It’s wedding week here on Dear Wendy, and, to celebrate, I have some handy-dandy wedding-related gift guides to help you find the perfect gift for the brides, grooms, bachelorettes and bridesmaids in your life. A popular convention around bridesmaids’ gifts is to give something that you’d like your bridesmaids to wear during the wedding, like matching necklaces or fascinators. Boo, I say. The point of a gift is to give something you think the recipient would enjoy and appreciate… and maybe use beyond the occasion of your wedding. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite bridesmaid gift ideas of 2013 — gifts your bridesmaids will actually like receiving. Unless they hate awesome stuff.
Foldable Ballet Flat
These are my favorite, go-to flats in the spring and summer and are perfect for throwing in a purse or tote and changing into late in the evening when your heels start giving you grief. Bridesmaids will love wearing them to dance at the reception and will appreciate a gift they can continue using well after the wedding is over.
Flask with a Built-in Collapsible Shot Glass
I think the name says it all, no?
All-Occasion Notecard Set
Who wouldn’t appreciate a set of notecards for different occasions to have at the ready when that birthday pops up you forgot to get a card for? Plus, these cards are great quality and cute to boot.
If you decide to give these gorgeous silk clutches to your bridesmaids, can I be an honorary one? I will wear whatever you tell me to and do my hair in whatever fashion and I’ll even put on tight shoes if it will score me a clutch as sweet as this one. Thanks.
Kenneth Cole Gold Disc Long Illusion Necklace
The great thing about this necklace is its versatility. Wear it with a fancy dress, throw it on with a tank and jeans, or layer it with a bunch of other long necklaces. Because it can be worn with so much and in so many different ways, it’s the kind of gift that would appeal to a group of women with different styles. In other words, perfect for a set of bridesmaids.
These hardback journals are covered in custom printed fabric and feature eco-friendly, wood-free paper. You could slip a heart-felt note in each journal and maybe a favorite photo of you and the bridesmaid since so few of us actually make prints of favorite photos anymore.
The Pinned Pretty store on Etsy has lots of different handmade cosmetic bags at various sizes and price points that can be mixed and matched for a pretty bridesmaid gift set. Fill each bag with some of your favorite bath and beauty items, like clear lipgloss (I love Elizabeth Arden’s), Lush bath bombs, fancy hand lotion, a small perfume sample (my current fave is See By Chloe), and maybe a small travel candle.
Gourmet Chocolate Truffles
If you have a favorite chocolate company, or one that is local to your area, a small gift box for each of your bridesmaids would make a lovely gift. I have several favorite chocolate companies, but for pretty packaging and unique flavors, you can’t beat Vosges. The 9-piece exotic truffle collection is a perfect gift size.
Curvy Flower Vase
These vases are so beautiful, they don’t even need flowers to enhance their appeal. There’s five in the set, each more lovely than the last. Like your bridesmaids, right?