Gifts for a Bridesmaid: Tips and Tricks
When looking for a bridesmaid's gift, you should be looking for something that will remind them of the wedding, as well as something that says 'thank you' for all of the time and effort. By following a few simple rules, you'll be on your way to providing a thoughtful gift for your bridesmaid.
When should I get the gifts?
There really is no specific time that is perfect for you to choose your gift. It's always better to do your shopping earlier, rather than later. Try to pick it up at least a month before your wedding so you don't have to scramble at the last minute while you are finalizing the wedding preparations.
Keep your eyes open in the months leading up to the big deal for a great deal. The less you have to deal with close to the wedding, the more likely you will be completely prepared for the big day.
How much should I spend?
How much you spend really depends on how much you have at your disposal. Can you afford it? You shouldn't have to go out of your way to afford a gift for your bridesmaid. How much are they spending on you? If you were able to find that out, something in the same price range would be appropriate. Remember, it's more about how thoughtful the gift was, rather than how much you spent.
When should I give it to her?
Traditionally bridesmaid’s gifts are given out at the rehearsal dinner, when everyone is in one spot. Consider giving a toast on your bridesmaid’s behalf, and thanking them for all of the hard work and time they've put into making sure that your special day remains so. Show them that you truly appreciate everything they have done. Many brides also distribute the gifts during a bridesmaid luncheon, when they have some alone time with their ladies, away from all of the wedding madness.
What should I give them?
Take into account each person and what they would like when choosing a gift. Each and every person is different, and you shouldn't feel like you have to get all of your bridesmaids the same gift. Try to keep each gift within the same price range, and equally as thoughtful. If you are having trouble deciding what to get each person, it may help to sit down and write down some of their interests to help you narrow the field.
The important thing is that you show that you care, and truly appreciate what they have done for you. Take your time and choose something both thoughtful and useful for your bridesmaids.