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The Bride's Guide for Gifting Her Maids

Half the fun of getting married is having your most loved girlfriends by your side for so many special memories and events. Throughout your wedding planning process, your gals are (in most cases) helping you with all the important little details. From choosing the perfect dress, to planning your bridal shower, to dumping tequila shots down your throat at the bachelorette party, you couldn't imagine having your wedding go on without them.


Since they've been such a huge help, and not to mention probably have spent a little extra time and cash to be a part of your big day, surprising them with a little gift on the wedding day is a sweet gesture showing that you're extra thankful for their friendship.


Choosing bridesmaids gifts can be overwhelming, so I'm sharing 12 gift ideas that your maids are sure to love!


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Monogrammed Robes


Robes are a great option for the morning of the wedding. Easy to slip on so they won't run the chance of messing up hair and makeup! Get something lightweight and comfortable for all your bridesmaids, your mom, mother-in-law, and yourself! With so many prints, styles, and colors to choose from, you can easily pick out something different for everyone or make it all cohesive. Adding monogrammed initials and title makes these a special keepsake for everyone in the bridal party that will be used over and over again!


I purchased these pineapple robes for my bridal party because duh, I'm obsessed with pineapples. All of my bridesmaids wore pink, while my mom wore navy, and I wore white.



Pajama Sets


Like robes, pajama sets are another cute & comfortable option for the night before/morning of the wedding. Not only are they adorable for getting ready photos, they'll also make it easy to keep your hair and makeup looking great with the button down closure. Give your girls something that they can continue to wear and love even after the wedding festivities are over.



Wine/Drink Tumblers or Insulators


I've a firm believer that you can never have enough stainless cups. Whether your drink needs to stay hot or be kept cold, you can never go wrong with a quality tumbler. Splurge & give your girls these Yeti cups that they'll use for life or make it a little more personal with these adorable customized name cups! Don't want to go the tumbler route? Give them their own can insulator for the reception! Available for beer cans or seltzer cans.




BANDITS


Bandits are a functional & stylish wrap bracelet with a hidden zipper pocket. They're perfect for keeping your rings or other jewelry, keys, medication, cash, or other small items safe while you're working out, cooking, gardening, or doing your job. All too often, we lose things that are so valuable to us because we simply misplace them. Never worry about your treasured items again with the safe & secure pocket of a BANDIT. Don't wear a bracelet? That's okay -- they even have tons of cute scrunchies with a hidden velcro pocket. Trust me when I say this is a MUST have accessory that your bridesmaids are sure to love.



Alex & Ani Charm Bracelets


Charm bracelets are a timeless gift. Alex & Ani are a particular favorite as the bangle trend continues. Available in silver, gold, rose gold, and two-tone, you'll easily find one that pairs well with any skin tone. There are so many different charms & meanings, so make it personal & choose something special for each of your maids, or go for their bridesmaid gift set of 4 bangles. Either way, these are a thoughtful gift that your friends can wear for years to come.




MantraBand


If you like the bangle trend but aren't so much into the charms, MantraBand is right up your alley. Mantraband is a woman-owned brand that strives to inspire & empower through tiny pieces of jewelry with daily reminders to choose happiness & live a life of positivity. With so many mantras to choose from, you'll find the perfect one that fits each and every one of your bridesmaids plus your mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, etc! Such a beautiful and heart-felt gift that your girls will love and can easily be worn solo or stacked for some seriously inspirational arm candy. Use code 'LIVEBETTERBALANCED' for 10% off your order!




Coordinate Jewelry


Another thoughtful idea for your jewelry-loving girlfriends. I actually wanted to get coordinate necklaces so badly for my bridesmaids, but thought of it too late to get them made. I love the concept of coordinates - they're secretive & special and honestly just look really cool. A great way to gift these is by googling the coordinates of the place you met each of your bridesmaids, or where your favorite memory with them takes place! Write a little note explaining the location of the coordinates & tell them why that place means so much to you and your friendship and watch each of them melt right in front of you!



Framed Photo


A framed photo of your favorite memory with each of your girls is an inexpensive and thoughtful gift idea that you can never go wrong with. Spruce up your photo with a pretty frame that they'll love! My favorite places to shop for frames are Hobby Lobby during the 50% off sale as well as Homegoods & TJ Maxx!



Mani/Pedi Party


Part of the fun of being in a wedding is getting the bridal party together for manicures and pedicures before the big day. A bride can easily make this part of her bridesmaid gifting by covering the costs of the girls' services. Many salons will allow bridal parties to book out the space for a few hours. Make a morning of it by setting up a fun little brunch party, complete with mimosas, bagels, pastries, and fruit! Everyone can relax, chat, and get pampered for the main event while snacking on their favorites!



Tote Bag or Makeup Pouch


I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many bags! Tote bags or makeup pouches are a fun gift that your gals will use for years to come. Customizing bags with each girl's name is a fun and simple touch. It also doubles as a gift bag if you're planning on giving your girls multiple items!



Touch Up Kit


Whether your wedding is in the summer or winter, makeup and hair touch ups are always necessary throughout the day. Gift your maids a bridesmaid survival kit, complete with everything they'll need to make little corrections here and there on the wedding day. You can easily DIY these to save some serious cash! Bonus: pack them in the above mentioned makeup pouch!


Each touch up kit should include these necessities:

  • Bobby pins

  • Pocket mirror

  • Lip gloss

  • Mini-deodorant/perfume

  • Oil blotting papers

  • Q-tips

  • Kleenex

  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Tums (for possible headaches or tummy trouble, it's common!)

  • Mini mascara (optional)

  • Mini hairspray (optional)

  • Sponge (optional)



Unique & Personal Gift


It's not uncommon that each of your bridesmaids may be wildly different, which is why it can be difficult at times to gift them all the same items. It can be really fun to personalize an item in each girl's gift to show your love & appreciation. Choose a price limit, whether that is $10, $25, $50 -- whatever you're comfortable with, and pick out a special gift that is fitting for each member of your bridal party.


So, you have a friend who loves to cook, maybe she'd like a cute new apron or oven mitts. A bookworm friend? She'd love a new book. That girl that loves makeup; how about a new eyeshadow palette? While picking these gifts may be a little more time consuming, personalizing them shows your friends that you know them so well & appreciate their differences!



It's no surprise that brides already have their hands full with all the wedding planning, so I hope that these ideas make your gifting a little bit easier!


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