Outside-the-Box Bridesmaid Gifts
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Pay for a group cooking class, wine tasting, private yoga class, dance class, flower arranging class, spa day, or sporting event. If your bridesmaids are far-flung, schedule it for the wedding weekend.
Pros: Bonding time; something fun for you too.
Con: Finding something both your new sister-in-law and old college roommate will enjoy could be a challenge.
Scour flea markets, consignment shops, eBay, and Etsy for vintage handkerchiefs, glassware, jewelry, tablecloths, napkins, tea sets, records, first edition books, or knick knacks.
Pros: Green; potentially cheap.
Con: Finding enough of them (consider mixing and matching).
Put your talents to good use. If you can sew, make them aprons from cute fabric. If you’re a chef, compile a cookbook of you and your honey’s favorite recipes. Paint each bridesmaid a small picture. Knit scarves. Patchwork throw pillows.
Pros: The personal touch; homemade gifts can be more affordable than store-bought.
Con: Will you really have the time to knit eight scarves and handwrite all of your invitations?
Make a donation in their names to the charity of their choice.
Pro: You’re spreading the love.
Con: It’s not something tangible.
If you’re having a destination wedding, give your bridesmaids something they wouldn’t get anywhere else, for example, a colorful sarong, a bag of local gourmet goodies, a cowboy hat. Just remember to make it easily packable.
Pro: One more way to hammer home your theme.
Con: If you’re planning from afar, it may have to be a last-minute thing.
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Sign your ladies-in-waiting up for a magazine subscription or a wine, chocolate, cheese, cookie, fruit, or book of the month club.
Pro: It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Con: Many of these clubs are quite expensive.