You’ve chosen some of your closest friends and family members to stand up with you at your wedding. Now you should show them how much you appreciate them. It is customary to give gifts to your wedding party as a way of thanking them for their support on your big day. But for brides and grooms on a budget, you don’t want to spend too much. Here are some inexpensive wedding party gifts to help show your gratitude to your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Before you start trying to choose the perfect gifts, you should look at your wedding budget and see what you can afford. Remember, a gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. There are two rules for giving great wedding gifts:
A wedding gift that is heartfelt and genuine is always better received than something that is just expensive.
A unique or personalized wedding gift is better than something that is generic.
Inexpensive Bridesmaid Gifts
Remember to also buy a gift for your flower girl and ring bearer
Small Evening Bags
(Your bridesmaids can use them at the wedding)
An evening bag makes a great bridesmaid gift. It’s classic and useful. Give everyone the same bag or personalize it by choosing a bag in the recipient’s favorite color.
Earrings or a Necklace
Simple jewelry is a classy gift and doesn’t have to be expensive. Many department stores have regular sales on jewelry where you can find great deals. Also look online for websites that give you a discount when ordering multiples of one item. If you give jewelry as a wedding gift, ask your bridesmaids to wear it for the ceremony. It looks great when everyone has a matching jewelry, so be sure to choose something that will go with your bridesmaid’s dresses.
Barrettes, Hair Pins or Other Beauty Accessories
Most girls love beauty accessories and will put them to good use. Pick a different accessory to match each bridesmaid’s individual style.
Stationary is very inexpensive, and makes a great gift. Give each of your bridesmaids a package of notecards and envelopes with their initials printed on the front.
Fancy Soaps or Candles
What girl doesn’t like good smelling stuff? Consider purchasing bath or beauty sets for your bridesmaid gifts.
Inexpensive Groomsmen Gifts
Remember to also buy a gift for the ring bearer
Engraved Beer Mug or Pilsner Glass
Guys like to drink beer, so give them a nice glass to drink it from. Have your wedding date or an inscription engraved on the glass.
Give your groomsmen a shaving set. This classic “man-gift” is sure to please. It will also help ensure that your groomsmen are clean-shaven for your wedding day!
Swiss Army Knife
Is there any groomsman gift more manly than a swiss army knife? I think not! Show your groomsmen that you care, but that you recognize their manliness too.
Pocket Flask (Monogrammed if Possible)
A pocket flask makes a really cool groomsman gift. It’s kind of retro, but also useful. Have their initial engraved on the front for a special touch.
Cufflinks are a great classy gift for guys. Engraving them with the recipient’s initials makes this gift idea even better!
Some couples prefer to buy individualized gifts for each person in their wedding party. It’s a nice touch to buy something that really relates to the person you’re giving it to, but you’ll often spend more by shopping this way. If your budget is tight, consider purchasing the same gift for all of your bridesmaids and the same gift for all of your groomsmen. You can save a lot by buying multiples of the same item.
If you decide to go the “individualized” gift route with your wedding gifts, consider who you’re shopping for. Find a gift that speaks to the recipient’s personality. For example, if your maid of honor loves to pamper herself, buy some nice bath soaps or scented lotion. If the best man is a huge Green Bay Packers fan, buy him something related to his team.
If you plan to buy everyone the same thing, try to choose items that any guy or gal could use. There are a lot of websites and stores that specialize in wedding party gifts. Many of these businesses also offer engraving, so you can personalize each gift with the recipient’s initials or your wedding date. A personalized gift is a little more special, and really lets the recipient know that you put some thought into it.
If you’re looking for gifts that are a bit more unique, try a website like etsy.com, where you can purchase hand made gifts like Other great places to look are stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, or Uncommon Goods.
Members of your wedding party have been there for you, shared your moments of joy, supported you and helped shape the person you are. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are the people you trust and want to have by your side on your wedding day. By choosing a bridesmaid gift or groomsman gift that is heartfelt and sincere, you can’t go wrong.