8 Gifts Your Wedding Party Actually Wants

Pick out a thoughtful gift for the squad that shows up for you on your big day. Here are wedding party gifts that your bridesmaids and groomsmen actually will want to use.

By Jane Chertoff

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Photo by Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography

When it comes to picking out gifts for your wedding party, thank them with something that rises to the occasion. After all, these are the people that got you through your wedding planning journey and will support you on your big day. So, give them thoughtful gifts they’ll actually want and can use. Here are some wedding party gifts your bridesmaids or groomsmen (or both!) will love.

1. A Roomy Weekender For Future Travels Together

weekender Photo Credit // Cathy’s Concepts

You and your crew are always up for an adventure. Whether it’s a weekend at the lake, taking on the ski slopes, or a food-hopping in a new city, you like to get out and explore. Gift your wedding party members an oversized weekender, which can be personalized with each of their initials. It’s roomy enough to hold all the essentials they’ll need for your next weekend getaway together.

2. A Red-eye Survival Kit (That They Can Use Post-Reception)

red eye Photo Credit // Men’s Society

If your wedding party traveled far and wide to be with you on your special day, gift them this red-eye survival kit. It’s a must-have for long plane rides—or for the morning after a big party like, say, a wedding. Featuring an eye mask, toothpaste, brightening eye cream, and restoration bath oil, this kit will keep your crew feeling like new.

3. A Personalized Mug That No One In Office Can Steal

mug Photo Credit // Kate Spade

When the party’s over and reality sets back in, your wedding party will be grateful for a thermal mug they can use daily. This one has a lid that makes commuting a breeze and the customization option promises that Marge from HR can’t claim it as her own (because she will want to!).

4. Quality Glasses They Can Raise To Your Big Day

glass Photo Credit // HomeWetBar

If you plan to indulge in a few drinks pre-ceremony, your wedding party will love raising a personalized monogrammed glass. These rocks glasses are ideal for any cocktail or a pour of whiskey. You can choose to personalize these individually with each person’s initial or put the initial of your last name (or new last name!) so they can always remember the day.

5. A Straw Brim Hat To Protect From the Sun

hat Photo Credit // Cathy’s Concepts

If you are getting married in a sunny vineyard or are having a destination beach wedding, a chic straw brim hat will keep your girls sun safe. These hats can be personalized and they’re foldable so they travel well. Your bridesmaids will think of you every time they pack for a sunny getaway.

6. A Tote Bag That Sums It All Up

tote Photo Credit // The Paisley Box

You don’t have to spend a ton on bridal party gifts if you’re on a budget. Fill this fun tote with a few other small gifts to make a nice gift bag for your girls. Then, your wedding party can re-use the bag for work, the farmer’s market, or just carrying around town on errands.

7. Lucky Socks To Avoid Cold Feet

socks Photo Credit // Wild & Wolf

Everyone could always use a few new pairs of dress socks. Gift your guys this set of three that are emblemed with symbols of luck from around the world: 4-leaf clovers, lucky number 7’s, and lucky dice. Tell your groomsmen to pick one style to wear for the photos and ceremony. They can save the other two pairs for the next time they need a bit of luck on their side.

8. An Eco-Friendly Water Bottle

water Photo Credit // Kate Spade

Whether they’re heavily imbibing on your wedding day or just need to rehydrate throughout the night, your wedding party will be grateful for a chic reusable water bottle to sip from. And you’ll be grateful to cut down on waste with BPA- and lead-free bottles for everyone. These glass water bottles are travel-friendly, too, so your girls can keep it with them on-the-go, wherever they go.

Whatever gift you choose, remember to include a personalized note to each member of your wedding party to tell them how much they mean to you and to thank them for being there on your wedding day.

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