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 2014 — gifts your bridesmaids will actually like receiving. Unless they hate awesome stuff.
These beautiful and personal initial bracelets can be worn at the wedding for a uniform look, but they aren’t so precious looking that your bridesmaids won’t love wearing them long after your nuptials are over and done.
Clinique Full Potential Lips Mini Duo Collection 5 Piece Set
This is my favorite lip gloss collection — I have them in random coat pockets and various purses and bags — and this set is unique in that there are two universally-flattering colors in each tube, giving your bridesmaids lots of different options.
Pretty little stash box
Just a cute little box to stash jewelry, love notes, a lover’s lock of hair. You know, the usual.
Lavender Apple Bliss Gift Set
My favorite scent of hand lotion, hands down. This collection comes in a beautiful gift box and includes all the stuff. All of it.
Initial Jewelry Dish
Another place to stash your jewelry, glasses, morning vitamins, and lover’s lock of hair. What? Doesn’t anyone keep lovers’ locks of hair anymore?
7-Piece Stainless Steep Martini Set (plus chocolate-covered olive almonds)
This is the kind of gift you might see more of on a groomsman list, but why should they have all the fun? Plus, you guys, the olives are actually chocolate-covered almonds! SQUEE!
Orla Kiely Poppy Bag Collection
Target has a adorably collection of Orla Kiely bags in various colors that would make fantastic gifts on their own. If you want to personalize them, you could 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.
Painted Wooden Vase and Candle Holder
How pretty are these? SO PRETTY!
If you decide to give these gorgeous leather wristlets 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.
Le Creuset Wine Cooler Sleeve
Don’t forget to include a bottle of bubbly!