Gifts for the Bride From a Bridesmaid

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One of your closest gals is getting married, and she's asked you to be a big part of the big day as a bridesmaid. Although playing this role can wreak havoc on the budget, between the dress, shoes and bachelorette party, don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the bride with a special gift. It doesn't have to be large; in fact, you could go in on a present with the other bridesmaids, but it should show her how happy you are to help her walk down the aisle.

Something Old, Something New ...

  • Every bride knows she needs to don four particular items on her wedding day: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Make your gift to her something special that will fit into any of these categories. It might be a beautiful antique pearl bracelet that serves as something old, or a pair of cheeky underwear that feature a sapphire-colored ribbon to wear as something blue. For little less common present, think about the oft-dropped fifth item, "And a six-pence in your shoe," and gift her a six-pence coin to tuck into her heels for good luck.

The Little Things

  • If your budget is tiny but your affection for the bride is huge, collect a number of small wedding-related items as a fun, memorable gift. For example, most brides adore receiving trinkets with their new name or the words "Bride" or "Mrs." on it. Purchase a tote bag adorned with her future moniker; then fill it with a wedding-related DVD, such as "The Wedding Singer" or "Father of the Bride," flip-flops that display the letters "Mrs." and a small ceramic dish to hold her engagement and wedding rings. You could also create a day-of wedding emergency kit, filled with items such as aspirin, bobby pins, safety pins, stain remover, makeup wipes, thread, extra ribbon, hair ties, concealer and a small bottle of water. You might just save the day with this useful gift.

Memory Lane

  • If the bride has asked you to be a part of her big day, then you likely have a long history together. Although most gifts will focus on the bride and groom, do something a little different and help her reminisce about your relationship as friends or family. Create a small scrapbook that shares photos and memories about your past, and conclude with a spot to place a photo of the two of you on her wedding day. You could also give her a picture frame with two spots in it: one already filled with a photo from your younger days and one ready for a photo from the wedding day.

Future Fun

  • The wedding is only the first day of a marriage that will hopefully last the rest of the bride's life. Think about her life after she returns from her honeymoon, and create a basket of "a year of dates" for the newlyweds. This could include a gift certificate for movie tickets and a local restaurant, a picnic blanket and sturdy wine glasses for an evening at the local park, dry gourmet pasta and sauce for a dinner date at home, and other date-worthy ideas. This could get pricey, so ask the other bridesmaids to go in on it, too. If you prefer, create a basket with honeymoon items, such as scented candles, massage oil, luggage tags and maybe even a negligee, if you're feeling risque.

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