another way to get to know one another while also communing with nature.
A Bridesmaids Brunch. If indoor activities are more to your taste, a bridesmaids brunch can provide the same socialization minus the pesky mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers.
The Bachelorette Party. As the bride, you won’t be planning this event, but you can undoubtedly lob ideas to your maid of honor, including the personalized item ideas in the section below. Or buy them for the group beforehand so they can use it at the party.
Overnight Pedicure Party. You will all want pretty feet for the big day, so why not combine DIY pedicures with a stress-relieving pajama party one or two nights before the ceremony?
The Morning of Hair and Makeup. Group hair and makeup sessions the morning of the wedding can help continue the camaraderie and provide a chance to make sure everyone knows the daily schedule and their roles throughout the day.
The Ceremony, Photos, and Reception. You will all be busy throughout the festivities while also wanting to stay comfortable and fresh-looking. So think about gifts to help you all through the big day.
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You can get the ladies any “gifts for her” that fit their personalities. Or go with one of the specific ideas below. On to the bridesmaid gift ideas!
Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Ideas
Will you be my bridesmaid gifts are all the rage. You could, of course, simply ask your best friends and present & future sisters, but there are several creative options for popping the bridesmaid question with a little more panache.
1. Bridesmaid Proposal Card
Many keep it simple with a card. Kelly designed this one to be both elegant and funny. You can find it here. Take a look at her other cards as well.
2. Bridesmaid Proposal Box
If you like to get more elaborate than just a card, take a look at Taylor’s hand-lettered bridesmaid ‘ask’ box (it comes with all the goodies in the picture). She will send it to you or ship directly to your bridesmaids.
It’s a sturdy white photo box filled with a personalized champagne tumbler, a gold foil card, and envelope (blank inside, but she will write whatever you want if you choose to have the box sent directly), and hair ties. The box lid is also personalized.
3. Wooden Keepsake Box
You could also ask your bridesmaids with keepsake boxes. Ivaylo decorates these wooden boxes with a hand-painted heart inside and carved name on the lid.
He will write anything you’d like inside, so this gift is equally appropriate for asking your flower girl or as a ring box with the wedding proposal. Leave the question you’d like painted on the heart in the notes.
4. Custom Proposal Puzzle
Rose’s proposal puzzles are whimsical and fun. She has several styles in your choice of 30 or 80 piece size, and you can have whatever you’d like printed on each.
They come with gift boxes and ribbons, which Rose will assemble for you (ready to gift), or send the components for you to assemble yourself.
5. Personalized Wine Labels
How about a wine and cheese party as a bridesmaid ask party? Invite the girls over and pop the question with their own personalized wine labels.
These can be completely personalized. Use the default wording–I’ve finally found a love that’s true, but I can’t imagine walking down the aisle without you–or Marie will write whatever you want on the labels.
Bachelorette Party Ideas
The bachelorette party is a natural match for bridesmaids’ “uniforms.” Shirts or tanks are a special touch for the group (order them yourself as a gift before the event or drop hints to the organizers about how cool it would be).
The shirts would also be cute for the wedding shower and could be reused on the day of the wedding at an informal reception or as casual clean-up wear.
6. Bridesmaid Shirts
These customized shirts from Juneandjohnnyco are perfect for ladies-night-out before your big day!
7. Bridesmaid Sleep Shirts
Why not play it safe and rent rooms or make the hen party a sleepover at one of your homes? The girls will need PJs or sleep shirts for this and other overnight events.
These bridesmaids sleep shirts are popular on Etsy. Order them plain or with front and back embroidered personalization. You can even request custom colors to match your wedding theme!
8. Personalized Stainless Steel Wine Glasses
You won’t have to worry about these wine glasses getting broken. They are made from stainless steel! Cassie at PreppyPineappleShop personalizes them with high-quality outdoor-resistant vinyl, so they are made to last.
9. Mini Hangover Kits
Take the edge off the morning after your big bachelorette party. Fill these party favor bags up with your bridesmaid’s favorite goodies or go-to remedies for a hangover. Everly has a few sizes to choose from in case you want to opt for larger items.
Bachelorette Party Favors
A bag of favors and fun goodies is in order for all of the ladies at the bachelorette party. There will, of course, be the requisite naughty but funny novelties. But I keep it PG-rated on My Online Wedding Help. So, here are a few more fun ideas.
10. Temporary Tattoos of Your Groom or Bride
People are obsessed with these custom tattoos. Angel uses a photo of your fiancee to make these temporary tattoos. So fun!
Wear them on your arms or faces. They are popular to wear in the wedding as well. Learn more or buy them here.
11. Bride Tribe Lip Balm
Your wedding “will be the balm” with these lip moisturizers. And your bride tribe will be grateful for the pampered lips. Get them from Steven and Kyla here.
12. Bridesmaid Wedding Socks
Warm feet are a must. And these wedding party socks from Colleen are ideal. Choose from those above, plus Flower Girl and Wife of the Party.
Bridesmaid Gifts for the Wedding Day
Your whole day will be an exciting and hectic celebration. Comfort and beauty will be a high priority to keep your wedding party from looking frazzled. These ideas can help the ladies remain bright-eyed and fresh-looking throughout the festivities.
13. Bridesmaids mugs
A filled, 11- or 15-ounce personalized coffee mug is in order during makeup application and hairstyling. Veronica will customize each with the recipient’s name.
14. Personalized Bridal Party Robes
15. Bridesmaids Totes and 16. Wedding Party Water Bottles
Hydration and storage are two critical components to a successful journey through the big day. Totes and water bottles cover both.
These elegant, personalized tote bags are large enough to hold everything bridesmaids need to get them through the day.
The stainless steel insulated water bottles are laser engraved to show the silver steel beneath. But the best part is they keep your cold drinks cold. And your hot drinks hot.
17. Bridesmaid Tumblers
A new style of tumbler is all the rage this year. I have one like this and adore it so much.
These skinny tumblers are heavy steel with a powder coating. They are so much easier to hold and fit into cup holders better than their chunky counterparts.
I especially love the look of black with white lettering. But there are many more colors you can choose. Melissa sells them on Etsy here.
18. Makeup Bag and 19. Compact Mirror
The number one concern many bridesmaids have is keeping hair and makeup fresh. Gift the girls with these makeup bags and compact mirrors, plus tuck in a trial size hairspray, for a gift they will appreciate.
Kelly’s canvas makeup bags have a silky lining to keep the material clean. She will add each lady’s name for a special gift.
20. Personalized Clutches
Clutches are also well received. These vegan leather handbags feature an elegant gold zipper and convenient wristlet. David sells them on Etsy here.
21. Bridesmaid Pashminas
You will be going inside and out for pictures and to the reception. And even if the weather isn’t cold, you may be sitting in the blast of an air conditioner at some point. All of which could all create a bit of chill at times during the festivities.
Lightweight wraps or pashminas are the answer. Jamie sells these beautiful pashminas and others in different colors and sets in her shop.
Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Ideas
Perhaps the most popular bridesmaid gift is jewelry. Each maid can wear it at the wedding. Plus, the piece doubles as both a keepsake and jewelry to wear throughout her life.
Here are five gorgeous gifts of wedding-perfect jewelry they will appreciate.
22. Bridesmaid Earrings
Swarovski crystals are amazing. Their high-quality sparkle comes with a price tag much lower than diamonds. These drop earrings from Ilona are a beautiful example.
23. Name Earrings
If crystals and bling aren’t your styles, how about personalized jewelry? Get these name earrings in gold or silver. Kim customizes them in your choice of font.
24. Birthstone Initial Necklaces
Another way to personalized jewelry is with a simple initial. These custom birthstone necklaces from Susan feature colored glass gemstones as well. Choose each bridesmaid’s birthstone or order all in your wedding colors.
25. Freshwater Pearl Necklace
Pearl necklaces are a more classic bridesmaid gift. This floating freshwater pearl is teardrop-shaped. Buy the necklace from Brandy on Etsy here.
26. Bridesmaid Necklace and Earring Jewelry Sets
Bridesmaid jewelry sets are a perennial favorite thank you gift. As are crystal teardrop pendants and earrings. Combine the two, and you cannot go wrong. Check out these from Gurinder on Etsy.