Figuring out what to put in a bridesmaid box is a pretty big decision—after all, these are gifts for the people that you eventually want standing by your side on the wedding day, and it's important to show them just how much they mean to you. The bridesmaid proposal box (a.k.a. surprising someone with a customized gift box) is a sweet way to ask your closest friends or family members to be in your wedding, but deciding exactly what to include in a bridesmaid box isn't always an obvious answer. The good news is that you have plenty of options. Another plus? You can find bridesmaid box ideas for nearly any theme or budget on websites that you're probably already using for your big day, like Amazon and Etsy (and while you're at it, check out the WeddingWire Shop, our latest go-to site for all things wedding-related).
Wondering exactly what to put in a bridesmaid box? Get ready to shop our picks below.
A personal note
Nothing replaces the gesture of a handwritten card. Start by taking the time to write a personal note to each of your bridesmaids letting them know how excited you are to have them (hopefully) joining you on the big day.
This stationery set has it all: 20 notecards, 20 envelopes, and a pen—all decorated with a pretty watercolor floral pattern.
Laura Ashley stationery greeting card, envelope, and pen set, $13, Amazon
Get right to the point with a custom card that asks the big question.
PoppyPaperDesigns custom bridesmaid proposal card, $4, Etsy
A classic monogram jazzes up this elegant notecard. Keep your maiden name initials or use this as an excuse to test out your soon-to-be-married monogram!
WeddingWire Shop forget me not notecard, from $1, WeddingWire Shop
Who doesn't love an excuse to indulge their sweet tooth every now and them? Add cute, handmade sweets (try lollipops, gummy bears, and handmade cookies) to your bridesmaid boxes for a treat they won't be able to resist.
If you can't be there in person to pop open a bottle of champagne, these adorable champagne glass cookies are the next best thing! Each 4-inch cookie arrives individually wrapped and can be customized with specific colors upon request.
BaketiniBakeShop champagne cookies (set of 12), $36, Etsy
If champagne and strawberries are more your style, try gourment lollipops instead. Each one is hand-poured, individually wrapped, and made without artificial ingredients (so your bridesmaids can enjoy guilt-free!).
Melville Candy strawberry champagne gourmet lollipop (set of 12), $30, Amazon
What's sweeter than a bridesmaid proposal written onto a cookie? These custom treats are so pretty that your friends won't want to take a bite until after they've snapped a quick photo.
KatherinesCookies bridesmaid proposal cookies, from $6, Etsy
A bit of bubbly
Get the celebratory mood going by including some sparkling drinks in your bridesmaid boxes. Whether you opt for actual champagne, prosecco, or a non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage, refreshments are another great idea if you're wondering what to put in a bridesmaid box (especially if they're miniature-sized!).
The floral print on this can of sparkling water is too cute to resist—the refreshing elderflower and lemon flavor is just an added bonus.
Belvoir sparkling elderflower (set of 12), $37, Amazon
Prefer something more customized? Add these personal labels to mini bottles of your favorite wine.
SaveTheDateDesignsCo custom mini champagne bottle label, $3, Etsy
Don't forget the wine glass! A stemless "cheers!" glass is something your bridesmaids will use again and again.
WeddingWire Shop stemless wine glass, $6, WeddingWire Shop
Whether you want your bridesmaids to wear matching jewelry on your wedding day, or you simply want to surprise them with something new, we love the idea of adding a bracelet, necklace, or earrings to your bridesmaid proposal boxes. Look for pieces you can personalize for an extra-thoughtful touch.
A dainty gold bracelet with an initial charm? You can't go wrong!
Wankehandmade personalized initial leaf bracelet, $4, Etsy
This double heart necklace is equal parts classic and glam, thanks to the timeless shape and sparkly rhinestones.
WeddingWire Shop gold engraved charm necklace, $20, WeddingWire Shop
Go the trendy route with rose gold pear-shaped studs. Bonus: the packaging on these earrings features a sweet bridesmaid note!
Amy O cubic zirconia bridesmaid stud earrings, $14, Amazon
Help your besties make the most of their downtime by including products like jar candles, scented hand creams, and personalized lip balms in their bridesmaid boxes. Our tip: mini products with pretty packaging will feel totally indulge-worthy.
Everything about these iridescent votive candles is dreamy, from the reusable glass jar to the fragrances, which include white jasmine and mint and orange cinnamon clover. The set includes four candles, so you can add one to each of your bridesmaid boxes.
La Jolie Muse scented candle gift set (set of four), $20, Amazon
A spare lip balm always comes in handy, and that's why it's a super-practical option if you're deciding what to put in a bridesmaid box. Personalized lip balm tubes are easy for your bridesmaids to spot in their bags when they're on-the-go.
SimplyUniqueUK personalized rose gold lip balm, $3, Etsy
Hand cream from the South of France? Yes, please. Include a tube in each of your bridesmaid boxes (and keep the decorative tin for yourself—we won't tell!).
Panier des Sens the essentials hand creams gift set, $15, Amazon
Robe or PJs
Don't feel like you have to limit yourself to small trinkets and snacks when it comes to what to put in a bridesmaid box. If you're looking for a more luxurious option (or something extra-special for a maid or matron of honor), consider creating a spa-themed gift box. Include items that your bridesmaids will use all the time, like chic pajamas.
A slinky black robe is a definite upgrade from the average terrycloth option.
WeddingWire Shop personalized floral satin robe, from $22, WeddingWire Shop
It's impossible not to feel fancy when you're wearing satin pajamas. This blush set can be personalized with your bridesmaid's name or initials.
WeddingWire Shop personalized satin sleepwear set, $28, WeddingWire Shop
White slippers are a must-have when recreating a true spa experience.
WeddingWire Shop personalized cotton waffle slippers, $8, WeddingWire Shop
Searching for what to put in a bridesmaid box when you're on a budget? Hair accessories are a stylish and affordable option.
Personalize this four-pack of sparkly hair ties with each bridesmaid's name.
WeddingWire Shop custom pink printed hair ties, $3, WeddingWire Shop
Hair bows are making a comeback—this coral polka dot bow scrunchie instantly dresses up a loose ponytail.
SweetLilNothingsCo hair scarf scrunchie, $8, Etsy
Pink velvet. Need we say more? Split up this set of five scrunchies to put one in each of your bridesmaid boxes, or buy multiple sets and treat your BFFs to their own assorted packs.
Kitsch velvet scrunchies (set of five), $8, Amazon
A cute box
Last but not least, don't forget about presentation! Deciding what to put in a bridesmaid box is important, but you should also pay attention to the appearance of the gift itself as you're choosing items. For the most cohesive look (i.e. a box that doesn't just look like a random assortment of items), stick to a general color palette and theme. Don't worry about being too matchy-matchy—it's okay if not everything is the exact same shade of pink, for example—but remember that the overall goal is to create a curated box.
A simple wooden box gives a modern boho look to your gift. The name on the lid turns this into a keepsake your bridesmaids can save and re-use.
WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden keepsake gift box, $15, WeddingWire Shop
Love garden wedding style? Try a bridesmaid box decorated with vintage-inspired floral details.
WhiteConfettiBox bridesmaid gift box, from $14, Etsy
If you need to buy boxes in bulk, we love these collapsible pink gift boxes, which you can leave as-is or decorate on your own.
Sunday Favorites blush pink large gift box (set of three), $25, Amazon
This brown gable box is a budget-friendly option if you have a lot of bridesmaids to shop for.
TheIvoryShoppe watercolor eucalyptus bridesmaid gift box, $6, Etsy
Finally, arrange all of your hand-picked items on a bed of crinkle paper in the box for an artisanal effect.
Celebrate It jumbo paper shred, $4, Michaels
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