The 12 Best Bridesmaids’ Gift Ideas
As a bride, how do you thank the extraordinary support-act that are your bridesmaids, Maid and Matron of Honour? Tanya Bywater, and ABIA Weddings Australia, share their suggestions for choosing the perfect ‘thank you' present, and take a look at the latest gifts for bridesmaids and attendants. From jewellery to hampers, and the more unique and unusual — find a gift idea your wedding party will adore.
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Whatever you call them — Bridesmaid, Maid of Honour, Matron of Honour, even Flower Girl — chances are the female members of your bridal party will be your wing-women, your back-up dancers, your ‘quasi’ wedding coordinators and your shoulder-to-lean-on throughout the wedding planning process.
Indeed, they’ve possibly been helping you plan your wedding even before the proposal. And, once the question was popped, they were likely among the first you told. So, it’s an understandable tradition that most brides, and couples, show their appreciation for a bridesmaid’s time, support and participation with a gesture of thanks. Keep scrolling to find out how to choose a gift your bridesmaids will swoon over.
How to choose the perfect bridesmaid gift
Relationships, personalities, preferences, budget and the size of your bridal party will all play a part in picking your attendants’ gifts. There are no rules here — you can have fun with matchy-matchy coordination, play around with personalisation, or choose an individual gratuity for each bridal party member. Strike a balance between personal, practical, meaningful and well-priced to quickly narrow down your selection.
Keep it personal
It’s likely you know your bridesmaids well, so use this knowledge to choose something that will appeal. Take into account their style and colour tastes and don’t overlook personal traits and preferences — if one of your bridesmaids is vegan, allergic to cosmetic ingredients or sensitive to fragrance, she’ll truly appreciate you taking this into consideration.
Keep it practical
It’s a great idea to give a gift that your bridesmaids can use, or wear, on the wedding day. Even better if it’s something they can enjoy again and again — opt for pleasing, well-made, good quality presents and your bridesmaids’ smiles will endure long after the excitement fades.
Keep it meaningful
Weddings are sentimental occasions, and a bridesmaid present provides the ideal opportunity to gift a lasting memory of your celebration. Whether it’s the gift itself, or a small inclusion, a keepsake element makes a thoughtful addition.
Keep it well-priced
We know you’d love to shower them with gifts, but breaking your budget won’t bring joy to you, or those who truly care about you. It’s irksome, but essential, so tally the numbers in your wedding party, budget accordingly and see the suggestions below — there’s something to suit every price point.
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The best gifts for your bridesmaids, Maid of Honour, Matron of Honour and flower girls
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It’s one of the most popular gifts from brides to their bridesmaids, and for good reason. Whether a stunning pair of earrings, a breath-taking bracelet or a striking necklace, carefully chosen jewellery ticks all the boxes as a present that’s personal, practical and meaningful. There’s plenty of scope as far as budget goes too — dazzle them with diamonds and precious metals or opt for quality faux and plated designs, depending on your circumstances.
Bridesmaids will swoon over these statement 'Alison' earrings from Michelle Pagonis Bridal, which feature handmade silk flowers, freshwater pearls and a choice of gold, rose gold or silver finishing.
For a personal present that won't break your budget, this affordable take on the monogram pendant necklace comes in gold or silver toning from Bride Tribe.
For a gift that's classic, and timeless, choose the delicate 'Constella' bracelet, from Swarovski. It comes in a choice of rose-gold-toned or rhodium plating, with the option of a coordinating pendant necklace and earrings.
Choose your bridesmaid's birthstone, and an optional letter tag, to personalise this sterling silver 'Full Circle' bracelet by custom jewellery designer Fairina Cheng.
For some stunning sparklers, these from The Wedding Garter combine statement bling with affordable cubic zirconia.
Choose pyjamas, robes and sleepwear
Slumber parties, the night before the big day, are a lovely tradition shared by many brides and their wedding party. They’re also the perfect opportunity to get creative with gift-giving — think pretty matching PJs, luxe satin robes, comfy slippers, and silk eye masks and pillowcases. Your bridesmaids will relish relaxing in them, plus they look super-cute in the wedding-prep photos!
The women you adore will look, and feel, wonderful wrapped in satin. We love this personalised floral pattern, but you’ll also find plain and lace offerings on Bride Tribe.
Available in a rainbow of shades, and with the option of personalised embroidery, you’re bound to find sets of satin pyjamas to suit your wedding colour theme from Australian brand Night Sweet Thing.
Your bridesmaids will bless you every time they rest their heads on these patterned silk pillowcases from Bed Bath N' Table.
Start your team’s wedding day preparations off on the right foot with these fluffy slippers, available in three shades, from Bride Tribe.
Yes, they match the pillowcases above! Gift these indulgent silk eye masks — from Bed Bath N' Table — as a set, on their own, or pop them in a 'care package' for added indulgence.
Choose coffee and tea wares
Tea and coffee drinking rituals are at the heart of many cherished friendships. So, what better way to thank your bridesmaids than by acknowledging these shared moments with delicate teacups, fancy teapots, swanky coffee plungers, posh cake stands and statement-making mugs.
Start your wedding day in style by sharing a morning brew with your bridal party, sipped from beautiful Bing Bang Bloom Pretty Mugs, from T2.
Elevate your future ‘tea and cake’ catchups, by thanking your besties with this elegant Avarua tiered cake stand, by Villeroy & Boch.
Wedgwood is synonymous with timeless gifts, so spoil your support team with a teacup and saucer each, from the pretty 'Butterfly Bloom' collection.
Turn to Bed Bath N’ Table, and Miss Tea Party collectables in ‘confetti’ for simple, sweet teawares that will appeal to every bridesmaid.
Encourage your favourite ladies to take time for themselves, by thanking them with this Luscious Protea Tea-For-One set, by T2.
For the bridesmaid who has everything, or those with minimalist tastes, consider expressing your gratitude with a shared experience. Get creative with a cooking or craft class, spoil her at a spa, dine somewhere distinctive or, if your budget stretches that far, treat her to an all-expenses-paid weekend away. Whether for a few hours or a couple of days, it’ll make for lasting memories.
Image courtesy of The Langham, Melbourne
Take afternoon tea and get a bit fancy with finger sandwiches and sweet treats. With locations in Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sydney, The Langham high tea is an elegant affair that's hard to beat.
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Encourage your bridal party to get crafty, and make something ‘memorable’ to take away — be it a candle, clay sculpture, or floral creation — at a class or workshop held in an artistic space like Stackwood in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Image courtesy Reign at the QVB
Secure a seat somewhere super-chic and share brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks with your bridesmaid bestie. Right now, Reign at the QVB has one of the most coveted views in Sydney.
Choose hair accessories
For extra loveliness on the day, and something your bridesmaids will treasure later, seek out statement-making hair accessories. Opt for well-crafted, distinctive headbands, combs, pins and clips, that will remind them of you whenever they reach for them.
Give the gift of glamour with the exquisitely-crafted 'Lola' comb, by jewellery designer Michelle Pagonis. It combines flowers, leaves, pearls and crystals, with the option of a gold, silver or rose gold finish for added personalisation.
For an accessory that will lift the simplest of bridesmaid gowns, seek out this statement-making Swarovski hair clip, which combines octagon, square and pear-cut crystals in a rhodium-plated setting.
To keep with a classic look your bridesmaids will turn to again and again, present them with these 'Poet Pearl' hair pins from Michelle Pagonis.
Scent is a powerful and evocative sense which can transport us back to a particular life moment. So scent makes perfect sense as a bridesmaid present. Keep in mind that some people can be especially sensitive to certain aromas and artificial fragrances though, and opt for natural perfumes and subtle notes that will appeal to every member of your bridal party.
The go-to for bridesmaids who prefer natural fragrance, One Seed organic eau de parfum is available in scents like Dreamer, Hope, Freedom and Seeker, and is comprised entirely of pure botanical ingredients.
These ‘Bridesmaid’ and 'Maid of Honour' candles from The Commonfolk Collective speak for themselves. Customise them, from a choice of 10 aromas, to suit each of your attendants.
The subtle ‘mood-balancing’ scent of Lük Beautifood Skin Nourish, blends natural aromatics, so should please even the most sensitive of bridesmaids. Give it as a stand-alone gift, or add it to a hamper for a little extra luxe-factor.
If shots, cocktails or champagne go hand-in-hand with your special occasion, consider gifting specially-selected glassware, and accessories, to take your toasts to the next level. Think delicate drinking vessels, personalised stemware and quirky shot glasses and accessories, depending on how you, and your bridal party, choose to celebrate together.
Select from three fonts, and combine with silver, gold, black or white decal, to personalise these Bride Tribe stemless champagne flutes for every member of your support crew.
If tequila is on the agenda, turn to these Saltist shot glasses, made from 100 per cent Himalayan salt, for a distinctively different bridesmaid present.
Ensure every sip will seem special when you spoil your bridal party with bespoke, beautifully-etched glassware from Groovy Glass.
For a cute keepsake that’s sure to make a stir, pop in a brass cocktail spoon, like this one from Pineapple Traders.
For a special ‘something blue’ for your bridesmaids on the day, and everyday thereafter, reach for these Villeroy & Boch 'Like Ice' wine goblets.
Choose bags, totes and clutches
As a pretty, practical accessory on your wedding day, or as a fashionable favourite for them to use everyday, trendy totes, must-have make-up bags and classic clutches are bound to make bridesmaids smile. Gift them as a stand-alone, or fill them hamper-style with cosmetics, creams and trinkets you know they’ll go mad for.
Blow your bridesmaids away, and ensure they look even more amazing on the day carrying this standout Swarovski bag — available in your choice of gold or silver colour-tones.
If yours is a beach wedding, or boho-themed, keep it casual with chic French market bags, like this one from Pineapple Traders' collection.
Keep your bridal party’s look, and your gift-giving, classic — choose a pearl-beaded clutch, like this one, from The Wedding Garter.
Plan ahead for wedding day touchups — understated, monogrammed make-up bags, from Honeysuckle & Lime, make a sensible, stylish bridesmaid staple.
Go glam with your gratitude, and present your girlfriends with crystal-beaded clutches from The Wedding Garter.
If money is no object, spoil your favourite ladies with this statement Judith Leiber 'Star Eclipse' bag from Swarovski.
Choose hampers and care packages
Of course, you can purchase them pre-packaged and ready-made, but we’d suggest curating your own hamper or care package, to add the personal touches that truly express your gratitude.
Grab a beautiful basket, box or bag and fill it with things you know your bridesmaids will adore. Start with the usual lotions, potions and creams, then elevate the offering with little luxuries that take into account your bridesmaids’ preferences and sensitivities. Think cosmetic treats, for on-the-day touchups, a sweet keepsake for sentimentality’s sake, and the sorts of indulgences you know they wouldn’t buy themselves, and you'll be sorted!
The natural, edible ingredients in Lük Beautifood Lip Nourish will appeal to the most sensitive of bridesmaids, and with a choice of 14 shades, you’ll find a lippie to match your day.
For the perfect wedding-day wakeup, pop in a pack of Kind Bod shower steamers. Available in three scents, and fragranced with pure organic essential oils, they're an ideal addition for bridesmaids who value all things luxe, vegan, natural and sustainable.
With a heart-felt message from you written on the front page, a textured hardcover journal from Emma Kate Co. will make a lovely bridesmaid keepsake.
These nature-inspired Lük Beautifood Luminizer Drops are suitable for sensitive types and varying skin tones, and just a few drops will have your bridesmaids glowing in the wedding photos.
If you’re after gifts as individual and extraordinary as the bridesmaids who support you, look to their homes for inspiration. You’ll get a sense of their taste and colour preferences, and your ‘thank you’ might become a treasured prized possession.
For a gift that's as thoughtful as it is sweet, purchase this darling bud vase from T.House, and the profit goes to support charities.
Useful, unusual and utterly beautiful — your bridesmaid will think of you every time she serves drinks on this Villeroy & Boch Avarua tray.
Fill it with a happy-snap of the two of you, and a Rhodes Inlay Photo Frame, from Bed Bath N’ Table, could make the perfect, personalised keepsake.
For the teeniest of tokens to communicate your thanks in a big way, turn to trinket dishes, such as this one from Emma Kate Co.
Choose something special for flower girls and junior bridesmaids
The littlest members of your bridal party might just be your biggest supporters, so ensure they’re singled out when gift-giving time comes around. They’ll adore gifts that match those given to the rest of the bridal party, in miniature, or modified, versions. Or, look to their favourite colour, creature or pastime for inspiration, and a gift that’s almost guaranteed to win them over.
Seek out Honeysuckle & Lime for these personalised, floppy-earred bunny bags. Filled with pencils, stain-free snacks and small delights, they’ll keep even the littlest flower girls amused for hours.
Choose charming headbands — like these angel bands — over spikey combs and pins, for a pretty, practical hair accessory for little ones. Available in silver, gold or rose gold tones from Michelle Pagonis.
These sweet shell purses, from Pineapple Traders, are perfect for beach wedding themes, and just the right size for tiny hands.
If grown up bridesmaids are receiving tea cups, carry the theme through to younger ones too, by presenting them with the Miss Butterflies tea cup and saucer set, in pink, from Bed Bath N’ Table.
The tiniest of details can lift a gift into the realm of something special. To add a little extra polish to your bridesmaids’ presents, seek out stationary specialists and boutique suppliers to find personalised packaging, bespoke name tags and monogrammed labels.
So small, yet so sweet — initial your bridesmaids' gifts with these laser-cut wooden discs from Little Event Boutique.
Have your bridesmaid's name hand-punched into a lovely leather tag, by Honeysuckle & Lime, for the ultimate in casual customisation.
Think outside the box — or on it in this case — and go for a gorgeous gift box from Bride Tribe, embossed with your bridesmaid’s name.
Perfect, personal, practical and meaningful bridesmaids gifts sorted!
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