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. Great list! I put together fun and inexpensive gift bags for them, which included their hair flowers and wooden fans for the wedding (instead of bouquets), and added hand cream, organic lip balm, and a small compact just as a treat. They were super excited and amazed that I had put together a gift for them in the middle of all the planning, but I just found it really fun 🙂

  2. Oh, and if you’re on a really tight budget, you can do stationery sets for the girls through VistaPrint. Just sign up for their e-mails and get it a few pieces at a time, and you’ll only have to pay shipping.

  3. Funksouldiva: Check eBay for the Easton Press editions. They’re so gorgeous, I ended up picking up one for myself as well. With a little patience, I picked up seven copies for $25-35 a piece, including shipping.

  4. I did get mine earrings (they are all more traditional sorts who actually prefer stuff like that – I suggested flasks to two of them and got nixed to give you an idea) but I will also get them a beverage I know they’ll like with something “keepsake” to enjoy with it (a wine stopper with a bottle of wine, beer steins and a cask of good beer, tea and two hand-fired teacups etc.)

  5. I got my girls their shoes. They were grateful to not have to pay for something else on top of their dresses and I let them have a big role in picking them out so I know they can wear them again later! This list is great.

  6. We got our bridesmaids (and our groomsman) leathermans with their names on them. So they had awesome pocketknives.
    They say that they use them, which makes me happy.

  7. I wanted to go traditional and have everyone wear the same dress (as it matched my dress perfectly with the rouging and sweetheart neckline). all of them were talking about how they felt their girls were hanging out. so, as their gift i bought them all wraps so they would feel somewhat covered and more comfortable (since i had to have the specific bridesmaids dresses). i also bought them peacock feather fascinators to match the theme.

  8. These ideas are great! I’m getting my girls custom-made perfume. There’s a store in town where you can go and put together your own perfumes. That way they can each have their very own signature scent!

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