I have been scrolling for hours looking for unique or alternative bridal party gifts. I’ve been in dozens of weddings, and personally, the single monogrammed flute or cup, matching robes, etc. are appreciated but overdone. What did you gift your crew that was unique or special? When I asked my MOHs, I created custom retro wheels. Major throwback!
We treated those gifts as if they were birthday or holiday gifts, and tailored them to the person. While some items could be worn for the wedding, none of them were labeled with anything to do with the date or us.
MOH is a huge Star Wars fan - I found art prints on Etsy, including with her favorite characters, and framed them.
Two of my BMs (who are married to each other) as Disney/HP nerds. So, I got them matching "I speak fluent Disney" necklaces, and then a card case and a journal, respectively, in their HP houses (Slytherin and Gryffindor, they can be *very* entertaining.)
My bridesman was also our choreographer for our swordfight, so we got him a Damascus steel knife.
DH got his BP cufflinks, necklaces, or earrings, depending on the person/gender. So, his sister got dog earrings (like me, she loves dogs), his groomswoman a Wonder Woman necklace, his friend/swordmaster sword cufflinks, his old roomie got Yankee cufflinks (massive fan), and his BM squirrel cufflinks (...long story, has to do with high school).
Each of us has always preferred receiving gifts like someone would choose for a birthday, and have no interest in random souvenirs, or group gifts. So we gave out individual gifts, from trail and canoe guides to nice stereo speakers to theatre and ball game tickets where 2 were spending upcoming vacations, and new felts for a pool table and a poker table. Interests of each individual. Bridal parties that only come together 2-4 times have never made me feel a member of a group, still a separate friend of B or G.
I'm doing duffel bags and matching makeup bags with their initials on them! I don't want to get them anything with their bridal party title or mine and my FH's names & wedding date. I've been gifted items like that, and I've never used them afterwards lol. I wanted to get them something that they will be able to use long after our wedding is over!
Each of my bridesmaids got PJs and slippers, a face mask and then some sort of designer item—a watch, pair of sunglasses or purse depending on the girl. I will say the girls who got watches or purses were way more excited about their girls than the girls who got sunglasses, which I felt bad about because I did try to match present to person. My husband got his groomsmen Ray Bans and they were all super appreciative.
My MOH got the PJs, slippers, face mask, an Amazon gift card and necklace from Tiffany.
I had a literary wedding, so I tried to keep the gifts in theme. I gave each lady a vase with their favorite candy plus something unique to their interest. My sister got a Pride and Prejudice scotch glass. My other sister got Beatrix Potter tea. My MOH got a map with books instead of country names and a literary scarf.
Haven't purchased yet, but I plan to get each of them a nice tote bag with their initial on it then fill it with some small things. Having been in weddings, I've no interest in things that say "bridesmaid." They are fine for the day but then they collect dust in my closet. I want to get them something that they will hopefully reuse, and I'm also hoping to get a black friday deal. I do plan to get them stemless champagne flutes for the day-of but quite honestly that's more for the photos for me.
Some gifts I've gotten that I've liked: a floral cotton sundress (we wore them for getting ready instead of robes but it's super comfy and I've worn it since) and maroon converse sneakers (we wore them at the reception and again, I have worn them since). The girl who gifted the sneakers also gave each of us a framed photo of the two of us and made her MOH a scrapbook.