13 jewelry-free unique bridesmaid gift ideas

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Recently a friend of mine sent out a tweet asking for gift ideas for her bridesmaids in which she added “…and don’t say jewelry.” Which got me to thinking, what are some unique bridesmaid gifts that aren’t jewelry!? Even a check of the ‘ol Offbeat Bride archives brought up mostly jewelry suggestions, so let’s fix this. Although many of these ideas are intended for the more feminine-leaning bridesmaids, groomsgirls, and nonbinary bridesmates, you might find ideas for folks of any identity here! That in mind, here’s our jewelry-free unique bridesmaid gift guide, from me to you.

Unique bridesmaid gift idea #1: Jewelry cases

How cute are these Italian Velvet, MINI Travel Customizable Rounded Zipper Jewelry Case from MadeInRose?

Ok, look we know we said NOT JEWELRY, but this isn’t jewelry… it’s a case for jewelry. Or medications. Or other tiny little thingythings.

Unique bridesmaid gift idea #2: Silk face masks

These Triple Layer Silk Face Mask with Insert Pocket are from SoftStrokeSilk

Truly the unique bridesmaid gift of our times… the silk face mask. Because nothing says “thanks for standing with me during my pandemic wedding” than silk on your face.

Unique bridesmaid idea #3: A pashmina scarf

These colorful pashmina scarves are by YadiMercier

Bridesmaid gift idea #4: Personalized flasks or wine tumblers:

Personalized wine tumblers from WorkOfHeartGifts

This was the winning decision generated from my friend’s Twitter inquiry. Someone suggested “monogrammed flasks! Boys get them, why shouldn’t the girls?!” I like this hot pink one that can be engraved, but I’m also into these wine tumblers. I love the idea of using your cheeky nicknames for your bridesmaids instead of their actual names.

Bridesmaid gift idea #5: Jammies or robes!

Liking that these aren’t all pink! Bridesmaid jammies by ChicPrincessCloset

Bridesmaid gift #6: Fashion accessories

Fascinators, belts, headbands — your girls can wear them at the wedding as well as in everyday life. The DIY inclined can make them themselves using our tutorial or check out all of our awesome fashion accessory vendors to get some gift inspiration.

Unusual bridesmaid gift #7: Custom pottery:

 

Personalized Ring Dishes from GardenOfGraces

In our last post about bridesmaid gifts a couple of commenters mentioned personalized dishes. Plus it gives them a place to put all the baubles that you won’t be buying for them.

Unique bridesmaid gift # 8: The gift of adventure!

What about something like surf lessons or take the girls zip-lining. This idea would be perfect for a destination wedding — find something to do unique to the area and take your gang on a group trip. Not ones for adventure? Do a spa day or something — mani-pedis, or massages for all! Your friend will have fun and it’s great for group bonding.

Bridesmaid gift #9: Unexpected bath bombs

These spooky bath bombs from Lunaapothecaryla would make the ultimate bridesmaid gift for a Halloween wedding!

 

Bridesmaid gift #10: Personalized Snuggies!

Perfect bridesmaid gift for a winter wedding?

No seriously, I know they’re silly and all but they’re also comfy! And if you get the pink one the purchase benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Also, how funny would it be to get them monogrammed? Ooh! And maybe this is just the photographer in me, but think of the crazy photo opportunities at the wedding! Go on — think about it — I dare you.

Idea #11: Earth-friendly, reusable tote bags:

Again, I feel like these personalized bridesmaid gifts would be extra great if they were nicknames like “Dorkbrain” and “Hot Beeyotch”

Perfect to fill with your own personal “wedding survival kits,” or all the gear they’re gonna need to get ready for the wedding. And then when the festivities are over they can keep ’em in their car to use when they go antiquing on the weekends or general shopping outings.

Bridemaid Gift Idea #12: A wand

This is one kind of wand you could get your bridesmaids…

So maybe you’re having a fantasy or Harry Potter-themed wedding… a custom wand could be lovely. But then there’s also the Hitachi Magic Wand. Those babies should make for one happy, and less-stressed, bridal party!!

Bridesmaid gift idea #13: Buy them their bridesmaid dresses:

Same thing with the shoes… take ’em out shopping as a group if you’re going for a the same dress for everyone look, or make it a one on one outing where they get to chose the dress of their choice (in a certain price range of course). And who doesn’t love a new dress!?

Of course it goes without saying that every one is different, and no one knows your buddies better than you. So, if they’d be happier getting a Lightsaber USB Thumbdrive than a bath bomb, keep that in mind. But whatever you get them (if you even get them anything) I’m sure you’re bridal party will be touched no matter what.

Comments on 13 jewelry-free unique bridesmaid gift ideas

  1. I got my girls handmade clutches from A03 Designs. They were all silver on the outside (to go with their navy blue dresses) but each had a different inside fabric to match their personality. My best friend for instance got one with a gorgeous black and red fabric, to go with her goth-y self, and my sister-in-law got the most obnoxious, girly pink fabric they offered. I was kind of in love with them and was super excited to give them away at the rehearsal dinner. They went over quite well, and looked fabulous the day of!

    Actually, I just remembered there's a picture of them: http://ao3designs.com/blog/?p=206. They're the silver ones in the last picture.

  2. I got each of my girls a leatherbound copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales. I was going to get them each a different book, but I hit on something they'd all like.

    I hang out on the Wedding Party board on the Knot *gasp!*, and the advice we usually give is: 1) shop like it's their birthday, 2) they don't all have to get the same thing (though keeping them all around the same price point is usually good), and 3) if they wouldn't have any use for it outside your wedding, it's a gift for you more than for them. I think it's much more important to get them something they'd love and cherish individually then try to shoehorn them all into the same gift. I know I wouldn't say no to the magic wand, but at least two of my girls would DIE if I pulled that.

    • That's an amazing idea! Grimm's was a staple of our childhood and it turns out my sisters are my bridesmaids. Going to check this out right now…

  3. These are great ideas. I bought my 'maids pink croc (faux) jumpdrives. It worked out really well because several of them are still finishing various levels of schooling, and another is a new mom. 🙂

  4. Once upon a time, I got an ad that popped up on my Facebook for garter flasks! They're garters with a little pocket that hangs down so you can carry your flask in it. They're customizable and flipping amazing!

  5. it's not necessarilly jewellery, but we've bought the bridesmaids gifts already. The original dress design wouldn't have allowed for a necklace or anything like that and they can't all wear earrings so the jewellery route just wasn't an option for us. We settled on some beautiful butterfly pins. They can either pin it somewhere on their dresses, we can work it into their bouquets, or it can be put in their hair for a hair fascinator of sorts.

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