Gone are the days of pearls, picture frames, or tote bags. You live in the days of Pinterest and Etsy and high expectations. When it comes to bridesmaids gifts, it's essential to think outside the box. These are the ladies who have showered you with gifts, endured your tortured butter cream/fondant debate, held back your hair during your bachelorette party, and now they will give you their full support as you walk down the aisle. Here are a few ways to show them their friendship—and patience—hasn't gone unnoticed.
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.
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?
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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.