How To Choose Gifts For Bridesmaids And Groomsmen

December 29 2015

 

 

Your bridesmaids or groomsmen support you on your wedding day, just as they have supported you throughout your life. Finding the perfect gifts to show them your appreciation is one of the more stressful - and often overlooked - aspects of wedding planning.

Luckily, choosing gifts for your friends is easier than you think. Here are a few pointers to help you choose gifts bound to please even your pickiest companions.

One Size Fits All

When it comes to gifts for your wedding party, one size fits all. Look for items that you know everyone likes. Your friends understand that weddings are expensive and stressful. They don't expect lavish gifts or highly personalized items.   

Generic items, like this tasteful bottle opener, are practical, beautifully made, and something your friends will actually enjoy using. Wallets also make excellent gifts for both groomsmen and bridesmaids.

One size fits all gifts prevent hurt feelings. Uniform gifts are the best way to make them feel appreciated. Trying to pick out the perfect gift for each friend inevitably ends up with one gift falling short. These types of gifts also run in the same price range. Discrepancies in price not only affect your budget but also sometimes hurt the feelings of others.

There is no need to waste time or energy trying to make your friends feel special. Asking them to take part in your wedding party has already said that louder than any gift. 

Personalize Without Panicking

There is something nice about a personal touch. One size fits all gifts lend themselves well to small personalizations. Engraving or selecting a particular option like color or design helps make each member of your party feel noticed.

Bottle openers, for instance, come in a wide variety of designs. An avid cyclist might enjoy an opener like this one, whereas a tennis fan is sure to get a kick out of opening bottles with this opener. Another option is giving each of your friends a part of a set, like these bud vases. Every time your friends use them brings the memory of your friendship.

Go Classic Or Hip

The tone of your wedding sets the tone of your gift. If you have a traditional bachelor party, your gift should reflect the experience. A cigar holder or flask is appropriate to the occasion.

Don't forget about your bridesmaids. Flasks and shot glasses are equally appropriate for your female friends, as are jewelry boxes and bags. You might even find some in your wedding colors.

If your wedding trends a little less conventional, be creative with your gifts. Remind your bridesmaids, and yourself, to take a deep breath with a yoga statue or a bowl of beach. For environmentally conscious couples, tasteful stainless steel water bottles are a great way to reduce waste and give a useful, positive gift.

Gifts For The Home

Your friends might want some of the same things listed on your registry. Gifts for the home are always embraced with enthusiasm by bridesmaids and groomsmen alike. While they might not be traditional, these gifts provide an affordable, tasteful, and useful option for friends of the happy couple.

Wine stoppers, cocktail shakers, cutting boards, cheese knives and cheese boards all present elegant options that party members will not only use, but adore. Plus, if they don't appreciate the gift, home gifts make excellent re-gifting options 

A Toast To Friendship

At the end of the day, your friends don't care about their gifts. Your happiness is more important, and they share your joy and excitement. Take a deep breath and don't sweat the gift giving.

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