Don’t you feel blessed that you will have all your best friends by your side on your big day? Where would a bride be without her most trusted pals? You probably want to honor your bridesmaids in a way that will make them feel special and appreciated for all their hard work leading up to the wedding. But if you’re like many brides, you may also be on the hunt for bridesmaids’ gifts that won’t totally bust your wedding budget. Lucky for you, there are a lot of ways to keep the costs down, while still honoring the women you’ve chosen to stand beside you and play witness to the most important day of your life.
Think Outside That Little Blue Box
Many brides think of jewelry when it comes to planning their maids’ gifts. It’s thoughtful. It can be worn again. And it’s a great way to ensure your bridesmaids all look the same on your day – assuming that’s what you want. And yes, obviously, your bridesmaids would love a charming necklace from Tiffany’s, or the like. But if that’s not in the budget, there’s no need to fret.
- Department stores offer beautiful jewelry, often at deep discounts, because they are moving inventory a lot faster than fine jewelers. So think outside iconic boxes, and look for something that fits your taste, and budget. (Plus, with a little creative wrapping, it will be just as fun for her to open.)
- Initial charms remain popular choices, as a way to make each girl feel special. Plus, you can find inexpensive silver or gold-coated chains to fit the neckline of their dresses.
- Pearls are another classic choice, and costume jewelry works fine here. What girl doesn’t love a good go-with-anything pearl necklace, after all? (If you’re having a vintage-themed wedding, consider scouring secondhand shops for pieces with some extra history. It’s okay to mix and match, too!)
- Of course, necklaces aren’t the only option. Bracelets and earrings are also excellent choices, and that’s if you’re set on jewelry. You can get everyone the same exact pair, or even better, choose one stone or finish and then find different shapes of studs to add some pizazz.
Show Some Personality
Nothing says you have to get your girls jewelry, or even something to wear the day of the wedding. How about something personal instead? A scrapbook or frame is a thoughtful gift that can honor your history together. If you’re crafty, you could also make her something, from a knitted scarf to a pair of painted sneakers.
If she’s a caffeine addict, consider a customized coffee mug. Pair it with her favorite sweet treat, and she’ll have a great pre-wedding gift/snack. In fact, everyone will be famished on the wedding day, so an assortment of snacks would be welcome. If you are not a crowd of coffee drinkers, consider canvas bags instead, stuffed with granola bars, water bottles and maybe some fashion magazines for calming nerves. Throw in some lip gloss and nail polish, and she’s sure to appreciate the gesture!
Whatever you decide to gift your girls, just remember to include a handwritten note for each, thanking them for their friendship and presence. That’s something she’s sure to treasure.