The One with the Gifts for the Gals

With only three and a half short months before I become Mrs. Camera, my to-do checklist is dwindling down in the loveliest way. Unfortunately, an open box remains next to “Bridal Party Gifts.” Seeing this makes the panic set in, for the millionth time.

As a reminder, we have eight bridesmaids and eight groomsmen. That’s sixteen members of the wedding party to gift…not including something for the flower girl and ring bearer, but they’re three and a half and two and a half, and not picky.

I’ve seen every common bridesmaid gift out there—personalized stationary, shot glasses, robes, travel coffee mugs, you name it. I just can’t seem to nail down an idea that I like, that would fit everyone, and that’s within our preset $20 limit per person. Below are some of the options I have put on the “possible ideas” list for my bridesmaids, though none are particularly jumping out at me.

1. Jewelry Roll: When my brother married his wife a few years ago, I was a bridesmaid and received a roll similar to this. I use it whenever I travel, and have found it quite useful. Mine is not personalized, but a lot of websites have options to do so.


Image via The Organized Bride Store

2. Tote Bags: I love tote bags, especially these from Land’s End or L.L. Bean. Unfortunately, the ones I find to be more useful are the larger ones, which tend to run over $30, out of our budget. I also am not sure if anyone else would actually enjoy them as much as I do.


Image via Land’s End

3. Cosmetic Bags: What girl doesn’t need somewhere to stash her make-up? I like these with the waffle weave, but again, I can’t decide who would like or not like their name or initials to be on their bag.


Image via Me Myself and I Gifts

These gifts are all nice, and I’m sure they would be grateful to receive anything I choose to gift them with, but none of them make me think of “them.” I really want the gifts to be useful, thoughtful and meaningful at the same time. As a result, I have begun thinking of getting them individual gifts that all amount to about $20 each.

What did you get your bridesmaids? Any other ideas for me? Anyone get their girls different gifts?


Mrs. Camera

Charlotte, NC/Charleston, SC
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:58 pm

    I really like the jewelry roll. It’s something I could see myself using, but wouldn’t think to get for myself!

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    S, Guest @ 7:24 pm

    I like the jewelry roll too. If not, what about books for each inscribed by you?

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    Cosmopolitan20 2 posts, Wannabee @ 10:06 pm

    I’ve been experiencing a similar dilemma, but I finally decided on selecting each girl a set of champagne glasses which fits each girl’s personality (nothing monogrammed or personalized, but something they could keep in a cabinet and use on a regular basis). I then purchased personalized wine charms to add a little something with their name. I think this all comes in at about $20 each. I’m going to add a small bottle of champagne also which will adda little to the cost, but not much.

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:34 am

    THE JEWELRY ROLLS. Seriously, I have been looking everywhere for one since I started accessorizing more, and I would absolutely LOVE to be gifted one! Even if they didn’t use it for jewelry, it would still come in handy while traveling!

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    SarahL13 83 posts, Worker bee @ 10:18 am

    I DIY’ed my bridesmaid’s gifts! I personalized hangers for them (wooden hangers with their initials in little tiny rhinestones) and I found a super easy tutorial for clutches. I made one for each of them and one for me! Each of their’s is different since I just got Fat Quarters and that was more than enough for each of them. Then I filled the clutches with bridesmaid survival kits – emery boards, a mirror, bobby pins, gum, ibuprofen, floss, tissues, etc. I’m so excited to give them their gifts!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:11 pm

    I think personal gifts are the best! Perhaps you can get them each something different (and perhaps along the lines of an inside joke) for their gifts?

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