Special presents for your friends and loved ones standing beside you on your big day.
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Of course, your bridesmaids will agree that the most meaningful and lasting gesture is being asked to fill such an important role on your wedding day. However, it's customary (and fun) to give each of your bridesmaids a thank-you present from the heart. Bridesmaid gifts come in all shapes and sizes, from big and luxurious to small and silly. So whether you want to bestow sweet, thoughtful gifts or something creative and super unique, there’s a favor idea out there that you’re sure to love. Ahead, bridesmaid gift options for every type of girl, wedding, and budget, to help you show your girls just how much they mean to you.
Ceramic Macaron Boxes
There's no sweeter way to ask friends to be attendants than tucking notes inside ceramic macaron cookies from Site NYC. Arrange several on a plate, offering one to each pal, or hide them among their edible counterparts for a true surprise. Make it personal by calligraphing recipients' names on strips of paper. Later, the gold-clasped compacts, which come in six shades, can store tiny treasures like earrings or special coins.
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Help your 'maids relax while they prep for your wedding with matching robes in bold, playful prints. Get them embroidered in each of their names for a more personal touch.
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For a spa-getaway bachelorette party in Scottsdale, Arizona, this bride gave each of her girlfriends a tote bag, embroidered with the couple's monogram, that held a tumbler, headband, and the resort's spa menu.
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If you're tying the knot stateside, give your BFFs United Scents of America fragrances ($18 each) that capture the essence of the place where you'll wed.
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Share your favorite family recipes with your closest pals. Annotate with recollections to add personal flavor. Scan and size recipes and photos with photo-editing software, and print onto card stock. Cut to size, and place in tins. Wrap tins with a wide band of paper printed with a colorful pattern (scanned vintage kitchen linens work well).
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Silk-Flower Hair Bands
Silk flowers never wilt or fade, which makes them a fitting memento of your wedding. Share them with your bridesmaids by making these pretty hair bands.
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Your bridesmaids' eyes may fill with tears, but they'll be free of windblown hair if you've provided pretty barrette gifts. The barrettes start out as inexpensive bare-metal clips. You add flair by supergluing mother-of-pearl flowers or flowery buttons.
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Photo Magnets and Tacks
A homey take on the traditional locket: Bottle caps inset with small black-and-white pictures can be used as thumbtacks or magnets. Put favorite pictures of you and your bridesmaids in the caps and give them each a pretty box filled with tacks or magnets full of memories.
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Memory Flip Book
A video of your bridesmaids dancing at your bachelorette party or laughing at your bridal shower can be transformed into a keep-at-hand photo flip book for repeated enjoyment. Websites such as flipclips.com will turn a 10- to 30-second digital video clip into a palm-size tome with pages that re-create the big event when leafed through quickly. Choose from a range of sizes and custom-cover options.
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To turn wedding-day accessories into lovely keepsakes for your bridal party, why not add customized labels bearing your wedding date, monogram, or some other personal note? Start by creating a template at a specialty manufacturer (we tapped Name Maker) with the fonts, colors, and sizes of your choice. Hand-stitch the labels to the backs or insides of purses or other fabric items you plan to give your bridesmaids.
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Although bridesmaids are likely to be more relaxed than the bride and groom, they still have their own share of anxiety and excitement. Soothe them with a set of luxurious toiletries more likely to be found at a spa than a wedding. Here, a simple box lined with a cloth contains small indulgences such as scented bar soaps, bath salts, bath gel, lotion, candles, and tea bags.
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For the Luxe Bridesmaid
Cashmere pajama shorts. Perfume in a bejeweled bottle. Butter-soft leather driving gloves. Nothing here is a necessity, but to your friend who has everything, they are all necessary indulgences.
1. Candle in figuier vert, Diptyque, $68, bergdorfgoodman.com.
2. Estee Lauder private collection tuberose gardenia parfum, $300, esteelauder.com.
3. Tap shorts, White + Warren, $100, whiteandwarren.com.
4. Monogrammed notebook, Graphic Image, $53.75, graphicimage.com.
5. "Twist" tumblers, LBK Studio, $40 each, lbkstudio.com.
6. Lacquer boxes, Pacific Connections, $59 and $77, lilleashop.com.
7. Faux shagreen pencils, Dransfield & Ross, $26, unica home.com.
8. "Princess" necklace, Suzanne Kalan, $520, Sundance Catalog, 800-422-2770.
9. Topaz pendant, Suzanne Kalan, $380, Fragments, 212-537-5000.
10. Driving gloves, Carolina Amato, $149, eLUXURY.com.
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For the Hopeless Romantic Bridesmaid
For the bridesmaid who takes time to smell the roses (and gardenias and freesias), thank her with a unique artisanal find, such as a handmade porcelain vase, a striking photograph of peonies, or old-fashioned (but cheeky) engraved calling cards.
1. Print, Kari Herer, $25, kariherer.com.
2. Engraved gold baby disc, Ginette NY, $490, 212-627-3763.
3. Pink star tourmaline ring, Jamie Joseph, $1,331, shoppersimmon.com.
4. "Cable knit" vase, Alyssa Ettinger, $120, alyssaettinger.com.
5. "Gold suitcase" card, Dempsey and Carroll, $55 for 10 with envelopes, dempseyandcarroll.com.
6. "Bicycle" card, $34 for 10; "Flying pig" card, $26 for 16; Foxglove Writing from Thornwillow Press, thornwillow.com.
7. Scented soaps, Caswell-Massey, $35 for box of 3 in various colors, caswellmassey.com.
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If she's a foodie, she'll savor these delightful items we've cooked up for her, from gourmet sea salts to a coffee-of-the-month subscription to steak knives that look like works of art.
1. Pierre Dubost steak knives, Laguiole, $250 for 6, touchofeurope.net
2. Truffle salt, $28; set of finishing salts, $39.50; williams-sonoma.com
3. "Golden berry" champagne glasses, Roost, $16 each, janandaya.com
4. Rose champagne, Veuve Clicquot, $76, wine.com
5. Ice bucket and tools, $30; cocktail napkin, $3; Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, macys.com
6. Stone spice bowls, SURevolution, $25 for similar, vivre.com
7. "Milano" 14-ounce milk frother, Frabosk, $30, chefini.com
8. "Ellipse" silverplate serving spoons, Calvin Klein Home, $40, 212-292-9000. Engraving, Jenny's Engraving, 212-221-2611
9. Coffee of the month, $60 for 3 months, igourmet.com
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Photography: Judy Pak Photography18 of 18
This bride spoiled her 'maids with floral robes, monogrammed scarves, and bottles of bubbly, all contained within an adorable quote tote bag.