The 26 best bridesmaid gifts we’ve ever given or received, from custom gift boxes to bridesmaid dresses

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

birdy grey bridesmaids dresses
  • Sending your bridesmaids a thoughtful gift is a great way to celebrate your wedding day.
  • We asked Insider staffers to share the best bridesmaid gifts they’ve ever given or received.
  • Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here.

Bridesmaids are more than just a handful of people you choose to pose for pictures with on your wedding day. They are your closest family members and friends – the ones who have seen you through the hard breakups before you found the one and celebrated with you when you finally got that promotion.

Even if your wedding is a long while away, you can still celebrate in small ways by reaching out to your bridesmaids. Sending them nice, thoughtful, funny, and custom gifts can help you express how grateful you are that they’re involved in your life, outside of your special day.

We asked members of the Insider Reviews team to tell us the best bridesmaid gifts they’ve ever given or received. From silk robes and eye masks to custom Bobbleheads and acrylic purses, we rounded up 26 gifts that any member of your “I do” crew will appreciate.

The 26 best bridesmaids gifts we’ve ever received or given, plus a few other recommendations:

Bridesmaids dresses so one expense is already taken care of for them

birdy grey bridesmaids dresses

Birdy Grey Bridesmaids Dresses, $99

I followed what was done for me when I was a bridesmaid and gifted my bridal crew their bridesmaid dresses. There are a lot of costs involved when you’re a bridesmaid so I wanted to make at least one part of that job easier. Knowing that I was footing the bill for a group of six, I needed something affordable and high-quality.

I found Birdy Grey on Instagram and was impressed with the selection of colors, dress styles, and, more importantly, that each dress was $99. I picked out the Dusty Blue color and let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Even though I knew they wouldn’t wear the dresses again unless they’re part of someone else’s wedding and it had a similar color scheme, they told me that it was a big expense off their shoulders.  —Jada Wong, senior editor

A custom market tote that they can use for years after the wedding

Apolis customizable tote

Apolis Market Tote, available at Apolis Global, from $58

I wanted to give my bridesmaids a gift that felt personal, looked cute for pictures, and that they could use for years after the wedding. I decided against any gift that said “bridesmaid” or had our names or wedding date on it since that limited the likelihood they would reuse it. I opted instead to personalize one of these market totes for each of them with the name of their hometown. I stuffed each one with other goodies, like a cookbook, candy, and a card. They were a big hit; even people who weren’t in our wedding party wanted to know where to get them. —Lauren Savoie, editor

A beautiful, monogrammed jewelry travel case

Mejuri Jewelry Case

Mejuri Jewelry Case, available at Mejuri, $75

If you’d prefer to gift something memorable that’s also highly useful, we’d suggest considering Mejuri’s leather travel jewelry cases which will keep their rings and necklaces from getting tangled or lost. The grain leather is soft and luxe — and Mejuri will monogram it with their initials. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

Memorable, elegant earrings they can wear many times in the future

Mejuri Bold Pearl Drop Earrings

Mejuri Bold Pearl Drop Earrings, available at Mejuri, $65

Earrings don’t have to be incredibly expensive to look and feel luxe. A pair is an elegant way to remember the day — and your friendship — that’s as versatile as it is special. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

An air plant and custom bridesmaid proposal box

Bridemaid gifts plant box

Bridesmaid Proposal Card and Succulent Box, available at Etsy, from $28.05

While the succulent is the perfect elegant desk accessory, the card it comes with is the main attraction. Each box can be customized so all of your bridesmaids feel special. —Ellen Hoffman, Insider Reviews executive editor

An eye palette with enough colors to work on a variety of skin tones

urban decay naked3 eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette, available at Ulta, $54

Before I was a bride myself, I was a bridesmaid many times over. One of my most favorite bridesmaid gifts I received was an Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette, which I still use to this day. It was the sort of gift I’d never splurge on myself but was so thrilled to receive. While makeup can often be a risky gift, palettes like this one offer many colors to work with a variety of skin tones. —Lauren Savoie, editor

Sweet, personalized sweatshirts

bow & drape custom crewneck sweatshirt

Bow & Drape Custom Sweatshirt, available at Bow & Drape from $68

My husband and I dated when we were teenagers, didn’t talk for more than a decade, and then met up serendipitously again 13 years later in a chance encounter hundreds of miles from my hometown. I was wearing a Bow & Drape sweatshirt that said “You Had Me At Merlot” for that chance meeting and it’s become part of the lore of our origin story now.

While that original sweatshirt made an appearance for our wedding photo booth, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to buy my bridesmaids some sassy sparkly sweatshirts of their own. I customized each one with an inside joke that was unique to them or us, and I loved watching my bridesmaids bust them out on the dance floor. —Lauren Savoie, editor

Delicious food inspired by your wedding location


Meal from Goldbelly, available at Goldbelly starting at $59

Gift them a delicious treat or meal that matches your wedding location from Goldbelly, a company that partners with iconic eateries around the country to deliver regional delicacies such as New York pizza, Memphis barbeque, and Philly cheesesteaks. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

A personalized purse they can used at all future weddings

Rae of Light

Personalized acrylic purse, available at Rae of Light, $99

I’ve had plenty of weddings this year and always struggled to find the perfect clutch. My friend gifted us these luxe acrylic bags with our names on them. They are perfect for fancy occasions! —Chelsey Hoffman, producer

A suitcase to hold the gifts

Alana Yzola

Mini Suitcase Wishing Well, available at Amazon, $95.96

The gift box was delivered to each bridesmaid and maid of honor. For the bridesmaids that are related to me, I organized a surprise brunch and had the boxes hand-delivered by my cousin. We rolled out a red carpet and I made him wear a suit for it! I recorded their reactions and plan on including them in the final wedding video. — Alana Yzola, senior video producer 

Note: This product is currently sold by a third-party retailer on Amazon. 

A silky bathrobe they can wear while getting ready for your big day

Bridesmaid Silk Robes

Bridesmaid Silk Robes, available at Etsy, from $15

Aliza Gulab included these silky bathrobes inside of her bridesmaid proposal gift bag. Not only are they adorable in getting ready photos, but they are the ultimate armor of friendship on the big day.

A personalized wine tumbler to get the creative planning-juices flowing

Bridesmaid gift tumblers

Personalized Wine Tumbler, available at Etsy, from $13

Alana Yzola included these personalized stemless wine tumblers insider her bridesmaids’ ask box. They come in nine different colors and can be customized to include monogrammed initials or their name.

Sleep masks so they can recover from the bachelorette party

Bridesmaid gifts eye masks

Bridesmaids Sleep Mask, available at Etsy, $9.99

Alana Yzola also included these sleep masks in her bridesmaids’ ask boxes so that they could recover and get a little sleep on the way home from the bachelorette party.

A candle that smells like the location of the destination wedding

Yankee Candle

Pink Sands Candle, available at Yankee Candle, $17

Aliza Gulab also included a Pink Sands Yankee Candle which embodied the scents of her destination island wedding in Jamaica.

A face mask to prepare for the big day

sephora face masks aloe

Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask, available at Sephora, $4

Aliza Gulab also included this Sephora face mask so that her bridesmaids would feel relaxed and just a little pampered before the wedding.

A luggage tag they can use to travel to the destination wedding location

Miamica Confetti Luggage Tag

Miamica Confetti Luggage Tag, available at Miamica, $6.50

Finally, since the wedding will be a destination wedding in Jamaica, Aliza Gulab included these adorable luggage tags for their travels.

A garment bag for easy traveling with formalwear

Longchamp Garment Bag

Longchamp Boxford Garment Bag, available at Longchamp, $165

Wedding season means frequent traveling with formal clothing for many — and a nice garment bag takes some of the hassle out of the experience. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

A bottle of their favorite wine with a custom label asking them to be your bridesmaid

Custom Wine Labels

Customized Wine Bottle Labels, available at Etsy, $4/label

My sister asked me to be her maid of honor with my favorite type of wine and a label that said, “Will you be my maid of honor?” on it. She got each bridesmaid their favorite bottle of wine and asked in the same way. I thought this was a thoughtful, sweet, simple way to ask. —Victoria Gracie, associate distribution producer

A custom gift that’s both thoughtful and practical

Customized phone case

Personalized Phone Case, available at Etsy, from $25.99

I received a custom cell phone case from Etsy for one wedding I was in. The bride asked us our phone size a few weeks before the wedding. I loved that this gift was something I could actually use! —Chelsey Hoffman, producer

A gift you can mail to your long-distance bridesmaid

Long Distance Friendship Picture Frame

Long Distance Friendship Picture Frame, available at Etsy, $23.50

When your bridesmaid lives hundreds or maybe even thousands of miles away, this gift can be a nice reminder that friendship knows no distance. —Ellen Hoffman, Insider Reviews executive editor

A robe that’s comfortable and can be worn even after the wedding

Personalized Waffle Robe

Personalized Waffle Robes, available on Amazon, $36.95

My sister gifted me and all of her bridesmaids personalized robes for the morning of the wedding. They were comfortable and perfect to wear while getting our hair and makeup done and even looked cute in any photos taken while getting ready. I love that this robe is something I can still use, too. — Victoria Gracie, associate distribution producer

A pair of getting-ready pajamas that you can wear even after the wedding

Gap Modal Pajamas

Modal Joggers, available at Gap, $38

If you’ve been a bridesmaid before, you know it’s a LONG day of sitting around getting ready. My friend gifted us Gap pajamas to lounge in for the day. They were not bride-themed so they were not only great for the day-of, but afterward as well. —Chelsey Hoffman, producer

Custom gift bags that fit the theme of the wedding

Personalized Gift Bag

Personalized Gift Bag, available at Etsy, from $2.95

We are having a destination wedding so I wanted to stick to the theme for my bridesmaids’ ‘proposal’ gifts. Our destination wedding will be in Jamaica so I took them to a cute brunch spot in Brooklyn called Negril and we sat near a neon sign that read “One Love.” I put their gifts in these cute bags. —Aliza Gulab, video producer

Hair towels that minimize damage and cut down on drying time

AQUIS Original Hair Turban

AQUIS Original Hair Turban, available at Amazon, $20.99

Also in the vein of things that will come in handy many times post-wedding is a hair towel that minimizes damage and frizz and cuts drying time by as much as 50%. Aquis towels are made from a proprietary fabric with ultra-fine fibers that are gentle on hair. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter

A makeup bag that can be customized for each bridesmaid

Custom Makeup Bag

Customize a Stony Clover Lane Pouch

I’ve received a few personalized makeup cases, but my Stoney Clover one is by far my favorite. They have the cutest styles and customization options. The options are endless! I use this to go to the beach and as a travel case. —Chelsey Hoffman, producer

A hilarious gift that even the groomsmen will appreciate

Custom Bobbleheads

Custom Bobblehead, available on Etsy, $59.99

For my wedding, my husband and I created custom Bobbleheads for all the groomsmen (based on photos we submitted of them). Everyone was obsessed and loved getting something so personal. —Marni Wagner, Insider Inc. lead project manager

Read the original article on Business Insider