25 Bridesmaid Gifts to the Bride For a Sweet, Just-For-Her Surprise

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Four bridesmaid gifts for the bride: scented candle, bracelet, vanity tray, book of letters to the bride
Photos, clockwise: Homesick, Mejuri, Anthropologie, RedBerryGuestBooks
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Updated Mar 26, 2024
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As a vital member of the wedding party, you might wonder, "Should bridesmaids give wedding gifts?" Despite the expenses incurred attending or even hosting pre-wedding events, etiquette encourages presenting a bridesmaid gift to the bride at the bridal shower and wedding. To find inspiration, we recommend checking the couple's registry first for items they explicitly want for newlywed life. Our guide is also an excellent starting point for meaningful surprises that will evoke happy tears. It includes everything from small keepsakes commemorating your friendship to practical gestures that only you, as her best friend, would know she'll appreciate.

Remember: While a gift is expected, it doesn't have to be extravagant since your presence is already a significant show of support. Moreover, there's no need to embark on a solo gift quest. Pooling resources for a joint bridal party gift for the bride and her partner is a perfectly acceptable and wallet-friendly option.

Continue reading for a curated selection of the best bridesmaid or maid of honor gifts for the bride, accommodating any budget.

1. Custom Wedding Party Illustration

Custom wedding party illustration bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: TheDesignParlour

This personalized wedding gift from bridesmaids to the bride is simply too cute. The custom illustration features the whole bridal crew, capturing not just a moment but a whole journey of laughter, joy and shared secrets leading up to the big day. Simply select a skin tone, dress and hairstyle to resemble each MVP's wedding day looks. The Etsy seller will then expertly arrange everyone, raising a toast to the happy couple. Take personalization a step further by adding a significant date and a meaningful quote, like "Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, forever and always friends for life." It can come as a digital file, a loose print or a framed piece for added convenience.

2. Lace Pajama Set

Lace pajama set bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Eberjey

Whether she's unwinding during a bachelorette weekend or enjoying a quiet morning of wedding preparations, these pajamas are a stylish and practical addition to her bridal wardrobe. The ivory set, adorned with delicate white lace trim, not only looks luxurious but incorporates environmentally friendly and temperature-regulating Tencel Modal fabric for an oh-so-soft feel. As bridesmaids, offering this considerate gift reflects your understanding of the bride's desire for both comfort and chic style in these special moments leading up to her wedding day. (Plus, knowing her getting-ready outfit in advance makes it a breeze to coordinate some adorable photos!)

3. Glass Flower Ring Holder

Glass flower ring holder bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Waen

Love is in full bloom! Crafted from opalescent glass, each petal of this floral-inspired ring holder is delicately edged with silver, creating a stunning structure. The engagement ring takes center stage as the "pistol" of the dainty design. This unique and enchanting gift is bound to look equally stunning on her vanity and in detail shots on the wedding day.

4. Elegant Coupe Glasses

Elegant coupe glasses bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Anthropologie

Here's to celebrating the couple's major life milestone with distinctive coupe glasses! This set of four boasts wide 24K gold rims and a crystalline bowl with a graceful waterfall shape. Whether you prefer timeless clarity or opt for hand-painted hues like pink, mint, honey or blue, these glasses add a touch of elegance to any toast. Consider selecting the bride's favorite color and pair it with a bottle of champagne for a truly celebratory gift. Cheers to the happy couple.

5. Monogrammed Ice Bucket

Monogrammed ice bucket bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Mark & Graham

Ensure bubbly stays refreshingly cool with this practical bridal shower gift from bridesmaids. Perfect for various occasions during her engagement journey (from the bach party to adding a touch of excitement to wedding planning with her boo), the vintage-inspired bucket, crafted from gold or silver-plated stainless steel and brass, goes beyond functionality. It offers a stylish touch to every future dinner party and is made even more special with the option for laser engraving the couple's initials or shared monogram.

6. Date Night Wines

Date night wines bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Bright Cellars

With this considerate gift from bridesmaids, you'll ensure the newlyweds have an exquisite collection of premium wines. Opt for either six or twelve expertly selected red and white bottles curated by Bright Cellars, conveniently delivered to their door. This thoughtful gesture guarantees they always have the perfect bottle on hand to elevate their spontaneous date nights or cozy evenings at home. Here's to love, laughter and stress-free wine selection!

7. The Adventure Challenge

The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

A best-selling bridal shower or wedding gift, The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition book serves as a guide for new and romantic adventures right in the soonlyweds hometown. It'll totally take the pressure off organizing date nights amidst wedding planning chaos, and the element of surprise is an exciting catch: Each date idea is revealed only when scratched off, akin to a lottery ticket where you win every time! From cooking a blindfolded apple pie to recreating their grandparents' first date or crafting a masterpiece on a unique canvas, the couple will have fun and deepen their connection, all thanks to you.

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8. Personalized Afghan Blanket

Personalized Afghan blanket bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Personalization Mall

This beautifully crafted cotton blanket not only provides physical comfort but also adds a touch of personalization to the couple's home. It has an elegant, chevron design with delicate fringe on all sides and can be embroidered with their new prefixes, names and wedding date. Machine washable for practicality, this blanket is a heartfelt and stylish way for bridesmaids to wish the couple comfort and warmth in their marriage.

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9. Unique Wall Art

Unique wall art bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Uncommon Goods

As a bridesmaid, you probably witnessed the moment when the couple's paths first crossed. Created by Philadelphia artist Patricia Carlin, this meaningful photo print utilizes personalized street signs to commemorate the couple walking through life together. Choose between a black and white or color print then have it framed so it's ready to display in their home.

10. Champagne-Scented Candle

Champagne-scented candle bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Homesick

You can't go wrong with a Homesick candle, as they provide fragrances that capture the memory of momentous days or places. This candle will celebrate your loved one's union with a classic champagne toast—sans alcohol. It's also pretty easy on the eyes. Plus, you don't need a card because the label has space for a note!

11. Letters To The Bride To Be

Letters to the bride-to-be bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: RedBerryGuestBooks

The bride's joy will know no bounds when she opens this custom-made scrapbook, full of heartfelt letters contributed by the entire bridal party. Crafted with a beautiful wooden cover and high-quality pages that offer prompts to inspire family and friends to share their fondest memories, offer wisdom and express their excitement for the bride-to-be's upcoming journey, it's one of the best bridesmaid gifts for the bride on wedding day. Be sure to have tissues on hand, as this touching keepsake promises to evoke tears of nostalgia.

12. Linked Bracelet

Mejuri linked bracelet bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Mejuri

Friendship bracelets are getting a big upgrade! This 14K solid yellow gold bracelet (which means it won't oxidize or discolor, even if she wears it every day) features two interlinked rings. They symbolize your lifelong connection to remind her you're there for her, no matter what.

13. Solitaire Peridot Stud Earrings

Solitaire peridot stud earrings bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Brilliant Earth

Did you know the peridot symbolizes friendship? These solitaire stud earrings, showcasing the vibrant green gemstone, emerge as a beautiful bridesmaid gift idea for your bestie, the bride. With the option of a silver or 14K yellow gold setting, these earrings from Brilliant Earth not only exude elegance but also adhere to ethical standards, using recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones.

14. Washable Silk Robe

Washable silk robe bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Lunya

Prepare this stunning washable silk robe as a bridal shower gift, and watch as she eagerly slips into its luxurious embrace. The allure of its comfort may even entice her to consider wearing it on the wedding night, providing a cozy respite after the day's festivities. With enduring appeal, she'll continue to enjoy this robe for years to come, each wear invoking memories of her special day.

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15. Self-Care Gift Set

Self-care gift set bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of "me" time with lavender-scented self-care goodies. Packed in a beautifully personalized box adorned with rose-gold lettering, each set includes a natural lavender soap bar, cotton eye mask, clay facial mask, unscented natural lip balm, shower steamer and a natural soap saver. You could even elevate her experience with the deluxe iteration, featuring additional delights such as a scrub, lavender body oil, shower mist, a cosmetics bag and a scented soy candle. This spa gift is the perfect excuse for the bride to unwind and pamper herself amidst the wedding hustle.

16. Trendy UGG Slippers

Trendy UGG slippers bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: UGG

As she tackles numerous wedding errands, comfort is key to maintaining high energy levels. Enter the internet's favorite slipper: UGGs. (Yes, they're back in style.) Boasting a durable outsole, plush wool lining and suede uppers, these slippers effortlessly slide on, providing comfort both inside and outside the house. She might even don them on the morning of the wedding.

17. Newlywed Cookbook

Newlywed cookbook bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Williams Sonoma

Love doesn't just live in the heart—it also resides in the stomach. This set of cookbooks boasts nearly 400 mouthwatering recipes and creative ideas for hosting memorable gatherings as a married couple. A thoughtful wedding and housewarming present for the bride from her bridesmaid, this beautifully boxed set guarantees a lifetime of delicious meals and delightful celebrations with her partner, making it a kitchen essential for novice and expert cooks alike.

18. Versatile Cookware

Cookware set bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Our Place

No matter who the cook in the relationship is, they'll appreciate this traditional gift from bridesmaids to the bride and her partner. Our Place cookware is known for its gorgeous colors, durable materials and versatile usage. (It may just be two pieces of cookware, but they function like 18!) It's safe to say you'll be earning yourself an invite to their next dinner party with this gift.

19. Couple's Signature Cocktail Class

Couple's signature cocktail class bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Bridal shower gifts from bridesmaids to the bride and her partner reach a new level of fun and creativity with Uncommon Experiences. The gift includes a syrup set and virtual cocktail-making class for couples to craft four signature cocktails, each celebrating their individual tastes yet blending together as seamlessly as the two of them. This unique experience not only adds a delightful touch to their engagement journey but also allows them to check off one item from their to-do list: deciding on a signature wedding cocktail!

20. Preserved Rose Frame

Preserved rose frame bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Venus ET Fleur

We love preserved flowers as gifts for the bride-to-be from bridesmaids, and this gesture takes it a step further. The long-lasting roses frame a picture so they have a beautiful spot to put their favorite wedding photo. The frame is 5x7 and can stand on its own or be hung.

21. Personalized Decorative Pillow

Personalized pillow bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: WillowCreekCompany

Elevate the newlyweds' farmhouse-style living space with a personalized pillow—a thoughtful wedding gift from bridesmaids who understand the couple's decor preferences. The pillowcase is available in three linen hues and features their names and wedding date elegantly printed in cursive and accented by hearts intertwining the text. This exquisite keepsake can be purchased with an insert, ensuring a complete and stylish addition to their home decor.

22. Vintage-Inspired Vanity Tray

Vintage-inspired vanity tray bridesmaid gift to bride
Photo: Anthropologie

Add some Hollywood glam to her makeup table with this vanity tray. The design features a Victorian-inspired frame and mirrored bottom for some added elegance. It'll be a stunning place to display her favorite perfumes or candles!

23. Birthdate Pendant Necklace

Birthdate pendant necklace bridesmaid gift for bride
Photo: Birthdate Co.

You can't beat a personalized gift, and this necklace is no exception. The pendant (made from sterling silver or plated with 14K gold) features four gemstones based on her birthday with her zodiac sign etched on the back. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind accessory that she can pair with basically any outfit. Its size and versatility make it a lovely day of wedding gift for the bride from her bridesmaid.

24. Wedding Day Perfume Sampler

Wedding day perfume sampler bridesmaid gift for bride
Photo: Scentbird

Every bride deserves a signature fragrance that'll forever transport her back to her wedding day. Scentbird offers a delightful solution to finding her perfect scent by providing a curated selection of the top 10 best-selling perfumes for women. This kit allows the bride to sample multiple luxury fragrances, like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Versace Bright Crystal Absolu, ensuring she feels confident and radiant on her special day. With each spritz, she can embark on a sensory journey, choosing the fragrance that resonates most with her and creating a beautiful olfactory memory.

25. Funny Handkerchief

Funny handkerchief bridesmaid gift for bride
Photo: EpicallyEmbroidered

If you're searching for a humorous yet practical wedding day gift for the bride from a bridesmaid, consider this lace handkerchief. Its embroidered message, "Keep your s**t together," is refreshingly candid. We appreciate the perfect blend of sassiness and sweetness, allowing you to inject your unique personality and playful relationship into the gift.

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