You may choose to give the same gift to all of your attendants--one for bridesmaids, another for groomsmen. However, you might decide to give each person their own unique gift. Another option is to present your maid or matron of honor and best man with something different or a bit more special.
Here's a short list of gift ideas to spark your imagination:
- porcelain, silver or crystal keepsakes
- picture frames
- trinket or accessory boxes
- cuff links
- wallets or money clips
- spa or beauty salon gift certificates
- jewelry to be worn for the wedding day--and long after
- silver or crystal vases
- personalized stationery
Many gifts lend themselves to monogramming--a great way to personalize your selections. Silver key chains, money clips and compacts are just a few of the shimmering items that can be engraved with the recipient's initials.
Some brides take into account that their attendants' wedding-related expenses can quickly add up--from a possible plane ticket down to a dress and shoes--and may offer to defray some of those costs by helping to pay for all or part of the outfit, hotel room, and so on. For many bridesmaids, that can be the most welcome gift of all.
Gifts are traditionally presented to the bridesmaids at a luncheon or party held before the wedding day. The groom usually gives gifts to his ushers at the rehearsal dinner. (Just go the route that works best for you!) And don't forget to tuck a personalized card inside each one. Happy shopping!