13 jewelry-free unique bridesmaid gift ideas

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Thanks to laurenlemon for posting this in the OBB Flickr Pool.

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. If I were getting married soon, my girls (and possible guy friend) would love getting Lush. I'd probably get materials for a DIY Pedicure (bubble bar for soaking, exfoliator, and lotion)!

    • I was going to do this too!

      I changed my mind in the end when I realised that just because I am super practical and love tools like that, my bridesmaids were more girly types and might appreciate something different.

      I wound up scouring the web for photo frame jewelry boxes. Let me tell you, there are a lot of these with cheesy bells & whistles all over them, but few nice plain ones. A lot of them had lettering on the top (BABY, SISTERS, FAMILY, MOM, GRAD 20XX) but nothing bridesmaidy. Or they had half the interior space taken up by a music box playing “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

      I finally found a single Amazon vendor that had just 8 very nice but plain wooden boxes left. I snapped up 5 (one extra in case one had some flaws – one did!)

      I wanted photos of myself with each girl, so at my bachelorette night, I got sneaky and asked each girl at the party to pose with me individually.

      The BMs were really surprised when they received their boxes with the photos. I guess they like them because I’ve seen the boxes out on their dressers : )

  2. My sister gave us each a Vera Bradley lunch bag. I have to say, as a student, I use it *all* the time. Usually VB isn’t my style, but my sis gave each of us a different pattern that matched our personalities.

  3. In the last wedding I was in, all us ladies were given daggers. Yes, real, sharp daggers, with sheaths and everything. They were perfect, as we were a gaggle of geeks (predominately of the medieval-reenactor sort). Incidentally, the bride introduced me to this blog that very night.

  4. How much do I love the tattoo idea? So much. Now I want to get matching ladybug tattoos with my maid of honor/cousin/de facto sister! (I've always loved ladybugs, I adore what they represent and it would be so neat to have matching ones!) She might not be quite offbeat enough for that, but STILL. It would be so neat. Maybe I will suggest it.

  5. I got all of my girls the softest white robes I could find and had each of them monogrammed with their initials. We filled the pockets with fun bath products and gave them funky little slippers too. We all wore our robes all day while we got ready at the hotel (making for some fun pics) and the slippers made their appearance at the reception once their heels had run their course. Bonus — one of my bridesmaids had her baby two (!) days after the wedding and totally utilized the robe and slippers during labor, and another one had surgery shortly after and pretty much lived in her comfy robe for weeks. It made me really happy to have given them gifts that they could use later.

  6. yes! OMG, if you pull that off let me know and with pics! The nice thing about the lady bug tatt was that it was tiny (seriously lady bug sized), so it was easy to hid and easy to sit through and, hello! adorable!

  7. My bm's loved their gift (even though a few of them were initially unsure). I had boudoir photos done for my hubby to be as a gift for him and they had all seen them and gushed over them. So, I convinced my photographer to do mini-sessions with each of them. They all got to feel absolutely sexy and fabulous (the experience is ridiclously empowering) and then each got to choose their favorite photo for a 5×7. That evening, we got dolled up, drank wine, ate decadent food and laughed a ton. Everyone had their turn in private and the photographer is such a pro, made everyone comfortable and took beautiful tasteful portraits. Not for everyone, but with the right girls an absolute blast!

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