As a current bride-to-be and wedding vendor who works closely with the bridal party, here are some useable, practical & fun bridesmaids' gifts!
LIPSTICK/ LIPGLOSS: Even if your bridesmaids aren't "makeup girlies", gifting a lippie is not only fun, but it's also very practical! Once hair/ makeup leaves, lips are usually the first thing to wear off (you know, all the champs & toasting photos!) You can gift all the same color, or you can gift a color you know will look good on each girl. My top picks: DRUG STORE | HIGH END
PJ'S/ ROBES: Skip the silky, short robe! They're hard to fit everyone and the material is usually too slippery to stay tied up all morning. 9 times out of 10, I see bridesmaids wearing stuff underneath because they're cold or uncomfortable in just the robe. Instead, opt for some cute PJ's or a lounge set that match your wedding colors! (Also skip putting "Bridesmaid" printed on them...trust me!) PRO TIP: If you are getting PJs with a collar, make sure the collar sits low and is flexible. If anyone gets a low bun hairstyle, collars often mess up the style. My top picks: SILKY PJ SET | COMFY LOUNGE SET | WINTER WEDDING PJ SET
SILK HAIR SCRUNCHY: Another practical & cute gift! While your girls are getting their makeup done, a silk hair scrunchy is a helpful tool to keep hair off their face. Plus, who doesn't always need more hair ties?! My top picks: MULTI COLOR PACK | CHAMPAGNE TONE
SLIPPERS: Gather your girls shoe sizes and order some fuzzy slippers! A lot of bridal suites (especially for summer months) are fully air conditioned. This means, cold feet! If you don't think slippers match the vibe, get some cute slides or flip flops. Flip flops are also practical for dancing time! My top picks: FUZZY SLIPPERS | SLIDES
PERFUME: Even though people often have varying tastes in perfume scents, you usually know your girls and what they like! Perfume rollers or mini sizes are a more affordable option than a full-sized bottle. This is also something they can use on the wedding day & keep in their clutch or purse to re-apply throughout the evening! My top picks: VICTORIA'S SECRET SCENT | YSL
JEWELRY: If you are a bride who likes uniformity, gifting a necklace, bracelet, or earrings is PERFECT! It helps ensure you get that uniformity you're looking for, while providing a special gift for your girls. I've seen brides who gift both a necklace and earrings, others just choose one. My top picks: SMALL HOOPS | DAINTY NECKLACE | BRACELET
HAIR/ MAKEUP: Depending on your budget and your bridal party needs, gifting hair/ makeup (or one or the other) makes a great gift! If you don't think your girls will like the physical gifts like mentioned above, giving the gift of professional makeup and hair is a great one!
Everyone's gifting budget will be different- and that's OKAY. Even if you have a small budget, giving one or two practical things to your girls will be greatly appreciated!
Now, this might be controversial, but THINGS I WOULD SKIP IN A BRIDESMAID GIFT BAG: Anything saying "bridesmaid" on it. Just personally, it's overdone and no one wants to carry around a Tumblr with that plastered on it after the wedding day. While you're at it, skip the mugs/ Tumblr's/ in general! Get some cute plastic cups that can just be recycled after the morning. I know I personally already have too many in my house!
What are you gifting your girls? What is the best gift you got for being in a wedding?! Let us know in the comments...
PC: Anne Mientka Photography
Hillary Fay, Vermont & SW FL Makeup Artist.