Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Wedding planning comes with a variety of tried and true traditions. Whether you are a die-hard believer or prefer to throw caution to the wind with your own set of rules, one tradition worth keeping around is the bridesmaid gifts.
You carefully selected your closest girlfriends to be by your side on the big day, and whether you are a calm and collected bride or a full-blown Bridezilla, your confidants are likely to go to great lengths to make your day as perfect as you always imagined. Department stores, boutique shops and online merchants are great resources in identifying the perfect memento to show your appreciation.
We all know weddings come with enough dollar signs: the key to finding the best gifts at a great price is to shop strategically. It could be a Cyber Monday sale at a department store, a bulk purchase discount at your favorite Etsy boutique or the 20 percent off purchases over $100 at American Bridal, but the bottom line is, deals are out there for the taking. To find the best deals, you must first decide what kind of gift-giving bride are you?
Some brides elect to give their girls gifts to cherish individually, while others want to provide something to wear on the day of the wedding. Think about your girls and your friendship. No need to step out of your comfort zone trying to keep up with the soon-to-be Jones’. Your gift should be a symbol of you, your friendships and your big day.
Kitchenware and Confections
It’s hard to deny that sweet spot that everyone seems to have, but often denies. A fresh box of Godiva chocolates or baskets full of wine, cheese, and crackers will do a bridesmaid good. If you want to help deck out her kitchen with new appliances, Department stores such as Macys sell Keurig coffee and espresso makers, and has a variety of great home-inspired gifts to choose from.
Not a sentimental type, but want to give your girls something they’re sure to love? Department stores are great to find a unique gift based on individual personality. After all, who says each girl needs to get identical gifts? For your decor-minded friend, try these darling Kate Spade New York porcelain candles for $40.00 each from Neiman Marcus.
Fun gifts for your best friends are matching bridesmaid panties from Hanky Panky. These pretty, lacey and romantic panties are lettered in rhinestones that say “Bridesmaid” or “Maid of Honor.” The thongs are $28 and come in black or light pink. There is also a selection of gift boxes. You can even get a “Bride” pair for your special day.
Infinity Knot Rings
Looking to pull at your maids’ heart strings? Boutiques can offer a variety of unique gifts that your ladies in waiting can cherish for years to come. These infinity knot rings for just $20.76 (originally $25.95) from Etsy Shop, TheJewelryGirlPlace are the perfect way to tell your bridesmaids that, although you are getting married, your friendship will last forever.
Or do you think the perfect gift comes with a monogram? Online merchants allow you to personalize gifts to you heart’s desire. How about a shot glass with initials and a tote with your wedding date and their name? If you can think it, you can probably customize it. These rhinestone bridesmaid satin robes $44.05 (Originally $48.95) from Personalized Bride come in six colors and can be customized to include initials on the front.
You see, bridesmaid gifts can come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Once you decide which gift-giving path you want to take, do your research, and there is sure to be a deal out there for you!
Post courtesy of Rose Hinson
Rose is a shopping expert who always knows where to get the best deals.