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Even though you probably feel like you’ve already spent an arm and a leg on your wedding, you need to spend a little bit more on some classy gifts for your bridesmaids or groomsmen. These people have put a lot of energy into helping you plan for the wedding and host parties leading up to your big day, not to mention setting aside their time to participate in your wedding weekend. Giving a gift is a tangible way for you to express your thankfulness for their friendship and commitment to you.
One fun gift idea is to put together survival bags for your favorite girls and give them all the little things they’ll need during your big day. Start by monogramming a fun canvas bag or pretty little clutch, then gather fun items to put in the bags. They’ll need some high-energy snack foods, a pack of gum, one of their favorite fragrances or lotions, and a pair of flip flops so they won’t have to wear dress shoes all day.
Another idea for bridesmaids is to purchase jewelry they can wear during the wedding and keep as a gift. They’ll look great wearing matching earrings and necklaces. Plus, what girl doesn’t love to have a little bit more jewelry to add to her collection? Choose pieces that fit in your budget but are still memorable and worth keeping. Or you can just take all the girls out to get your nails done and have a nice lunch together in lieu of getting traditional gifts.
Gifts for groomsmen typically fall into the category of “nice things engraved with each groomsman’s name or initials.” Consider getting each of the guys an awesome beer stein or pilsner glass engraved with his initials or a funny joke from your years of friendship. Other gift ideas include engraved flasks, pocket knives, money clips or watches. Choose a simple, classy design and get the engraving done well in advance to make sure everything comes out correctly and is ready to give before your wedding.
Just like a bride can get her bridesmaids jewelry to wear on the big day, the groom can get his groomsmen things to wear. Choose a classy pair of cuff links for each guy to wear during the wedding so they all match. Another idea is to get each guy a brightly colored tie and matching pair of socks, of course, with the bride’s approval. If you do this, take the obligatory jumping photo so you can capture the socks and ties in motion.
If you have money to spare, consider adding other things that spice up the gifts and make more of a personal touch. For example, you could get each of your bridesmaids or groomsmen a book you think they would enjoy, or tickets to one of their favorite concerts or sporting events. A nice bottle of wine is another great gift that your bridesmaid or groomsman will be able to enjoy later for a special occasion.
The most important thing to remember when selecting gifts is that you want to show your bridesmaids or groomsmen how much you appreciate them. Think back on all of your years of friendship and all the things they have done for you. The least you can do for them is give them something special to say thanks as you head off to get married. Your friendship will likely change now that you’re tying the knot, but you still want your best friends to have a tangible reminder of how much you care about them.
About the Author: Holly is an Indianapolis native who loves to bake, regularly tackles DIY projects and blogs for Sears in her free time.
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