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.
Gemstone Bottle Stoppers
Paired with a nice bottle of wine, these
GarraBottle Stoppers ($34, Rablabs) say to your bridesmaids, "Thanks for dealing with me being a bridezilla for the past year—drink this alone in your house and decompress."
Personalization is always the way to go when choosing bridesmaid gifts, but who needs another make up bag embroidered with your initials? No one. Instead, opt for these
City Coasters ($36, Neighborwoods). You can choose a set for the city where each of your bridesmaids live.
What's Your Order? Custom Mugs
As we get older, we trade in our vices. Your bridesmaid Jessica used to looooove vodka and cigarettes but now she's really addicted to chai lattes and yoga. When did we all get so boring? It's fine, it's fine. We're adults, and we drink a helluva lot more coffee and tea than we do vodka and Jagermeister (remember Jagermeister?). That's why these What's Your Order? Custom Mugs ($26, SuperCaliPrint) are perfect gifts for your bridesmaids. They'll be great for the morning after your wedding, too, when everyone is chugging coffee and water and trying not to die.
Silver Bridesmaid Bracelet
If you want to go the more classic route and get your bridesmaids jewlery, you won't go wrong with these
Bridesmaid Idiom Bangles ($58, Kate Spade). Engraved on the outside with sayings like "birds of a feather," "peas in a pod," "partners in crime," and the like (the inside says "Best friend ever"), they're basically tailor-made for you to give to the people you love enough to put in your wedding.
Quirky Luggage Tags
A wedding party brings people from all over the country together. Your best friend from high school who stuck around your hometown, all of your college friends who scattered in the wind after graduation—by committing to being your bridesmaids, they're also committing to a ton of traveling. You've got your engagement party in the city where you currently live, the bridal shower in your hometown, your destination bachelorette party, and wherever the hell you decide to hold your wedding (some vineyard somewhere really inconvenient, probably). These
Luggage Tags ($24, Tuckernuck) acknowledge how often you're forcing these ladies to travel. At least you can help them spice up their checked bags, right?
Sassy iPhone Case
"Ain't nobody got time for that" went from being a funny clip on the internet to a bona fide PERSONAL MANTRA for legions of people who are FED UP with everything. Part of being a bridesmaid is giving up A LOT of weekends to attend wedding-related events, so they really ain't got time for anything. This
Ain't Nobody Got Time for That iPhone Case ($35, Society6) lets all of your bridesmaids know that you appreciate the sacrifice of their already limited personal time for your wedding.
Anyone who has been in a wedding will tell you that everything in the days (and hours) leading up to the big day is frantic, and because of that, you barely have time to eat. Drink, yes. But eat, no, not really. No one wants to chow down on some fettucine alfredo when they're going to be in yet another photo, amiright? That's why it's important to provide your bridesmaids with some sustenance for the days after your wedding. This specially-designed
Bridesmaid Basket ($55, Mouth) will do just that. Packed with cookies, chocolate-covered stuff, and candy, it's the perfect thing for your bridesmaids to scarf down in their hotel rooms the day after your wedding before they head to the airport.
Agate Coaster Set
Pretty shiny things! Girls love 'em. These
Lumino Coasters ($140, Rablabs) serve no real purpose or significance other than they're really beautiful and they check the box as something your bridesmaids would love but would never purchase for themselves (who's gonna spend $140 on coasters for themselves, right?). They're available in several different colors, so you can switch it up to cater to each of your bridesmaids' tastes and living room color palates. Because you're just that thoughtful.
You know your bridesmaids love a good cocktail—this is why they're your bridesmaids, right? Keep this group of drunks happy by setting them up with a
Julibox Subscription ($40 per month). Every month, your bridesmaids will get a box full of all of the things to make two different custom cocktails (including recipes).
Much like the Neighborwood coasters, these Neighborhood Necklaces ($28, Neighborwoods) are the perfect gifts that highlight your bridesmaids' different geographic locations. They'll make for unique statement pieces and are available in cities from across the world.
Impatient Tote Bag
You spend so much time planning your wedding that you are constantly wishing that the day would just get here already. So do your bridesmaids. It's inevitable when you're planning a wedding that it's pretty much the only thing you want to talk about and you can be assured that they're REALLY excited to talk to you about something else. This
Are We There Yet? Tote Bag ($55, Jonathan Adler) expresses what you and your entire bridal party are feeling while still being an adorable and functional addition to their stable of bags and luggage.
Sailor's Knot Bangle
It's often hard to settle on one gift that all of your bridesmaids will like, essentially because your bridesmaids tend to be a conglomeration of people from different stages of your life, all of whom are very different from one another. This
Sailor's Knot Bangle ($78, Kate Spade) is simple enough that it'll likely appeal to all of your bridesmaids, no matter how different they are.
Polka Dot Sneakers
Heels are for suckers, amiright? Unfortunately, we will never be able to get all of womankind to band together to outlaw the wearing of high heels, so for fancy occasions (like weddings, for example), we all feel the need/pressure to wear heels. Childbirth and high heels are literally the worst parts of being a woman. I digress. It is guaranteed that your bridesmaids' feet are going to be messed up after standing in heels for 14 hours on your wedding day, so treat them to some comfy, cute
Polka Dot Sneakers ($50, Keds) to wear on the plane home. They (and their feet) will thank you.
When you enter wedding season, you find yourself wondering where all of your weekends went. They're gone, and you're traveling all across the country for wedding after wedding—whether you're in the wedding party or just a guest. Remember this when you think about your bridesmaids. Your wedding is just one in a long, seemingly unending parade of weddings. That's why they'll appreciate you gifting them a quality carry-on bag like this
Lobster Duffle ($70, Tuckernuck).
Ready to Rumba Bangle
Regardless of the size of your wedding, it's going to be filled with a ton of people who "don't dance." Your uncle, your mom, your introverted college roommate. They'll sit at their tables and say, "No, I can't dance." Of course, everyone can dance as soon as they get enough drinks in them. But you can't wait to get the party started until everyone consumes enough liquid courage to drag themselves out on the dance floor. That's where your bridal party comes in. They've been drinking since noon, anyway. They're ready to go. They're the first and last people on the dance floor, and that's why you love them. These
Ready to Rumba Bangles ($78, Kate Spade) are the perfect gifts that set the tone for your wedding. Get on the dance floor, jerks, get ready to rumba!
A great gift is one that everyone can enjoy. That's why a portable wireless speaker is always a good option. This Diamond Speaker ($40, ban.do) is adorable, unique, and will get the party started in the hotel room while you're getting ready and keep the party going for years to come, when it makes its way home and into your bridesmaids' respective living rooms.
When you're so caught up in managing every little detail of your wedding, it's easy to forget that the whole point of a wedding is to celebrate and HAVE FUN. These
Have Fun Okay? Koozies ($5, Hattan Home) will remind your bridal party (and you) of the ultimate goal for the day: have fun.
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.