Gifts

 

[WHO TO GIFT]

Gifts do not have to be something expensive, but it is nice to say thank you for being a part of your day.  Each bride and groom is different and their families and bridal parties are too. Use your best judgment on what to give to whom. If the Groom's family paid for everything, make sure you show your appreciation for that. If your Maid/Matron of Honor went out of her way for you over and over again, but your bridesmaids were not involved, show the right appreciation to the right person correctly. {you get my drift]

 

Here is a list of people that should receive something from you and some ideas to start with. I included some of my favorite ideas, and some things i did when i got married. These are usually given at the rehearsal dinner, but can be given privately as well.  Everyone on this list should at least get a Thank You card.

 

Keep in mind, not everyone has to receive the same thing. If you have time (make SURE YOU HAVE TIME) you can do something a little different for everyone. Just make sure if they are opening them around others, no one's feelings get hurt. For example, do not spend more on one bridesmaid than another.  Use your creativity!  I hope to put an end to the days of giving monogrammed sleep masks or things they will never use again.

 

Mother & Grandmother of the Bride & Groom: This can be fun. They can be the same, or all different.  For an example, my mom is very girly so at our rehearsal dinner I gave her a "MOB bag". I filled it with designer make-up, a gorgeous pashmina, and girly decorated flip flops for dancing at the wedding.  My  MOG loves Coach, so we gave her a coach purse as a thank you. You can overboard or just give something little. A nice bracelet or gift certificate is fine too.  If they love wine, how about getting a bottle inscribed with your wedding date that says ‘thank you'. 

 

Father & Grandfather of the Bride/Groom: Shopping for men is so hard, but this is easy.  A monogrammed handkerchief. When I got married, I gave my FOG a handkerchief that read, "Thank you for raising the man of my dreams'; and my FOB "To the first man who stole my heart".  Framed pictures of you and your Father/Grandfather (the groom and his father/Grandfather) from when you were little is a nice idea as well.  Anything that will make them choked up is just perfect.

 

Flower Girls/Ring Bearers: Something small is all you need for the flower girls and ring bearers. . Perhaps you hand-make them a special card to display and save. For the girls, a pretty bracelet to wear on the wedding day with their initial. For the little boys, how about an engraved wooden yo-yo. Little shirts that read, "Flower Girl" or "Ring Man" are adorable and inexpensive! If it is a day wedding and they are staying, how about an activity box full of crayons and coloring books. Some brides chose to buy their flower girl's dresses as a thank you. (see budget tips)

 

Bridesmaids: They bought the dress, they bought the shoes, put up with your bridezilla-ness,show them you are thankful.  My favorite new idea is getting them made clutches/wristlets. Same "theme" but different prints and patterns in their own personality. Many brides buy their maids the accessories for the wedding day like jewelry and hair pieces and that is it and that is FINE!  I love the idea of taking them out to a lunch or dinner as a thank you; making a day of it and treating them to manicures before the wedding. A gift certificate for a massage or facial is perfect. Don't go crazy, weddings already cost a lot.

 

Groomsmen: Alot of groom’s get their groomsmen something they will never use, like a beer mug with their initials or something.  If you think they will like that, by all means go with do it! How about treating them to a round of golf, or even just out for a drink if you  are on a limited budget. Getting them a 6-pack of microbrews, buying their ties for the wedding, or heck, a visa gift card. Monogrammetravel case...

 

Matron/Maid of  Honor: She lived up to her name and her duties, she threw you an amazing bridal shower and /or planned a perfect bachelorette party. Treat her to something extra along with the bridesmaid gift.  Perhaps you are getting them all clutches, get her the matching wallet too or put a gift certificate in her clutch. Take her out alone to lunch or dinner and tell her how much you appreciate everything she has done.  Something new that is being done if it is in your budget is a little party for the Maid/tron of honor.

 

Best Man: He should receive the groomsmen's gift, but he is making a speech in front of all of your guests and planning the bachelor party, something extra to show thanks should be given. Take him out for dinner, a round of golf, rent his suit for him...You picked him as your best man, you know something he would like.

 

Misc.: If there is someone that is donating a service, doing a service for free (for example, baking your cake at a discount or for free, doing your hair for free, etc.), or have gone out of their way to go above and beyond what you hired them for...it would be very nice to show how much appreciate it with a small gift. At the very least a Thank You card.

[WEDDING PARTY GIFT IDEAS]

 

-------------------GIRLS-------------------

PRETTY PLUM SUGAR

GORGEOUS ROBES, BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS, NIGHTIES

www.plumprettysugar.com

 

MODERN KIMONO ROBES

MATCHING SETS FOR BRIDAL PARTIES

www.etsy.com/shop/ModernKimonoRobes

 

CUSTOMIZED MAKEUP BAGS

www..personalizationmall.com

www.preppymonogrammedgifts.com

 

LOCAL BALTIMORE MADE CANDLES & SUGAR SCRUBS

SugaMama's Gifts

Courtney Leister  /  Leons.sugamama@gmail.com  /  410-920-0516

www.sugamamasgifts.blogspot.com

 

-------------------BOYS-------------------

TUCKER BLAIR

MODERN, PREPPY EMBROIDERED/NEEDLEPOINT  FLASKS, BELTS, MORE

www.tuckerblair.com

 

GROOM'S SHOP

www.groomsshop.com

 

MAN CRATES

www.mancrates.com

 

ETSY-yes, etsy...

www.etsy.com/market/groomsmen_gifts

 

 

 

[HOTEL & WELCOME BAGS FOR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS]

 

[CUSTOMIZED TOTES]

 

ZAZZLE

www.zazzle.com/wedding+tote+bags

 

WEDDING CHICKS

shop.weddingchicks.com/welcome-tote-sets-of-20/

 

ETSY SHOP: ILULILY DESIGNS

www.etsy.com/shop/ilulily

 

 

[FUN ADD ONS ]

 

VISITORS GUIDE

Most cities have visitors guide that you can a quantity from for free, or

for a dollar a piece. Just be sure to do this with enough time as it usually takes a few weeks to receive.

 

 

PERSONALIZED CRAB MALLETS

www.personalizedcrabmallets.com

 

FLIP FLOPS

PERSONALIZED: www.partyflops.com

WHOLESALE: www.dollardays.com

 

 

[LOCAL MARYLAND STAPLES]

 

BERGER COOKIES

www.bergercookies.com

 

LOCAL BALTIMORE MADE CANDLES & SUGAR SCRUBS

SugaMama's Gifts

Courtney Leister  /  Leons.sugamama@gmail.com  /  410-920-0516

www.sugamamasgifts.blogspot.com

 

WOCKENFUSS CANDIES

www.wockenfusscandies.com

 

ZOE'S CHOCOLATE-BALTIMORE, MD

zoeschocolate.com

 

SPRINGMILL BREAD COMPANY

www.springmillbread.com

 

OC BOARDWALK SALT WATER TAFFY

www.dolles.com

 

BOORDY WINE

BALTIMORE COUNTY VINEYARDS

WWW.BOORDY.COM

 

ST. MICHAELS WINE

ST. MICHALES VINEYARDS

www.st-michaels-winery.com

 

LINGANORE WINES

MT. AIRY VINEYARDS

www.linganorewines.com

 

UTZ CRAB CHIPS

ORDER ONLINE

https://www.utzsnacks.com/store/p-555-single-serve-bags.aspx

 

OLD BAY

hwww.oldbay.com

 

FISHERS POPCORN

www.fishers-popcorn.com

 

NATTY BOH BEER

nationalbohemian.com

 

MARYLAND DELIVERED

www.marylanddelivered.com

 

SUNFLOWER & BLACK EYED SUSAN SEEDS

www.parkseed.com

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