Here is your tried and true
guideline to selecting the perfect wedding gift for your entire bridal party.
*Make it unique.
At one time or another, you have had the displeasure of accidentally being the same. You know what I’m talking about. That awkward, middle school feeling that you just weren’t special or different. I once attended a holiday party in the most perfect little black dress. It fit me like a glove and I knew it was timeless and elegant. What a find when I pulled that off the clearance rack at the department store! I walked in to the holiday party of about 25 guests and glanced over to see my most perfect little black dress on someone else! Yes, we were unintentional twinsies. We spent the whole night akwardly posing for social media photos because everyone thought it was so cute. Ugh.
Let this be a lesson in gifting. Make your gifts unique for your bridal party. It’s so easy to google top 10 bridesmaids gifts and just pick something off the list. What is more difficult is to make it special for your bridesmaids. Make them think you really thought this gift through. You really wanted them to have something special that is unlike what every other bride is giving out. It takes a little more creativity, but it is totally worth the investment!
* Make it useful.
Have you ever played White Elephant? You know the game where everyone brings a cheap, knickknack or gag gift wrapped up beautifully and then you have to select a gift from the stack not knowing what is under that beautiful paper? It can be loads of fun but I have gotten stuck with some pretty amazing, weird, and unusable gifts. Top of my list would be the groundhog tape dispenser or the 3rd grade picture of my husbands boss or my personal favorite, a McDonald’s Happy Meal from last Christmas…gross.
Needless to say these gifts weren’t useful to me. When choosing a gift for your bridal party, select something you know they can really use. Choose something that would not only be perfect for your wedding day but also have value to them for many months/years to come. I hate to say it, but useless gifts are just wasted money. Most people end up throwing them out or giving them away. Make sure when selecting your gifts, you think through this:
Would your friends/family would really want that item?
Does it hold any value to them after the wedding day?
If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you have found a useful gift indeed!
*Make it personal.
The best gift givers are ones that think of their recipient more than themselves. Odd you might say considering gifting is always for another person and not for oneself. But, the reality is many people give gifts that they would want to receive or gifts that benefit them rather than the person they are giving them to. Think about this…
Example 1: You give your mom a really trendy outfit for her birthday. You know it’s not her style or what she would choose herself. But yet, you gift it anyway because you liked it and you know your mom would agree that you have good taste. Case in point: you are gifting something you would like to receive yourself.
Example 2: Your boyfriend gives you two front row tickets to the basketball game for Christmas. While this was an expensive and really nice gift, you could care less about basketball. But, you gladly accept them because it means a date night out for the two of you. Case in point: he gifted something that benefitted him more than you.
Giving a gift to your mom, dad, best friend or flower girl at your wedding needs to be personal. You need to think through what that person likes. What items would mean the most to them and what would they want instead of what would I want them to have. It’s a totally different mindset. This is the difference between a gift and a really great gift!
So, when you sit down to start planning gifts for your bridal party, ask yourself “Is my gift unique? Is my gift useful? Is my gift personal?” If you can answer yes to all three, you have selected the perfect gifts for you bridal party!
Fun fact: When Surprise Box was created, we designed a way to make gifting unique, useful and personal. Each of our gifts are customizable which means that you can craft a very special present for those that are special and dear to you. Weddings are stressful enough but when you choose Surprise Box for your gifts, gifting doesn’t have to be stressful either!