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Since brides are often overwhelmed by all the planning leading up to the big day, bridesmaid or groomsmen gifts are often overlooked as the last details in an already long to-do list!

It's not surprising, then, that many brides will save time by hurriedly selecting a traditional memento such as a photo frame or even a pair of earrings that bridesmaids can wear on her wedding day.

But then what can you give your maid of honor and bridesmaids that haven't already been given before?

Just up ahead, check out a handful of ideas for surprising your bridesmaids with something fun, original or practical - and sure to be appreciated as a thoughtful "thank you" for all their help and support:

  • Total makeover: Give your bridesmaids the full treatment at a salon where you will be having your hair or makeup done for your wedding day. Footing the bill not only ensures that they will look great, but it gives everyone a chance to have a few casual memory-making moments before the big march down the aisle.

  • Gift baskets: Separate gift baskets with their favorite goodies is another great idea for personalizing your bridesmaids' gifts. Fill them with wine and cheese for the gourmet, or assorted cookies or candy for the chocolate lover. Add a handwritten note thanking each bridesmaid for their unique contribution to your very special day.

  • Not the same ol' jewelry: Earrings or other jewelry are long-held gift ideas for bridesmaid, but it give it a twist by presenting them in beautifully decorated jewelry boxes. If your budget allows, have each jewelry box engraved separately with their initials.

  • Spa day: Treat yourself, and all your bridesmaids, to a stress-free afternoon at the spa for a facial and a relaxing massage. If it's not possible to get everyone together before the wedding, give each of them a spa gift certificate they can use anytime.

  • Instant foot massage: Here's a great idea that's growing in popularity everywhere. The plan simply entails giving each bridesmaid a pair of soft cushion slippers (to match their gown) to save their aching feet at the reception. All of them will be eternally grateful!

  • Have fun!: Weddings can be stressful, so plan a day just hanging out together. See a popular movie, visit a local winery, tour a famous landmark, or ... go sky diving! Getting to know each other better before the wedding will ensure that the big day is a success, plus the memories will last long after the I Do's!

also see -> Bachelorette party gift ideas    Bridal registries

Groomsmen Gift Ideas


More tips & advice about bridesmaid gifts around the Web:

50 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas - Here's a great list from The to inspire creative homemade gifts, lunch or dinner celebrations, beauty and makeup gifts, and lots more.

48 DIY Bridesmaid Gift Ideas - Chic and cheap suggestions for crafty brides-to-be who want to give something extra personal (and affordable) gifts to their bridesmaids.





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