10 Keepsake Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

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When planning your wedding, you can’t forget about the women who pitched you that fantastic hen party and stood by your side during the ceremony. On top of that, they’ve gone to your engagement party, fittings, dress rehearsals and the reception. We have no doubt that you’ll want to thank them for being a part of your big day with something they can keep for years to come. To help you out, here are some ideas for those special keepsake gifts your bridesmaids will love.

1. Signature Jewelry

What girl doesn’t love a piece of jewelry? Necklaces or bracelets adorned with charms significant to your friendship, their initials or both are always a favourite. Sites like Etsy are a great place to find custom made items that suit you. Alternately, creative types can go DIY to suit your budget. Whether you select ready-made charms or stamp your own, your bridesmaids are bound to adore them.


2. A Thousand Words

Your bridesmaids spent a lot of time getting ready for the big day. Let them remember how gorgeous they looked with a photo of themselves in their bridesmaid gown placed into a custom frame. Go that extra mile and have the frame monogrammed for an even more personal touch.


3. The Knot

Tried and true as a gift are simple knot earrings or other knot jewelry. Adorn them in a special box or attach a handcrafted tag letting them know just how much you appreciate them helping you to tie the knot. It’s a tasteful gift that they can wear for years to come.


4. The Key to Happiness

Quirky keyrings that say something like “We’d be lost without you” or “You’re my person” are fun little ways to thank your best girls. Step it up a notch and have them personalized with their name or initials if you want to give it that extra special touch.


5. Share a Toast

Have each bridesmaid’s wine glass personalized and place them on the wedding party’s table for those reception toasts. They’ll love having a special glass of their own and can carry them home to use over and over again or use them for décor on a home shelf.


6. Surrender the Booty!

No, not that one. What do you take us for? Everyone knows that a girl’s best friend on those cold nights when she’s wearing her sexiest boots is a handy flask. Have it monogrammed or just go for a unique look that suits her personal style. She’ll appreciate the gift and the thought that went into its selection.


7. Say It With Flowers

Don’t call the florist again. If you’ve had a wedding where you’ve used live plants, they’ll make great gifts for garden friendly bridesmaids after the big day is over. Put them in a nice, personalized pot for a special touch. If you’ve had a wedding where you’ve used brooch bouquets, paper flowers or dried flowers, send them home with the woman who walked them down the aisle. Add a keepsake vase so they can be shown off in style.


8. Be Charming

Select a lovely wine or bottle charm she can use over and over. There are so many choices with this gift. You can have a simple personalized bauble or a host of charms. If you really want to make her happy, add a bottle of her favorite wine or spirit to help her wind down at home after all the hard work she’s done for you.


9. Gift Certificates

Yes, we know it doesn’t sound like much of a keepsake gift, but hear us out. There is good chance that your bridesmaids are a diverse crowd and what suits one might not be proper for another. Know your bridesmaids and give them a lovely thank you note with a gift card to their favorite place so that they can choose their own keepsake gift. You really can’t go wrong with that.


10. Reflect On The Day

What woman walks around without a mirror in her handbag? No one does. Right? Give your bridesmaids the gift of a lovely memento to remember your day. Select a beautiful compact and have it monogrammed. It’s a gorgeous gift for all the beautiful women who helped make your day possible.


By Amy Naves, Excalibur Press


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