Being asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding inspires a lot of different emotions.
On the one hand, you’re so happy and honored to have been included. On the other hand, there is some pressure that comes along with the job. In the age of social media, weddings can start to feel like little competitions.
If you want the bride to have the best experience possible, find ways to make her celebration feel unique. The bachelorette party, in particular, is a great chance to do things a little differently and make them even more memorable.
Below, we’ve put together a list of bachelorette gift ideas that aren’t cliche. Some are fun, some are creative, and some are sentimental. They’ll all show the bride in your life how much you love her, and how excited you are to be a part of her big day.
Read on for more.
1. New Luggage
One of the best bachelorette gift ideas are things that the bride will actually use once she’s married. Gag gifts can be fun in the moment, but they rarely get much use once the bachelorette party is over.
New luggage is a thoughtful gift, because it’s likely that the new bride will be traveling often in her first few years of marriage. There’s the honeymoon, of course, but many couples are now opting to go on trips as anniversary gifts as well.
Look for practical pieces that the bride will be able to carry-on a plane or put in the backseat for a weekend road trip. If the bride has specific wedding colors, you can try to incorporate them into the design of the luggage. And if she is changing her name, adding her new monogram to some pieces is a nice touch.
Keep in mind that high-quality luggage can get expensive, so if you’re committed to giving her a full set, reach out to other bridesmaids to see if they’d want to split the cost.
2. A Special Experience
Wedding planning can be a stressful process. As much fun as the big day is, the bride in your life is probably looking forward to relaxing on her honeymoon almost as much as she’s looking forward to being married.
One of the newest trends in bachelorette gift ideas is giving the bride an experience that she can share with her new husband on their honeymoon.
This could be as simple as a gift certificate to a restaurant they’ve booked or a spa treatment at the hotel where they’re staying. If they’re an adventurous couple, you could consider signing them up for some type of city tour or exploration.
Even though it’s not a physical item, this type of gift is special. It’s an opportunity for the couple to create one of their first memories together as a married couple. It also signifies to them that you recognize the importance of their honeymoon trip.
You could also consider an experience that the bride can enjoy on her own, to make her feel pampered when she needs some downtime. There’s a great post on the website Fondudes.com that discusses this kind of gift. Check it out!
3. A Scrapbook of Your Friendship
A wedding is first and foremost about the couple getting married. That’s obvious. But it’s also about the people–like friends and family–who have supported the couple throughout their relationship and their lives.
If you’ve been asked to be in the wedding party, you’re clearly one of those people for the bride. It would be inappropriate to make the wedding day about you, but the bachelorette is a great time to celebrate and acknowledge the friendship that you and the bride share.
Putting together a scrapbook of your friendship is one of the more meaningful bachelorette gift ideas you could pursue. It’s something that no one else could give to the bride, and it’s much more personal than anything you could buy off a registry.
For ideas on what to include in a scrapbook, look back through old photographs of the two of you together and select some of your favorites. Maybe you have notes you’ve written to each other, or mementos from events you’ve attended together over the years.
Any token of time the two of you have spent together could be meaningful to include. You should also take the time to write a letter to the bride, explaining the scrapbook and detailing how much she means to you.
4. Picture Frames
In today’s world of social media posting and Smartphone cameras, it’s rare for people to take the time to print a physical picture. Someone’s wedding day is definitely an exception to that rule.
The bride and groom have probably hired a professional photographer to capture their wedding day and will want physical prints of some of those pictures. By gifting the bride with picture frames, you’re encouraging her to display her favorite moments.
To make the gift feel a little more complete and special, put together a basket or gift box of a couple of different frames. Choose some that can be mounted on the wall and some that can stand up on a mantel or desk.
And make a special note on one of the frames: that it’s reserved for a picture of the two of you!
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The best gift you can give to the bride in your life is to be there for her as a friend and as a bridesmaid. Planning a wedding is exciting, but it’s also stressful, and she’ll appreciate your support more than any physical item.
When the bachelorette rolls around and you do want to gift the bride with something, make it something unique. She’ll appreciate the effort and thought behind an original gift. You’ll also feel proud to know that you gave her something that she genuinely loved and will actually use.
For more inspiration on planning an original bachelorette for the bride in your life, please feel free to contact us at any time.