I love giving gifts. One of the things I was most excited about when planning the wedding was picking out bridesmaids gifts. I know, I'm weird. My mom always said that the best gifts to give are things you really want for yourself. I loved the things I ended up giving my bridesmaids, and they ended up loving them too, so I was really happy with my choices.
First, I knew I wanted to give everyone those hangers from Etsy with your name twisted in wire. I found mine at HangerDesignCenter. I got the first names of all of my bridesmaids. My two maids of honor got champagne ribbons and the other bridesmaids got plum ribbon. My hanger said Mrs. Dulka with an ivory ribbon. I stole this picture from my bridesmaid Abby's mom's Facebook. We had all of our dresses lined up in a row on our hangers, but not until the photographer got there, so I'll post that when we get our pictures from her!
I also bought everyone robes to wear while getting ready (Etsy: BridalBlissCouture). I just love that trend. I presented them to everyone on their personalized hanger, then once they put their robe on, they hung their dress up on the hanger. I don't have many pictures of the robes either, but here's a candid of me getting my hair done and not paying attention at all while wearing the robe (and you can see them on some bridesmaids in the background). All of the robes had a rhinestone initial on the front, which was cool.
I didn't really consider those first two things as part of their 'gift,' but they did so they were surprised when I handed out these bags. I love the gift bags at Cost Plus, so I bought eight different designs. I found the gold tissue paper at Target.
When I saw those Kate Spade mugs at Macy's, I fell in love. All of her kitchen stuff is so cute (I got this teapot as a wedding gift, and my mom bought me these wine glasses!). There are nine different sayings, but four of them seemed to fit for my purposes (the bees knees, partner in crime, best friend ever, one in a million), so I bought two of each of those.
Hanky Panky makes the best underwear. Seriously. I know they're expensive for underwear, and I always thought it was crazy, but Shaeffer sang their praises so my mom put some in my stocking a couple years ago and I was hooked. Seriously, they are just too comfy. Two of my bridesmaids told me they are their favorite underwear ever. (The low rise thong is my favorite--I am not a fan of the regular rise, and I've never tried any of their other cuts.)
I thought the Kate Spade necklace was really pretty, and also simple enough that it'd be more likely that everyone liked it. It's also a sailor's knot and I'm really into nautical stuff, so that was perfect. I told my bridesmaids they could wear gold jewelry. I didn't actually imagine that they would wear this necklace on the big day (I didn't know if it would work with their dresses) but all of them got really excited about wearing them, so that made me happy! I felt like it was a very successful gift.
Lastly, everyone got this body cream from Bath & Body Works. It seriously smells like a dream. This is the only thing of the bridesmaids gifts that I (okay, my mom) got for myself as well. (There was a buy two get one free promotion going on when we got these.)
Are you a fan of giving gifts? Normally I like finding Christmas gifts for people (well, at least for females) but this year I was occupied with the wedding and now the move, plus money is tight so I'm kind of stressing about those gifts!