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How to Choose Gracious Bridesmaid Gifts

The bridesmaid gifts are the perfect opportunity for a bride to show her friends how much she values their friendship and support. These little tokens of your affection will let your bridesmaids know that you cherish and appreciate them, and all that they have done for you. These are suggestions on some of the most gracious bridesmaid gifts, some of which were given by those icons of good taste, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.

The perfect bridesmaid gifts are timeless, thoughtful, and pretty. They should be something that is a lasting token of your esteem, rather than something that will be quickly forgotten or used up. This is why items like jewelry, picture frames, and monogrammed things are among the most popular choices for bridesmaid gifts. Save the concert tickets or magazine subscriptions for an occasion like a birthday.

Jewelry has long been the top choice for the bridesmaid gifts. When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier, she presented each of her bridesmaids with a gold charm. The charm was engraved with the happy couple's initials and wedding date. If your bridesmaids have charm bracelets, feel free to steal this terrific idea from Grace Kelly for your bridesmaid gifts. The charms could be gold or silver, depending on your preference and your budget.

A variation on this idea is to give your bridesmaids gifts of silver bracelets or necklaces with a monogrammed tag, in the style of the famous Tiffany and Co. pieces. Don't worry that such pretty pieces will be out of your price range; you can find beautifully engraved silver necklaces and bracelets on the internet for a fraction of the designer jewelry. Your bridesmaids will be touched to receive a gift that you have had customized just for them. Instead of using your own initials as Grace Kelly did, think about using the initials of the recipient.

Another bride with legendary good taste was Jacqueline Bouvier. When she married John F. Kennedy, her gift to her ten bridesmaids was a monogrammed silver picture frame. This makes a terrific bridesmaid gift that your attendants are sure to enjoy for years to come. Go the extra step, and put a special photo of you with your bridesmaid into each frame. This will make the gift even more sentimental and memorable.

Your bridesmaids will always feel special when they receive a gift that you took the time to have personalized especially for them. Besides jewelry and engraved silver items like frames, compacts, or jewelry boxes, another great gift idea is a monogrammed bag. You can get each bridesmaid a tote bag in her favorite color personalized with her initials. For a destination wedding, a monogrammed piece of luggage or a cosmetic bag is also a fantastic bridesmaid gift idea.

When your bridesmaids see the thought and care that you put into selecting just the perfect gifts for them, it will be clear to them how much you value them. It is a small and simple way to show appreciation for your closest friends who do so much to make your wedding dreams come true.


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