Hunting down the best bridesmaids gifts may seem like another daunting task during wedding planning. We get it. Planning a wedding is an exhausting and anxiety-inducing enterprise. Between the expectations of parents, opinions of future in-laws, and every little damn decision, you may be feeling more than a little stressed out. Then there are the eye-bugging articles that instruct, “How to Plan a Wedding in 150 Easy Steps.” And figuring out The Dress. And the rings. Not to mention, deciding when to DIY or hire the pros. You’re a project manager, coordinator, therapist, stylist, and all-around master juggler. You’re probably burning the candle at both ends and are making your eye cream work overtime. It’s enough to turn even the most chill of brides into an overwhelmed ball of nerves, stress-eating Haagen Dazs on the couch.
Enter your bridesmaids. This is the crew that’s been there during bad breakups, bangs, and bosses. These ladies know where the bones are buried and are your wedding day stans. Not only are they there for you at the altar, but they can run interference between family members and take on last-minute coordination. They’ll help you chill the eff out so you’re not pulling out your updo in stress on the big day. So, you’ll want to give them an awesome bridesmaid gift to show how much you appreciate them and to keep your single-life secrets out of the toasts.
So to save you some of your precious time, we’ve gathered the best, budget-friendly, and most unique bridesmaid gifts out there (we even asked some wedding planning experts). We’ve also included some bridesmaid proposal gift ideas for when YOU pop the question. And don’t forget about a gift for Mom, too!
Best Bridesmaid Gift Ideas
“I hate something soft and silky,” said no one ever. Give the ladies a lounge set they can enjoy while getting ready on your big day. “On the day of [the wedding], typically brides will give a robe or PJ set (as long as it’s button down for hair and makeup purposes) and a set of jewelry to wear on the wedding day,” says Bettina Benizri, event planner and president of Busy Bee’s Events in South Florida. Choose from nearly every shade of the rainbow and lots of patterns to complement your wedding colors or their favorite hues.
How soft and cuddly is this blanket? Even if you’re planning a summertime wedding, it’s never too early to plan for cool weather decor. This luxe throw is something your bridesmaids will love snuggling into with a cup of tea, reminiscing about your nuptials.
Is there anyone who doesn’t love this beauty bestseller? Urban Decay has taken our favorite shades and put them all in a single set. The eyeshadow palette looks amazing on everyone and is a must in your wedding party’s beauty bag.
Thank your bridesmaids for helping you tie the knot with these chic gold and silver knot studs. Each pair is handmade and comes with a reusable organza bag. Their modern and understated design guarantees they’ll enjoy wearing them long after you say, “I do.”
Now that we’re traveling again, refresh their luggage options with a colorful getaway bag. This one by Vera Bradley is made from soft microfiber that’s easy to clean. A perfect carry-on, it’s roomy enough for all the essentials and comes in eight colors.
Thank your bridal party for their support with some luxurious products for pampering before and after the big event. This set from L’Occitane features all of their bestsellers and can deliver a home-based spacation experience your girlfriends will love.
Fresh blooms delivered to the front porch? Um, yes please. Give the gift that keeps on giving and treat them to a few months of fresh flowers. That way they won’t feel bummed if they forget to bring home a centerpiece as a memento from the reception.
Best Cheap Bridesmaid Gifts
This bag is roomy enough for all the things and keeps them within easy reach. Hang it on a door or hook for convenient access. “They will most likely keep a cute bathroom bag with their name on it for a long time, and if it is a good one, it is very handy to have — not to mention, [it has a] personal touch [because it’s] from a fabulous friend,” says Lindsay Wiggins, wedding planner and owner of Bliss Productions in San Clemente, CA.
Wrap their feet in slippers so soft and cozy, they won’t wear anything else. These scuffers make ideal footwear for pre-wedding primping and will quickly become part of their home office uniform (does anyone even own heels anymore)? Just buy the damn things, says one Amazon reviewer: “BUY THEM. Stop moving them to ‘save for later,’ stop looking at other similar ones, just BUY these. They are amazing. So comfortable.” They come in 10 colors so you can match them to your wedding party attire.
Show them how much they mean to you with these delicate birthstone necklaces they can wear on your big day and for years to come. Include your and their birthstones and initialed leaves to make it extra personal and special.
Snail mail is back in style, so gift your crew with stationery personalized with their name or monogram. We especially love the soft-textured paper with its upscale feel. This set of notecards features a chic bordered design available in 12 colors.
A luxe soy candle by Benevolence will have their homes smelling amazing. Notes of English rose and bergamot are a harmonious blend of florals and earth musk. Slow-burning soy makes these candles last at least 45 blissful hours.
A pretty little perch for all their trinkets and baubles is always appreciated. Make it personal by adding their initial. If your budget allows, add the mixed metal studs or personalized necklace to complete the set.
Give them a steamy shower they won’t forget (no, not THAT kind). When placed in the corner of the shower, these aromatherapy steamers infuse the air with essential oils. The set includes calming lavender, energizing mint, cozy vanilla, and fruity watermelon and grapefruit.
A wine tumbler, because obviously. It’s a personalized sippy cup for grown-ups that comes in 14 colors and 12 different font styles. The insulated interior works for cold and hot beverages and includes a BPA-free matching straw.
A beach cover-up is a must for summertime events, especially if you’re having a beachy destination wedding. We love this crochet-style piece that provides just enough coverage and comes in 30 colors and patterns.
Best Unique Bridesmaid Gifts
Ok brides, this one will take a bit of extra work but it’s so worth it. Collect some of your favorite pics of you with your bridesmaids and create a photo collage. Inscribe it with a memory, quote, or “established on (the date you became friends).” Have it framed and delivered to their homes before or after the event, especially if they’re traveling a long distance to the wedding.
These lovely little travel boxes are perfect for all their baubles and bling. Made from faux leather, they fit up to 20 pieces of jewelry and can tuck into a carry-on or weekend bag. Personalize with their name or monogram, and gift them before the event so they can keep their bridal jewelry organized.
Remind your bridesmaids how special they are with a Wishbeads bracelet. A fun alternative to initialed jewelry, these bracelets contain a secret message! Write a special note to your friends on the included paper, roll it up, and tuck it inside the clasp.
It’s always nice to have a separate bag for makeup—a soap or shampoo spill on your fave lipstick sucks while you’re traveling. Customize these canvas pouches with their name and a heart.
Here’s a better take on the special brownies you and your BFFs made in college (BTW, these don’t contain THC like those aforementioned baked goods). After everything your bridesmaids are doing for you, they deserve to chill. Let them kick up their feet and bliss out with decadent chocolates with benefits.
They’ll get everything but the booze in these parties in a box from the Cocktail Kit. They can whip up their favorite concoction or discover a new one with three mixers: classic margarita, old fashioned, and a cool lavender lemon drop that changes color when lemon juice is added. Play a round boozy bingo with the included cards, too!
These one-of-a-kind handblown globes will have them manifesting their dreams on the daily. The included slips of paper encourage writing regular affirmations, hopes, and things they’re grateful for. Globes look great as decor on a shelf or accent table.
Personalized jewelry never goes out of style, and we’re sweet on these minimalist birthstone earrings. Gemstones rest inside sterling silver cubes for a chic look. A matching necklace is available to complete the set.
Best Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gifts
If you and your friends A) have more inside jokes than the Kardashians have plastic surgery procedures, and B) have entire conversations through facial expressions, you NEED these wine glasses. Because if you can’t say it with snark, what’s the point of saying it at all?
It’s a bridesmaid! Surprise them with an explosion of confetti as you pop the question. Personalize the gift box with their name and customize your message. Choose from four different color combinations-pink, more pink, black/gold, and violet.
Pop the bridesmaid question with these lovely little cuffs. Available in gold, silver, or rose gold (our favorite), the cuffs feature the inscription on the inside and a neutral leaf design on the outside. They come with a cute keepsake gift bag and card for easy gifting.
Pink and gold goodies await in this bridesmaid gift box. A mug, sunglasses, magnets, photo frame, and jewelry dish are nestled in a keepsake box, and the big question is printed on the inside lid. Says Amazon reviewer Sarah, “Perfect! What you see is what you get! So happy with this product and my bridesmaids loved it!” Make it extra special and add a mini bottle of bubbly.
Speaking of bubbly, make it the main event with these rose gold mini champagne bottle labels. Pick out your favorite rose or sparkling rose, slap on the label, tie it up with a ribbon, and you’re done!
If the way to their hearts is through their stomachs, you’re on the right track with these adorable proposal cookies. Personalize with your friends’ names, the wedding date, and your colors. Made to order with hints of fresh vanilla and almond, these cookies look too good to eat. Almost.