It’s your beautiful, big day and your bridesmaids have all stomached your bridezilla moments, cradled you in times of high stress and have walked by your side every step of the way. Don’t you think it’s time to give them a little something to show how much you appreciate them? Forget run-of-the-mill presents; this list of creative gifts will be something they never forget.
If one of your bridesmaids is a total movie buff, this is the perfect gift to waste away her next few weekends while you vacation in some hot, tropical city. Dressed in lace and flowers and placed delicately in a wicker basket, she’ll get the surprise of her life. Bonus points if you hide or wrap the DVD’s well so the moments leading up to the unwrapping are filled with tension.
A gift for the casual socialite, wine and a board game paints a simplistic picture of a most complex woman. All she’ll need is the cheese.
There’s nothing that makes a woman feel more girly than a personalized notepad. She will be able to don the new pad at work and post her reminder post-its around her desk. It’s an unexplainable, elated feeling of control, especially when you can control a notepad.
What woman doesn’t need a cosmetic bag? Essential for every woman’s daily dose of makeup or a special spot for the single piece of makeup you own; every woman needs a cosmetic bag.
There are only a few things in a lot of women’s lives that will consistently bring comfort in times of need: a bubble bath, a good romantic comedy, and chocolate. Ghiradelli is the Godfather of creamy, sensational chocolate. Depending on your bridemaid’s taste, you can go anywhere from peanut butter, the creamiest caramel, to even peppermint.
Your bridesmaid will appreciate the fact that you know she can’t get enough of a good pedicure, especially if she can do it right at home at no cost. If you really want to win brownie points, offer to give her a pedicure with it for her first at-home experience.
For the gamer girl, there are plenty of options. But how can a gamer girl reject the classic rendition of one of gaming’s ancestral idols? The set comes with 80 classic Genesis games including Sonic, Altered Beast, and Ecco. It’s a smaller version of the actual console and can accept Sega Genesis cartridges if the set doesn’t come with the game she wants. She’ll love you forever for this one.
For the classy woman who loves to throw soirees, complete her party with a high-heeled bottle opener. She’ll surely get a kick out of your thoughtfulness.
Sometimes, all a girl needs to do is write it out on paper. Whether it be a dream diary, a notes pad or just a simple, personal journal, you can never go wrong with giving your artistic bridesmaid a creative outlet for expression.
For the seasoned traveler, there’s never an issue receiving a brand new traveling pillow and eyemask. For all of the business flights that fly them around the country, her neck and eyes will thank you. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to keep an extra pillow or eyemask if they already have one. With the craziness of flight travel, you never know when you might leave one on a plane.
When the special day comes to an end and every bridesmaid has a sentimental gift, they’ll never forget the day of your marriage simply because you made them a part of it. While these gifts are insignificant compared to the eternal memories of the day for both bride and bridesmaid, they can act as a trinket representative of your wedding day, so it pays off to get creative.
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. In the past, she has written on beauty and health, but has begun branching out into writing about wedding and party planning–two things that have always been a passion of hers. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.