17 awesome bridesmaid gifts

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You select your bridal party with shrieking abandon. These are your best friends (or, they should be your best friends—this is where you should be choosy, just a tip) and you’re super-excited to have them beside you, not just for your big day, but also for the painstaking planning that will take at least a year to get through.

These are the people you’re going to call up crying because your future mother-in-law has hijacked the wedding venue decision from you and your fiance. These are the people you’re going to task with putting together 150 place cards and wedding favors because you’re trying to save money where you can. These are the people you’re going to depend on to bust out on the dance floor while every other party guest stands on the sidelines, not drunk enough yet to make fools of themselves in front of everyone.

Moral of the story? Bridesmaids provide free therapy and free slave labor while being drunk and cheerful in an ugly dress you picked out for them. You better get them something nice. You owe them. That’s why we’ve rounded up 17 of the best bridesmaid gifts you could possibly give to the ladies who support you on your wedding day.

Amanda Waas is the creator of You’re Welcome, a gift guide site for all of life’s awkward occasions. Her writing has appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray, Glamour, Made Man, AOL’s Shelterpop and DIY Life, and various others. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook and sign up for her succinct, not-annoying weekly e-newsletter for gift suggestions sent right to your inbox.

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