December 8, 2023

Whether they’re hosting a beautiful bridal shower, planning an epic bachelorette party or bringing your wedding guests to happy tears with a touching champagne toast, bridesmaids really go the extra mile in the days surrounding your big day. But, despite the fact that your bridal party is composed of the people you know best, finding a gift that says thank youin a meaningful way can be a bit of a challenge.

While there’s nothing wrong with surprising your bridesmaids with matching bathrobes for the perfect hair and makeup photo op, the best bridesmaid gifts are ones that they’ll treasure and use again and again. We spoke to a handful of experienced bridesmaids to find out which gifts they love most, including some that don’t seem like an obvious choice at first, but turn out to be practical, sentimental and sweet reminders of their newly-married friend. So if you’re stumped about what to get your special ladies, here are eight of the best bridesmaid gift ideas to inspire you, sourced from the experts themselves.

The Best Personalized Bridesmaid Gift

A Sweet Keepsake To Hold Their Treasures

Bridal swag like cocktail napkins and matchbooks are a fun way to commemorate you and your partner, so why not do the same for your bridesmaids by gifting them a personalized jewelry box? This simple jewelry box from Mejuri comes in two sizes, and can be monogrammed with up to three characters. “Ever since I lost an earring on a business trip, I never travel without this jewelry box,” says Stephanie from Washington, D.C. “It’s the perfect size for holding my everyday jewelry, and I like that I can remove the trays to make space for bracelets and chunky earrings. The fact that it’s monogrammed with my initials makes it extra special.”

The Best Pampering Bridesmaid Gift

All The Essentials For An At-Home Spa Day

Katie from Boston, MA, shares, “Of the most unique bridesmaid gifts I’ve received was a set of luxurious body wash and lotion that I would never have splurged on for myself.” Stone Hollow Farmstead Relaxation Gift boxes includes the option to add a body polish, shower oil and an aromatherapy rollerball with lavender and citrus notes, or a soy wax candle, bath bomb, rollerball perfume and a bundle of dried eucalyptus with notes of orange blossom. It’s the perfect treat for your bridesmaid to unwind with after the excitement and activity of your wedding is over.

The Best Luxury Cashmere Bridesmaid Gift

A Cozy Wrap That Will Always Remind Them Of You

As a thank you for serving as the maid of honor in her cousin’s wedding, Kerry from Los Angeles, CA, received a soft cashmere wrap that she says “goes where I go, no matter the season or occasion.” She adds, “I use it to stay warm on long flights, and wear it as a big scarf in the winter.” The wool used in Quince’s cashmere wrap is sourced from Mongolia, and comes in four classic tones.

The Best Cozy Wearable Bridesmaid Gift

A Soft Pajama Set For Kicking Back In Style

After receiving a similar gift as a bridesmaid herself, Victoria from Natick, MA, later presented her own bridal party with this pajama bundle from Lake. “These are the softest, coziest pajamas I’ve ever owned.” she shares. “I love that the set comes with shorts and pants so I can be comfortable all year round. I literally wear these every night and lounge around in them on the weekend.”

The Best Keepsake Bridesmaid Gift

A Bejeweled Keepsake That’s Available In Gold Or Silver

The Best Useful Bridesmaid Gift

A Stylish Travel Case That Can Be Personalized

As a gesture of thanks for being a bridesmaid in her friend’s destination wedding, Robyn from Wellesley, MA, was given this set of leather travel cases from Cuyana. “My makeup and toiletry bags were so old, the zippers were broken,” she admits. “My friend had these bags monogrammed with my initials, and after four years, they’re still in incredible shape. The small case is perfect for holding cosmetics, and the big case is large enough to fit my toiletries and phone charger.”

The Best Bridesmaid Gift For Preserving Memories

A Gilded Frame That’s Understated Yet Elegant

“Gilded frames are expensive and not something I’d normally buy for myself,” says Christina from Hingham, MA, who was thrilled to receive this bamboo gallery frame after doing a reading at her friend’s elopement. “The style can pass for traditional or modern, and it goes well with my eclectic decor. Right now it’s holding a baby photo of one of my kids, and I like knowing that I’ll have it for years.” Best of all, unlike frames engraved with the couple’s initials and wedding date, this inconspicuous option is one your bridesmaid will be proud to display long after the nuptials are over.

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The Best Floral Bridesmaid Gift

A Thoughtful Gift That Keeps On Giving

Fresh flowers may be an out-of-the box bridesmaid gift, but having been in my fair share of weddings, I can honestly say that I really don’t need anything. That is, of course, unless someone wants to send me a stunning bouquet every month. Urban Stems offers flower arrangement subscriptions in various monthly increments and tiers, so you can choose the option that works best for your budget and your bridesmaid’s preferences. 


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