06 Nov Wedding Party Gift Ideas

So you’ve asked your besties to stand beside you while you say your vows and give your heart away to the love of your life. These kind people have agreed to invest in your day both monetarily as well as give you their precious time away from their busy lives. The least you can do is gift them with something awesome that expresses your sincere gratitude AND something they will love!

Getting great gifts for your wedding party is not supposed to be stressful. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when trying to figure out what to gift these special people…

1) You don’t have to get every bridesmaid or every groomsman the same thing. Make sure they know you thought about them individually when you selected the perfect gift.

2) It’s not the cost that matters. Some of the best gifts can cost next to nothing. Car wash gift certificates… um, hello?

3) Try to find gifts that are outside the “traditional wedding party gift ideas”. I’m not saying that flip-top beer mugs, flasks, and money clips aren’t great, but come on… think how many of these your guys may already have. Are they a techie, a traveler, a foodie, or do they have an obsession with personal fitness. Get them something that you know they could really use but may not have taken the time to purchase for themselves. Do some recon work and figure out something cool!

Same for the ladies… don’t get me wrong, I love jewelry… but I’m kind of picky… so if it’s not something I’ve really been wanting, chances are it will just sit in my jewelry box with a lot of other unwanted pieces. Also, if you want my hair and makeup for your special day done a certain way, paying for this should not be considered my gift. I know this may come across as a little abrasive, but a gift is meant to be enjoyed for awhile, not just a few hours that was really just for your benefit. I would want something I can fondly remember each time I look at it from being a part of your special day. All this being said though, an awesome exception to this, would to be treated to a day at the spa. I would silently thank you every minute of that!

4) Lastly, no matter who you are buying for, ask yourself one question. Would I buy this for myself?… and don’t kid yourself or rationalize it when the pressure is on to finish your purchasing. If you can truly say “heck yea!” then it’s probably a great choice.

Of course these are just in my opinion, but here’s just a few of the latest cool choices I’ve run across…

Jewelry Portfolio ~ okay the word “portfolio” just makes this cool!

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Passport case – what’s not to love about busting this out of your bag to produce your passport when needed? And for the guys

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Nail polish and/or makeup collections ~ OPI… Of Primary Importance… just kidding, but I would be grinning like the Chesire Cat if I opened a gift like this!

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Earphone Case ~ for those of us who like to keep things nice and tidy!

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Man Dopp Kit ~ well sort of… Sephora calls this a dopp kit, but I kind of think this is more of a super cool personal mini travel kit.

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Leather Dopp Kit ~ now this is a dopp kit (much better than a ziploc bag)! Bags like this can be monogramed and can carry all of a guys essentials making travel more fun.

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Other ideas…

iPad cases
Small portable sound systems for iPod
Perfume (only if you truly KNOW their flavor of choice and that it would be special)
Premium (and I mean premium) bottle of liquor or wine

Don’t forget about any party hosts. They deserve something nice for a lot of hard work putting together a nice parties for you and your betrothed.

Salt & Pepper Shakers ~ lots of choices in this arena and always appreciated.

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Glow Candles ~ mmm… yummy!

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What are some of your ideas?

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