Your bridesmaids have been there for you every step of the way throughout your wedding planning journey. From celebrating your engagement to planning the fun hen party. Your bridesmaids are there to support you, offer a shoulder to cry on or to make you laugh after a long and stressful day. So not only is it traditional to thank your girls, it’s also a token of your appreciation and love by giving them a special bridesmaid thank you gift.
They go through everything with you, from choosing the venue, finding your dream wedding dress, the perfect shoes, and choosing your jewellery, along with many other aspects of the day. Say thank you to your bridesmaids for helping you plan your big day, by buying them the perfect bridesmaid gift that will show your heartfelt gratitude, but which is also a perfect keepsake for them to remember your big day.
To help you find the perfect gifts, here are 18 lovely ideas, of our favourite bridesmaid gift ideas.
Keepsake gifts are an extremely popular choice to give to your bridesmaids. Wedding gifts that are personalised tend to have the most impact. Many of these can be engraved, signed or printed with a message to remind them of your appreciation for all that they have done for you before and on your wedding day. Keepsake gifts can make the best bridesmaid present.
Why not give your bridesmaids a gift they can keep forever to remember your special day. These are just a few cute gift ideas you could consider.
Esty offer a variety of beautiful engraved wedding bracelets. There are lots of different options, so you can customise them with your bridesmaids initials, add your wedding date onto them and choose the font. You can also choose the colour of the bar – from silver, gold or rose gold, and the colour of the cord, which are made to be adjustable, so they can fit all your bridesmaids. This bracelet also arrives in a gift box, ready for you to give straight to your girls.
Personalised Clutch Bag Or Purse
These beautiful and stylish personalised wedding clutch bags come in soft grey, soft pink, white and black. They make a stunning and memorable gift for all members of your wedding party.
You can choose from a range of elegant foil finishes for your personalised text – gold, rose gold, black and white. The chic gold metal zips and a wristlet to hold these really make the perfect wedding day accessory and will look stunning in your photos. Perfect for holding all your essentials including your phone and makeup.
Why not add a personal touch and personalise it with the names or initials of your bridesmaids, Maid of Honour, Mothers of the Bride and Groom, Flower girls and of course for the beautiful Bride!
Personalised Dressing Gowns
These beautiful serenity, floral, satin lace dressing gowns come in white, iris, blush, aqua, dusky pink and grey. They are the perfect getting ready gift for your bridal party on your wedding day!
They can even be customised from choosing the colour of the robe, to adding your bridal party’s names and titles to the back of them, along with the wedding date. This makes it a great gift idea that can be a keepsake for your bridesmaids from the big day, and a gift where the girls can wear them again! Each robe also comes with a matching belt.
Stylish Compact Mirror
Another bridesmaid gift idea is this personalised handmade compact mirror, which comes in a trending rose gold colour. This pocket mirror makes a super cute wedding gift for your bridesmaids. You can choose your bridesmaid’s initials, bridal party title and date to be printed onto the front.
Personalised Coffee Mug
For those of your bridesmaids who love to drink tea or coffee this would be the ideal gift for them. This personalised wedding mug is part of the serenity range. Personalised with their name, wedding role and date. The text is heated onto the mug so it will not fade.
Gifts To Use
If a gift to keep isn’t important then there are many options for consumable gifts you could try. They may be single or multiple use, but you can be sure the recipient will be thinking of your wedding while they are using them!
Gifts to use won’t have the long-lasting appeal of those you can keep, but they remain fresh and will have maximum impact on the day. They are also useful for for your girls who don’t keep much or lives minimally.
Here are a few fun and useful bridesmaids gifts your bridal party will love!
Beauty Or Pamper Gift Ideas
Treat your close friends and family to a bag, box or basket full of beauty pamper gifts. You could either DIY the pamper essentials yourself or buy ones already done up! The perfect treat for your bride squad could be a Not On The High Street pamper gift set.
These gift sets are filled with personalised chic handbag sized accessories for the big day, and something to aid relaxation the day after. This personalised gift box is guaranteed to make your bridesmaids smile. Containing personalised pocket mirrors and nail files, a ‘Team Bride’ glitter pin badge and a naturally made bath bar. You can’t go wrong with a girls pamper set, and for sure it will go down well with your bridesmaids!
Luxury hampers also make a great present, filled with luxury treats and goodies, from coffee, Leende bath oil, an Alska soy candle, decadent truffles and a bottle of wine or fizz. Also included is a pocket Bridesmaid Notes notebook for those important wedding plans, and a beautiful keepsake ring from Junk Jewels, reading ‘I couldn’t tie the knot without you’.
Our recommended supplier, Jades Flower Design offers an extensive gorgeous collection of flowers, making the perfect floral gift. Check out their unique and custom bridesmaid flowers selection. They offer a wide range from fresh blooms locally grown in Suffolk to beautiful artificial silk flowers.
Bottle Of Champagne Or Cognac
Say it, don’t spray it! Say thank you with a bottle of your bridesmaids favourite tipple. Prosecco and champagne still rank as the all time favourite bubbles. Say It With Champers has a wide range of personalised champagnes, combining light, fresh, citrus fruit flavours. These lively bubbles have a well balanced tangy finish thanks to extended ageing before release. Personalise 3 lines of text with messaging, names and dates. A perfect present which will definitely be enjoyed!
Experience gifts, provide the perfect treat and opportunity to try something new or that your bridal party would not normally be able to afford, or find the time to do themselves. These can be very effective gifts if your bridesmaids have particular likes, ambitions or generally like to be adventurous or pampered.
Here are some of our favourite bridesmaid gift ideas for the perfect experience, through various sites, such as, Buy A Gift, Virgin Experiences and Wowcher.
A perfect present to say thank you to the girls and to help them unwind and relax, is by booking a spa day. A memory which they won’t forget after the build up and planning of your wedding and all the celebrating they did! Why not check out Buy A Gift to see what experiences they currently have on offer.
Why not book a half day spa experience with afternoon tea for two, at our sister venue Seckford Hall Hotel. A perfect relaxing treat and something for the girls to look forward too, after all the excitement of the wedding is over. A chance to rewind, relax and reflect.
Wine Or Cheese Tasting Experience
Wine tasting with cheese pairings for two, is the perfect gift for those close friends and relatives who enjoy a glass of vino or two and cheese! Check out Virgin Experiences to see the full list of similar experiences they have on offer.
Say thank you in style by booking your bridesmaid a lovely weekend break in the UK. A mini break is the ideal present to show how much you have valued their help, support and friendship as a whole. Places online like Secret Escapes have some fabulous mini break deals to help get you started on your search for the perfect gift idea.
Weekend breaks can be fairly expensive gifts so you could always look to just treat your maid of honor or your best bridesmaid with a weekend break. This will help to save a few pennies than doing it for all your girls!
Still searching for the perfect bridesmaid gift idea? Wanting something adventurous? Look no further than an fun activity, with some ideas including falconry, quad biking, archery or surfing. If you know your friend would prefer a memorable experience, Buy A Gift has a variety of experiences to pick from. These fun ideas make some of the best bridesmaid gifts, and will give them lifelong memories too.
Handmade Personalised Gifts
Shop for handmade gifts, as these can been seen as very thoughtful and unique. Adding that personal touch can make the present your friend or relative is receiving feel extra special. These types of gifts are right on trend at the minute.
Here are some personalised gift ideas that we know your bridal party will love!
Why not buy a handmade piece of jewellery? This ‘Thank you for being my bridesmaid’ bracelet gift set is a beautiful semi precious stone heart on a sterling silver bead bracelet, which comes in a gift box. Personalise in either a silver or rose gold beading, select the colour crystal in either a shock pink or clear quartz and personalise initials with a hand stamped charm and your chosen lettering. This makes it a great gift idea, as each bracelet is personal to each bridesmaid.
Your bridal party can all be matching in style with mix and match dresses and gorgeous jewellery accessories to compliment their outfit on your big day.
Faux Leather Cosmetic Bag
Check out Esty’s bridesmaid bag selection for the very best in unique toiletry and faux leather bags. This bridesmaid monogram bag is the perfect size to hold all of your bridal party’s wedding makeup. This handmade gift comes in a beautiful light beige colour with an inside layer you can add a personal custom message to.
Gorgeous Hair Accessories
Shop with PS With Love. They offer a signature style in romantic, modern and feminine designs to their hair accessory collection. They offer a wide portfolio of hair pieces, from hair vines, springs, headpieces and jewellery.
The Designer creates her designs through being inspired by the natural world in all of its colours and textures and each piece is one-of-a-kind as it is custom made for each member of the bridal party.
Why not buy your bridesmaids a cute scented candle with their initials on, in sparkly glitter font. These simple and elegant candles make a great addition to your bridesmaid gift boxes or alternatively would make great favours as part of your table place settings. The scent is fresh linen and has 20 hours of candle burn time.
Personalised Prosecco Glass & Champagne Flute
Shop for handmade, custom prosecco flute glasses. They are a perfect bridesmaid gift for your wedding party or hen party, especially for a pre-wedding drink the morning of your big day! All glasses are personalised with the name and role of the wedding party. They are hand-wash only due to the vinyl lettering print, but a great gift for the bridesmaids to keep after the wedding.
The importance of expressing gratitude to your bridesmaids
As tied up with your wedding planning and the nervous excitement of the day you may be feeling, it is so important to not forget about the people that helped to make everything possible.
Your bridesmaids will have been there for you from the start, showing support and doing everything they could to make your dream wedding day a reality. Not to forget, making it one of the best days of your life! They have been there for you no matter what, through the good times and the bad.
This is why it is super important to show them your love and appreciation for their friendship towards you, and how much it means to you. They will have put hours into your special day and gone out their way to make it special for you. They played a very important role in your wedding and it wouldn’t of been the same without them, so it’s important to let them know that!
How to choose the right gift
It can be hard knowing what gifts to get for your bridesmaids. There are so many different options – from experiences to edibles or sentimental keepsakes. Maybe you could get all your bridesmaids the same gifts that fit into your budget, such as personalised bracelets, or choose different gifts for each, dependent on your relationship with each bridesmaid and their personality and interests. The choice is entirely yours!
You may even decide to do something extra special for your Maid of Honour as they are a close family member for example. This could be a more expensive treat – such as a spa day so you can spend a day together after the wedding celebrations are over.
Our top tips to consider when choosing the right gift, would be to consider your budget beforehand. We recommend choosing something personalised, as it can make the bridal party feel special, as it has that personal touch to it. Whether this may be jewellery, a champagne flute or dressing gown. You can also find personalised gifts at a much more affordable price, such as a candle with their initial and wedding date on it, making it a good choice if you have a tighter budget.
Creative ways to present the gifts
The most traditional way of presenting your bridesmaid their gifts, is usually the night before at the rehearsal dinner. This is a perfect time to do it, especially if you are gifting them something that you would like included in your big day. Alternatively, another good time is in the morning of your wedding day.
Another way to present the gifts may be during your wedding breakfast, where you could make a toast to the bridesmaids. This could be during the speeches or just before the evening reception. It is a chance to thank your bridesmaids and closest family members in front of your guests.
You could even put on a bridesmaids lunch in the lead up to the wedding, to thank your bridesmaids for all their support and help so far. This could also be a lovely time to hand out each bridesmaids gifts while you are all together.
Handmade vs store-brought gifts
Handmade gifts are a lovely touch to give to your bridesmaids as thank you gifts. They are one of a kind, made just for them. It shows that you’ve put your time and love into creating something unique and custom made for each person. However, cons of handmade gifts are that the materials can be expensive, costing you more money. On the other hand, store brought gifts can save you time, and may be more affordable. Although they may not be as meaningful. Maybe it is worth weighing up both options when choosing your bridesmaid gifts.
Etiquette for thanking your bridesmaids
A sweet way of saying thank you to your bridesmaids, may be writing each of them a handwritten personal thank you note. We would recommend adding in a wedding photo if you have one with them, and not make it too formal. You may also consider making a toast or little speech during your wedding breakfast too. After your wedding day, it is also important to write thank you cards to all your guests.
There are many different ways to say thank you to the girls, and we can guarantee that they will be super grateful for whatever you decide to do for them. From your bridesmaids to your maid of honor thank you gifts, we’re sure whatever your way of showing your appreciation will be wonderful in every way.
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