So you need gifts for your besties?

Forget about those silver plated picture frames and matching jewelry sets, and treat your bridesmaids to authentic gifts that they will love. Your girlfriends deserve something extra special...

Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Gifts

Before we dive into specific gift ideas, I want to share some of my top tips on how to choose the perfect gift;

1. Get them something that you know they'll love - Your girlfriends will have spent so much time listening, advising and helping you prepare for your big day, the least you can do is splurge on something they will get excited about.

2. You should also love what you pick for them - Whatever you choose make sure you love it too, in fact you should love it so much that you want to have it as your own.

3. You don't have to get every girl the same thing - Every bridesmaid has different tastes so celebrate their uniqueness. Just make sure that the gifts you do buy are on an even playing field.

4. Create a budget and divide - Before you do anything, make a budget and divide it by the number of bridesmaids you have. This way you will have a realistic idea of what you can afford. Meaningful doesn't have to mean expensive.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Gifts for your Bridesmaids

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Spa Day

Let's face it, who doesn't love to be pampered! A local spa or massage package is a great way to thank your girls for getting you through the stresses of your wedding day.

Bridesmaids Gifts: Spa Day

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Jewelry (That has Nothing to do With the Wedding)

Every girl loves jewelry, and whilst it's totally fine that you want them to wear coordinating sets on your wedding day, don't let that be your only gift. Choose a piece that they will actually wear time and time again instead of something that will just gather dust in their jewelry box.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Jewelry they will wear over and over again

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Paintings

It's unconventional, quirky and fun. Getting a custom stylized portrait made via Etsy or by yourself if you're artistically inclined, is a pretty cool way to show your friends how much you love them. Everyone can always do with a little more art in their life!

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Paintings

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Tickets

Whether it's for a concert, the ballet, or even a sports game, your bridesmaids are going to LOVE this gift idea. After all who said your gift had to be an object. So what if it isn't the sort of gift that lasts forever, the awesome memories it will leave them with won't be forgotten in a hurry.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: concert, the ballet, or even a sports game

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Gift Card

Getting a gift card isn't lazy. If your friends are particularly choosy and you know that they would much rather choose something they love for themselves, then get them a gift card for their favorite store. Now you'll have an excuse to go shopping together!

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Give them a gift card to their favorite store

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Wine Glasses

If you've shared many a night dishing the dirty and/or consoling each other over a bottle of your favorite vino, then what better way to pay tribute to your oenophile habits than with these custom designed wine glasses from Etsy store Jenny D's?

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Custom Wine Glasses

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Gift Basket

Gift baskets don't have to be boring, especially if you take the time to make them up yourself. From your girl friends favorite foundation to that movie you both used to obsess over, everyone loves a basket full of goodies!

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Gift Basket full of goodies

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Passion Infused Gifts

As already mentioned, each of your bridesmaids are unique so why not take this opportunity to celebrate their differences. One of them's a foodie, another's a bookworm, use these traits to your advantage and get them something that they're passionate about like a cute apron or the latest e-Reader.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Passion Infused Gifts

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Photo Book

Making a photo book for each of your bridesmaids is certainly one of the more time consuming gift ideas, but it will be well worth the effort. Fill it with pics of all your best memories together and make sure you've got the tissues handy.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Photo Book

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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

If you're a shoe addict then have your girls step out in style with custom made shoes from Shoes of Prey. Surprise your 'maids with designs and colors that are sure to please.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Custom made shoes

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Robes

When it comes to oh so lovely glamorous robes, Plum Pretty Sugar is the queen. Your leading ladies will look divine in these beautiful and luxurious kimono style bedwear sets.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Robes

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