Asking your closest female friends and family members to be a part of your wedding day is a big deal. While of course they want to be there to celebrate you, it is often a loving act of goodwill to participate—taking time off of work for showers, bachelorette parties and destination nuptials. (Plus, we all know that it can be expensive!) That's why it's so important to show your gratitude to your bridesmaids. You don't need to go totally over the top, but a nice bridesmaid gift is a great way to show those most special to you just how much they are appreciated, and thank them for being a part of your wedding.
From personalized robes to jewelry they can wear during the ceremony and beyond, these are the 15 best bridesmaid gift ideas to buy for your favorite ladies.
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The Bridesmaid Dress
Here's the awful truth about most bridesmaid dresses: they'll never be worn again. Unless you allow your 'maids to choose their own dress for the ceremony, the odds are that their matching gowns and frocks will be worn once, then relegated to the back of their closet for all time.
Purchasing the dresses for your bridesmaids is an extremely generous and kind gift that will be deeply, deeply appreciated by your nearest and dearest. While not a conventional gift, it's the act of absorbing an expense that will not likely be forgotten.
Inesse dress, $285, BHLDN
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Yes, they make for a great photo opportunity, but a cute dressing robe really is a great bridesmaid gift. Your 'maids will love having something easy to wear while getting hair and makeup done and sipping on mimosas, and a light linen, searsucker or lightweight cotton robe can easily be packed up and taken home after the wedding weekend is over!
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Jewelry For The Ceremony
Aside from the matching or coordinating dresses, it can be a nice touch to have your bridesmaids all have a piece of jewelry in common as well. You could change it up and give half of them bracelets and half of them necklaces, or give everyone the same piece with a personalized touch. Either way, it is a gift they will cherish and wear for many occasions after the wedding.
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A Personalized Turkish Towel
The best gifts for bridesmaids are items that she will find herself using or wearing again after the big day. If you're hosting a summer or beach wedding, a personalized Turkish towel makes a great gift. These lightweight, colorful towels are easy to pack after the trip is over, and can be used as yes, a towel, but also a picnic blanket or even a wrap on cool nights.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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A Sturdy Canvas Tote Bag
There's really no way to discount how handy a really great canvas tote bag is. You can use it for travel, for work, for picnics or just about any occasion when you'll be lugging a bit of stuff with you, and want to look put-together while doing so. Gifting a canvas bag to your bridesmaids is thoughtful and convenient, especially for a destination wedding!
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A Luxurious Candle
Want to give your bridesmaids a gift that will forever make them think of the time you shared over your wedding? Consider a luxury candle. Scent and memory are heavily linked, so selecting a candle that has elements that call to mind your big day is a special way to say thank you and link you together long after the ceremony.
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A Spa Gift Certificate
What could be a better way to reward your favorite bridesmaids for all their hard work than with a relaxing spa treatment? Consider gifting your ladies a massage, mani-pedi or facial that they can indulge in after your wedding. They'll feel refreshed and and revived after the big party.
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Luxe Cosmetic Case
Everyone has that friend who travels with her makeup in a worn-out pouch that has seen better days. And since weddings involve a fair amount of glam, why not treat your bridesmaids to an upgraded carryall for their cosmetics? A lovely leather set is luxurious and thoughtful and stylish to boot.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Stylish Pajama Set
A classic bridesmaid gift, a pajama set will always please. We love a button-up shirt and shorts combination because you can get your makeup done in them, and easily unbutton the shirt to get dressed (rather than lift it over your head) and keep your hair and makeup in-tact.
Josaphine pajama set, $145, Three J NYC
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A Polaroid Camera
Polaroid cameras have become very trendy for weddings of late, and with good reason! It's so much fun to have physical keepsakes from your big day, and we love the vintage look of the images. You can gift each of your 'maids a camera and a couple rolls of film, and ask them to use one at the wedding, then take the camera and the second roll home for their own personal use! Everyone wins!