Here at the Groupon Guide, we've covered all the humiliations bridesmaids often have to endurein the name of friendship. And we also believe that willingness to slap on a frilly dress, pose for endless photos, and drop top dollar on an elaborate up-do deserves to be rewarded with something other than a scented candle or a t-shirt with "Bride Squad" bedazzled on it.
But just what should do you buy for the brave, fearless bridesmaids in your wedding party? We put together this list of 10 bridesmaid gifts that don't suck, so you can give a proper thank you to the lovely ladies in your life.
It's personal, high-quality, AND reasonably priced, but the real reason we love this gift is that it's something your bridesmaids can actually use over and over again. A custom luggage tag also feels like a tiny luxury that most people don't ever think to buy for themselves, and it's especially appropriate if your bridesmaids will be doing any traveling for your big day or the events surrounding it.
Let's face it: you can never have too many tote bags. Your bridesmaids will appreciate the versatility of this striped bag (as well as the fact that it doesn't have the word BRIDESMAID plastered on it in large, glittering script), and if you want to be extra thoughtful, you can fill it with smaller gifts such as cosmetics, nail polish, makeup brush sets, or even a fun beach towel.
Sure, you could gift each of your bridesmaids a bottle of nice bubbly, but don't they deserve more? Like, say, an entire case of wine? A Groupon to Wine Insiders or another wine club allows your bridesmaids to pick and choose the bottles they'd most like to stock their home bar with, and, if you're lucky, you'll be invited over to help them sample the supply. (Note: all the Groupon editors agreed this option can be filed under "bridesmaid gift ideas we'd most like to receive").
There's a pretty good chance your bridesmaids are going to polish their nails before your big day anyway, but instead of insisting you all go together, why not gift them a mani-pedi at a salon near them? That way, they can book their service at a time that's convenient for them and actually relax during the experience. As an added bonus, you can search for mani-pedi Groupons near each of your bridesmaid's hometowns and save a little money on this thoughtful gift.
The name-necklace trend is still going strong nearly two decades after Carrie Bradshaw resurrected it, and we don't see it going away anytime soon. We also love that this one is available in gold, silver, or rose gold, allowing you to customize the material to each of your bridesmaids' tastes and skin tone.
The only thing worse than being stuck in a bridesmaid dress on a hot day is being stuck in a bridesmaid dress on a hot day with 90% humidity with frizzy hair and makeup melting off your face. These handheld air conditioners are great bridesmaid gifts since they are small enough to fit inside a clutch and will help your girls stay cool and comfortable until long after the cake has been cut.
This clutch is cute enough to go with nearly any bridesmaid dress, but also functional and practical enough to be used every day. It also features separate compartments for your phone, credit cards, and cash.
These Korean skincare masks are all the rage with beauty bloggers, magazine editors, and our editors (we love them). Choose the type that suits each bridesmaids' skin type and then they'll have masks to rejuvenate and revitalize their skin from the pre-wedding blitz to after the big day.
Who hasn't coveted one of these cute, colorful instant cameras? While they're one of the more expensive gifts for bridesmaids on our list, keep in mind that by giving them, you'll also be gaining a troop of photographers who can capture candid snapshots of your special day.
This tiny, inexpensive flask is perfect for the bride on a budget. And since it also holds a little more than a double-shot of liquor, it's also perfect for the bridesmaid who might need to calm their nerves before that walk down the aisle.