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For bridesmaids gifts for my daughter, I made up a "mix" for gourmet muffins and put the mix in a zip-lock bag and wrapped it up in some white silk-like material, put a silver bow around it and tied the baking instructions around the top. I also made some homemade strawberry butter, put it in some cute little jars I found at a discount store, tied a ribbon around the top and stuck a little spreader down under the ribbon (to hold it). I found the spreaders at a dollar store too (6 for $1).
Then for each bridesmaid I put the mix and butter in a basket and put some white flowers in the basket. A lot of this I already had on hand. The material I used was actually a sheer curtain that I had bought but never used, and the book with the recipes in it I found at a yard sale for a dime! Instead of having the goodies already baked, the girls can bake them whenever they want!
By Linda from Alabaster, AL
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I'm kind of in a bind... I am getting married in May and am starting to look for the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts. Here's the thing... some really close friends of ours (part of the wedding party) just got married and their bridal party gifts where what I was planning to buy; personalized flasks and jewelry boxes. How cliché, I know, but I can't seem to come up with anything better. My budget is about $50-75 for each bridesmaid and groomsman.
Any suggestions? I'd like something special and creative.
Annie from Los Angeles, CA
How about the personalized beer steins or mugs for the guys and necklaces for the girls? Money clips for the boys are good too as are pens (useful).
I simply got gift cards for each of them. I used Walmart cards, because I knew they sale a little of everything, and it has more value for the dollar. They really loved it, it saved me time, and everyone got what they wanted.
You could use other store cards, if you know they shop there.
I got small gift bags, and placed the card inside, with the usual fluff, and a small personal token gift I picked out for each of them.
You might consider gift certificates for a night out for each person. A friend gave us those for her wedding -- it was really nice because all of us have enough "stuff", including engraved boxes, flasks, etc. She wrote a little note about how much she had appreciated all the attention we paid her and her husband and honored their love and how she wanted us all to take some time to enjoy our loved one.
I was on a much cheaper budget when I got married a few years ago. My husband got watches for the groomsmen and for the bridesmaids I made a little basket with my favorite CD at the time and tonz of little bath items, bubblebath, soaps, and just made it really cute.
My daughter got married last June and what we did was to pick a pattern of dress that the bridesmaids could wear again. We let them keep the dress, shoes, and jewelry that they wore in the wedding as their gift. As for the groomsmen, the groom's family bought them beautiful ties and tie clips.
I think that birthstone earrings for the ladies and tie clips monogrammed for the men would be very nce. Have a wonderful life together!
When I got married I found some really fun dishes from a specialty home shop. they were large like something you would keep fruit in-but very elegant and nice. i wrote a note to each bridesmaid about "keeping them close" and tied it into the container that would be used to "keep" fruit or something in.
I bought my gals freshwater pearl necklaces, and Igave them to them just before the ceremony. (they wore them in the ceremony too.) My hubby gave the fellows money clips.