Aug 12, 2010 4:02 PM
Says Jess: "First, I absolutely L-O-V-E your site and can't even count the number of purchases I have made directly from your recommendations! And now I am hoping you can help. I will be getting married in March and I am preparing to ask my friends to be in my bridal party. I would like to ask them in a unique way by presenting them with small memorable gift. Maybe something funny, or clever, just something they will remember and I know you'll have some great ideas."
Hi, Jess! This is Marian the Contrarian, and I love your idea. (You're making me feel a bit bad for asking my bridesmaids by just, you know, asking them.) Although I'm not sure how big a bridal party you were thinking of, or how much you wanted to spend per gal, you should be able to combine as many or as few of these items as you want into a nice set for each one of them.
"Have a Little Faith in Me" is one of our favorite wedding songs, and the album that it's from, 1) John Hiatt's Bring the Family is a very reasonable $10. In a similarly sentimental vein, you could add a packet of seeds for one of your wedding flowers and/or a bottle of nail polish to match the dress you've chosen for them. The 2) zinnia seeds ($5) and 3) OPI Catch Me In Your Net ($3) are just placeholders, since you probably already know what you have in mind.
Of course, the name of that color is pretty cheeky, and you can go that way too. The ugly dress, after all, is an intrinsic part of the bridesmaid experience, and it might be hilarious if you topped each package with 4) an outrageous Barbie dress. ($7) And if you're in danger of destroying Tokyo before the wedding, you can give each of your loving friends a 5) pink plastic squeaky hammer ($11 for 12) to preemptively bonk you with.
And then there are the practical choices. 6) Pink aspirin packets ($8 for a box of 125) are both feminine and effective, and this 7) multi-tool sewing kit cutely contains needles, thread, safety pins, spare buttons, a mirror, scissors, and a knifeblade. The catch with this item is that it's meant to be customized and ordered in bulk - though you can get one sample piece for $3. You could either give that to the maid of honor, or contact the shop to see if they'd stretch the meaning of "bulk" for you.
Congratulations, Jess! Let us know how we did!