Your bridesmaids are your organisers, supporters, friends, and cheerleaders all rolled into one when you are getting married. So show your appreciation with a gift they will love.
When it comes to weddings, your bridesmaids really are the unsung heroes.
And their bridesmaid duties don't just begin and end on the wedding day itself, they start weeks and months before.
As they are there to help and support you while you're planning the finer details of the wedding.
That means helping you to pick out the perfect dress, going with you for fittings and rehearsals, and sharing in your excitement and anticipation for your big day.
And they are always on hand with a much needed glass of wine or prosecco when the wedding planning gets too stressful.
Not to mention making your hen party an unforgettable experience!
And on the day itself they are even more invaluable.
As they help the bride to get ready in the morning, and calm any last minute nerves.
Making sure things stay organised and running smoothly by fixing any last minute glitches or mishaps, so that the bride can simply relax and get themselves ready for their wedding.
They will look after the young flower girls and page boys, while also welcoming your wedding guests, and adding the fun and energy to your wedding reception afterwards.
And let's not forget that they help to make your wedding photos look amazing too.
So make sure they know how much you appreciate them and all their efforts by getting them a great gift to say thank you.
You should be able to find something to suit every girl among this list of gift ideas for bridesmaids:
A Few Tips To Help You Get It Right
Now before we go through our list of recommendations for bridesmaids gifts, there are a few things you need to consider to make sure your gifts are going to be well received.
Don't Buy The Same Gifts For All Your Bridesmaids
It can be tempting to treat your bridesmaids as a group, rather than as individuals, when picking out gifts for them.
However this is a mistake, as it can make it difficult to find a gift that everyone will like.
So a good idea is to buy gifts for them separately instead, just like you would for their birthdays.
This way you can get a gift that they will really appreciate, and you can even personalise it to make it meaningful for your individual friendship.
After all, your bridesmaids are likely to be picked from your best friends and family, so you will know better than anyone what they like and dislike.
Spend Roughly The Same Amount On Each Bridesmaid
Buying each bridesmaid a different gift to match to their individual tastes is a great idea, but you need to follow one golden rule.
Which is, spend the same (or roughly the same) amount on each one.
Because they will all open their gifts together and see what each other has been given.
And while this should create a happy atmosphere, if one bridesmaid notices that you've spent twice as much on someone else's gift than you have on hers, then there could be bad blood.
Which is the last thing you need within your wedding party!
Should You Buy Them Personalised Gifts Or Not?
This one splits opinion, and is maybe down to your own personal preferences.
Because on the one hand you can buy your bridesmaids a gift with their names on, the date of the wedding, or some personal message between you and them, that will be great on the day.
And these gifts will also make nice keepsakes.
But the problem is that they'll probably never be used again after the wedding.
Whereas on the other hand you could get someone a gift without personalisation, which they could use again and again for months afterwards.
So do you want your gift to be a momento or something that they will find useful?
Personally I'd always prefer to give and receive the latter option, but as I say, it's a matter of preference.
The Best Gift Ideas For Your Bridesmaids
So now we get down to the nitty gritty, and our recommended ideas for things that make great bridesmaid gifts.
Because you'll want to show your appreciation for all their love, help, and support that makes your wedding day run so smoothly.
However, weddings are a seriously expensive business, and you may be running low on funds when it comes to getting your bridesmaids gifts.
But that doesn't mean you can't still find great gifts for them, because there are plenty of thoughtful and meaningful gifts you can buy that won't break the bank.
So we've included plenty of budget friendly options here.
And remember that you don't need to buy the same gift for every bridesmaid.
So mix it up a bit to get each one something that they'll truly love and appreciate.
Sterling Silver Jewellery
Sterling silver jewellery is classic, classy and very popular as a gift for bridesmaids, as it will go with everything, making it perfect for wearing on the day itself.
However, if you also pick out jewellery that each girl will love, it can be a gift they will want to wear after the wedding too.
The trick is knowing their individual tastes, and not getting anything that is too personalised to the wedding itself.
Now as with all jewellery, the prices can range massively depending on brand and quality, so we'll give you two different options for each of the following to get you started.
Earrings are a lovely gift to give and receive, and they are great to get for your bridesmaids.
But don't go too outlandish or over the top with your choices here.
Instead stick to simple silver stud earrings, either plain or with a classy design.
These are the safest option, as they have an understated and classic style which can be worn everyday, and will fit in with most girls style.
For some good examples of what's available, Pandora do a great range of stud earrings at reasonable prices, such as the Flourishing Hearts Stud Earrings below.
While for something timeless and elegant, Links of London's Sterling Silver Stud Earrings are a classic design that are guaranteed to go down well.
You have an overwhelming choice of necklaces out there to choose from, which can make buying them as gifts a difficult task.
But just like earrings, necklaces for your bridesmaids should be classy and understated, while still making them look elegant on the day.
So ideally you want to get them a versatile necklace they can wear when dressing up, but also when running errands during everyday life.
And two examples we like are the Kate Spade One In A Million Initial Pendant Necklace and the Links of London Silver Beaded Chain.
These work well as a necklace with an initial pendant is a great way to make your gift more personal, without going over the top.
While the beaded design of the Links of London necklace looks really elegant and classy.
So these should give you an idea to start with, but also make sure you match your gift to the kind of necklaces that your bridesmaids like and will want to wear for themselves afterwards.
Charms & Charm Bracelets
Charm bracelets are a really interesting piece of jewellery because they help to tell a story of a person's life, becoming more meaningful to them as time goes by.
This happens as people add charms to them to signify important events and happy periods of their life.
And when given as a gift, they are like the adult version of the friendship bracelets you used to give each other when at school.
So they make the perfect gift for your bridesmaids.
These two examples, the Thankful Charm Bracelet from the Alex and Ani range, and the Links of London Sterling Silver Mini Belcher Bracelet, are charm bracelets that will make nice gifts.
And if your bridesmaid already has a charm bracelet, you could gift them a charm for it instead.
This can be a really thoughtful gift, as you choose a charm that you feel reflects your bridesmaids personality and your relationship with her.
That way she'll always remember you while wearing it, making it really meaningful.
You can find all sorts of charms, including lucky charms, love charms, animal charms and travel charms, so get creative by finding the one that will sum her up the best.
And if you're struggling for inspiration, then initial charms are a solid and safe bet for most people.
A Silver Compact Mirror
If you want to get your bridesmaid something shiny and nice, but they don't like wearing jewellery, you could get them a silver compact mirror instead.
This is a good gift because in today's busy world, a compact mirror is an essential addition to every girls handbag, allowing her to touch up her makeup and fix her hair on the go.
And they are not just useful to have, they are really pretty too.
So this makes them a great gift to get for your bridesmaids, as they make a nice momento of the day, and are small enough that they can keep in their bag and get plenty of use out of afterwards.
And a pretty example of what you can get is this heart-shaped compact mirror from Confetti UK.
This one is a nice choice because it is a good mix of classy and bling, with one side being silver-plated and understated, while the other is covered with diamante glitter.
And you can choose to either personalise the silver-plated side with a message to make it special to each bridesmaid, or you can keep it simple and plain, without personalisation.
Or if you want something more traditional that oozes class, how about this silver compact mirror from Links of London.
This one can also be engraved with a message if you wish.
Either way, a compact mirror makes an attractive and useful gift that your bridesmaid will keep in their handbag long after the wedding day excitement has passed.
Robes & Pyjama Sets
Pyjama sets and robes are very popular gifts to give to your bridesmaids.
This is because you can actually use them in the build up to the wedding itself, especially if your bridesmaids are sleeping over or helping you to get ready.
As wearing a nice, silky pair of robes or pyjamas on the morning of the wedding will help to make everyone feel luxurious and relaxed as they prepare themselves, and you, for the big day ahead.
They are practical gifts too, as they can be removed without messing up your hair and makeup.
And if they are matching ones it can also help your bridesmaid squad to feel like the team they are, which all adds to the excitement in the build up to the wedding.
Now, you could personalise these robes or pyjama sets if you want to.
But this runs the risk of buying something that the girls will only wear once and then chuck in the back of their closets afterwards.
So instead pick them out something that they will actually want to wear again when they get home too.
And know your girls too when making your selection, as some robes can be a bit revealing, so they may be more comfortable in a pyjama set instead.
But if you want an example of what you could buy, check out the EPLAZA Bridesmaid Kimono.
Every girl loves to pamper and look after themselves, so why not treat your hard-working bridesmaids to some gifts to help them relax and feel great after your big day.
Items such as face masks, bath bombs, and scented candles all work really well for this, and will always be well received.
And you can get some ready-made pampering gift-sets from many of the top cosmetics companies too now, which make for great gifts.
One we personally like is the Seychelles Indulgence gift set from The White Company, which includes a scented candle, body lotion, hand wash, hand cream, and bath and shower gel.
Alternatively you could get them a gift card for Lush, who have a great range of handmade cosmetics to choose from (and some awesome bath bombs!).
This way they can choose what they want, rather than you having to guess for them.
After all, we all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to smells, creams and lotions.
But whatever you choose, it's hard to go wrong with pampering gifts like these.
Finding the right fragrance can be a long, difficult and very personal journey.
And I'm sure every one of your bridesmaids will have spent a fortune in the past trying out different perfumes before finding the ones they like.
However it's a great thing to get right.
As wearing the right fragrance can work wonders for your confidence, make you feel more attractive, and prepare you to face the world and all the challenges that it brings.
So a great idea for a gift for your bridesmaids is to give them some miniature bottles of perfume to try out.
This way they can test the latest brands, and ones they wouldn't necessarily have chosen for themselves, without having to splurge their money.
And who knows, maybe you'll help one of them to find their new favourite fragrance.
Which would be quite the gift to give!
So click here to check out a selection of miniature perfumes, and choose one you think they will love to wear.
A Bottle Of Bubbles
Making sure your wedding day runs smoothly can be thirsty work to say the least.
So it's only fair to help your bridesmaids to re-hydrate afterwards, right?
And what better way to do that than by gifting them a bottle of their favourite drink.
That way they can put their feet up at home and enjoy a glass of prosecco, wine, vodka, gin, or bubbles while reminiscing on what was hopefully a great wedding.
And if you want to make the gift more personal, you could buy a bottle with a personalised label on it.
This can be in the form of a simple message or even a photo of you both or all the bridesmaids together, and will make the bottle a nice momento to keep after it's contents have been polished off.
Something To Indulge Their Sweet Tooth
Your girls may need something sweet to nibble on during your big day to keep their energy levels up, and they'll definitely appreciate it the day after when nursing a hangover!
So a tasty idea is to get your bridesmaids some quality chocolates to reward them for all their efforts.
After all, who doesn't love chocolate right?
And you have plenty of great options when looking for boxes of chocolates to give as a gift.
For instance, Hotel Chocolat is our top choice in the UK, as they do a fabulous selection of delicious, assorted chocolates that come in really nicely presented boxes.
You can get these in full boxes, in 4 or 8 piece taster sizes which make nice smaller presents, or as part of a gift bundle (see their range at John Lewis by clicking here).
While a good choice in the US is Godiva chocolates, who do beautiful Belgian chocolate, again presented really well in nice golden gift boxes (click here to see what's on offer from Godiva).
And if one of your bridesmaids doesn't like chocolate, how about getting them a box of macarons instead?
These will also satisfy their sugar cravings, and they look pretty and wedding-esque into the bargain too.
And if you have the time you could even bake your own.
But whichever way you choose to go, a sweet treat for the tastebuds will always be welcomed by your bridesmaids.
Tumblers & Reusable Coffee Cups
A handy and useful gift idea for your bridesmaids are reusable tumblers and coffee cups.
And they make especially great gifts at the moment, with people waking up more and more to the problem of single-use plastic on our environment.
So these tumblers are great, as they take away the need to purchase bottled water on the go.
Instead you can fill one up at home, slip it inside your everyday bag, and it will keep your drink nice and cold, and you hydrated on the move.
This comes in especially handy for sporty types, as they will always need to be carrying some water around with them.
While for the coffee lovers among your bridesmaid squad, reusable coffee cups are great for filling up at their favourite coffee shop, leaving them with the knowledge they are doing their bit for the environment.
And the good news is you can get nicely designed tumblers and coffee cups now, rather than just the boring, plain, functional types.
So if you want a great gift for your more eco-conscious bridesmaids, one of these will be a good option.
Kate Spade do a nice selection of tumblers with different styles and designs, such as the one below, as well as a couple especially for bridesmaids.
While for reusable coffee cups, try Ecoffee Cup as they do a great range of funky designs and patterns, as well as a designer range by William Morris.
A Tote Bag
Tote bags are also gifts that will come in handy and be reused many times after your wedding.
This is because they are perfect for everyday use, being simple and roomy, and especially good for things like picnics or days at the beach.
But they'll only get reused if you make the right choice.
So don't go for anything too cheap and nasty, or anything that has photos or details of the wedding plastered all over it.
Instead get your bridesmaids reasonably priced totes with attractive designs and styles.
These look really arty and cool when used around town, and will make a great addition to your girl's bag collection.
You can still match them up to your wedding day by getting them in similar colours to your wedding colour scheme.
And if you really want to personalise them, then do so in a low-key way by adding an initial to them.
You can also double up your gift of a tote bag by using it as a gift bag too, placing your smaller gifts inside it.
So one of these is a winner of a gift idea for weddings.
For some good examples, check out this selection of tote bags at Nordstrom, including our favourite which is Cathy's Concept Overnight Tote.
You can choose to have these monogrammed with your bridesmaid's initial, or just buy them as they are.
And for a lower priced range of tote bags, check out these bags from Confetti.
A Framed Photo Of You Both
They are your bridesmaids because they've always been there for you over the years, sharing life's highs and lows, so why not get them a gift that reflects your friendship?
Well a great way to do this is to pick out a favourite photo of the two of you, and put it in a nice frame to give to them.
Or you could include a photo of all your bridesmaids together, so that the photo is linked more to the occasion.
Either way, this is something nice they can display either at home or work, and will make them smile each time they look at it.
Now you can go two ways when it comes to picking out the frame, which is to make it personalised or to leave it plain.
Not On The High Street have a wide range of personalised bridesmaids photo frame options to choose from, such as the one above.
And for a selection of cool and classy photo frames, check out the range from John Lewis, which has many different styles and variations.
An MP3 Player With A Personalised Playlist
Those of us of a certain vintage will remember making mix tapes of our favourite music.
And this wasn't the simple act of searching and selecting tracks to instantly add to a Spotify playlist that the kids of today will be used to.
No, hours of love, thought, and effort went into making these cassettes.
And as a result they were one of the best gifts you could ever receive from a friend or a love interest.
But while the days of cassettes and hand-crafted mix tapes has sadly long-since passed, why not use them as an inspiration to create a brilliant and personal gift for your bridesmaids?
Because you can make a modern day mix tape by adding a personalised playlist onto a basic mp3 player, like the Ruizu X02 MP3 Player.
These make brilliant gifts, as you can create a different set list of songs for each bridesmaid that are special to you both.
After all, music is the soundtrack of our lives, so including songs that take you back through your history together will elicit happy memories and emotions as they listen to it.
So in a way, it's a bit like an audio version of a photo album.
And because of the personal nature of it, plus the time, effort and thought you put into selecting the right songs, it'll be a gift they will absolutely adore.
A Ready Made Gift Box
Ready-made gift boxes are a great idea for a gift for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, they include of variety of treats and goodies, which makes them interesting and exciting for the recipients.
And secondly, they save you a ton of time and effort as all the hard work is done for you.
I like that second reason!
And there are no shortage of options here, with gift boxes available containing beauty products, alcohol, fruit, chocolates, gourmet food, coffee and speciality teas, and health and fitness items to name but a few.
So you can find one to suit every bridesmaid.
However, a nice example of one to buy for your bridesmaid is the 'Besties' gift box by Parcel London.
This looks really classy, and includes a scented candle, a face mask, a notepad, chocolate, and a personalised greetings card.
Plus you can upload 5 images that Parcel London will then convert into polaroids to add into the box too, which is a nice touch and gives this one a really personal feel.
Create Your Own Bridesmaid Gift Box
While ready-made gift boxes are great, and can save you a lot of time and effort, making your own can create a really special and highly personalised gift.
As you are in complete control over what goes in it, so can fill it with a variety of items that will make each girl happy.
You can also include personal items, such as letters, notes, or photos.
And these little personal touches can make all the difference, making each girl feel really special.
Which is what you're after!
So start by getting a nice, decorative box to put all the smaller gifts in.
You can get really creative here and make your own, but there are also boxes you can order online such as the one above from Confetti, which you can personalise with your own message.
And as for what to put in it, your options are almost endless.
The list could go on and on, and will be different depending on each girl and their tastes.
So if you have the time and want to get your bridesmaids gifts that they'll never forget, making them each their own gift box is a very worthwhile and rewarding project.
Organising weddings is a super stressful and busy time, and things can get missed in the planning.
But make sure one of these things isn't gifts for your bridesmaids, as they deserve a nice treat after all their weeks of hard work.
And hopefully we've given you a few good ideas with our list of recommendations here.
There are a variety of gifts among them, so you should be able to find something to suit every girl.
Just remember to buy for the individual and not the whole group if you want to keep everyone happy.