A personal gift is a great way to show your gratitude and appreciation to the women you’ve chosen to stand with you on your wedding day. It’s customary to give your bridesmaids a present at the bridesmaids’ brunch, rehearsal dinner, or other wedding-related event in the days leading up to the ceremony. Homemade gifts are a customized (and potentially cost-effective) way to say thanks to these important women. Here are some ideas of thoughtful homemade gifts…
Customized Gift Basket: Show each lady how much she means to you and how well you know her with a customized gift basket filled with her favorite things. Surprise a movie buff with DVDs, film trivia books, and boxed candy organized in a cute popcorn dish. Treat a coffee lover to a collection of gourmet java, French press, and mugs. Whether your pals love drinking wine or hosting parties, hiking outdoors or crafting at home, you can put together a clever and thoughtful collection of items that embody their personality and interests.
Made-From-Scratch Treats: If you’re no stranger to the kitchen, why not whip up some delectable goodies for your gals? Homemade baked goods can be time-consuming to make, but fun and inventive as a gift. Whether you like to make gourmet bread, chocolate-covered treats, or cutesy cookies, if you wrap and arrange it properly, handmade baked goods can be a sweet way to say thanks.
Painted Possessions: You don’t have to be an expert artist or have your own workspace to create a painted present. Most cities have do-it-yourself pottery shops where you can choose from a wide array of ceramic items for painting. If you’re nervous about your skills with a paintbrush, try picking up cool and interesting items (like book ends, kitschy knick-knacks, lamps, or platters) and paint them in a solid color to make a bold statement and a fun gift.
Sewn Accessories: If you know your way around a sewing machine, create a one-of-a-kind gift for your bridesmaids. Sew blankets, tote bags, or an apron or grab some knitting needles and make cute winter accessories like hats, mittens, or scarves for a personalized and practical gift.
Sentimental Souvenir: Chances are that every one of your bridesmaids has a unique and meaningful relationship with you. Highlight your memories and show them how much you care with a sentimental gift, personalized for each gal. Put together a scrapbook or photo album filled with significant pictures, quotes, memorabilia, printed emails, and handwritten notes to communicate how much you care.